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Charter fishing rates and charter fishing prices are somewhat variable due to the range and multiplicity of sport fishing opportunities so convenient to Panama fishing. To take full advantage of the varied types of sportfishing charters and several different gamefish species abundant in Panama fishing, it is essential that a good sport fishing guide provide the diverse charter fishing equipment, instruction of angling methods and boats necessary. I usually try to tailor Panama Fishing and Catching charter rates and charter fishing prices to the client’s expectations therefore client input is essential when determining the charter fishing rates and sport fishing charter prices for a sport fishing trip. The client’s satisfaction and Panama fishing goals are paramount considerations to formulating one to ten day charter fishing trips. Some anglers are only able to go charter fishing one day while on other business here in Panama while others come to Panama to solely go charter fishing for several days and target specific gamefish. For instance a client may want several days of varied inshore and offshore fishing while in Panama. One day at Lake Gatun on a sport fishing trip Peacock Bass fishing another day on the Bayano River for a sport fishing trip for Tarpon fishing or Snook fishing and another few days on a offshore sport fishing trip for pelagic game fish species and maybe fly fishing, popping or plug casting in shallow water close to island points, jutting volcanic rock structures, beaches and bays. Obviously this cannot be accomplished by a sport fishing guide with a single sportfishing boat or without diverse and specialized sport fishing tackle. The framework of a charter fishing trip can be as simple as a client just wanting to get on the water and catch anything for the few hours he has free that day or as involved as targeting giant tarpon on a fly or deep sea fishing trips of rare pelagic game fish for world records. Communication and advanced planning between the captain and his charter client are the keys to a successful charter fishing trip and figuring Panama fishing charter rates and sport fishing charter prices. These days this is easily accomplished via email or telephone and a client should have a precise picture of what to expect and what charter fishing price to pay on his charter fishing trip long before actually getting on the boat. To reserve most charter fishing trip dates a 50% deposit of the Panama fishing charter rates is required usually 30 days in advance, especially during specific gamefish ‘runs’ or seasons. Below is a general Panama fishing charter rates and sport fishing charter prices outline using some of the variables that should help give a good indication of what your tailored Panama charter fishing trip costs or charter fishing prices should be:
Nearshore Charter Fishing- Panama fishing charter rates of $650.00 a day are tailored for two anglers on sport fishing trips along the coastal waters of Panama Bay from June to December with veteran sport fishing guides angling for a variety of tropical gamefish such as grouper, snook, corvina, chicken dorado, Sierra Mackerel, jack creavalle and many types of snapper.
1 – 10 miles out around several beautiful beach spangled tropical island of Chepillo near the mouth of the Bayano River utilizing a custom 24-foot center console Super Panga powered by a 50 hp Yamaha outboard that cruises at 30 mph. Panama charter fishing trip costs or charter fishing prices include ice, bottled water, bait, soft drinks, fuel, 1st class fishing gear, (mostly Penn & Shimano rods & reels and some custom rods), use of lures & tackle etc. and all Panama sportfishing guide costs. The necessary items you might want to bring along include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, a bathing suit if you plan to swim at the beaches, towel, whatever you may want to eat or snack on, beverages other than soft drinks and water, any special lures you want to try, fly fishing gear etc. Panama fishing charter rates are for 7 to 8 hours of angling with a Panama sport fishing guide, actual times depending on the tide and how early we start the day but usually from early morning into the afternoon.
PERLAS ISLANDS Charter Fishing-
Out further in the Gulf of Panama, about 30 miles, the Perlas Island Archipelago consists of over 100 islands and islets where bottom fishing for larger grouper and snapper and trolling for bigger pelagic game fish such as sailfish and bull dorado is great at times but also fly-fishing or plug casting along the abundant beach studded shorelines and rocky outcroppings of the many Perlas Islands can be spectacular and economical. Check out http://www.panamafishingandcatching.com/flyfishing.htm. For example, Contadora Island which has reasonable hotel lodging is only 28 miles out and is accessible by daily light aircraft service (20 minutes) or by boat (one hour ride). 2-3 day trip charters (maximum 2 anglers) from a 30 foot custom made for Island fishing Super Panga with twin 70 hp 4 stroke outboards make for a memorable fish catching, rod bending experience from June through December. Bountiful unhampered deck space both fore and aft allows two anglers to fly fishing in unison aboard this craft.
