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Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(48 reviews)
Panama City
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trips from $600

Sunrise Charters Panama

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(48 reviews)
Panama City
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trips from $600

Panama Fishing Trip

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Gamboa
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trips from $295

Panama Canal Fishing Trips

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Gamboa
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trips from $350

Blue Lobster

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(9 reviews)
Panama City
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trips from $450

Sea Expedition Panamá

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Panama City
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trips from $550

Toto Fishing Trips – Gamboa

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(3 reviews)
Gamboa
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trips from $349

Majo Fishing Lodge – Viking 50’

San Carlos
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trips from $2,640

Majo Fishing Lodge – Contender 32’

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
San Carlos
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trips from $960

Majo Fishing Lodge – Stamas 39’

Excellent
4.2 / 5
(2 reviews)
San Carlos
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trips from $1,800

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Panama

The average price for a private 4 hour Panama fishing trip is $476, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $788 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline, Sunrise Charters Panama, and Panama Fishing Trip are some of the most popular fishing charters in Panama. Full list of top fishing charters in Panama.

Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline, Sunrise Charters Panama, and Panama Fishing Trip all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Panama.

The most popular fish species you can target are Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Yellowfin Tuna, and Cubera Snapper. Top fishing techniques include trolling, light tackle, and popping. Offshore fishing, inshore fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Legend has it that Panama means “land of many fish,” as the natives told the gold-seeking Spanish centuries ago. True or not, it perfectly describes Panama fishing today, arguably one of the best big fish locales in the world!

Where to go

Panama City

The capital of the country is famous for having premier fishing right off the coast. If hooking up big fish on light tackle revs your fishing engines, the Pacific waters of Panama are the place to be. The offshore waters are full of Blue and Black Marlin, Sailfish, and other pelagic predators but that’s not the whole picture. Anglers looking to test their fishing muscles can target Jack Crevalle, Bigeye and Bluefin Trevally, and Roosterfish, just get ready for an impressive pull.

Isla de Coiba

The island is blessed with unique ocean topography – it’s connected to the Galapagos Islands with an underwater mountain chain. That has led to a who’s who of rare fish swimming around the island. As good as the nearshore action is on the gorgeous Isla de Coiba, it gets red-hot offshore! Hannibal Banks is a sea-mount approximately 20 miles west of the island, plateauing at around 120 feet of water, while surrounded on all sides by waters several miles deep. This natural phenomenon is a predator magnet, with all sorts of Billfish and Tuna converging here. If you’re looking for the biggest Black Marlin, this is the place to be!

Atlantic Ocean

While Panama is known best for amazing fishing in the Pacific, the Atlantic Ocean has plenty to offer to any angler. The less-developed marine infrastructure on the northern coast has driven most anglers down south but things have steadily improved since the 1990s. This can work to your advantage too, as the fishing pressure is much lighter on the northern coast.

Where to fish

Offshore

Pelagic predators aplenty, the offshore waters of Panama boast some of the finest offshore fishing on the planet. Blue and Black Marlin are one of the staples of fishing here: you can target them year-round. The action heats up especially between December and April. Striped Marlin swim into Pinas Bay around March. You can hook up some real monsters, with the average Marlin being in the 300+ lb range. Wahoo, usually weighing over 15 lb, start rolling in just as the high season for Billfish closes, so you can keep the intense action going! Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, and Sailfish also stalk the offshore waters, waiting for the right angler to show up for a tough battle.

Nearshore

There are numerous islands dotting the nearshore waters off the coast of Panama, as well as many underwater reefs and other structures. This all leads to excellent fishing, whether you’re a fan of bottom fishing, drifting, trolling, or casting. Tasty Cubera Snapper, various Groupers, Wahoo, and many other colorful species can be targeted. Panama Rooster fishing is known world-wide. You can target massive Roosterfish, a challenging fight worthy of including in your fishing stories! Nearshore action is good year-round, as long as you're with a captain who knows the right spots to fish.

Inshore

Snook and Tarpon are the stars of the coastline and rivers of Panama. The Panama Canal is a very productive spot to go after huge Tarpon – anglers report an average of around 100 lb with the occasional monster weighing at over 200 lb. Tarpon are best at the start of the year, in January and February. Stalking the mangroves for Snook is rewarding just for the gorgeous tropical nature surrounding you, not to mention the amazing Snook fishing! You can reliably target them in the mouths of rivers and further inshore from December to May.

Need to know before you go

You should catch and release the larger reef-dwelling fish. Larger specimens can disappoint you if you’re interested in good eating – they might have the Ciguatera toxin which, while very rarely lethal, is certainly unpleasant. Smaller fish can go straight in the pan, though!

You don’t need a license to fish in Panama and there are no limits on how much fish you can keep. If you’re planning on fishing on Isla Coiba you should set aside $50, it’s a fee paid per boat, per week. To protect the wildlife of the island, all fish are catch-and-release only.

