Fishing in the Gulf of Chiriqui

Yellow Fin Tuna – they’re still out there if you know where to find them. Jay Warner shown with 50 lb. Yellow Fin Tuna caught Sunday fishing with Captain Shane Jarvis owner of Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge in Paridas, Panama

On-the-Water with Ilene Little

On Sunday November 15, Captain Shane Jarvis went out on his 33-ft sport fishing boat T.O.P. Cat for a day of fishing with his Dad, Bruce, client and friend, Jay Warner, and his property manager Steve Volk. Jarvis owns the Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge on Isla Paridas, Panama.

Yellow Fin Tuna – they’re still out there if you know where to find them. Jay Warner shown with 50 lb. Yellow Fin Tuna caught Sunday fishing with Captain Shane Jarvis owner of Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge in Paridas, Panama

Yellow Fin Tuna – they’re still out there if you know where to find them. Jay Warner shown with 50 lb. Yellow Fin Tuna caught Sunday fishing with Captain Shane Jarvis owner of Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge in Paridas, Panama.

“Fishing is all about recognizing the signs that tell you what fish there are to catch,” says Jarvis.

“We started out trolling for Marlin, and then I saw some birds on my radar, so I ran out to where the birds were diving and found a pod of dolphins feeding on bait. “We pulled up and threw a live bait in the water right behind our boat. Not 30 seconds after we splashed the bait, the fish hit. It was pretty exciting.” said Jarvis.

“We caught two Yellow Fin Tuna that afternoon. Jay caught one about 50 lbs., and Steve caught one about 90 lbs. Birds and dolphins activity are a telltale sign that tuna are around, and then to see them jumping is even better, especially this time of year when tuna are not prevalent; not like between April and July when they are thick up here in the Gulf of Chiriqui,” explained Jarvis.

“A lot of times tuna run with the dolphins. Tuna and dolphins have a symbiotic relationship that explains why you are likely to find tuna when you see a pod of dolphins. These marine mammals are the smart ones. They run and herd the bait and the tunas hang down low behind the dolphins and feed when they can,” said Jarvis.

Fisherman Steve Volk shows off two large tuna steaks from his 90 lb. Yellow Fin Tuna catch – the rewards of an afternoon out fishing with Captain Shane Jarvis on his T.O.P Cat sport fishing boat

Fisherman Steve Volk shows off two large tuna steaks from his 90 lb. Yellow Fin Tuna catch – the rewards of an afternoon out fishing with Captain Shane Jarvis on his T.O.P Cat sport fishing boat.

The two YellowFin Tuna were caught at Isla Ladrones, an island about 13 miles south of Isla Paridas. They were fishing with blue runner live bait on a conventional reel Shimano model Talica 20 with braided line. “Fishing with braided line is kind of the trend, with braided line you can catch a lot bigger fish on smaller tackle,” explained the captain.

The Paridas Archipelago is a group of 25 protected tropical islands located inside the Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park. “Our Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge is in the center of these islands,” said Jarvis.

Shane Jarvis has been a charter fishing captain in the Gulf of Chiriqui since 2005. He is professionally sponsored by Shimano, Aftco, Mustad Hooks, and Pelican Products.

For more information on Shane Jarvis’ sport fishing operation, visit www.FishPanamaToday.com

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