Panama’s Tropic Star Lodge and Gamboa’s Rainforest Resort

Incredible Billfishing and Peacock Bass

text and photos by Mary L. Peachin and courtesy of Tropic Star Lodge and Guy Harvey

January, 2010 Vol.14  No.5

Black MARLIN JUMPINGSail unfurled, the billfish exploded out of the water. Less than half a mile off Panama’s Darien coast, sailfish gorge on migrating Pacific sardines. During the winter months, black and blue marlin school around Zane Grey Reef, a seamount rising from a depth of 300 to 110-feet beneath the ocean’s surface. Covering about 200-yards, marlin, sailfish tuna and other pelagics congregate to feast on an abundance of baitfish found in its upwelling current. Continue reading »

December Kicks Off Guatemala’s Peak Time for the Hottest Sailfish Action

By Doug Olander, Editor-In-Chief, Sport Fishing Magazine

December, 2009 Vol.14  No.3

‘Twas the week before Christmas, when all through the sea,

The sails were stirring; we hooked twenty-three!

01-cover-guatemala-sport-fishing-olanderWith apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, that version of the first couple of lines of his traditional poem really does reflect with remarkable accuracy my experience last December.

In fact, what better gifts to give any angler than a holiday getaway fishing for sailfish off Guatemala? Forget lords and ladies leaping; partridges in pear trees; or snow, ice and cold, dark days.

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Malaysia’s Sea of Sailfish

Text and photos by Doug Olander, Editor-In-Chief of Sport Fishing Magazine

Vol. 13.  No. 4

Malaysia OlanderOur frustration at the lack of sailfish action had started to boil over. “I don’t understand where the sails are,” grumbled my colleague and fellow light-tackle aficionado, Rob Sherman, as the Los Angeles-based angler scanned the mirror-calm waters of the South China Sea for sail sign.

To better appreciate the nature of our bellyaching, the situation begs for some context, so here you go: In three of four days fishing off eastern Malaysia, we had either a single or double hookup on Pacific sailfish literally within five minutes of lines in and, when not hooked up, we still saw sailfish all over the place, often right around the boat. Continue reading »