First Class

Have you tried Panama’s productive fishery yet? If not, a trip with First Class is one of the best ways to do so. Captain Hernando Ibanez invites you to join him for an angling adventure in the blue waters of Panama.

You’ll fish from his 47’ Buddy Davis. She’s long and roomy so you can bring 14 other anglers with you on a trip with Capt. Hernando. There’s a flybridge from which the captain will deftly navigate the boat and guide you to your prey. Tuna tubes and a live bait well will keep your baitfish spry and appetizing long after you’ve caught it. Outriggers are there to give you an edge when trolling for big predators – they allow you to wet more lines at once.

Capt. Hernando will take you after the A-listers of Panama’s waters in some of the most gorgeous locales around. You’ll hit the fishery around the islands of Taboga, Contadora, and San Jose for a wide range of species. Everything from Cubera Snapper and Amberjack, across the iconic Roosterfish, to the pelagic Marlin and Sailfish can be targeted.

With big fighters like these, it’s a good thing the boat has a fighting chair – strap in once you get a strike to battle your fish out of the water!

The captain will provide you with all the necessary fishing tackle for this offshore excursion. He and the first mate work hard to ensure your trips go smoothly, gratuity is always appreciated.

Book a trip with First Class today and start exploring one of the world’s most renowned fisheries!

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – San Jose Island
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 15 persons
    This trip will have you go after a variety of species around the island of San Jose. You can target Sailfish, Marlin, Snappers, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Amberjack, and whatever else you run across on this 8-hour trip.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Contadora Island
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 15 persons
    Hit the waters around Contadora Island on this 8-hour trip. You'll go after Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Roosterfish, Snapper, Amberjack, and whatever else takes the bait.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Taboga Island
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hour trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    up to 15 persons
    Head out to the "Island of Flowers" and fish in its bountiful waters or hit one of the productive bays in the area. Cubera Snapper, Roosterfish, Amberjack, and other species can be targeted on this 8-hour trip.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Buddy Davis (Flybridge) originally built in 1986. Powered by 2 900HP Mann engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

47 ft
15 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing


Fighting Chair
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Fighting Chair

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Hernando Ibanez
Panama City, Panamá
Member since July 2014
Response time: 27 hours
Response rate: 0%
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