Fishing with Come Fish Panama were Pete Salvo and his good friend Tommy Sessa from Sunny Isle and Weston, Florida. These experienced anglers have fished in numerous places around the globe, but this would be their first time with us. After settling in at the Bocas Del Mar Hotel for a good night’s rest, they seemed very eager to head offshore in search of their next fishing adventure in the Gulf of Chiriquí. After completing our safety briefing, I asked them what species they were looking to target. Their immediate response was Tuna! With that said, off we went in pursuit of Yellowfin.
The rain continues and sea conditions were relatively smooth. Water temperature is on the cool side which helps us target more species during this part of the fishing season. Water clarity was good, but with visibility somewhat limited, spotting bird and Porpoise activity became more difficult.
10 days ago, Christian set the standard with a monster 278 pound Yellowfin. That set the stage and challenge for Pete and Tommy, as they were eager to land a giant of their own. That’s easier said than done, of course. After picking up our live bait from Julio, we pointed the bow south towards Isla Montuosa. Along the way, we picked up Yellowfin in the 30 to 80 pound class, which were all released. We were on the hunt for bigger prey. Our goal was to put these two anglers on 100 plus pound Tuna on spinning gear so that they could feel their brute strength and a chance at some bragging rights. Once we located the correct birds and Porpoises, we free-lined a Blue Runner on a Shimano Saragosa spinning reel. Tommy was first up, and the game was on! Tommy’s technique and ability helped him land the fish in short order, but then looked at me and said “Wow, what power!” Both anglers caught countless Yellowfin on the first day, but the true test was yet to come. The following day we decided to pick up our favorite monster Tuna bait on the way to Hannibal Bank. With the Tuna Tubes filled with Bonito, anticipation filled the air. Upon arriving at the Bank, we rigged two Bonito and tossed them over. There were a couple of other boats in the area, but they left after an hour or so. Knowing that patience is critical when targeting Marlin or giant Yellowfin, we settled in for the monotony of the slow troll. Around 11 AM, the Shimano Tiagra 30W sang our favorite song out at sea. Mate Jose took the rod and I gunned the boat. There was no doubt that this was a big fish. With Pete all strapped in and ready to go, Jose gave him the rod and Pete was all smiles initially, but not for long. A couple of minutes passed by and Pete’s face was now filled with as he battled a monster Yellowfin Tuna. After a 2 hour and 10 minute fight, Pete’s trophy fish was stretched out on the deck of the “Sweet Leilani”. Now that the fight was over, Pete’s smile slowly returned and hi-fives handed out. There is no doubt that he will remember this fish for the rest of his time. I can only imagine how many stories will be told back home. It is indead a fish of a lifetime. Congratulations!
Our Many Thanks
Come Fish Panama would like to thank Pete and Tommy for choosing to offshore sports fish with us, and look forward to having them here next year in Tropical Panama. We wish them the very best in their future adventures.
Thanks for the update I showed Scott and Timmy this link as well as the PSFL Tuna they caught. Looks like it was going for you guys. Are they still around and anymore hook ups? Let us know we are itching to get down there and fish with you. Tim wants one on spinning- LOL