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Panama dive report

Ted Budion

Menace from the South
Aug 24, 2004
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While on business on Panamá last week, I had the opportunity to spear in those fine and rich waters. January and February is the "nortera" month, a stiff and steady Northerly wind. After blowing for 2 weeks, the wind causes an upwelling phenomenom in the Gulf of Panamá, where the Pearl Islands are located, starting 30 nm South of Panamá City.

Upwelling bring cold and murky water from the bottom, and that's when big fish come near the surface, namely the much sought-after broomtail grouper. However, a strong upwelling can be a hindrance too because the visibility may drop to near 1 m, as it has this year on all Pearl Islands, except to the SE of Isla del Rey. And that's where I got some nice fish seen in the pictures below.
 

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Ted Budion

Ted Budion

Menace from the South
Aug 24, 2004
189
25
118
62
Rio de Janeiro
Visit site
#4
Alex: four days. But I only repeated spots once. I was more trying more spots, as you know.

José: 140 RA Carbon Signature + 2 x 16 mm bands + 7.5 RA finned shaft + one-wrap & breakaway + Riffe float line + RA 8 L rigid float.