2017 Fishing Season Highlights

Marlin fishing at the Tropic Star Lodge

The waters off Piñas Bay have been a good consistent temperature running around that 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The winds of change have arrived a little early and we have experienced our first rains of the season. With winds blowing on shore, the cleaner water has started making its way in, so we are getting fantastic clear water all the way right up to the rocks on shore.

Sailfish close to the boat, ready to be release
The ocean has been like glass and our anglers are able to see for miles. The sea surface temperature has been irregular and varies day to day, running cold one day and warmer the next. Currents are not flowing in their usual direction, south to north. Instead the currents have resembled more of a spider web. On some days, there has been little to no current which can make it tough to find bait and also making the fish lethargic.

Tropic Star Lodge bringing in the Black Marlin

Return of the Black. The Black Marlin bite carried on from the previous week. Boats were raising good numbers of fish and by the second day most boats had had multiple shots and releases of billfish. By the end of day two our fleet had released 18 Black Marlin and a few of our boats released Striped and Blue Marlin. Sailfish were also coming up into our spreads.

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The Black Marlin fishing at Tropic Star Lodge is why many of our guests come to join us in Peak Season. As always, fishing can be unpredictable: sometimes it can be fair, sometimes it can be red hot. This week our guests were here during an amazing stretch of top-notch fishing. The fleet released a phenomenal 69 Black Marlin in the six days of fishing, and a lonely single Blue Marlin also joined the ranks.

Fish on!

For the start of the week we had glassy calm seas, Bluebird colored skies, and not a breath of wind. The water was iridescent blue and the sea temperature was a perfect 83 degrees Fahrenheit. The currents were further offshore making the run to the fishing grounds a little longer than normal. After the first two days on the water we experienced a little breeze and a little chop. This was when the bite turned on. As the week progressed; the currents moved closer in, allowing our fleet to get their baits in the water quicker and more time with lines in the water.

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635 N. Rio Grande Ave.,
Orlando, FL 32805
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