It depends on what you want to catch, what your schedule is and your budget. Use the table below to see what is biting when
TROPIC STAR LODGE FISHING GUIDLINES
*The chart and monthly breakdown is a guideline; many factors go into the migratory path. Water temperature, wind, current and bait can cause these normal patterns to fluctuate. We are only 7 degrees from the equator.
JANUARY: Considered one of the most popular months for black marlin, blue marlin, yellowfin tuna (100-250 pounds), big sailfish (over 100-pounds) and big dorado (50-60 pound range). It can get bumpy at this time as the north trade wind brings cooler water and tailing marlin.
FEBRUARY: Very similar to January. Offshore the blue marlin and striped marlin like the cooler water, and the black marlin are on the Zane Grey Reef. It’s one of the best months for Grand Slams.
MARCH: One of the top months for big yellowfin tuna. Black marlin, blue marlin and an occasional striped marlin are on the menu too. It can be one of the best months for inshore fishing for big roosterfish and Cubera snapper.
APRIL: This is our transition month. The inshore bite is excellent and record sized roosterfish are biting along with Cubera snappers and a host of other inshore game fish. Hoards of school sized yellowfin tuna (20-60 pounds) invade the coastal waters surrounding Piñas Bay. Billfishing can be sporadic and depends on the weather conditions. The seas are typically flat calm.
MAY: The wind starts coming out of the south, bringing bait-balls down the coast, which usually signals the arrival of hungry sailfish as well as other gamefish. This is a time where we focus on catching sailfish, many within 2 miles from shore. They can be caught offshore as well. You may also get a shot at a marlin, but we tend to spend more time chasing sailfish. May is also prime time for inshore fishing and there are plenty of trophy roosterfish, Cubera snapper and other inshore gamefish along the coast. The most productive techniques are trolled live baits and casting topwater poppers/plugs. Very calm seas.
JUNE: Very similar to May, the sailfish season is in full swing. Not uncommon to get multiple bites per day including double and triple hookups. Black marlin, blue marlin and striped marlin can also be caught at this time. Inshore can be a bonanza; June and July are some of the best months for big roosterfish, some over 70 pounds. It’s one of our cooler months, due to overcast conditions and occasional showers, mostly onshore. Very calm seas.
JULY: One of our best months for a variety of fish. Black marlin, blue marlin, along with sailfish and dorado round out the species… Grand Slams are common. Inshore fishing can be very productive for big roosterfish and Cubera snapper. This month is cooler than the “Panama Summer” months of January and February due to occasional onshore showers. Very calm seas.
AUGUST: Good month for a variety of billfish; including black marlin, blue marlin and sailfish. Inshore fishing for roosterfish and Cubera snapper can be very good. Occasional showers, mostly onshore and calm seas. Overcast days and a few offshore showers help to keep the temperatures very comfortable.
SEPTEMBER: The black marlin and blue marlin fishing can be excellent… Wahoo fishing should be at its best and inshore fishing is normally very productive. The weather is very similar to August, so some short daily showers will occur but the rain doesn't normally last more than an hour and evaporates so quickly you'll forget it was there. We close for maintenance from the last week of September till the third week of November.
NOVEMBER: We open the last week of November with our own Tropic Star Lodge tournament. The black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, and 40-60 pound dorado are typically there waiting for us. Inshore fishing for roosterfish and Cubera snapper is good as well. November marks the end of the rainy season. Debris-lines can form offshore that hold lots of bait and fish. The seas are very calm; you can experience a rain shower, mainly onshore…
DECEMBER: Great all around month for most species. black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, yellowfin tuna, (100-250 pounds), dorado (50-60 pound range) are biting. Inshore fishing for big roosterfish and Cubera snappers are in full swing. It’s a great month for a variety of fish.