Tarpon Working Baitball

So, we received a drone for Christmas and have spent some time learning how to fly it and capture footage around the neighborhood over the past month after the end of high season.

Jay called back on the radio from the boat as he headed out to pick up guests recently telling Jim he needed to go check out the tarpon rolling around a large baitball near the lodge.  Fortunately for us the baitball was near the lodge for a few days.  Check out this footage of the tarpon, sting rays and snapper corralling the bait fish.  The change in shape of the baitball is all due to predators working the smaller bait fish.  Nature at its finest.

Reality Fishing from Italy

Tranquilo Bay Aerial PhotoWe were blessed with a group of anglers from Italy and France who stayed with us earlier this month.  This crew is different from others in that everyone in the group was both an avid angler and an accomplished photographer.  They used their knowledge of both genres to capture a fishing trip in a way we hadn’t seen to date.  Drone photography has granted photographers access to life in a way that wasn’t possible five years ago.

Antonio, Sebastiano, Dario and Yoann all played and worked hard.  It was a lot of fun to have therm around even if we didn’t all speak the same language.  At dinner each night we heard English, Spanish and Italian.  Each time we have an experience such as this one it reaffirms our decision to come and do this thing called Tranquilo Bay.  It has enriched our lives in so many ways.

Please check out the group’s quick blog post of thanks to the different groups within Panama that helped to make their expedition possible.  You will need to scroll down the page to find either English or Spanish as the blog is written primarily for Italian speakers.

Rainy day in the rainforest

So we had a bit of a rainy day to work with last Friday.  We were going to surf in the afternoon, but the morning was open so we went fishing to catch a fish we could print.  Each of the boys was trying for the fish, but in the end Plato caught it.  After we cleaned the fish in salt, each of the children took turns painting it with acrylic paints and printing onto a shirt.  We were able to finish nine shirts before lunch.  The afternoon was sunny and we spent it in the waves.

Rainy day activities for children at eco adventure lodge

More Sportfishing in Panama

We learned about Ocearch earlier this month when a group for The Billfish Foundation working on the Panamanian Sportfishing Study came to fish with us at Tranquilo Bay. Ocearch founder, Chris Fischer visited Panama a year ago to discuss sustainability issues with different Panamanian government officials. Check it out:

Ocearch is a non-profit organization with a global reach for unprecedented research on the ocean’s giants. You can check out more of their work on the National Geographic Channel’s Shark Men or on their website www.ocearch.org.

Down at the dock

We were blessed to have a family return this year for a second time with their children for Spring Break. Our children and their children get along really well and have the best of times. The guests tell us they plan on coming each year to visit so it will be great fun to watch how the friendship between the kids continues to grow over the years. This is just an example of the fun times we had down at the dock. Only three of the six children are in this shot but they were all around playing and having a blast.


Sport Fishing Article goes live online

“Panama’s Forgotten Coast” – this article has been a blessing for us. We have received more reservations from people reading this article than we have from any other to date. We truly enjoyed having Doug and Rob here with us last October. If you haven’t read it yet – take a look at the article now on Sport Fishing Magazine’s website: http://bit.ly/dOriHk

I Spear Lionfish (dot) org

Lionfish are not native to Caribbean waters. Originally found only in Pacific waters of Asia, they have entered, permeated and threaten to destroy marine environments throughout the Caribbean. Aquarium dumping of the popular imported fish is the likely source of their introduction to the Atlantic. It is suspected that possibly only four female specimens, as DNA profiles suggest, were dumped into the Atlantic off the east coast of Florida. Spreading from Florida waters, where the Pacific lionfish was first sighted in 1985, the invasive species has inundated reefs from the Bahamas to Belize, Turks and Caicos and further points south. They have been in Bocas less than a year, but seem intent on completely taking over the reefs. They have the ability to do so. (See ISpearLionfish.org)

To date there have been two Lionfish round ups. In fact in the last round up they caught 572 fish. We must continue to fight them year round. One of the best things we can do in order to decimate their population and save the native fish populations is turn them into a food commodity. This is what Bocas restaurant
El Ultimo Refugio has done.

Here is a video shot off the coast of North Carolina. They use an ice brine to detoxify the lionfish. They are also catching them at extreme depths which is a bit different than most people catch them in Bocas del Toro. Eat Lionfish!

Tarpon in the shallows

Not long ago, Jim was at the beach with some guests. They had expressed an interest in fishing so he had a rod with him. The guests had moved on to other things so Jim decided to cast. And to his surprise he caught a big Tarpon in the shallows. What excitement. He yelled over to Ramon who was able to capture the catch on film. Awesome day at the beach – fish on.