Hard working Bertram boats in use a the Tropic Star Lodge
photo by Guy Harvey
Boats & Crews: Our rainbow fleet of 16 customized, fully rigged, Bertram 31’s are powered by twin diesel engines, efficient enough for the Pacific Ocean. Rest assured you won’t be left at the dock as we fish a maximum of 12 boats daily. All boats are outfitted with GPS, VHF radios, custom tuna tubes and baitwell. Our captains are all local and have been fishing Piñas waters for many years. Several have learned their extraordinary fishing skills from past generations of captains and are considered legends in the gamefishing realm. Over the years our crews have guided anglers to hundreds of IGFA world records.
The Tropic Star Lodge is completely self sufficient. All the up-keep and repairs of the boats and the tackle is done in-house. You will never have to worry about being on the water with poorly maintained equipment.
These boats have earned a justifiable reputation as true fishing workhorse, and the Tropic Star fleet runs 10 months of the year, rain or shine, a true testament to the enduring practicality of this famous Bertram design. As you would expect, running a lodge in a remote jungle is like running a small city. When things break down out there, you also need to know how to fix it yourself. Toward that end, Andrews has built an impressive boatyard on site, complete with machine and carpentry shops, a marine railway and enough spare parts to rebuild an engine in a matter of hours.
Over the years the fleet has been updated to include an incredible live- bait well system which holds 6-live bonito, as well as small baits like Goggle-Eyes. The live-bait-well system has made inshore fishing for large roosterfish & Cubera snapper very popular, with numerous roosterfish in the 50-70-pound range. The bait well, designed by Mike Andrews, was instrumental in making the fishing better than ever, by putting live-bait on the menu.
The Pollyanna is Tropic Star Lodge’s upgraded fishing boat. Modern, fast and comfortable; this 45 foot Hatteras offers guests the chance to increase the number of anglers aboard to 6 people. The enclosed lounge offers guests more seating, a quieter experience and air conditioned comfort. Pollyanna is operated by Tropic Star Lodge’s Captain Zane Andrews, who has fished the waters of Piñas Bay his entire life and knows where the fish are.
- Year: 1985
- Length: 45 ft
- Engines: twin CAT C-12. 710 HP each
- Gears: ZF 325-1A
- Generator: Phasor
- 2 AC systems
- Furuno NavNet GPS/radar/sounder
Tropic Star Lodge offers 3, 4 or 6 day fishing packages for up to 6 anglers aboard the 45’ Hatteras fishing yacht, POLLYANNA. Guests are charged by number of anglers aboard Pollyanna and the numbers of days fishing. Price varies by season. Limited Availability.