protecting the bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna & bigeye tuna through catch, release, tagging, conservation, education and research.
After the incredible fishing we experienced last year, it was a no-brainer to arrange for a return visit to Panama Sport Fishing Lodge again. This year, we joined up with the event organized by Scott and Jennifer McCall, who were also in the group that we fished with back in 2012.
Teaming up with Atlantic Tuna Project founder John Logioco, and members, Scott Kozak and Devin Nolan, we would be fishing aboard the Stamas with Capt. Carlos. After a late arrival at the Lodge we…Continue
Hi folks - We created a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTunaProject to make it easy for you to share your tagging stories and adventures. Check it out and if you like what you see, LIKE the page so we can stay connected. If you have ideas or suggestions on what you would like to see there, please let us know. Kudos to Parker Crawford for pushing this next expansion of the project.…Continue
Hi folks, as you know there is much brewing over at National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The big issue on the table is how does the USA account for the tragedy of long liners mistakenly catching bluefin tuna on their hooks, and unable to land them, have to toss them over the rail, dead, for crab food as they sink to the ocean floor. This is called Dead Discard and its an issue that needs solving.…Continue
(The first 50 seconds has the amazing dolphin footage)
My brother Jeff and I had the pleasure of sharing our Dad’s 70th birthday with him fishing offshore at the Chicken Canyon, 65 miles off the New Jersey coast. The weather was perfect, with light and variable winds and seas 2-3 feet. We met at the boat 3:30AM and pushed off shortly thereafter. Running out in the dark Dad…Continue
The journey started last Fall when I decided to pull the trigger on a 33’ Hydrasport center console. Then came Sandy, then winter, then Spring, then baseball and finally on June 21st, I captained my own boat offshore. Joining me was my usual partner in crime Geoff Taylor. After two crazy days of preparation getting safety equipment, chum, bait and two trips to West Marine, we were ready to head offshore for a shark tagging adventure. The goal was…Continue
Arriving that the Lodge around noon on Saturday, we are treated to a nice lunch on the patio which is wrapped up rather quickly and we all switch into rigging mode. The preparation of rods, drags, leaders, crimps, plugs, and jigs takes the remainder of the afternoon while enjoying a few Balboa beers, “beer for men” as the local saying goes. An impromptu “snook tournament” ensues after dinner and with everyone itching to…Continue
75. That is the number of yellowfin tuna our squad of six anglers tagged in five days of fishing at the Panama Sport Fishing lodge during the week of May 20th, 2013. The yellowfin ranged from 20 pounds to 205 pounds. It was the best fishing any of us have ever experienced. To put this accomplishment in perspective 12 anglers in 2011 (many of them professional) tagged 56 yellowfin, last…Continue
ASMFC has collapsed the east coast menhaden stock. Record low numbers of menhaden in the water again this year. Bluefin eat menhaden in winter on east coast, exceeding 90% of their caloric input. ASMFC's
mathematical modeling of stock is more akin to voodoo than what they call "science" . Menhaden should be removed from the auspices of a corrupted ASMFC and managed solely by NMFS, catch of menhaden should be reduced by more than the reductions contemplated by ASMFC. The future of…Continue