Member since February 2014
Hey, I'm Captain Miguel Botero
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Hello guys! we are happy to annouce that the first MahiMahi (dorado) of the season was caught last last week! just 10 nautical miles from Panama City as we were trolling next to the drift line of the 20… Read Full Report →
This past saturday we had a nice couple who went out for a full day of fishing at the Pearl Islands Archipelago... like always no picture of the fish but nice fishing action with some monster GT action. Once… Read Full Report →
The 20 Fathom Trench located 10 nautical miles from Panama City is normally very active with Mahi Mahi and Wahoo... however when big bait balls and drift Wood combine on the trench, it make an ideal combo for Tunas… Read Full Report →
Best fishing in Panama is around 80 nautical miles south from Panama City. Theres where the real mosnter are, no only in size, but also species. Marlin are a spacialty here, we went for 3 days to celebrate a… Read Full Report →
Fishing is not a priority on this boat. The captain and crew spoke no English. It was impossible to align our objectives with the Captain. We basically stopped fishing at noon. If you want a pleasure cruise, this is the boat for you but if you want to fish… not so much
The Team at Panama GEM Charters did a great job of helping sort out our issues. First Class customer service. Work directly with GEM Charter team and I’m sure you will find a boat that meets your fishing or pleasure boat needs.Roy Beckelhymer does not recommend Panama GEM Charters - 60’ Bertram
Fished December 2015
Miguel and Eddie were awesome but we only caught two small fish. That why it’s called fishing and not catching. :-)Anthony Cianciotto recommends Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline
Fished March 2015
Went out with Eddie and Michael was nice only caught 1 fish but had fun.Tim and Barbara Hoover recommends Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline
Fished March 2015
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Hello guys! A pleasure to have you both on board… Definetly not the best fishing day of the year but spoke to the crew and told you guys went all in from trolling to live bait bottom jigging! Nice barracuda though… Chao!
Sorry Ive taken so long to get back to you - was busy catching up with work, and I wanted to give it some time to see if my opinion would soften as to how the day went down.
Unfortunately I don’t have much good to say about our experience with your Captain, who was apathetic to say the least.
I know we got a late start (our fault) so wasn’t expecting much in the way of fishing, but when we got to the island we had to wait several hours for the food to come, and when it came it was cold
The problem is is the Captain didn’t seem to care much that the food wasn’t coming out, and it was only after several calls by me to Eddie, and after almost insisting that he pull anchor and take us back to Panama so we could get something to eat that he finally made an effort to launch the tender with the mate to go look for the food.
Everytime we made and enquiry to him to call the restaurant to find out about the lunch all he would tell us was “its coming” - this was after us waiting patiently for several hours and it had to get to the point where the guys starting cussing.
It took him FOREVER to launch the tender to finally go look for the food. On top of all of that he couldn’t seem to get the launch back onto the boat, so he ended up towing it around to another inlet and then like Keystone Cops they burned a lot of our time trying to get it back on the boat.
So all in all we burned about 4 hours sitting in that cove, a good portion of which we could have been out on the water.
Again, I can’t complain about not catching any fish and to be honest we were really just out for a relaxing day on the water, but the whole lunch fiasco really spoiled the day and left a terrible taste (or lack there of ) in our mouths.
Really, that captain was an not professional at all.
All the guys were upset.
Suffice it to say I would not recommend him as a man to go to sea with again
PS a couple of the guys in our group are serious sport fishermen and they said the rigs that the mate set were a waste of time and he didn’t know what or how to set for fishBrandon does not recommend Panama GEM Charters - 60’ Bertram
Fished January 2015