Fishing Tournament Weekend

 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.

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6 Responses to Fishing Tournament Weekend

  1. I discovered your blog last week and am enjoying it! This post is wonderful, and the pictures capture the joy that most of us (i think) who move to a Central American country hope to find in our communities. Thank you for sharing!

    • indacampo says:

      Thank you for reading! I see that you and Holly are virtual friends, although by now you might have met. 🙂

      More fishing tournament today and I’m sure more pescado grande!

  2. Kris says:

    Those are some big tuna! How good to hear they are plentiful. You hear so much about them being in danger, especially the blue fin.

    • indacampo says:

      Apparently there are quite a few yellow fin in our area. Hopefully government will manage the resource appropriately and won’t allow large boats in. There is not supposed to be any net fishing here although I heard a rumor that some of the locals do use them. 😦

  3. Andy Long says:

    Can you tell me when the 2014 Fishing Tournament in Pedasi is going to be held ??? I have been fishing in Santa Catalina the past 4 years and I would like to fish in Pedasi

    • indacampo says:

      I believe it’s June 27 to June 29th this year. 🙂

      As per usual in Panama those dates are always subject to change.

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