Greetings from Hooked on Panama Lodge!
April 16th – 25th
Bill and Pam Mcllwee were here for a week of fishing and relaxing. They fished on and off for three days and enjoyed the property on their down days. It was a little slow offshore with a few dorado and yellowfin tuna. Inshore a few nice cubrera snapper and a roosterfish. This was their 4th trip here, it’s always nice having them down at the lodge, and we look forward to seeing them again in December 2019.
Right after Bill and Pam, we had 18 speardivers with Diving for a Cause here from the 26th of April through May 5th with all their gear and school supplies for the local schools in our area. Wherever they go they donate supplies and the fish they shoot along with their time at the schools. Of course we kept enough for some poke and sashimi!
They have been coming here yearly since 2013. This year they only shot 9 Yellow Fin Tuna and 1 Wahoo compared to 32 Yellow Fin Tuna last year, but it wasn’t due to the lack of fish. They just didn’t get the right shots or (maybe they needed to sharpen their spears 🙂 By the way, they only spear in blue water, and not on the reefs. If you would like to see their programs and community services go to: divingforacause.org or you can find them on Facebook.
May 7th – 10th
Bert Brundige and his buds David S., John, Tony, Guy, Blake and David B. were here fishing 2 boats. Focusing offshore several marlin were released, one blue at 400 plus lbs. estimated weight. They released several sailfish and also landed several dorado from small up to 50lbs. While inshore they caught a wide variety of cubera, roosterfish, jacks and snappers.
Also at the same time, we had Bob Brown and his 2 sons Kit and Matthew. Bob I believe at 78 years young, was hoping for a decent size yellowfin tuna, marlin and a roosterfish. Well, Bob accomplished that bucket list, landing a rooster at 60 lbs, 1 blue marlin 250 lbs, and a yellowfin tuna at 60 lbs, estimated weights.
They also released several sailfish, and brought in several dorado and a variety of snappers. You can find us on Facebook at Hooked on Panama and Aqua Adventures Panama.