Panama Fishing Report- Start of the 2012-2013 Come Fish Panama Season
Panama Fishing Report
Come Fish Panama Lodge
by Capt. Kerry H. Leggett
Inshore Sports Fishing
Come Fish Panama’s 2012/2013 fishing season officially opened on November 1st. This is the time of year when the rainy season starts to slowly give way to the sunshine of summer. Helping us start the new season were Jim, Landry and Kelly from Oklahoma. Conditions were excellent, with clear water and mostly cloudy skies. Winds were light and variable and seas were smooth. So off to the fishing grounds we went!
On the way we spotted a school of small Bonito and Skipjack Tuna feeding on Squid. We decided to bypass them and proceed to our spot "Wahoo Wonder" where the Wahoo typically can be found during this time of the year. Once there, we started to deploy our Wahoo spread, and by the time the last lure was out, we had a screamer going. The fish were there and willing to accept our morning offering. Kelly was up first and holding tight with a Shimano Tiagra 16. The powerful fish made its last run, so Kelly went to work and had the Wahoo in the box within minutes. Out went the Wahoo spread and once again we had a fish on! Jim took this fish which had a longer initial run than Kelly’s. After a few minutes, this ‘Hoo made it to the box as well. We had multiple Wahoo hits that morning, so after Landry did his workout, we decided to move on to other species. This is the beauty of offshore fishing in Chiriquí, Panama, a destination where you can catch countless species of saltwater game fish within a relatively short distance of each other.
Making the turn around the island, we saw some Humpback Whales putting on a show for these "Sooners" that Sea World would be proud to have. Kelly mentioned he had seen them before but not that close, so I humorously told him that it was part of the Come Fish Panama Vacation Package. Back to the fishing we went and settled in on top of a spot that normally holds Mullet Snappers. The action was light today, but both Jim and Landry managed to battle two nice fish for a boat-side release. After the Mullet Snapper action, we moved on to another drop that provided a different method of fishing. Kelly hooked up with an Amberjack and Jim got into the action right away with a nice, colorful Bluefin Trevally. Blue Jacks, as they are commonly called, will put any angler's tackle to the test. They are very tasty, often being compared to Lobster. But as usual, we let this one fight another day with Mate Turo having honors of setting it free.
Jim mentioned to me on the day they arrived that if there was a possibility to land a Roosterfish, he would really like one. I asked the others if they also wanted one and they shook their heads as if saying “me too”. Turo and I worked hard to give our guests a chance of fighting a Rooster. Jim and Kelly got their opportunity by catching and releasing a beautiful fish each. We tried to get Landry in on the Rooster action as well, but time ran out on us. We will certainly have to target that the next time he's back with us.
From all of us at Come Fish Panama, we would like to thank Jim, Landry and Kelly for choosing to fish with us and open our 2012/2013 fishing season. We recognize there are other providers out there and appreciate them trusting us with their business. We look forward to taking them Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna fishing during the peak season in the near future.
Tight Lines from Tropical Panama,
Capt. Kerry H. Leggett
Come Fish Panama Lodge www.ComeFishPanama.com
Phone- (414)- 484-6131 U.S.
Phone- (507)- 6530-9669 Panama
Re: Panama Fishing Report- Start of the 2012-2013 Come Fish Panama Season
Capt. Kerry I did not see this report from you... Wow, wahoo on the menu and I see you guy's hooked up! I rarely see Hoo' pic's in this forum. One thing for sure Todd and Len's want to hook up with a Roosterfish when were down there so you'll need to turn them on bro!