The Pearl Island Charter Company

The Pearl Island Charter Company is the perfect place to be for anyone interested in fishing Gatun Lake. Since their introduction in the ’60s, Peacock Bass have thrived in Gatun Lake, and are joined each year by a range of anglers’ favorites to create some of the inland best game fishing anywhere in the country. The flooded forest creates unique reef-like conditions perfect for developing a fully-rounded aquatic ecosystem.

You will be fishing aboard an 18’ Orlando Clipper specifically designed to navigate these tricky waterways without snagging on the many hazards submerged beneath the surface. It can carry up to 3 guests in safety and comfort, and offers everything you will need to land the very best.

Once you arrive at the fishing spots specially picked out for your target species, the boat’s fishfinder will pinpoint the biggest catch, and its top quality tackle will make sure you bring them in.

How you fish depends on what you are after, as well as your personal preferences. There is a range of tackle and techniques available to best target your chosen species. The crew specializes in landing big fish on artificials.

Be it spinning for Snook, trolling for Peacock Bass, or popping for Tarpon, the crew will get you set up to bring in your target the way you want. If live bait is more your style, no problem! They can also arrange the purchase of live minnows for bottom fishing or casting – it’s your trip, so you may as well fish your way!

All trips come with drinks and lunch, as well as all tackle, lures, and a professional guide who will share all his secret spots with you, giving you access to the best fishing Gatun Lake can possibly offer!

Explore the beautiful waters of Gatun Lake with The Pearl Island Charter Company, and have a fishing adventure you’ll remember!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Gatun Lake
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $399
    Spend the whole day fishing Gatun Lake. We will depart from Laguna (1-hour drive from Panama City). At the start of your trip your guide will talk through what you want to target and will plan your trip around that. Boat, gas, ice chests, tackle and lures, guide, 3 drinks per person (beer, soda, and water combinations), snacks and a sandwich are all included. Transfer from Panama City and back is $45.00 and minows are $12 per 100.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Gatun Lake
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $295
    We will depart from Laguna (1 hour from Panama City). Our guide will ask you which kind of fish you want to target, Then the strategy will be set and we will start fishing. After 4 hours of fun, we will return to the dock, where you can fillet your catch for 25 cents a piece. Boat, gas, ice chests, tackle and lures, guide, 3 drinks per person (beer, soda, and water combinations), snacks and a sandwich are all included. Transfer from Panama City and back is $45.00 and minows are $12 per 100.
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About the Charter Operator

Pearl Islands Charter Company
Gamboa, Panamá
5 Fishing Reports
9 Customer Reviews
Response time 7 hours
Member since March 2017
The Pearl Islands Charter Company has been operating in the area for over two decades, running fishing trips, pleasure cruises, and sightseeing tours. They pride themselves on providing a safe, fun, and client-oriented experience on every trip, and will always be more than happy to go the extra mile in order to make your time with them even more memorable!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Peacock) Peacock Bass
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Orlando Clipper (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 40HP Evinrude E-tec engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 22 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Popping

Amenities

Fishfinder
Ice Box
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Snacks
Drinks
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

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Rolando & Cpt Issy were fabulous! We caught fish, they were very attentive to all our needs and more. Book with Rolando for inshore or he has offshore too. He won't disappoint!
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Appropriate for children
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Full Day with Captain Gerardo

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Gatun Lake on May 6, 2021
Had a great time catching snook and peacock bass in the Panama Canal.  Captain Gerardo is an EXCELLENT captain.  Very friendly...
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Half Day of Peacock Bass Fishing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Gatun Lake on February 16, 2018
We fished the Gatun Lake yesterday. Unfortunately we got a late start. The chart is great for new anglers and bass fishing...
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Fishing with Rolando

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Gatun Lake on February 28, 2020
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FAQs about The Pearl Island Charter Company

The Pearl Island Charter Company offers the following trips to customers:
  • $295 per group, additional $55 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Gatun Lake (5 hours)
  • $399 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – Gatun Lake (8 hours)

When you book a trip with The Pearl Island Charter Company, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with The Pearl Island Charter Company include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Beer and soft drinks 5 p/p)
  • Lunch (Sandwish)

The Pearl Island Charter Company offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

The Pearl Island Charter Company offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing (Minnow fishing upon request – minnow not included)
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Popping

Top targeted fish species with The Pearl Island Charter Company include:
  • Bass (Peacock)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Snook
  • Tarpon