The Arosemena family, from Panama City, Panama, contacted us a week before the start of their vacation wanting to do some offshore fishing. They were interested in spending 2 days fishing, but we had only 1 day left available, so Maria Ines booked the open date for her family. After meeting Rodrigo, his wife Maria Ines, and their 2 wonderful sons Juan Marcos and Nicholas, we boarded the “Sweet Leilani” and headed offshore.
We could not have asked for better weather. The skies were partly cloudy, seas were 1-2 feet, and there was enough of a breeze to cool things off. The water was clear and a deep blue in color.
As we headed south towards Isla Montuosa, we spotted a nice floating log with signs of life around it. I tossed a popper and the Mate Jose threw out a rigged Blue Runner. Almost immediately we had a double hook up on spinning tackle. Nicholas, the younger of the 2, took the popping rod and landed a small Dorado in the 10-15 pound range. His brother, Juan Marcos, enjoyed a very nice fight with a Bull Dorado. Mom and Dad wanted to get into the action also, so we rigged another Blue Runner for Maria Ines. In just minutes, she was hooked up to another Bull Dorado. She fought her fish, and smiled from cheek to cheek once she saw it on the surface. Once the fish was safely in the box, we repositioned the boat, this time trying to get Rodrigo in on the action. Unfortunately, the bite just shut down. We tried the poppers a few more times but we couldn’t trigger a reaction from the fish. Satisfied with the 3 nice Dorados from around the log, we decided to push on towards Isla Montosa.
Birds & Porpoises
Less than 10 minutes after leaving the Dorado log, we spotted diving birds and Porpoises tearing up a bait ball of Sardines. We quickly rigged up another Blue Runner on a Shimano 30W, and tossed it out. Almost instantaneously, a Yellowfin Tuna took the bait and began a long and powerful run. Rodrigo had a bent rod and the fight was on. Jose quickly threw out a second live-bait on a spinning rod, and just like that, we were doubled up on Yellowfin. The action was hot and heavy but it was all about positioning Juan Marco and Rodrigo for them not to lose their fish. Both anglers had a good size Tuna on, so we got the harness for Rodrigo and Jose helped Juan Marco land the fish of his life time. After both Tuna were boated, these tired anglers had a better understanding of the power of these fish! After seeing all the action, little Nicholas wanted his Tuna as well. I decided to troll a couple of feathers, since we typically catch the smaller “football” Tuna which are more in his weight class. The feather worked like a charm and little Nicholas was on. What a day this young angler had!
We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the Arosemena family for giving Come Fish Panama the opportunity to take them offshore fishing for some Dorado and Yellowfin. We look forward to having them back on the “Sweet Leilani” in the near future, perhaps chasing Wahoo. For our loyal readers with families, remember that children between 6 and 12 years old fish for free at Come Fish Panama. We welcome the opportunity to teach your kids the importance of safe boating and good sportsmanship. From our family to yours, we hope to see you soon in Panama.