Fishing in Panama

In many ways, Panama still represents something of an undiscovered gem on Central America’s tourist trail. And while the secret is out regarding fishing on Panama’s Pacific coast (certainly where the spectacular billfishing is concerned), there are also some incredible fishing opportunities for the intrepid fisherman on the Caribbean side. The Bocas del Toro archipelago for example, is home to some world-class tarpon fishing, along with great inshore sport for jacks, snook, barracuda, tuna, mackerel and even the occasional bonefish and permit.
A short cross-country hop in a southerly direction and Panama’s incredible Pacific fishery opens up before you. Deep-sea aficionados flock here for the abundant black, blue and striped marlin & sailfish sport, while the inshore action from roosterfish, jacks, snapper (and plenty more) is staggering. Fishing in Panama is a serious business, and the quality of its lodges and charters reflects that. The offshore crews here are among the finest in the world. Find out about the best Panama fishing lodges, guides and charters below or browse the map to find your desired location…


Photo credits: kptice & courtesy of Tranquilo Bay