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Panamá: 55 fishing charters available

Panama Fishing Trip
Panama Fishing Trip

Gamboa • 20 ft • 4 persons

Panama Fishing Trip is VIP charters focused on giving you a once-in-a-lifetime, sharing, and living fishing experience with our Captain that has all the Passion for share the waters of gatun lake, the view and wildlife will make a unforgotten experience in Panama.

"My buddy and I fished with Rene for 4 days. We wanted to catch mainly peacock bass but we transitioned back and fourth between bass, tarpon and snook." —⁠ Christopher,
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trips fromUS $280
Panama GEM Charters – 27’ Proline
Panama GEM Charters – 27’ Proline

Panama City • 27 ft • 8 persons

Panama GEM Charters takes you fishing around the iconic waterways aboard their speedy and reliable 27’ Proline.

"Just had the most awesome afternoon out on the bay for a fishing trip!" —⁠ Arianne,
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trips fromUS $650
Sunrise Charters Panama
Sunrise Charters Panama

Panama City • 26 ft • 7 persons

Sunrise Charters Panama promises to take you to the best fishing grounds Central America has to offer.

"I chartered El Mae w/ Captn Mae and first mate Lazaro for my husbands 40th bday trip to Panama!" —⁠ LAUREN,
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trips fromUS $600
Gatun Sportfishing
Gatun Sportfishing

Gamboa • 20 ft • 5 persons

Gatun Sportfishing New on Fishing Booker but with more than 15 years operating charters only in Gatun Lake.

"My girlfriend and I traveled from Florida to Panama with the hopes of catching Peacock Bass on artificial lures in Central America!" —⁠ Darryl,
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trips fromUS $275
Quick Hook Charters – 33’
Quick Hook Charters – 33’

Panama City • 33 ft • 8 persons

Looking for a fantastic fishing trip, beach day, or both? You've come to the right place!

"During our first visit to Panama we chose to go fishing with Capt." —⁠ Ronald,
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trips fromUS $450
VamosD’Pesca SportFishing LakeGatún
VamosD’Pesca SportFishing LakeGatún

Gamboa • 17 ft • 3 persons

''Vamos D' Pesca Sport Fishing Panama'' is located in Gamboa, Gatun Lake - Panama Canal and offers to show you an unforgettable time in the legendary Panama Canal waters.

"My fishing trip at Lake Gatun, Panama, was absolutely fantastic!" —⁠ Briam,
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trips fromUS $250
Panama GEM Charters - Viking 46'
Panama GEM Charters - Viking 46'

Panama City • 46 ft • 16 persons

The Viking 46’ offers the best navigation and a comfortable overseas fishing experience.

"Crew was great and boat was clean and well Maintained for an older boat." —⁠ Chris,
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trips fromUS $1,300
Fish On Panama – Panama City
Fish On Panama – Panama City

Panama City • 31 ft • 4 persons

Panama City has a fish with your name on it, so let Fish On Panama help you catch it!

"Had a great time on the water with Alex and Eric. Both were very friendly, easy to communicate with, and extremely accommodating." —⁠ Paul,
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trips fromUS $600
Pearl Islands Charter Company - 33'
Pearl Islands Charter Company - 33'

Panama City • 33 ft • 8 persons

Pearl Islands Charter Company has another boat in their fleet for you.

"Had a great time! We booked this trip with fishing experience and really wanted to hunt for a rooster." —⁠ Tom,
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trips fromUS $799
Pearl Islands Charter Company – 37' Intrepid
Pearl Islands Charter Company – 37' Intrepid

Panama City • 37 ft • 10 persons

Make an adventure out of your next trip to Panama City and go fishing with Pearl Islands Charter Company.
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trips fromUS $1,275
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Fishing in Panamá

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.

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Panamá Fishing Seasons

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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