TAIKETISI is a 30-foot custom center console super panga powered by twin 70 hp Suzuki 4-stroke outboards that cruises at 30mph. The custom open deck was designed by Panama fly fishing guides especially for Bluewater Flyfishing around the Perlas islands. This larger seaworthy super panga has a 150 gallon fuel capacity for multi day fly fishing trips and is the preferred fly fishing or plug casting craft for plying the Las Perlas Archipelago. Bountiful unhampered deck space both fore and aft allows two anglers to fly fishing in unison. TAIKETISI 2-3 day saltwater charters start at $850 a day.
The word ‘Panga’ which also means 'machete' is a Spanish term for a ‘small boat’ usually not used when describing a yacht or a ship. That said, in many cases a person on a larger more expensive cruise ship or yacht will often point out a smaller although equally opulent yacht as a ‘Panga’. In Central and South America Spanish settlers first used the term to describe native dugout canoes or ‘bongos’. These dugout boats with the same long narrow sea worthy design with an exaggerated raised keel forward are used by indigenous peoples all over the third world for coastal transport and commercial hook & line saltwater fishing trips. Some of these wooden boats are over 40 feet long and 10 feet wide allowing them to navigate long distances on offshore fishing trips for extended periods at sea. In the early 1970’s some local commercial fishing boats in Mexico, Colombia and Panama were produced out of fiberglass that resembled the old wooden ‘Pangas’.
Most of these had a pronounced deep vee from bow to stern that made them heavy and tipsy with an inefficient horsepower to load capacity ratio. In the late 1970’s and early 80’s the Japanese designed a similar fiberglass boat with something of a modified vee for export to 3rd world countries as coastal commercial offshore fishing boats. These boats were long and somewhat narrow compared to American fiberglass sportfishing production boats. They had a sharp entry at the bow that tapered back to a flat-bottomed aft section. These were extremely fuel-efficient and had a very good horsepower to load capacity ratio. These saltwater fishing Pangas were notably seaworthy, stable and easy to maintain, could safely go far offshore fishing and drew little water in the shallows. The only drawback was when overpowered they became squirrelly at speeds over 35 mph and at cruising speeds they weren’t as maneuverable as a ‘production’ boat. Since then the Panga designs have improved strikingly and many are locally custom built center consoles specifically for sportfishing and especially fly fishing. They are a great boat for coastal saltwater fishing, are remarkably economical, roomy and unusually stable under heavy loads in rough seas when on offshore fishing trips.
Offshore Fishing Charter- Minimum of 3 days. Panama fishing charter rates and charter fishing prices vary depending on the type of sport fishing charter (‘bare boat’ to ‘all inclusive’), the sport fishing boat used, how many anglers aboard, the area fished and the number of days, but generally Panama charter fishing trip costs are from $1100-$2000 a day.
