Panama Fishing Report - Texans and Tunas! - April 8-9, 2013
Roland, Gary, Jimmy, and David fished with me on the "TOP Cat" for a two day charter out of Boca Chica. These boys from Houston, Texas were in Panama for the first time and were chomping at the bit to get offshore! The first morning we shot directly towards Hannibal Bank. I noticed a huge mark on the radar a couple of miles north east of Hannibal. As we moved into the area it was probably a mile square of birds, Porpoises, and busting Tunas! No big surprise to me, as this is the norm this time of year, but it is always cool to see the looks and reaction of the clients as they see it for the first time. And these guys were pumped!
Although the Tunas have been thick it has not been easy to put the hook in them. It seems that early in the morning and late, late in the afternoon have been the best times for hookups. As the late morning and afternoon progress it's hard to get them to eat. The tunas between Coiba and Hannibal are eating small crabs and the fish toward Montuosa are focused on small red sardines. Although the Tunas are still real picky....we got a few shots, missed a few, and caught a few.
The second day we went to Isla Montuosa first and found green water with little activity. We chased the Tunas around for a while but didn't have much luck. We did happen to catch some nice little Bonitos that we used to raise a couple of Sailfish. Jimmy got his first Pacific Sail and was elated! Enjoy the pics!...