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To fishermen all over the world Panama is synonymous with big game fishing. However, for many tourists on vacation in Panama a day out fishing is an afterthought, something they decide to do once they arrive here.
When tourists think about fishing in Panama, they visualize catching the “big one” like they see in the sports fishing magazines. Unfortunately, many people who dream of fishing in Panama are disappointed and their anticipation exceeds the actual experience.
How does that happen? Many times it’s because people choose a popular island destination and then add on a fishing tour. Too often, the “fishing tour” involves hiring a local panga driver on the beach, like you would hail a taxi on the street.
A “panga”is an open, traditional, single-engined boat, which is not designed, nor intended for big game fishing. They are meant for fishing close to shore and entertaining guests by catching dinner at best, if you’re lucky.
A better way to practice sports fishing is to go to a lodge that can deliver a big game fishing experience and also provide first-class accommodation and other activities like island hopping, whale-watching, and spa services.
These lodges normally have twin-engine boats capable of taking you to where the big fish are, which is often 50-60 miles offshore. My research on big game fishing took me to the Panama Big Game Fishing Club Resort in Boca Brava, Panama. It’s about a 30-minute flight from Panama City to David, where guests are picked up and taken to an island resort in a jungle on the shores of the most famous fishing grounds in Panama.
The Club is a five star, family-friendly, resort that combines top-flight luxury with a state-of-the-art fishing experience. This includes fishing boats equipped with the latest “top of the line” tackle and equipment. It also has an infinity edged-pool and jacuzzi, family lodge and spa.
The resort offers three, four, five, and six day fishing packages. The client can pick the days of the week and all trips are custom booked. For more information visit www.panama-sportfishing.com; 507 6613 6900