Yesterday was the second day of the fishing tournament in Pedasi. The Azuero Peninsula is known as the Tuna Coast and it comes by its name honestly. And yesterday we saw a lot of tuna being brought ashore.
The Pacific waters around the peninsula are heavily visited by yellow-fin tuna, brought in on the Humboldt Current from South America. The cold current and the drier temperatures of the Azuero provides the food that tuna as well as marlin, sailfish, amberjack, roosterfish, grouper, red snapper, mahi-mahi and Spanish mackerel and other fish feed on; creating one of the most varied marine environments in the world.
The last two days our amigos have been fishing around the Frailes Islands close to Playita (one of our favourite beaches) and Playa Venao. The islands are just 400 to 500 yards off the shore and are the home to bottom dwelling fish as well as tuna and snapper. Achotines Tuna Laboratory is located near the Frailes Islands. The laboratory has operated in the Pedasi district since 1985 and it studies the life cycle of yellow-fin tuna. Tuna is so plentiful in the waters offshore, scientists can easily collect dozens of juvenile tuna to raise and breed in large, specially made tanks. The studies are helping to offer suggestions as to the feeding, breeding and migration habits of the tuna in the wild and these statistics will aid the conservation programs of the blue fin tuna valued for sushi.
The first day of fishing our friends got some nice size dorado or mahi-mahi, yesterday they didn’t bother to get their catch weighed as they were smaller. We’ll return this afternoon to see how their day of fishing has gone. Either way there is a bounty of fish to be shared among friends.
Below are some photos from the day. I’d like to caution that some of the photos are of the catches and might be a little graphic for some.