Fishing in Panama


Fishing in fresh- and salt water in Panama is one of the highlights offered to enthusiastic fishers throughout the world. In the indigineous tongue the

term „Panama“ is equivalent to “richness in fish“. True to this meaning Panama has some of the world-famous fishing grounds such as Piñas Bay, the Tropical Star Lodge in Darien, Hannibal Bank in the Coiba National Park (Parque Nacional Isla Coiba), The Marine National Park Gulf of Chiriqui, the Tuna Coast on the Azueros Peninsula and the archipelago Las Perlas (Archipelago de las Perlas).

Fishing in the Panama Canal

Close to the centre of Panama City, the Lake Gatun (Lago Gatun) is situated in the middle of the Panama Canal where you can fish in fresh water in unique surroundings in which the rain forest is prevailing. Fishing in Panama – All Over the Year Fishing in fresh- and salt water is possible in Panama all over the year. Of course there are different seasons differing only in the fish
species. The most popular and known locations for fishing in Panama are:

Pinas Bay (Bahia Piñas)
This particular area is located on the pacific coast in the province of Darien, very close to the boarder to Colombia. It is considered as one of the best fishing spots in Panama and even in the world. Due to its remote location, the highly convenient currents and the proximity to the Zane Grey Reef the conditions for big game and deep sea fishing are excellent. Far over 250 IGFA World Records have been broken in the waters of Pinas Bay. Especially blue, black, striped Marlins and the pacific sailfish are highly common in this place. Huge Yellowfin Tunas, Dolphinfish and Wahoo can also be fished year around. Close to the shore you can catch Cubera Snapper and big Roosterfish. Another big advantage of Pinas Bay is that the fishing grounds are only 20 minutes off the shore.

Hannibal Bank
The Hannibal Bank is located far off shore in the Pacific Ocean and boarders to the east with Coiba Island and in the north with the Gulf of Chiriqui. The waters are extremely deep in this area and attract huge amounts of fish. The currents bring all year schools of big Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphinfish, Sailfish, Wahoo and other Game Fish. Professional Sportfisher also highly apreciate Hannibal Bank because of the big number of all kinds of Marlins you can catch there. The waters around Isla Montuosa are especially known for big chances of hooking huge fish of any species. The only disadvantage about this place is that you have to endure a 2-3 hour boat ride to reach it from Boca Chica or Santa Catalina.

Coiba National Park (Parque Nacional Isla Coiba)
The area around Coiba Island is a national park and therefore highly protected by the ANAM. The coral reefs and the currents make this place to a paradise for big game and deep sea fishing. Kayak fishing and harpoon or spear fishing is also a very popular activity in this spot. The Marine National Park Gulf of Chiriqui This National Park includes 25 sandybeach Islands surrounded by coral reefs. It is easily accessable from the port of Boca Chica by boat. It is also a top fishing spot, especially for in shore fishing with nice views on the wonderful rockformations along the Islands. The common fish are yellowfin tuna, grouper, snapper and roosterfish. You can also find sailfish and dolphinfish a bit more far offshore. It is also a very frequently visited spot by Humbpack whales and lots of dolphins.

The Marine National Park Gulf of Chiriqui
This National Park includes 25 sandybeach Islands surrounded by coral reefs. It is easily accessable from the port of Boca Chica by boat. It is also a top fishing spot, especially for in shore fishing with nice views on the wonderful rockformations along the Islands. The common fish are yellowfin tuna, grouper, snapper and
roosterfish. You can also find sailfish and dolphinfish a bit more far offshore. It is also a very frequently visited spot by Humbpack whales and lots of dolphins.

The Tuna Coast (Azueros Peninsula)
The Tuna Coast was given its name by the famous fisherman Tony Peña, who was amazed by the schools of Yellowfin and Bigeye Tuna, that claim their hunting grounds in this particular area. It is a long stretch along the coastline of the Azueros Peninsula, which offers great conditions for sportfishing and deep sea fishing. It starts from Pedasi in the East and goes down southwest until Mariato. The fishing overthere is very good all year long, especially the more you go southwest: In Bucaro, Cambutal and Mariato you can catch Wahoo, Dolphinfish, Bigeye Tuna and the Pacific Sailfish. From January until April there is also a big chance to hook black and blue Marlins. Due to its remote location it is still considered a secret spot in Panama. One big advantage of this fishing spot is that the fishing grounds are located only 20 minutes off shore.

The Pearl Islands (Archipielago de las Perlas)
This archipelago consists of about 40 islands and is located in the Gulf of Panama in the Pacific Ocean. It is one hour and 15 minutes away from Panama City and is well known among deep sea anglers. You can catch every kind of Big Game Fish there: Tuna (Big Eye and Yellowfin), Wahoo, Dolphinfish, Sailfish and Marlins. Close to the islands the In shore fishing is also very good. Especially Red Snapper and Grouper can be caught in this wonderful tropical area. You can also reach the islands by plane and book your fishing trip right at the spot. There are plenty of sportfishing boats with high quality gear that are waiting to start a wonderful fishing experience with their clients.

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