A ‘Bare Boat Fishing Charter’ Panama charter fishing trip costs and charter fishing price includes only the sport fishing boat, the Captain, Panama sport fishing guide costs and 1st class sport fishing equipment (mostly Penn, Fin Nor & Shimano rods & reels or custom rods) and is geared for anglers offshore fishing or deep sea fishing around the Perlas Islands in the Gulf of Panama for 3 or more days angling for Cubera Snapper, Big Grouper, Blue marlin, yellowfin tuna, black marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, big eye tuna, amberjack, roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel and a variety of snapper species. Lodging (not included in the charter fishing price) is available either at Contadora Island where there are several Boutique Hotels or Bed and Breakfast lodgings as well as at Hacienda Del Mar Resort on San Jose Island www.haciendadelmar.net San Jose Island is about 50 miles offshore and has airline services if you prefer to fly. Contadora Island has daily flights and ferry service. Hacienda del Mar is a unique family owned resort situated on San Jose Island, a privately owned remote virgin jungle tropical island. San Jose Island has a legendary sportfishing history dating back to before Zane Grey popularized it in many of his deep sea fishing stories. I consider this area to be the best in the Gulf of Panama for all manner of saltwater fishing gamefish. San Jose is a large island by Central American standards (15,000 acres) with rivers, waterfalls, over 50 beaches, 100 km of naturalistic all weather roads for touring, unique abundant island wildlife and a 1000 meter airstrip. San Jose Island has never been settled or inhabited except in WWII by a small U.S. military outpost. Hence the island, the wild life and the surrounding waters are marvelously as pristine and primordial as you are going to find anywhere in the world today. There are only 16 cabins available on the whole island as the owners are fanatical about keeping San Jose in its original natural unspoiled state. Service, accommodations, prices and amenities are excellent. The breathtaking views and the peerless ambiance are unsurpassed in the western hemisphere. Re-supply of ice, fuel, beverages, water and other essentials is necessary for deep sea fishing trips after a few days and is more economical at the islands than either flying or boating it out there. I am a professional sportfishing Captain/guide and do not involve myself in earning commissions from hotel bookings or saleable items at resorts I recommend to my clients. I can help recommend whatever a client may want to take along on his offshore fishing trip and where to buy in Panama City.
An ‘All Inclusive Fishing Charter’ Panama charter fishing rates and sport fishing charter prices are tailored for a 3 day or more deep sea fishing trip offshore catching Big Grouper, Blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, amberjack, roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel and many snapper types including the cubera snapper. Basically the charter fishing price includes almost everything anglers may need - Sport Fishing Boat, Captain, mate, Panama sportfishing guide costs, 1st class saltwater fishing gear, (mostly Penn, Fin Nor & Shimano rods & reels or custom rods) ice, bait, fuel, use of offshore fishing lures & tackle etc. Charter fishing boat prices do not include snacks, alcoholic beverages, meals or lodging. Things to bring along include sunscreen, hat, change of clothes, camera, bathing suit, towel, personal hygiene items, favorite deep sea fishing lures, fly fishing gear, alcoholic beverages, snacks etc.
SILVERTON 42 CUSTOM SPORTFISHERMAN- Broad beam ‘modified deep vee’ Spacious Fly bridge with a commanding view of the ocean and the generous uncluttered serious sportfishing cockpit that seamlessly steps up to a roomy shaded salon area with large windows that provides an open sensation. A truly custom built sportfisherman especially built from the stringers up for the specific purpose of sport fishing the Perlas Islands Archipelago for the great variety of game fish found here. Powered by twin 380 HP 3116 Caterpillar diesel engines the range and speed are optimum for multi day offshore charters targeting marlin, tuna, sailfish and dorado or in close around the numerous islands for shelf pelagic game fish such as roosterfish, amberjack or wahoo plus popping and jigging for big snapper and grouper.
The Defiance cruises at 25 mph with a top speed of 35 mph. Comfortably handles 4 to 6 anglers with plenty of fishing gear on deep sea fishing trips for all manner of pelagic game fish - Blue marlin fishing, black marlin fishing, sailfish fishing, dolphin fishing, wahoo fishing, yellowfin tuna fishing, big eye tuna fishing and saltwater fishing such as trolling, popping, plug-casting or fly fishing for a wide array of shelf pelagic and shelf demersal game fish like monster Grouper, dolphin, wahoo, amberjack, roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel and lots of snapper varieties especially the Cubera snapper. The innovative design of this boat lends itself exceptionally well both for offshore fishing trips and for close in island saltwater fishing. This boat is the culmination of 30 years sport fishing experience in Panama boasting an almost indestructible hull that planes easily in rough water sending bow spray out and down with its generous bow flare. It positively glides through heavy seas and has very little tendency to list when weight is shifted from one side to another. This boat sports a large unobstructed, stable cockpit seamlessly joined to a sizable salon that can easily and effectively accommodate six anglers Panama fishing. The custom layout allows for plug casting or fly fishing to be efficiently and safely executed from the large slip resistant bow platform. The walkways are ample permitting quick mobilization from the cockpit to the bow platform when the fishing guide sights tailing Sailfish or busting bait. The custom COCKPIT SALON design comfortably fishes up to six persons offshore trolling and there is plenty of room on the bow for those who like to plug cast poppers or for fly fishing on deep sea fishing trips. This is a wonderful boat for extended offshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Panama particularly around the ‘explosives’ fishing zone beyond the continental shelf drop-off as well as in around the various Perlas Islands.
