CONNECTING TWO MASSIVE BODIES OF WATER, the Panama Canal is a marvel of the modern world that forever changed trade routes across the high seas. Its tumultuous construction led to major economic growth, yet the canal-zone jungle was rife with disease. In completion of the daring project carved out of the tropical isthmus many obstacles were overcome, with yellow fever one of the greatest adversaries. While it is no longer a threat to modern society, initial symptoms of this viral disease comprised backache, muscle pain, nausea and fatigue.
Ask a group of avid anglers to define the most determined fish in the sea and votes will likely stack in favor of the Thunnini tribe, with drawn-out fights resulting in symptoms strangely similar to the scourge of the canal’s construction—backache, muscle pain, nausea and fatigue. While flats fishing enthusiasts argue bonefish are superior pound-for-pound and marlin maniacs think anything lacking a bill is bait, tuna unquestionably pull harder for longer than any other sport fish. Breaching billfish are certainly formidable predators, but their airborne antics are taxing and limit endurance as they exert unnecessary energy in attempt to shake the hook. Tuna have a completely different strategy and simply sound for the depths in hopes you run out of backing.
With reliable seasonal migrations of schooling tuna along the famed Gulf of Chiriquí, anglers are now threatened by yellowfin fever amid pristine and remote jungle landscapes. This easily diagnosed malady is difficult to cure and after a trip to Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge (fishpanamatoday.com), you’ll be forever hopelessly infected.
Adventurous anglers with a taste for exotic travel have many destinations worth exploring. World-class exploits and ludicrous beauty often complement isolated fishing retreats, where mere words and photos alone cannot paint an accurate portrayal. This idyllic lodge set in the wild and breathtaking Pacific Ocean is one such haven. In the beginning, the small plot of land on Isla Parida was established as a family fishing hideaway. Enchanted by Panama and impaired by yellowfin fever, Shane Jarvis proposed the development of an island lodge offering exotic and one-of-a-kind experiences to fishing enthusiasts seeking perfection in service, equipment, and settings. Resting 12 miles offshore in the heart of a national marine park encompassing over 50 square miles protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Isla Parida is the largest island in the Gulf of Chiriquí and only accessible by boat. You can’t get an accurate representation until you see it for yourself, but the cozy jungle lodge with south-facing visage features amenities to accommodate up to 12 guests in three separate houses with air conditioning and hot water showers. You are very much off the grid and immersed in the dense jungle with exotic hardwood canopies and palm tree-lined beaches edged in volcanic rock, but Wi-Fi does exist if you so choose to check your email.
Revealed to the public in 2005 and now equipped with two 33-foot World Cats and a 25-foot SeaCraft, Shane’s operation puts clients from around the world on a host of species with Accurate conventional reels matched to custom Blackfin rods. Casting duties are handled with Shimano spinning reels and Yo-Zuri poppers and stick baits. While an abundance of prized game fish will highlight any foreign fishing excursion, when fishing in Panama one can’t ignore the dense foliage and diverse wildlife. This is unbeaten on Isla Parida where building structures are set unobtrusively into the green hillside mixing with the rocky shoreline. The setting is spectacular and far from the distractions of our everyday lives. While there are a number of fishing operations along the Tuna Coast, Shane’s boutique lodge may be Panama’s best as its proximity to fertile offshore waters separates it from any other operation.
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A Whole Different Animal - Wild Cats that Got the Cream
MOST ANGLERS HAVE STRONG BELIEFS ABOUT WHAT HULL TYPE IS BEST. Running hard in rough water requires a seaworthy platform with the strength and stability to keep you safe, comfortable and dry. Among the different trends that have consequently become evident from the evolution of center consoles, boat builders are cornering a new niche of complex and competitive catamarans harnessing more outboard power than ever before. Breaking the barrier with innovative hull designs and deck layouts, the newest catamarans offer unobstructed fishability while providing increased fuel economy and speed per applied horsepower.
Pulley Ridge 2.0 The Jig Is Up
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THERE HAVE BEEN COUNTLESS TECHNOLOGIES AND INNOVATIONS inspired by the animal kingdom, with the science of emulating nature known as biomimetics. Evolution has perfected natural designs and environmental approaches over hundreds of millions of years, providing chemists, biologists and engineers with a perfect platform to advance modern materials and manufacturing processes. Learning the way of the lotus leaf has revealed remarkable self-cleaning properties resulting from the unique flora’s ultrahydrophobic surface architecture producing water droplets in nearly perfect spherical shape.
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Full Steam Ahead
I RELOCATED TO FLORIDA FROM MARYLAND about a year ago and cherish the year-round opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Although I have fallen in love with saltwater fishing, I miss crabbing in the Chesapeake Bay. What is the most effective method to catch blue crabs in Florida and what are the rules and regulations for recreational harvesters setting traps here?
REMAINING RATHER UNCHANGED for thousands of years, cast nets appear to be simple tools. Toss atop a school of baitfish and haul in your bounty. However, cast nets are available in a variety of sizes and styles comprising minute differences to suit a host of species and water conditions. Delivery is important, but it is the sewing of panels, lead line weight and mesh size that determines a net’s performance.
BRINGING OVER FOUR DECADES of yacht building excellence to the table, Henriques Yachts has established itself as one of the most reputable manufacturers in the industry with an extensive collection of offshore fishing platforms trusted by big game anglers around the world. Included in the impressive lineup is this well-equipped express with a newly designed deep-V hull, delivering dependable performance and fantastic fishability
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