After a quick run across open water, the famed Hannibal Bank seamount appears on the depth finder. The hum of the dual Suzuki 300's softens as the 33-foot catamaran—T.O.P. CAT— slows down and eases into position. 200 yards away, a flock of cackling seabirds hovers over a boiling slurry of fleeing baitfish and slicing fins. It's prime fishing season in the Gulf of Chiriquí, and the tuna bite is on. This is panama sport fishing at its best.
This was the response Ben Verner, President of Huk Gear, received when word got out about his goal to catch an giant Atlantic bluefin tuna on a Stella spinning reel. When Drew Herma, Director of Marketing at Huk, heard Verner's crazy idea, he was supportive but didn't see how it was possible. He told Verner, "Oh yeah, cool man, you're gonna get it,” but in his mind he was thinking, There's no way. There's just no way.