We know this photograph was taken at the Gatun Spillway.
What are your memories of fishing in the spillway? Was it a family affair?
Please share with us in the comments section below!
i have a small book I wrote about my experiences at albrook back in 1953-56..jack caldwell
I enjoyed fishing for tarpon from the north side of the spillway. If white water was created by spilling or if the hydroelectric station was using water the tarpon would roll just below the apron. You could also fish on the south side and many times that was good for snook fishing. I never observed people sitting down below on their Sunday afternoon tours,
Gatun during the good old canal zone days. U.S. senator Jhon MCCain would probably remember that site. I was born and raised on the Pacific site of the canal zone, 1948, Gorgas hospital, where one flag flew.
My parents use to take me on picnics on the spillway near where this picture was taken. My father would fish while my mother and I watched. After my father finished fishiing we would then have a picnic on an old blanket. I had to be careful there as it was slippery and didn’t want to fall iinto the water. My parents kept a watchful eye over me. Then I remember when I was eight years old my girlfriend Patty Middlebrook’s father drowned in the spill way. He was fishing wading out into the water and a current pulled him under the water. There was a whirlpool nearby that he went into drowning. It was the most horrible thing as they couldn’t find his body for couple days. I respected the waters of the spillway as they were dangerous and the more of the dam that was opened the worst the current was in the water.
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