The McGaugh family, consisting of Scott, Jessica and little Randall, traveled from Seattle, Washington for some fun in the sun. Scott is the owner of Elite Sport Fishing Connections based out of Port Orchard, Washington. His company organizes fresh and saltwater fishing adventures in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Besides enjoying a family vacation, Scott was interested in targeting some of Panama’s Yellowfin Tuna and other species. After a brief meeting at the Bocas del Mar Hotel, we made the short walk to the hotel dock and boarded the “Sweet Leilani” for our first of 3 days of fishing.
Rainy season has started in Panama. Neither the relatively rough conditions nor the poor water clarity were going to stop this angling family from testing their skills and strength on this outing. Excitement was high, so we didn’t waste any time getting to the fish.
Mahi, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna Slam
After picking up our live bait at Julio’s, we made our way south towards the last known area where the Yellowfin Tuna had been spotted. Jessica was the first to get hooked up to a nice, “football” Tuna. After a quick photo, the fish was released. Scott was next with a 30 pound Yellowfin and it too was released to grow up and fight another day. With the warm-ups out of the way, it was time to look for a more substantial-size fish for Scott. We spotted a pod of Dolphins and working birds, and automatically, our confidence level increased. I rigged and deployed a Blue Runner on a 30W and Jose, my Mate, tossed out another on spinning gear which was slammed almost immediately. All Scott could do at this point was to hold on tight and wait for the big fish to slow down and give him an opportunity to recover some of his line. After a brutal give and take, Scott was able to land his first ever Yellowfin Tuna on a spinning outfit. Congratulations, Scott! Nice job. After fighting several Tuna, we changed things a bit in search of some other species. It wasn’t long before Jessica and Scott hooked and landed a couple of acrobatic Dorados. After boating both of them and putting them on ice for dinner, we switched our trolling lures and cruised over to a spot we call “Wahoo Wonder” to see if we could hook up young Randall. We made several passes, and just as we were going to pick up the lines and head home, the one reel started to scream. Randall handled that fish like a pro, bringing it to the boat. However, this Wahoo wasn’t ready for the grill just yet. He shook his head one last time and managed to set himself free. Randall was not disappointed, as he knew tomorrow was another day. In addition to doing some fishing with her husband and son, Jessica enjoyed kayaking, hikes, and other activities around Boca Chica.
Once again, we would like to thank the McGaugh Family for choosing to sports fish with us as we know there are many other fishing guides in the area. We hope that Come Fish Panama was able to meet or exceed their expectations, and that we have an opportunity to meet again in the future.