Our guests this week were returning anglers, Junior and his wife Nitzia from Panama City, Panama. These two avid anglers have fished with us on three separate occasions during the past two years, and itís always a pleasure to have them onboard. During past trips, they caught Wahoo, almost every bottom species you can think of, and a fair amount of Yellowfin Tuna. This trip was to be an anything goes one, so we set out in search of some early signs of bird and Porpoise activity.
We had a heavy overcast sky with threatening rain, so we donned our rain gear for the run offshore. Water clarity was a beautiful blue and the surface smooth as glass. We love these conditions for an offshore run, and were very appreciative considering this time of the year when things are usually less than perfect.
Approximately 7 miles north of Isla Montuosa, we spotted a drifting log and decided to take a closer look to see if it was holding any fish. We rigged a Blue Runner on a 14/0 Mustad hook and tossed it out. In just a few minutes, the reel started to scream and we had our first bent rod of the early morning. Nitzia took center stage and had a blast fighting a nice Bull Dorado that had been lurking below. After several powerful runs, Nitzia boated the beautiful fish which made front cover of our Facebook page. Not wanting to be left out, Junior tossed out another Blue Runner and bang, he too was on another nice Bull Dorado. The log produced a total of 4 Dorados, so it was time to move on to other species. Perhaps we could hook them up with something less acrobatic but more powerful. Itís Tuna time!
Once locating the Porpoises and birds, we followed the same, proven technique of offering a lively Blue Runner. Our first pass had no takers, so we repositioned the boat once again. It took some time for a Yellowfin to find our bait, but when it did, the Shimano 30W started peeling line at a fast rate. Junior engaged the drag to the strike position and the fish was on! This seemed like a big fish based on the stress on the bent rod, so my Mate, Jose, grabbed the fighting belt and Junior took it from there. Nitzia also enjoyed her experience fighting these powerful fish, which is what this couple came to do. The day finally came to an end, and it was time to head back to the hotel dock in Boca Chica.
Once again we would like to thank both of these loyal clients and friends. We enjoy their company very much and look forward to taking them offshore next year. Junior wants to check off that elusive Marlin from his bucket list. Congratulations to Nitzia on her Big Bull Dorado!