Fishing Highlights of Panama

Overview

You came to Panama to fish, so fish the best that Panama has to offer. Fish for peacock bass on the Panama Canal one day then head over to the Bayano River to fish for giant tarpon and snook. After three nights in the city head over to the #1 rated fishing lodge in Central America for incredible marlin and tuna fishing at the Hannibal Bank and world class in-shore fishing in “Jurassic Park.”

Package Details

Day One

Fly into Panama City, Panama where you will be met and taken directly to your waiting private transfer. You’ll spend your first three nights downtown at the Veneto Hotel & Casino. Known for its casino, steak restaurant, and well appointed suites this is a great spot to experience Panama City and its diverse nightlife.

Day Two

Let’s go fishing! You’ll be picked up early in the morning for a full day of fishing on the Panama Canal. Today you’ll fish on the Panama Canal itself, or more specifically Lake Gatun. At nearly 200 sq miles this is one of the largest man-made lakes in the world and was formed during the construction of the Panama Canal in 1913. At that size there is no shortage of structure in the form of rocky outcroppings, submerged forest, and inlets to create habitat for the voracious peacock bass. Spin cast on light tackle with live bait sardines or toss out poppers for exciting crashes at the surface as these peacock bass feed with reckless abandon. The majority of the peacock bass caught are in the two to three pound range, but with enough skill and patience mature adult trophy bass in the seven to ten pound range can be caught. Other species you can catch fishing in the Panama Canal include rainbow bass, tropical bluegill, snook, and tarpon.

Day Three

Let’s go fishing! You’ll be picked up early in the morning at the Veneto for another day of fishing, this time on the Bayano River. Located about 1.5 hrs east of the capital, the Bayano River was a long, winding river that was damned in 1975 to create hydroelectric power. The lower 20 miles of the river between the damn and the Pacific is a watershed area that is so big it is also referred to as Lake Bayano. These estuaries and coastal mangroves serve as the perfect habitat for juvenile fish and other tasty critters like shrimp and mollusks – all of which attract huge snook and even tarpon. Trolling can be effective, but sight casting to feeding fish is the ideal situation while blind casting towards the shoreline and structure is productive as well. This is one of the unique areas in Panama to fish for tarpon on the Pacific Ocean and the snook here are usually 25+ lbs.

Day Four

After breakfast we will pick you up and take you to the Albrook Airport for a quick flight out to western Panama. Here you will be met by the Panama Big Game Fishing Club van, driven one hour to the coastal town of Boca Chica. You’ll be staying at the #1 rated fishing lodge in Central America, the Panama Big Game Fishing Club located in Isla Boca Brava. This is hardly your average fishing lodge as all four luxury cabanas include creature comforts like AC, private baths with hot water showers, wifi, 55” smart TVs, and a pre-stocked mini bar that is included with your stay. Your stay here is all inclusive so indulge as all meals, snacks, daily appetizers, and all alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are already included. After a long day of fishing enjoy their infinity edge pool and have a drink at the swim up bar or soak your tired fishing muscles in their heated Jacuzzi.

Day Five

Let’s go fishing! Fishing starts early at the PBGFC (6 AM) so after a light breakfast head down to the dock and board your fully equipped sport fisher. The PBGFC owns hands down the best fleet of boats in western Panama including two Carolinas, a Bertram, and a brand new 32’ Blackfin. All boats come fully equipped with outriggers, downriggers, custom made lures, popping stations on the bow, live wells, tuna tubes, air conditioning, heavy duty beanbags for your comfort, and a full arsenal of Penn & Shimano tackle. Today you’ll head 50 miles offshore to the world famous Hannibal Bank. This revered seamount, named after the US navy ship (USS Hannibal) that discovered it in 1914 while doing surveys for the Panama Canal, is home to some of the world’s best marlin fishing. Nutrient rich upwellings, warm clear water and plentiful baitfish like bonito, yellow-fin tuna, dorado, and rainbow runners make this a marlin paradise. Blue and black marlin are caught here year round, most in the 300-500 lb range, although every year someone hooks up with a monster black marlin they swear was a grander. Slow trolling with bonito and small yellow-fin tuna is akin to ringing the dinner bell for marlin, although their also caught frequently on ballyhoo and plastic squid.

Day Six

Let’s go fishing! Head back out to the Hannibal Bank for another day of big game fishing. The Hannibal Bank is far from a one trick pony however as Pacific sailfish, wahoo, dorado and some of the best yellow-fin tuna fishing can all be enjoyed here. Few things surpass the excitement of grabbing a Shimano Stella and tossing a popper into a school of feeding tuna. If the first one misses keep reeling, the second or third one will find your treble hook. We highly recommend you do this from the custom popping stations on the bow of each of PBGFC’s boats, not only for the best view and casting room but because we want you to stay in the boat and out of the water! Yellow-fin tuna are caught in every month on the calendar but during the right time of year we get the 200-300 lb cows that take hours to get over the gunnel.

Day Seven

Let’s go fishing! Last day of fishing so make it count! Just ten miles from the Hannibal Bank you’ll find another world hot spot for fishing, Isla Montousa. Monster Island as it is known in English is home to incredible in-shore and bottom fishing for giant snapper, grouper, amberjacks, and wahoo. With all the marlin and tuna fishing Panama is famous for it would be a mistake to overlook the terrific in-shore fishing available. Captains in the area will tell you how good the fishing is around Islas Secas, Isla Parida, and Isla Ladrones – just three of the islands that make up what we call the “Jurassic Park” of in-shore fishing. Rocky islands provide structure, bait fish are everywhere and the ocean bottom will rise from thousands of feet deep to less than a hundred feet deep just miles from some of these islands. Huge cubera snapper, roosterfish, wahoo, jacks, kingfish, and grouper make for an exciting and tasty day on the water.

Day Eight

Take and early flight from David back to Panama City and then we’ll transfer you over 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