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The Tackle Source Panama adventure continues as we head into the third day of the trip. The topwater bite has been tough but that was soon to change...

We had no shortage of gear to take all challengers. They were prepped and ready daily...

Not an expected encounter on the large FEED CONE popper but this foul-hooked beautiful Longfin Pompano was a welcome break of the monotony...

Finally after a few days of hard casting it pays of with a big take ad before long we had this fat fish in the boat. It was a nice Cubera Snapper, what we had come for...

It had smashed the FEED PIN150 popper with zero hesitation. It was lodged deep in its gob...

Cuberas typically fight hard and dirty, this bruiser was a real test for the new prototype rod we were testing and it did the job without much fuss...

At lunch break in the shallows we would prospect with smaller lures like the Jackson Pintail, this one found a beautifully marked Sierra Mackeral...

We tried out the brand new DUO Blazin 110 lure and found a curious Orange-side Trigger on the first cast...

It was a fish a cast with the DUO Blazin 110. A Yellow Snapper joins us onboard...

And then another Orange-side Trigger...

Next we were back to the serious jigging and an encounter with a few of these very special looking species - the Rock Snapper! This one fell for a Xesta Slippy jig...

Shortly after followed by another on the light jig Major Craft Giant Killing outfit and the Evergreen Caprice Kid jig...

Almaco Jacks were always present and they liked the Kanji Free Slow jigs...

But the Rock Snappers were the stars...

And the Silk Snappers never failed to disappoint. The Evergreen Javelin Jet nails another...

Yellow Snapper on the FEED FALL jig...

Another new specie of Snapper, the Spotted Snapper on the Xesta Slippy jig...

This little Sierra Mackeral got snagged by a Xesta Slow Emotion Flap jig...

While another juvenile Snowy Grouper comes aboard courtesy of the Jackall Knuckle soft plastic...

The African Pompano is a great fighter on any tackle. Here this one gets fouled by the SFC Scout jig in its body...

Another Yellow Snapper is fooled by the Jackall Knuckle plastic worked on the Saltworx Offshore casting rod in shallow water...

An SFC Gawky jig finds another beautiful Rock Snapper to end the day's fishing...

Early next morning and we are back on the Silk Snappers, this one on the FEED FALL jig...

This tiny one reacts to the SFC Rector...

In a funny twist a Sailfish takes a jig on the fall and the fight is on...

Against the Evergreen High Pitch Jerker Poseidon rod it was an easy win. The Sail was revived and release after this quick pic...

And it was back to Silk Snappers on FEED FALL jigs...

In quick succession...

The FEED FALL proved to be the perfect profile for these waters and proved their mettle even without colour...

After this Silky on the SFC Gawky jig we moved on to some topwater casting...

After much hard work, a nice Cubera Snapper obliges...

The FCL Labo CSP stickbait is well lodged...

Then things heat up in relatively shallow water with jigs. A beautifully marked Roosterfish gets everyone excited when it took a prototype jig...

Very soon another one is hooked on a Shout! Cradle jig. The fish weren't huge but they fought hard for their size...

Its a Rooster parade as the Xesta After Burner jig gets in on the act with another nice fish!

This cute Puffer bit off more than it could chew...

One more Roosterfish for good measure on the Xesta After Burner jig...

Then its back to other reefies like this Spotted Snapper on the Xesta Flap jig...

And a Yellow Snapper on the prototype jig...

And the amazingly beautiful Rock Snapper is always a welcome catch. The FEED FALL jig was this one's downfall...

The surface bite is on again with a nice Cubera Snapper which went for the FEED SLASH sinking stickbait. What a fish...

And a fish we will never get tired of seeing - a big Rooster which sucked down the FCL Ebipop popper with gusto...

A huge surface explosion was followed by an epic fight on the FCL Labo 81EXT popping rod...

Turned out to be a huge Shark on the FCL Labo Ebipop...

A quick pic for posterity before spearing it back in the..
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Tackle Source goes round the globe to Central America. Panama to be precise, to fish the Tuna Coast on the Panafishing sportfishers. It would take us 3 days over land and sea to arrive but the experience would make up for it as it turned out to be a week to remember...

After the long travels it was good to finally see the sea...

Each morning we would be transported from the lodge to the beach to board our vessels...

The guys were pumped and ready to go...

We would load on the tender which would ferry us to the waiting centre consoles...

The boats would then gun up and down the coast to prospective spots, then be back by the evening for an awesome dinner at the lodge...

First fish after a few drops with the jig is an African Pompano on the FEED FALL jig...

Working the bottom with an Evergreen Caprice jig finds this Grouper...

Most of the species were new to us. This Silk Snapper was omnipresent throughout the trip but were much fun to catch. This one fell for a FEED FLINT jig...

For this trip we had new prototype FEED rods to punish, and punish them we did...

The Jack Crevalles are the gangsters of the reefs. They go hard and loved the baitfish profile of the FEED FALL jig...

Silk Snappers were found in schools and the Evergreen Caprice jig picked this one up...

We loved the fluidity of the new FEED slow pitch rods...

Another Silk Snapper hits the deck courtesy of a FEED FALL jigs...

The harder, more stubborn fights often resulted in pesky Jack Crevalles. This is a big boy on the Evergreen Caprice jig...

This hulk of a fish turned out to be a rare Mullet Snapper which took the Evergreen Caprice and took a long time to boat. It is an awesome fish to look at!

Flipping the FEED FALL jig off the bottom gets it slammed hard by this angry Cubera Snapper. They were the species we had travelled to Panama to target and this was the first to the boat...

The Silk Snappers were in big schools and were willing. This one took the Kanji Free Slow jig and put up a fight...

We get plenty of action with the prototype rods and they were worked hard...

Another African Pompano courtesy of the FEED FALL jig...

Here's a bigger specimen of the Silk Snapper. It went hard...

Panama is home to a myriad of Groupe species and here's another one on the FEED FALL jig...

Hanging amongst the bait schools we found Skipjack Tuna throughout the trip. The Kanji Free Slow jig accounts for a tandem...

Below those bait schools we would find the Silk Snappers with the FEED FALLs...

Almost every drift we would encounter these schools. Here the SFC Abyss picks up another...

Some were bigger than others. This one fell for the Evergreen Javelin Jet jig...

And the SFC Gawky finds another...

Working the new Evergreen Caprice Edge jig through a bait school finds this Amberjack out on a hunt...

They were mixed in amongst some big Silk Snappers...

We had at our disposal some new FEED FLINT weights and colours to play with and they proved successful. Another big Silk Snapper finds itself onboard...

Another FEED FLINT jig victim is this fat Almaco Jack...

This curious fish is a Golden-eyed Tilefish and it wasn't shy to attack the FLINT jig which was almost as big as itself...

Meanwhile this baby Amberjack liked the Evergreen Caprice jig...

Then it was back to Silk Snappers on the FEED FLINT jig...

And big ones too, like this one on the Evergreen Caprice...

We were excited to get into the different and new species on the drops. This nice Grouper took the FEED FLINT jig and looked great for the photo...

And how about this beautiful looking Bass from the bottom on the Evergreen Caprice jig?

All this while the crimson brigade kept obliging, especially on the FEED FLINT jigs...

This beautiful next capture is a juvenile Snowy Grouper on the FEED FLINT...

We were surprised to find this Bigeye in relatively shallow water on the Sea Floor Control Cranky jig...

Then we found a patch of Groupers, this one on an Evergreen Caprice jig...

Followed by another on the Shout! Shab Shab jig...

In the late afternoon we tried our hand at a topwater bite and while the action was slow we eventually got one big hit which was followed by a monumental fight on the FEED Saltworx GT popping stick...

When he fish got to the boat we were both in shock and awe at the sight of this behemoth of a Roosterfish. It had taken the FCL Labo Ebipop and fought a truly hard fight before being tamed. This is a fantastic fish-of-a-lifetime capture!

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