The waters in western Panama have earned the nickname ‘Jurassic Park’ for one simple reason – the fish are enormous. The off-shore fishing at Coiba Island and the Hannibal Bank is world famous, but the in-shore fishing around the 200 islands in the Gulf of Chiriqui is just as awe-inspiring. Catch over 20 different species of fish, most of them of gigantic proportions, and many of which can end up on your dinner plate back at your #1 rated fishing lodge.
Fly into Panama City, Panama where you will be met inside the airport and escorted to the VIP Lounge while we get you through customs and immigration. As soon as you are ready we’ll take you over to the Albrook Airport so you can board a short domestic flight to David western Panama. You will be met by the Panama Big Game Fishing Club at the David Airport and taken one hour to their boutique luxury resort located on Isla Boca Brava. The Panama Big Game Fishing Club was recently rated the #1 fishing lodge in Central America by Blue Water Magazine, Florida Sport Fishing Magazine, and Guy Harvey Magazine so it’s an anglers dream come true. There are four luxury cabanas, each with private bathrooms, hot water showers, air conditioning, wifi, 55” smart Samsung TVs, blue ray players, and a pre-stocked mini bar included in with your rates. The luxury resort also features a refreshing infinity edge pool with swim up bar, heated Jacuzzi, spa services, and a clubhouse featuring full bar and a restaurant. There are no extras here, every single meal and drink is included so indulge yourself order top shelf liquors and eat as much as you like. The saying goes at PBGFC, “If you didn’t get what you wanted it’s because you didn’t ask for it!”
Let’s go fishing! Meet your boat down at the dock by 6 AM for a full day of in-shore fishing. With the most luxurious fleet in western Panama, the PBGFC’s boats leave nothing to be desired. Penn & Shimano reels, including Shimano Stellas rigged with braided line, tuna tubes, live wells, outriggers, downriggers, popping stations, dredges – you name it they have it. Today you’ll head out to the well known islands of Isla Parida and Isla Ladrones for an exciting day of fishing for giant roosterfish, jacks, mackerel, wahoo and different species of snapper. The in-shore fishing around these islands is fantastic not only due to the natural structure provided by the rocky coastline but also the underwater topography as the depth will change from tens of feet deep to thousands of feet deep within 8-10 miles of the island.
Let’s go fishing! Today you’ll venture into the deep water near the world famous Isla Coiba. Central America’s largest island is home in an astounding array of marine life, including 33 species of sharks and even Pacific tarpon that made their way through the canal decades ago. Troll the coastline for roosterfish and wahoo or cast into the various river mouths that empty into the ocean for big tarpon and snook. A friendly warning – just because you are in-shore fishing doesn’t mean a hungry tuna or black marlin won’t be close to shore and take your bait. Many captains and mates have stories of being surprised by catching big marlin within a couple miles from the island.
Let’s go fishing! Head back out on the water for another day of in-shore fishing. Today you’ll head over to famous Islas Secas, one of the best spots for roosterfish and big cubera snapper. Slow trolling live bait is a near guarantee for action, but jigging and popping are also incredibly exciting and productive. When the tide is right you can also fish the expansive mangroves right behind the PBGFC with light tackle for jacks, mangrove snappers, and snook.
Let’s go fishing! Today you can stop by one of your favorite islands as you make your way out to our favorite spot for in-shore and bottom fishing, Isla Montousa. Better known as ‘Monster Island’ in English, Isla Montousa is actually just 10 miles away from the Hannibal Bank so it is about 50 miles from the mainland. While it’s a long run, you won’t find many places in the world where the bottom rises from several thousand feet to under a hundred feet at the base of the island. Fish for colossal cubera snapper, many in the world record range, but be prepared to release this slow growing and prized game fish. You’ll also catch red snapper, mullet snapper, grouper, amberjacks, jack crevalle, and big roaming wahoo out here. Earlier in 2014 a 15 yr old angler released not one but two big roosters that could have set the junior world record in the same morning!
After sleeping in and having breakfast the PBGFC will take you back to David for a one hour flight back to Panama City. Once you land at the Albrook Airport you will be met and taken to your hotel in downtown Panama City, the brand new Waldorf Astoria. Spend one night in Panama’s cosmopolitan capital city as you enjoy fine dining and nightlife before you head home.
We will pick you up early in the morning and transfer you 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.