4 Grown Men Crying in Panama!!!

Discussion in 'Offshore Fishing Reports' started by BretABaker, Sep 11, 2009.

  1. BretABaker

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    Here is the most recent report from John at Panama Sport Fishing Lodge

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    Well it is second week of September (Off season), my friend Dr.Samuel Cattan wanted to fish for Wahoo , since the bites for hoos have been good lately but somehow this year the smaller fish don’t seem to wanna grow. Nevertheless we decide to head out with Capt. macho and Capt. Sergio , I was so sure that the fish is going to show up at Isla Ladrones that when we where boarding the boat Capt. Macho ask me where I plan to fish , I said without hesitation , Isla Ladrones !

    After running for 50 minutes, we got to Ladrones and start trolling for wahoo , 15mins. of pulling we finally hook one decent size hoo. I don’t want to sound spoiled but that is just too slow fishing!! we then decide to catch bonitos and see if we can get a Black Marlin or YFT. Making bait was also slow and Isla ladrones looks dead, so I told Macho to head to isla Montuosa , which is only a 45 minute run on our boat.

    Half way there , we passed a log full of baitfish , but what a surprise no big fish feeding on them, we got a few blue runners on sabikis and continue to Isla Montuosa, we put 2 liveys out as soon as we got there, one on my OTI extreme rod with Stella 20000 and another on a heavier rod 50w Tiagra. Less than 5 mins later, a huge tail fin came behind the bait and without hesitation inhaled one of the bonito’s!!

    As much as I wanted to catch a marlin over 500lb. on my coffee grinder, i am glad later that it took the heavier tackle. We have caught over 90 marlin this season , but everybody agreed this was toughest fighting fish we had this year. As much as i am embarassed to say that the rod was passed around from Samuel to me , then to Sergio and Macho. It was good to see them fight a Marlin for a change - Macho said that he have not fought a Marlin in 6 years. Splitting the fight about half an hour each , max drag on the overheating Tiagra thumbing the spool at the same time, she still took almost all the line 4 times and jump everywhere!!


    I can say this fish whooped our asses, you have to be in the boat to laugh about the whole fight , fighting the fish stand up on full drag , each one of us wants to bring the fish in without passing the rod,but everybody cried ,” take the rod”, the fish is conservatively over 600lbs - but I would say she fought like she is around 800lb. Anyway after passing around the rod for 2 hours , we finally got the leader next to the boat and release this brute which i say was still very green. After all the high fives , I told Macho to head back to Isla ladrones and let’s catch some Tuna , he gave me a weird look , but I told him that I am sure that the YFT was going to be on the west side of the Island ( lucky guess).

    I guess timing is everything cause when we got to Isla ladrones , we found Birds and porpoise going at it with the Tunas under neath. I threw an OTI JIg and got a bite on the first crank up but these fish were moving really fast so we tried popping and throwing live bait out. We got some good action on YFTs , A Big Black Marlin , one wahoo.

    Not a bad day fishing in Sept. and blue skies as well , enjoy the pics.
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  2. Enoch

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    Bret,

    You write an excellent report. So, the brute you and the crew fought was Tiagra and almost spooled it? That is a very strong fish. And even stronger teamwork!

    Do you think it could have been landed on a spinner? say the SR-50?

    As always, Captain Macho is on fish!
     

  3. BretABaker

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    Hey Enoch - this is John's report actually, I was not there :(. I just put it up to share with everyone

    as far as whether i think the marlin we got on our trip could be caught on a spinner? i mean John has done it this year but if its almost spooling a tiagra50w then i would doubt it.

    but hey you never know. worth a shot :)
     
  4. Fishhead56

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    These "off" season reports are great.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Tim Choates crews in Gutamala around 96 with the Classic , Magic ect
    had off seasons also from a booking stand point only. But catching was still
    up. As staying local we would chat with the Capt's and book local with them about
    every other week. I learned so much on rigging , bait and switch ect
    Along with beinging part of 150 sails plus released and a few Blues and YFT.
    My message is some ports have an off season and some still catch fish
    but have off season from bookings. Just my $02 This location lands fish!
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  5. kraken33

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    did you troll diving plugs for the wahoo at ladrones, or something else?
     
