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Old 12-31-2008, 07:12 AM   #1
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As we move on through the month of December I can tell you that this season is indeed
shaping up pretty good. We are seeing decent numbers of Marlin, both Black and Blue
and a few rather large Tunas moving through the area. Don’t be mistaken, the Marlin are
rather big, averaging 400-500 lbs.

Michael Viljoen and Kevin Hodgson also joined us for the first time this week. These two
South African guys are well seasoned fishermen and have fished in many of the world’s
most exotic locations, including Ghana, Madeira, Bom Bom and Australia. Over the week
they released a total of 1 Black Marlin, three nice sized Blue Marlin. On the fourth day
Michael hooked up onto a giant Yellowfin Tuna. He battled the fish for 3 ˝ hours on
50lb standup gear. As the battle waged on into the late evening we made radio contact
with the boat to let them know that he would need to get the fish into the boat before 5:15
pm or else he would need to cut the line. Michael put the heat on and exactly at 5:15 they
got a gaff shot at the fish and boated it. The giant weighed in at a hefty 222 ˝ lbs, a
spectacular catch and the biggest that Mike has ever caught. Congrats on a well fought
battle and hope that your luck continues into next week on your Guatemala trip.

Stan Plunkett, his son Marc and wife Connie Grass and Larry Watkins joined us this
week for six full days of fishing. Stan had an unforgettable trip. He released his first
Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish over the course of the week. Connie also
had a few shots and released her first Black Marlin and Pacific Sailfish. She also scored
well with an extremely large Dorado weighing in at 80 lbs. Larry also had a great scoring
his first Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish. Larry is already making plans to
return next year and do it all over again. Congratulations to all of you on a great trip!

James Vaughns and Janet Maxwell joined us this week for their fourth trip to Tropic Star.
Janet Maxwell released her first Black Marlin. The couple also and spent quite a bit of
time jigging on the reef. They were well rewarded with some nice sized amberjacks.

Christopher Deen and his wife Patti Deen joined us this week for some TSL fishing.
Christopher had the time of his life on this trip, releasing his first Black Marlin, Blue
Marlin and Pacific Sailfish. His wife Patti released her first Pacific Sailfish.

Larry Flynn, his wife Julie and friend Vivian Pearce also joined us this week at the lodge.
Julie released her first Black Marlin and Vivian did a great job on a really nice sized Blue
Marlin. The tallied up at 3 Blues, 1 Black and a few Dorado thrown in the mix.

Randy and Melissa Morton were also here for the first time and did very well. Randy
released his first Black Marlin and Pacific Sailfish and Melissa released her first Pacific
Sailfish.

Michael Sweet, Michael Lustgarten, Bill Connolly and Gary Sweet also joined us this
week. Bill had a shot at a nice Black Marlin and got his First release. Michael Lustgarten
also released his first Blue Marlin. Congrats!

The crews from the television series Wanna Go Fishing were also here this week filming
a couple of episodes. This trip was all about inshore fishing and the guys had a great time
pursuing Roosterfish, Amberjack and Snappers. The went 4 for 5 on Roosterfish on one
morning and although the fish were not very large they were great game on light tackle
gear.

Michael Farien released his first Blue Marlin.
Cynthia Richmond released her first Pacific Sailfish.
John Soderberg released his first Pacific Sailfish.
Lois Baltes released her first pacific Sailfish.
Edward Carvotta released his first Pacific Sailfish.

We are up to 121 Marlin releases for the month of December, and this season is shaping
up to be as good as any other. We all wait in anticipation for the annual run of Black
Marlin on the Zane Grey Reef which usually begins in January.

Albert Battoo
Dock Master

PS; Tropic Star typically books up a year or more in advance, but this season because of
the financial crisis, they have been having some cancellations. If you have the $$$, here’s
a chance for you to get in on the fishing adventure of a lifetime. Give me a call,


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Old 12-31-2008, 11:58 AM   #2
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He battled the fish for 3 ˝ hours ...

And someone is gonna cut the line? What, so no one will be late for dinner? I hope there's more to it, because at face value it doesn't sound like a class outfit ...
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Old 12-31-2008, 12:58 PM   #3
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That's the rule there. They explain it prior to any fishing being done. More of a safety issue, they don't run radar and the coast gets real sticky after an early dark falls in the tropics. Plus, the drug runners tend to be out after dark. They don't want any incidents with paying guests. First class all the way. But, you don't want to miss the dinner anyway.-T
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Old 12-31-2008, 02:36 PM   #4
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Are they still having the issues with the commercial fisherman and they tuna pins and trying to harass fisherman?
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Old 12-31-2008, 07:29 PM   #5
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Are they still having the issues with the commercial fisherman and they tuna pins and trying to harass fisherman?
I think that problem was in Mexico 2500 miles to the North.

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Old 01-01-2009, 10:27 AM   #6
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Are they still having the issues with the commercial fisherman and they tuna pins and trying to harass fisherman?
I think that problem was in Mexico 2500 miles to the North.Try AgainLa Luz
That happened two years ago with a purse seiner operating inside the 20mi limit.

Tropic Star's report is kinda skeptical - they didn't report the mate tried to wire a green marlin and it landed on a man while he was in the chair! Caught on film, they also gave out a grand slam cert to a guy who didn't catch all in the same day. Touchy-feely-make yourself happy sort of place nowadays - so if you get three marlin in a week they laud you with certificates. I find it very expensive per pound. They are still nicking them $50 pp/day fuel surcharge when everyone else has dropped those.


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Old 01-02-2009, 06:37 AM   #7
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They dropped the fuel surcharge when prices went down.
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Diesel prices haven't dropped in Panama yet, but they will. It is $4.40 gal. And, latest word is TS is still doing the surcharge for January.
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Old 01-04-2009, 08:48 AM   #9
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I have clients fishing there in January, and they haven't been hit with the fuel surcharge.
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Diesel prices haven't dropped in Panama yet, but they will. It is $4.40 gal. And, latest word is TS is still doing the surcharge for January.
Just drove by the Delta gas station in Costa Del Este Diesel is $1.90 per gallon, Reg gas is $ 1.82 per gal. full service.

Guess you have been out of Panama for a while.

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That's not marine fuel. And there's no tax on gasoline anymore.
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I have clients fishing there in January, and they haven't been hit with the fuel surcharge.
If you didn't collect it, they did down there. That was the main bitch of my friends - being hit up for $300 each on top of the outrageous booze prices.
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Old 01-07-2009, 05:12 AM   #13
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I don't know when your friends were there. People who went in December paid it. Now they don't.
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I want to clear up the "fuel surcharge" at Tropic Star.
I have booked a number of my clients there this season as a result of cancellations due to the financial crisis that we are going through.
None of these clients were hit with the fuel surcharge.
I had other clients booked there in December that did pay the surcharge.
Anglers in December and January who had booked their trips last year (normally the lodge is booked up for peak season a year or more in advance) were hit with the fuel surcharge. New booking were not.
The reason that they kept the fuel surcharge in effect, was that all their fuel was purchased in the fall at the higher rates that existed then.
Unlike you and I, Tropic Star doesn't pull up to their local station and fill up. All of their fuel is barged down to the lodge, and they store two months supply in thier tanks.
I hope this clears everything up.
If not, I can give it another shot.
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