Been a while since I had a Panama report, sorry about that!
Kil Song and some of his friends from Korea just came over here to film a TV show. First they hit Cape Cod and then down to Panama for a few days….here is his report
We had a great trip in Cape Cod. Shin could fight two bluefin, one on Tailwalk Gunz and one on Sevenseas Hooker jig on Thursday.
We left Boston for Panama next day and had a blast in Panama.
On the first day(Sat), we had a 350 lbs black marlin within 30 minutes after trolling and Shin fought the marlin all the way by using his prototype jigging rod. The rod is amazing. I plan to introduce them in the US with my specs.
The rods can revolutionize concepts of rods as it can lift over 300 lbs and as soft as glass rod and as light as graphite rod.
We had a few shots at marlin, but we missed. One big black marlin estimated at 600 - 700 lbs was chasing baits on surface just 30 yards away from the boat, but I couldn't believe I couldn't cast a popper though my popping rods was ready just beside me. Instead, I was looking for a camera.
We decided to go inshore for a half day on the second day as we planned to fish peacock bass in Panama Canal on third day instead of chasing marlin/tuna. We will be the only group who choose peacock bass fishing instead of marlin/tuna. but we didn't regret it.
We fished roosterfish/cubera snapper only three hours. Shin could fight a few jacks which we jokingly said they are Panamanian GT. Shin caught his biggest GT of 52 kg in Komodo.
While Shin was reeling in a small jack caught on a popper, a big cubera snapper attacked it, but the fight didn't last long as his 50 lbs leader line got broken. I had a huge hit on my Dorado Slider and I found a huge scale like tarpon's on a hook. Capt Macho said it was a monster cubera snapper.
We had a nice 30 - 35 lbs roosterfish on live bait which was trolled while we were popping. It seems roosterfish were there, but they just ignored our poppers on that particular day.
On the third day, we fished peacock bass in Panama Canal on John's trailered Boston Whalers with a hired guide. I never dreamed I would fish Panama Canal and I never thought there are pristine waters in the Canal.
It's been long time since I enjoyed bass fishing. Shin was also avid bass fishermen. Both of us enjoyed tremendouly fishing around rain forest. We even had a few monkey on our boat as they look for food.
They visited many different parts of world for filming, but they said this trip can’t be topped. Shin already said you would be back to NY/Panama with other group from Korea for bluefin and marlin/yft.
We are leaving for NJ today. If my work schedule allow me, I'd like to guide them for one more trip. It will be bluefin jigging/popping in Cape Cod again or AJ jigging in NC.
Because of my computer problem, I can not upload pictures. I post a few pictures which John posted on bloodydeck.
Thanks John of the Panama Sportfishing Lodge for accomodating us and spent his time with us. I have no doubt the TV show filmed in Cape Cod and Panama will be a big hit in Korea.