‘Bare Boat Fishing Charter’ Panama charter fishing rates - starting at $2000 a day.
‘All Inclusive Fishing Charter’ Panama fishing charter rates - starting at $2200 a day.
Charter fishing rates of $550 a day are tailored for two anglers Snook fishing & Tarpon fishing on the Bayano River and neighboring estuary zone from a custom 24-foot center console super Panga with a veteran sportfishing guide. These sport fishing charter prices include ground transportation (one hour drive) for two from some Panama City hotels with ice, bottled water and bait provided as well as soft drinks, fuel and first class saltwater fishing gear (Penn spinning reels on custom rods) Includes the use of lures plus other tackle in addition to Panama sportfishing guide costs. Some of the necessary items you might want to bring along for these Panama fishing trips include a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen plus a camera. Moreover you may want to pack along something to eat or snack on and any special lures you want to try as well as fly fishing gear. Panama fishing charter on the Bayano River for snook and tarpon is from 7 to 8 hours depending on the tide and how early we start the day.
Here the inimitably built Super Panga really shines. The Bayano River's winding characteristics; fast current, extreme tides, shifting sandbars, submerged logs, rocks, underwater gravel banks and other obstacles require a unique craft to effectively fish it. The bulletproof hull and remarkable design of this custom made Super Panga enables safe and easy navigation to areas where other boats simply can't go. The outstanding 'four wheel drive' functionality of the boat and shallow draft capability allows angling in areas normally inaccessible to most sport fishing guides when the bite is on. The generous length and open deck blueprint permit two anglers effortless plug casting or fly fishing opportunities independently of one another, an important consideration when targeting large fast running acrobatic game fish on Panama fishing trips. The Super Panga's custom flat running design and low freeboard allows unaided landing or releasing of fish from any part of the boat. It is the perfect boat for Bayano River sportfishing charters especially for two anglers, any more and it becomes crowded and a little cozy for tarpon fly fishing or sight casting snook with the long leaders necessary to catch these unforgettable game fish.
This is a fantastic fish catching sport fishing charter! Two anglers can comfortably go on peacock bass fishing trips in a spectacular virgin jungle ambiance at a reasonable charter fishing price any time of year and catch plenty of these aggressive colorful tropical game fish known as Peacock Bass. Panama charter fishing trip costs of $460 a day are tailored for 2 anglers fishing for peacock bass on Lake Gatun with a veteran sport fishing guide from a custom built 24-foot center console super Panga powered by a 50hp Yamaha outboard that cruises at 30 mph. Panama fishing charter fishing price includes ground transportation (less than an hour drive) for 2 anglers from most panama city hotels which includes ice, bottled water, bait and soft drinks in addition to fuel, first class peacock bass fishing gear (Penn, Shimano, Diawa, Mitchell spinning rods and reels). Plus the use of peacock bass fishing lures and angling tackle along with all panama sport fishing guide costs. Some of the necessary items you might want to bring along on peacock bass fishing trips include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and a camera. Moreover be sure to take whatever you might want to eat or snack on, alcoholic beverages, special bass lures you want to try and fly fishing gear. These peacock bass fishing charters last eight hours and usually start at daybreak when these outrageously game bass are most aggressive! The scenic ride to and from the launching ramp at Gamboa is interesting and educational as it follows along much of the Panama Canal through a tropical jungle national park and passing right by Summit Gardens Zoological Preserve. Once on the water the Panama sport fishing guides travel along the shipping channel carved out of virgin tropical jungle and past Barro Colorado Island which is operated by the Smithsonian Institution and on to the secluded peacock bass fishing hotspots. There is also plenty of natural fauna and wildlife to be observed and enjoyed among the vast tropical jungle shores and isolated islands on these peacock bass fishing trips. This is an excellent adventure for bird watching enthusiasts as various toucan species, kingfishers, wild turkeys, snail kites and even the harpy eagle can sometimes be photographed. Furthermore larger wild mammals such as sloths, brocket deer, howler monkeys and white faced monkeys plus on rare occasions a cougar or jaguar will appear seemingly from nowhere!
