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Fishing in Panama City

Situated next to the Panama Canal and overlooking its namesake bay, the capital city of Panama is imaginatively-known as Panama City. While those who named the city may not have been the most creative of people, fishing charters in Panama City, Panama  are some of the best in the world. Explore shallow inshore waters, productive reefs, islands, and deep waters offshore, and get your hands on some of the world’s most prized fish. 
 
Fishing opportunities in Panama City are truly among the best in the world. Where else could you target Peacock Bass and Marlin on the same trip? Hit the canal and flats inshore for beauties such as Tarpon and Snook, head to the reefs in search of Snappers, Roosterfish, and Grouper, or head to the deep seas and get your hands full of Mahi Mahi, Tuna, and Billfish. 
 
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and explore the quiet inshore waters for anywhere from four hours to a full day. You can hit some of the nearshore islands on as little as a half day trip, while heading offshore will require at least eight hours out. The more determined among you can spend even a few nights living aboard a luxury vessel. You’ll explore the desert Las Perlas Islands, all the while going after that monster catch. 
 
With something on offer for beginners and experts alike, a fishing charter in Panama City, Panama, offers something for everyone. Make this diverse fishery your next stop for an angling vacation, and get your fish on like never before.

Rules & Regulations

An added beauty of fishing in Panama City is that you won’t need a license to go fishing. Your professional captain will have everything you need for a productive day, and will make sure that you keep in line with the latest bag and size limits. 

Panama City Fishing Seasons

January
What better way to start the year than with a thrilling trip to deep waters? Get ready for some serious action as you go up against Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and many more.
February
Escape the winter blues with a trip to Panama in February. The offshore bite is still strong, so get ready to test your skills against monster Billfish, along with plenty of Tunas for a warming treat. 
March
Inexperienced anglers should come aboard shorter trips in March, with reef fishing yielding great results. Target Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish nearshore, or head offshore for the usual suspects.
April
The inshore season starts to heat up in spring, leaving you with the dilemma of where to go. Get ready for some serious Roosterfish action nearshore, with Yellowfin Tuna a delight in the deep waters offshore.
May
Just when you thought they’d disappeared, Sailfish come back to the fold in May! You’ll have the chance to target this majestic creature, along with plenty of delicious nearshore creatures for dinner.
June
Yellowfin Tuna rejoin the offshore party, giving a tasty twist to a big game fishing adventure. Meanwhile, the Cubera and Roosterfish bite is as good as ever, while Tarpon and Snook fishing gets going inshore. 
July
Experienced anglers will relish the chance to hunt the canals, as the calm water makes for excellent Snook and Tarpon fishing. Everyone else can go heavy tackle fishing offshore, or bottom fishing the reefs.
August
Marlin season is back in full swing, with Blue and Black Marlin adding to the offshore delights. Go after these beauties, or make the most of the end of the Cubera and Roosterfish high season nearshore. 
September
There’s no sign of the fishing letting up, even if summer may be over. Tough-fighting Wahoo and delicious Mahi Mahi add a different dimension to your offshore trip, as you go after these beauties and Marlin.
October
The calm waters mean that there’s still plenty of opportunity to catch some inshore beauties. Go after Bass, Jacks, Tarpon, and Snook in the rivers and canals, or head offshore where the bite’s never been stronger.
November
Make the most of the inshore season before the waters start getting murky, but don’t forget about the offshore fish. The all-star cast of Billfish, Mahi, Tuna, and Wahoo will only be together a little longer. 
December
See out the year in style with a thrilling offshore adventure. Make Panama your destination for a New Year getaway and get your fish on against some of the most sought-after big game fish! 

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Reviews of Fishing in Panama City

3 Dorados and a Spanish Mac.
Luciano A. fished with Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline on June 21, 2019
Don't eat the salad in the restaurant if you get your catch cooked, the salad made me sick.
Great Fishing Day with Capt. Daniel & Issac
FishingBooker Member fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on December 18, 2018
Nice weather in December and very good catches...and Panama is a very nice city with a friendly people.
Full day trip with Captain Daniel & Mate Jack
Freddie C. fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on June 16, 2018
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!
Full Day Trip with Captain Issac Miller to Los Perlos
FishingBooker Member fished with La Familia Fishing Charters – 26' on January 21, 2018
Bring your ID, sunscreen and a hat, The charter and captain provides everything else you would need for a wonderful days fishing!
Full Day to 20 Fathom Trench and Taboga Island
Gwen F. fished with Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline on December 20, 2017
Plan on a great boat ride, then if you catch fish, it's a great fishing trip.
Half day fishing with captain Edgar of Panama Gen character
Roger T. fished with Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline on March 16, 2017
The only recommendation I would have is that you planned your trip for the morning
day trip with cat. Edward
Giorgio N. fished with The Pearl Island Charter Company on February 24, 2017
February is great for jigging and inshore popping targeting snappers, amberjacks, groupers, jacks, rooster fish and sierra mackerel

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