Whether you’re just looking to soak some rays and do some light angling or you dream of a trophy Black Marlin, Panama has the fishing trip for you! Book a trip in this tropical paradise now to take the first step towards your new favorite fishing destination.

Panamá
Excellent
4.0 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The most popular month for Black Marlin. You can hook also hook up Yellowfin Tuna, big Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and other species. It’s the perfect excuse to leave the cold at home and enjoy the hot action!

February

The exciting offshore adventure continues into February with Marlin, Sailfish and various Tunas. You can test your mettle against several species of Jacks that are excellent this time of year.

March

The famous Roosterfish can be reliably targeted during March. Cubera Snapper bite like crazy, while Striped Marlin start moving in closer to the coastline. Yellowfin Tuna is voracious and a popular target for many anglers.

April

Inshore anglers can look forward to the action getting even more exciting. Anglers looking to beat their personal best on Roosterfish should head out, ready for a fight. Schools of Yellowfin Tuna show up around Piñas Bay.

May

The wind starts blowing from the south, bringing a lot of Sailfish with it. They come in as close as a couple of miles off the shore, so if you’re looking for a picture to brag about, now’s the time.

June

Sailfish season is in full swing, with multiple bites per day being common. Other pelagics like Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are still good. Looking for a record Roosterfish? Specimens weighing over 70 lb have been caught in June.

July

If you aren’t sure what fish you want to go after, July is the month for you. Fishing is productive for a number of species like Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Snappers, Groupers, and others!

August

The temperature is quite comfortable, the only sweat you’ll break is from the red-hot Marlin action. Bring a waterproof jacket on your fishing trip anyway, as occasional showers can occur.

September

Wahoo has arrived in full force and anglers are targeting it left, right, and center. Black and Blue Marlin fishing is still excellent, so remember to bring a camera to capture these incredible fish.

October

If you’re not looking to reel in numbers but trophies, this is the month for you. Big Cubera Snapper and large Roosterfish can be hooked up in bays along the Pacific Coast.

November

Mahi Mahi, Black and Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna – the list of excellent targets goes on. The rainy season ends in November and debris-lines from the past season can make for excellent feeding grounds for fish.

December

It might be hard to decide on one species to target. Luckily, December helps with that! Black and Blue Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin and Blackfin Tuna, Roosterfish, and more are all excellent this time of year.

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These 2 captains had good boats with shallow draft and enough horsepower to get you where you need to go. Fishing equipment was functional but if you desire top equipment you might want to bring your own. Fishing was phenomenal. They communicated with us, English was good, and the 2 of them worked together so the whole family was able to fish. Book them.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
These 2 captains had good boats with shallow draft and enough horsepower to get you where you need to go. Fishing equipment was functional but if you desire top equipment you might want to bring your own. Fishing was phenomenal. They communicated with us, English was good, and the 2 of them worked together so the whole family was able to fish. Book them.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Bluffdale, UT
Don't eat the salad in the restaurant if you get your catch cooked, the salad made me sick.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don't eat the salad in the restaurant if you get your catch cooked, the salad made me sick.
Luciano  A.
Luciano A. Panama
Nice weather in December and very good catches...and Panama is a very nice city with a friendly people.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Nice weather in December and very good catches...and Panama is a very nice city with a friendly people.
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Panama City, 8
Be prepared to go way offshore to get to deep water (300’). It took almost 2 hours to get back to the dock. The seas can be rough so prepare for the motion if you are prone. The variety of fish is amazing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Be prepared to go way offshore to get to deep water (300’). It took almost 2 hours to get back to the dock. The seas can be rough so prepare for the motion if you are prone. The variety of fish is amazing!
Freddie  C.
Freddie C. San Antonio, TX
Patience weather dictates everything but trust the excellent guide we had geraldo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience weather dictates everything but trust the excellent guide we had geraldo
Douglas  B.
Douglas B. Newark, OH
Bring your ID, sunscreen and a hat, The charter and captain provides everything else you would need for a wonderful days fishing!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring your ID, sunscreen and a hat, The charter and captain provides everything else you would need for a wonderful days fishing!
FishingBooker Member
FishingBooker Member Pueblo Nuevo, Provincia De Chiriqui
Plan on a great boat ride, then if you catch fish, it's a great fishing trip.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Plan on a great boat ride, then if you catch fish, it's a great fishing trip.
Gwen  F.
Gwen F. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
The only recommendation I would have is that you planned your trip for the morning
Excellent
4.3 / 5
The only recommendation I would have is that you planned your trip for the morning
Roger  T.
Roger T. Geuda Springs, Kansas

Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
I can’t recommend Rene enough. Great equipment to use. Very personable, excellent English, super knowledgeable about the waters and the fish and their behaviors. You won’t regret hiring with him.
Clay  W.
Clay W. Spring, TX
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Great day on Gatun Lake! Beautiful spots and many (big) fishes! The Captain knows where the fishes are!
Ludovic  A.
Ludovic A. Panama
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Excellent guide! Wife and I had a blast. Very knowledgable. Very professional and personable. Would definately book him again. Much more than a fishing trip. We saw wildlife along the way. We traveled alongside the ships passing through the canal. Rene also pointed us to the best restaurant in town.
Joseph  M.
Joseph M. Dallas, Texas
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
I was fishing 2 days with sunrise charters, these guys know how to fish mahi mahi, snapper and other species. One of my best fishing trips ever!!!
Franklin  C.
Franklin C. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Really good experience. Good fishing, amazing BBQ and really good vibes! 100% recommended.
Joaquin  M.
Joaquin M. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
We had a great day of fishing! Rene was a great captain and was eager to help us catch fish a d learn new techniques. We can’t wait to come back and fish with him again!
Travis  J.  H.
Travis J. H. Homosassa Springs, FL
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
We booked the half day trip with Captain Andres and his crew member Manuel. Very nice and knowledgable people who wanted to make sure that we had a great day. It was a great fishing experience. We learned a lot about fishing and we caught a lot of fish. This trip is recommended.
Sergio  S.
Sergio S. Willemstad
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
We had a great day with Captain Rene. He was well prepared and very knowledgeable of the lake and the fish. We learned a lot about fishing and look forward to our next trip. Captain Rene is a hard working and easy to get along with professional. We highly recommend this trip to anyone fishing in Panama for the first time.
Al  S.
Al S. Fisherville, TN
Sea Expedition Panamá
Sea Expedition Panamá
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
It was a great experience and got some nice fish. We will come back for them soon.
Tomohiro  T.
Tomohiro T. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
For anyone wanting a fun serious and super knowledgeable Captain/guide,look no further! Mr. Him knows his fishing. He absolutely knows what he is doing. When he sees a fish,look out because he will find the lure to get it! I have been fishing for 30 plus years, and he is as hard-core as I am when it comes to this sport. I absolutely had a fantastic time and will come back to him for more adventures!
Sandra  E.
Sandra E. Lexington, TN
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Amazing day on the water. Amber jack, tuna, Mahi Mahi, mackerel, and even missed a sailfish strike. Highly recommend this experience.
Chris  T.
Chris T. Hastings, MN
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Cumplió las expectativas, puntualidad y sobre todo la experiencia del capitán, el cual nos llevó a buenos puntos para pesca. Mi sobrino pescó un Dorado de aprox. 35 libras.
Oscar  D.  L.
Oscar D. L. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Blue Lobster
Blue Lobster
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
We had an awesome time with Gustavo and Marco! Our goal was to catch a Roosterfish, so we went out in the morning and spent some time catching bait fish, and then the challenge was on. We brought in a Mahi Mahi and a big Spanish Mackerel. Unfortunately no Roosters, but it wasn't for a lack of effort. Gustavo was even willing to stay out longer, but we had afternoon plans. I strongly recommend using Gustavo for a trip!
Matt  H.
Matt H. Talleyville, DE
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Booked this for my husband and his friend. They could not have had a better day. Captain Renée picked them up at our Airbnb. He was right on time and had breakfast lunch and drinks ready. He was extremely knowledgeable and the guys had a great time catching parrot bass and snook among others. We will definitely book Captain Renée again. My son wants in next time!!!!
Jeanne  P.
Jeanne P. Miami, Florida
Toto Fishing Trips – Gamboa
Toto Fishing Trips – Gamboa
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had an amazing fishing trip today with Captain Toto. He was super knowledgeable, patient, and a great teacher for two novices. Caught lots of fish, and even escaped a big storm in the nick of time thanks to his watchful eye. Highly recommended!
Rodolfo  V.
Rodolfo V. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip
Fishing charter in Gamboa
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
Had a great day and probably the best part of this trip! Highly recommend it if you enjoy fishing. The scenery and experience was surreal. It was a jungle,canal and fishing trip all in one without the hassle of any crowd.
LINO  S.
LINO S. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
The fishing started out very slow. The captain and first mate were very determined to get us on some fish. We ended up catching a couple mackerel and a mahi mahi. I believe they would have stayed out as long as it took to have us catch a fish. I highly recommend them. They made it fun and we got to see parts of Panama we would not have been able to otherwise.
Wynn  T.
Wynn T. Gillette, WY
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
This trip was phenomenal. Took the entire family. Melvin made sure we had a good time. Caught several fish and hung out on an uninhabited island. I would HIGHLY recommend!
Michael  K.
Michael K. Canyon, TX
Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline
Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
We had a great time with this charter. Caught 7 bonitos and 1 mahi. Don’t let the weather forecast fool you when booking in rainy season. Forecast said 100% rain all day and once we were out in the ocean, it basically stopped raining.
Long  Y.
Long Y. Panama City, Provincia De Panama
Blue Lobster
Blue Lobster
Fishing charter in Panama City
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
My crew and myself had a great time on the trip. Everything was as expected I hope to use the captain on my next trip to Panama.
Ernest  W.
Ernest W. UPR MARLBORO, MD