At the eastern tip of the Azueros peninsula in Panama lays the quaint little town of Pedasi which last month hosted the annual fishing tournament. Pedasi lies along a stretch of coast known as the ‘Tuna Coast’ and is in between two world-renowned fishing spots, Pinas Bay to the east and Hannibal Banks to the west. Pinas Bay is the home of the famous Tropic Star Lodge which is arguably the number 1 spot for Marlin fishing.
The 12th annual Pedasi fishing tournament once again attracted big crowds and an even bigger entry than the previous year with over 55 teams and more than 300 participants from Panama and abroad. There were 45 sponsors and some great prizes which included cash, fishing rods, reels and outboard engines which were supplied by Yamaha and Suzuki. Prizes were given to the first three places in each of the 5 categories, Amberjack, Dorado, Mackerel, Tuna and Wahoo.
Being on the Tuna Coast, it was probably no wonder the heaviest fish caught was a yellow fin Tuna which weighed in at 141lbs. The winning Wahoo was 47 lbs and the heaviest Dorado, 52 lbs. Most of the prizes were taken by local Panamanians but local American Dave Head’s team managed to pick up third prize with their 67lb Tuna.
The winners from each category are as follows:
A 47.2 lb Wahoo caught by Augusto Lopez from El Ciruelo, Pedasi
A 141.3 lb Tuna caught by Adan Carrasco from Las Tablas
A 32.2 lb Bojala caught by Calos Herrera from Pedasi
A 51.9 lb Dorado caught by Team Pesquero Sport from Panama City
A 10.9 lb Sierra caught by Luis Arturo Oro from Las Tablas