Tropic Star Celebrates Five Decades of Excellence

Panama’s Tropic Star Lodge provides great fishing in an awe-inspiring locale.

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Billfish thrive around Tropic Star. Black and blue marlin (pictured) and sailfish are all common. Photo by Scott Kerrigan / Aquapaparazzi.comScott Kerrigan / Aquapaparazzi.com
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Early visitors arrive via seaplane and are ferried to awaiting boats to head offshore.
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Early visitors are ferried to awaiting boats to head offshore.
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Huge yellowfin tuna add a welcome bonus to the billfish action. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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Huge schools of bait gather off Piñas Bay, and when you find one, the action can be fast and furious as many species feed on the baitball. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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The original camp consisted of a few buildings in a clearing carved from the jungle.
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Celebrities have long favored Tropic Star, including John Wayne, among many others.
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Elwood K. Harry (left) of the IGFA attends to a burned thumb.
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Mate Mario swings the author’s 50-pound dorado aboard. These great fish show up in huge numbers at certain times of the year and provide a strong fight, as well as an awesome meal. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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Raleigh Werking’s blue marlin puts on a stunning aerial display. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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Werking’s blue marlin is released. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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The Panama strip bait is a staple of the Tropic Star Lodge fleet’s trolling baits, and it’s also one of the most effective on a wide variety of species. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee