When we talked about CovertFishing as a brand and what we wanted it to be, we knew we had to go all in. While in the 'all in' mindset, we looked for where we would go for our first set of promo shoots. What sort of place would make the proper version of a starting pistol for what we wanted to say, who we wanted the world to know that we were? We decided unanimously on one place... Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.
Sure we knew the fishing would be good, we had no way of being prepared for how good.
The term "you wouldn't understand until you see it for your own eyes," was invented for this place. It was a paradigm shift in fishing as an activity. Have you ever worked on a math problem or a tricky project and just banged your head against a wall until someone comes along and says "why don't you try it this way" and all of a sudden you see the thing in a new way? That's what TSL did for me with fishing.
The pace and laser precision of this place was like nothing I'd ever experienced before and I'm not exaggerating here. Let me give you an example. I'm pretty sure most people are like me in that they were taught that fishing is a thing you do with one hook to catch one fish (unless you're casting a net but I'm talking about pole fishing here). So, when we set out on the first day and they put the lines in the water for bait fishing everything seemed normal. We were looking for Bonito which I had caught before and having just woken up about 40 min earlier, I was looking for a light fight to get the trip going and the juices flowing. When the line went out and I started reeling it in, I was more than a little surprised. Were these some super bonito?! What was going on?! As I got to the leader, I realized what was going on... At Tropic Star Lodge, they are so efficient at catching fish that they catch their bait 2 at a time. So this day, I had woken up, gotten on the boat, ridden out 20 min and caught 2 fish with the line in the water for all of 8 minutes. It was officially the best day of fishing of my life and we hadn't even gotten to the good stuff yet.
Of course it is fishing and we were there for a week so we did have a slow day, but on the way in one of my buddies says some of the truest words I've ever heard: "A day fishing in paradise is better than a day doing most anything else..."
Now there is plenty more where all of this came from, we have tons more pictures and video, so much video. So stay tuned and the Covert Team will work as hard as we can to get you the best quality gear and info. Until the next one, tight lines everybody.