Monster Black Marlin
More World Records Than Any Place Else In The World!
In 1961, Ray Smith, a Texas oil tycoon, built the lodge as his "Home Away from Home".
In 1965, it was opened as a fishing lodge named Club de Pesca de Panama. Soon after Ray
Smith built his dream, he caught one of the three IGFA World Record marlin on 12-pound line.
"There are going to be all kinds of records set here now that the place is being fished
harder", he was quoted at the time. His prophecy has come true.
Black, blue and striped marlin abound in numbers unheard of elsewhere. Pacific sailfish are
there year-round, and from April through July, multiple hookups are the norm rather than the
exception. Dolphin are also caught all year and average from 20 to 60 lbs. Each year,
yellowfin tuna are boated in the 150 to 250 range. Inshore, there are amberjack, snapper,
grouper, roosterfish, pompano, rainbow runner, mackerel, jack and the list keeps on going.
In recent years, even tarpon have made their way through the Panama Canal and a few are
caught and lost each year.
There are no telephones, fax machines, or television at the lodge. But Ray Smith spared
nothing when building what is now widely recognized as one of the most luxurious and truly
great fishing lodges. In fact, the August, 1999, edition of The Robb Report names Tropic
Star Lodge as the BEST fishing lodge in the world, stating that we are the "crown jewel'