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    Good Birthday Gift

    I sent my Better Half down to the TropicStar Lodge at Piñas Bay in Panama with a bunch of his buddies for some hardcore big game fishing. He definitely had a good time.



    He caught forty of these bad boys in ONE DAY, the smallest one was about 40 pounds and the largest about 120 pounds. I have no idea how a person manages to catch forty fish that big in one day, I would have been ready for a nap after just one of those big guys.

    He also caught his first roosterfish, which I think is one of the coolest looking fish in the ocean, and a spectacular fighter.



    Piñas Bay is most famous for black marlin and sailfish, but this is not the right time of year for billfish. But nobody came back from the trip disappointed, that's for sure. The TropicStar Lodge is a first class operation by all accounts. More info here: http://www.tropicstar.com/

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    Re: Good Birthday Gift

    That roosterfish is amazing.

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    That's alot of dead fish....looks like a yellow fin tuna.

    Glad it wasn't the blue fin tuna (endangered).

    Gary

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    Very cool!
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    Re: Good Birthday Gift

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    That's alot of dead fish....looks like a yellow fin tuna.

    Glad it wasn't the blue fin tuna (endangered).

    Gary
    Yes, it's yellowfin tuna. They each kept two tunas, and released the rest of the fish unharmed. We are big believers in "catch & release" fishing. FWIW, so is the staff at the TropicStar Lodge - they were the first to start releasing all billfish when all the other fishing lodges and charters in in Central America were killing everything so that they could hang it on a wall. They have fought hard to preserve the fishery so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.

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    Re: Good Birthday Gift

    Quote Originally Posted by tokengirl View Post
    Yes, it's yellowfin tuna. They each kept two tunas, and released the rest of the fish unharmed. We are big believers in "catch & release" fishing. FWIW, so is the staff at the TropicStar Lodge - they were the first to start releasing all billfish when all the other fishing lodges and charters in in Central America were killing everything so that they could hang it on a wall. They have fought hard to preserve the fishery so that it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
    Glad to hear it! Fish stocks around the globe are being depleted at an unprecedented rate now. Over fishing together with the environmental degradation of the oceans is not a good omen for the future. I wonder if 50-100 years from now this kind of sport fishing experience will even be possible.

    Gary

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    Gary,

    I think that's going to be determined by the commercial fishing industry. The impact of sport fishing has always been a small blip comparatively speaking, and now it's an even smaller blip because of the high numbers of sport fishermen who practice catch & release.

    It's an incredibly complicated issue, but it basically comes down to commercial interests versus recreational interests. The arguments often get ugly.

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    Are blue fin tuna not for fishing? I mean , do the government warn people not to include the rare fishes or endangered for their fishing .,?

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