  6. bigscrnman

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    Wanna do this trip in the worst way, but can't get away till march!!!
     
  7. panamasportfishinglodge

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    did you troll diving plugs for the wahoo at ladrones, or something else?

    Tyler we have good success with diving plugs , but when Hoos are biting they will even take Jigs , just make sure you have wire re-enforce assist hooks , this time of the year the wahoos will take your jig and gone !:eek:
     
  8. panamasportfishinglodge

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    Bret,

    You write an excellent report. So, the brute you and the crew fought was Tiagra and almost spooled it? That is a very strong fish. And even stronger teamwork!

    Do you think it could have been landed on a spinner? say the SR-50?

    As always, Captain Macho is on fish!

    Enoch,
    I wanted to catch a bigger Marlin than the last Black Marlin I caught this year on spinning ,but with that big stick and 50w on 100 lb test Momoi line , I still felt like I needed my bigger 80w , the biggest fish I have caught here is 850# on 80w , I am sure glad that it hit the bigger rod , I could or we could have probably landed the fish on the OTI rod with Stella ,it would have been a chase and at lease 6 hours , because this fish took almost all the line on the first run , the drag and the thumb brake that we were giving the fish and it still end up beating us , max drag took a toll on the back and the legs , we were cracking up the whole time laughing at each other cry , groaning and crying , LOL , this fish definitely got my attention , but I will still try to get a big fish on my OTI rod and coffee grinder
     
  9. panamasportfishinglodge

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    Wanna do this trip in the worst way, but can't get away till march!!!


    waiting on you bgscrnman , March will be an excellent time for Big Stabbers
     
  10. BretABaker

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    i agree psfl is a buzkill compared to that trip!
     
  11. fuelish1

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    great pics, thanks for sharing! congrats on a awesome trip!
     
  12. chf1949

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    MAN, I've got the hots for a trip like that. Greatly appreciate that type of report. Talking fish, rigging, rods, line, reels, etc. It is great education for me.

    Whoever is doing the photo work has it down pat. Fantastic shots. Makes you feel like you are there inside the action.

    Thanks for an awsome report!

    butch
     
  13. panamasportfishinglodge

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    MAN, I've got the hots for a trip like that. Greatly appreciate that type of report. Talking fish, rigging, rods, line, reels, etc. It is great education for me.

    Whoever is doing the photo work has it down pat. Fantastic shots. Makes you feel like you are there inside the action.

    Thanks for an awsome report!

    butch

    Thanks Butch , I have been getting a lot of practice with my camera , it is also a big help that the fish cooperate with the bite , thanks to Capt. Macho , Capt. Sergio , check us out at Panama Sport Fishing Lodge here are some more pics.




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    I would not want to hook that Whale !

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    can I catch a Marlin with OTI rod?

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  14. Minnow

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    What lodge, i can't see nottinggggggggggggg.

    10 grown man will cry .............................
     
  15. Grandpa21

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    I must say John when you sent out that report yesterday my productivity at work flatlined! Can't wait to get down there this December and cry my eyes out:D
     
  16. Boston Tangler

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    Killer report John! Where were those Tuna in August ? I guess its true fish fear me - maybe I will shower more next trip :D

    BTW the underwater shots was that on the Olympus ? looks good keep it up!!
     
  17. Grandpa21

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    Would it be creepy if I legally changed my name to Marlin???:D


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  18. panamasportfishinglodge

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    Would it be creepy if I legally changed my name to Marlin???


    You can , but she wanted a Black Marlin !LOL :eek:
     
  19. panamasportfishinglodge

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    Killer report John! Where were those Tuna in August ? I guess its true fish fear me - maybe I will shower more next trip :D

    BTW the underwater shots was that on the Olympus ? looks good keep it up!!

    I told you to take me fishing , look at my August fishing report , lots of Tunas ,
    if you fish next to the rocks , you will catch other fish , not Tuna , LOL , if you fish in Bodeguita , you can catch a double header ,LOL
     
  20. Boston Tangler

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    I told you to take me fishing , look at my August fishing report , lots of Tunas ,
    if you fish next to the rocks , you will catch other fish , not Tuna , LOL , if you fish in Bodeguita , you can catch a double header ,LOL
    Yeah those double headers can be great action I hear ;)