Fishing the Hannibal Bank

Overview

The Hannibal Bank is known by serious sport fishermen around the world for its prolific marlin bite and staggering yellow-fin tuna numbers. Found just 50 miles of the coast of the Chiriqui Region in Panama, the Hannibal Bank rises from several thousand feet of water to within 120 ft of the surface and provides the perfect situation and habitat for baitfish and game fish alike. Spend your week fishing for big marlin, sailfish, dorado, and schools of giant yellow-fin tuna.

Package Details

Day One

Fly into Panama City, Panama where you will be met inside, taken to the VIP Lounge while we get you through customs and immigration, and then to your waiting private transfer. You’ll be taken to your hotel in downtown Panama City, the Veneto Hotel & Casino. Enjoy their steak restaurant, casino, and some of the best nightlife in Central America as you officially set your brain to vacation mode.

Day Two

We’ll let you sleep in before we pick you up in the late morning and take you to the Albrook Airport for your short domestic flight over to western Panama. You’ll fly into David where you will be met by the Panama Big Game Fishing Club and taken one hour to their boutique luxury resort located on Isla Boca Brava. Rated the #1 fishing lodge in Central America by Blue Water Magazine, Florida Sport Fishing Magazine, and Guy Harvey Magazine this is an angler’s dream. The property features just four luxury cabanas, each with private baths, hot water showers, AC, wifi, 55” smart TVs, blue ray players, and a pre-stocked mini bar included in with your rates. The property also features an infinity edge pool with swim up bar, heated Jacuzzi, spa services, and a clubhouse featuring full bar and a great restaurant. Ownership takes a lot of pride that everything from the hotel to the boats to the equipment itself is rated among the world’s best.

Day Three

Let’s go fishing! Your fishing day will start early (6 AM) as you’ll run 50 miles out to the famous Hannibal Bank. This incredible underwater topography creates the perfect environment for world class marlin and tuna fishing. Named after the US Navy ship that discovered it in 1914, the USS Hannibal, this seamount rises from several thousand feet to within 120 feet of the surface. Warm clear water, a natural upwelling of nutrient rich currents, and structure for baitfish make this a dream marlin fishing location. Both blue and black marlin are caught year round here, many in the 400-500 lb range, though granders are raised every year as well. Some days they’ll hit on plastics and squids, but if you want a shot at a trophy marlin bump trolling live bonito is the tried and true method for lots of action.

Day Four

Let’s go fishing! Head back out to the Hannibal Bank for another day of deep sea fishing. The PBGFC’s fleet of sport fishing boats is the finest in the area – meticulously maintained by the crew and on-site mechanic and lavishly outfitted by the passionate owner. From the Shimano Stellas used to bottom fish to the 80W Penn Internationals to the custom made PBGFC marlin lures everything about this places oozes luxury and true passion for the blue water. Panama is as famous for its marlin fishing as it is the yellow-fin tuna fishing, so today try your hand at fighting a 200-300 lb yellow-fin if you can find them – and if you are up for the challenge!

Day Five

Let’s go fishing! Head back out to the Hannibal Bank for one last day of big game fishing. Depending on the day and the conditions you can troll live bait like bonito, dead bait like ballyhoo, or their custom made lures in hopes of raising a trophy billfish or a nice dorado for dinner. The billfish bite is so good the PBGFC has already completed several grand slams in 2014!

Day Six

Early in the morning the PBGFC will take you back to David for a one hour flight back to Panama City. Upon arrival at the Albrook Airport you will be met and taken to the PTY Airport for your international flight home.

Panama is growing in popularity and more high end hotels are being built every year. Whether it’s five star luxury in Panama City, an eco-lodge, a beachfront resort, a secluded boutique hotel, or one of our world renowned fishing resorts Panama offers it all. Below are suggestions for this sample package, but if you don’t see what you are looking for keep in mind we will customize your itinerary until it is perfect.

Marlin

marlin

Sailfish

Sailfish

Dorado

dolphin

Yellow-fin Tuna

Yellow-fin Tuna

Wahoo

wahoo

Snapper

Snapper

Grouper

grouper

Roosterfish

roosterfish

Jacks

jacks

Mackerel

Mackerel

Amberjack

Amberjack