Iam going to Panama fishing in a couple of weeks and would like some first hand information if possible on the affects of El NINO on the sardinia run. I was there in 1997 when the West Coast of Central America was also dealing with a El NINO influenced weather pattern and the sardinia run was affected adversely consequently the fishing action was slow and some times nonexistant both on in-shore and off-shore species. I would really appreciate a first hand report on water temp and baitfish activity Thanks in advance for your time and help. Tight lines !
I was in Panama (at Tropic Star Lodge) a month ago and the fishing was superb. The black marlin were a little scarse but big yellowfin tuna (early for them), dorado, and sailfish were abundant. No effects of El Nino were evident on the fishing! I've attached a pic of a 218 lb, yellowfin tuna I caught.
Don't know where you are headed but if you are going to Tropic Star, avoid using Fishing International to book. They really screwed up my trip and cost me and my friends an extra $100/person because we had to change our flight reservations at the last minute. Book directly with Tropic Star and save the poor customer service from Fishing International.