Every year here in Panama the Yellowfin Tunas show up in huge numbers the Gulf of Chiriqui. Massive schools of YFT follow spawning baitfish, squid, and crabs that migrate northward up into the gulf yearly. Around February the Tunas start to make their way from down south around Isla Coiba and Isla Jicaron and move slowly north bound following the many food sources. Spots like Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa, further north up into into the gulf like at Isla Montuosa, and even just a few miles south of Isla Secas and Isla Paridas at the height of the Tuna season, are the scene of major clashes of these bait and predators.
Massive feeding frenzys occur when these schools of Yellowfin Tuna collide with the schools of bait and begin wildly feeding in a blurr of white water and splashing confusion that will get any fisheraman's blood boling with excitement. Tunas are the ultimate eating machines that can reach speeds up to 50 mph! And when hundreds and hundreds of these speedy tunas are fixated on feeding and begin attacking their prey it is a sight to see! It is not uncommon to witness first hand one of mother nature's great wonders while out fishing here in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama during the months of February through July. I have been lucky enough to experience these feeding frenzys on many occasions over the years and it never ceases to amaze me. Here are a few of the videos I've taken over the past couple of years..........
If you'd like to get into the middle of one of these Tuna Frenzys and experience first hand....get to the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama this year and see for yourself!
Capt. Shane Jarvis
Propiedad de Paradise Lodge
Isla Paridas, Panama