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.