Sto­ried His­tory

Anglers Journal - - CENTER CONSOLES -

THE LODGE WAS BUILT BY TEXAS OIL­MAN RAY SMITH, who opened it in 1963 as Club de Pesca. It changed hands in 1969 and was re­named Tropic Star. In 1976, Con­way D. Kit­tredge of Or­lando, Florida, bought the lodge; Tropic Star un­til re­cently was run by Con­way’s daugh­ter Terri Kit­tredge An­drews and her hus­band, Mike.

Tropic Star an­nounced in Oc­to­ber that the lodge had “seam­lessly changed own­er­ship” to a group led by Pana­ma­nian busi­ness­man and Har­vard grad­u­ate Car­los De Obal­dia. The state­ment said the new own­ers would main­tain the tra­di­tions and her­itage es­tab­lished at Tropic Star over the last half-cen­tury, in­clud­ing work­ing with the Guy Har­vey Ocean Foun­da­tion and Nova Univer­sity on fish­eries projects.

Terri An­drews is a long­time In­ter­na­tional Game Fish As­so­ci­a­tion trustee and a de­voted con­ser­va­tion­ist who pro­moted catch-an­drelease fish­ing and the use of cir­cle hooks at Tropic Star. She and her hus­band will con­tinue to live on-site and serve as con­sul­tants and am­bas­sadors. A gra­cious host and ex­cel­lent sto­ry­teller, Terri joined us for din­ner on sev­eral nights and had us in stitches with her rec­ol­lec­tions of big fish, mem­o­rable char­ac­ters and nights of rev­elry.

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