The Panama fishing charter rate of $3500 is an all inclusive 3 full days saltwater fishing trip package for two anglers interested in Panama fishing for hordes of estuary, shelf pelagic and shelf demersal Caribbean Sea game fish species. Catch game fish such as cubera snapper and grouper bottom fishing. Try for dolphin as well as wahoo while trolling. Plug cast or fly fish for amberjack plus tarpon and snook. Great barracuda, kingfish and snapper are always lurking around on charters conducted by experienced Panama sport fishing guides. These fishing charters are done from a custom 24-foot center console super panga powered by a 50 hp Yamaha four stroke outboard capable of 35 mph. Do it all, from fly fishing to trolling plus plug casting to pargo popping or flats fishing as well as surf fishing. Sport fishing charter prices include ground transportation from most Panama City hotels (3 hour drive) and lodging at an area hotel plus meals of local cuisine. Additionally included are 1st class sportfishing gear (Penn or Shimano spinning and trolling rods). The use of some saltwater fishing lures and other tackle plus all panama sport fishing guide costs are also provided. Since this fishing charter rate is fashioned to suit all clients including Panama residents the charter fishing prices do not include transportation from the airport to Panama City or lodging while in Panama City, although I can recommend lodging at reasonable prices and make the arrangements thereby appending the additional costs to the fishing charter rate for clients traveling from abroad who request it. Things you might want to bring along on these saltwater fishing trips include a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen plus a camera. you will want a bathing suit, towel and a few extra clothes. For adventurous types reef wading shoes are great. Also handy are a flashlight, personal hygiene items and any alcoholic beverages. Any special lures you want to try plus fly fishing gear is good to pack along. This Atlantic shore Panama fishing charter is from 7 to 8 hours a day depending on the tide and how early we start each day. The upper coast of Colon is predominantly inhabited by descendants of black runaway slaves (Cimarron), Kuna Indians, Embera and Waunaan Indians plus campesino settlers which encompasses nearly all of the original Panamanian cultures. The coast is physically made up mostly of Caribbean reef structures and long white sand beaches bordering true rainforest jungles and wild estuary zones. Lodging is Spartan but clean, safe and comfortable. Most lodging is usually right near a beach or expansive shallow reef structure that affords wonderful opportunities for flats fishing or surf casting and fly fishing. Night reef walking with a flashlight to catch spinney lobster or daytime hunting of small octopus along the shallow reefs can be rewarding along the coast. The local people are friendly and warm and the local cuisine varies from spicy coastal seafood dishes unique to the Cimarron culture to regular table fare of meat and potatoes. This is a remote, sparsely developed area similar to what famous tourist centers like Belize and Cancun must have been like 40 to 60 years ago.
Panama fishing Charter rate of $3500 is an all-inclusive 3 full days of tuna fishing trips for two anglers with experienced Panama fishing guides for plenty of huge migrating pelagic (Blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna and big eye tuna) shelf pelagic (amberjack, roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel, African Pompano and snapper), slope and shelf demersal game fish species (Cubera Snapper, various Grouper species, many snapper types and rockfish) along a 30-mile stretch of the Azuerro Peninsula (Tuna Coast).
The sportfishing boat most suited for these deep sea fishing trips is a custom 28-foot center console Super Panga powered by twin 70 hp 4-stroke Suzuki outboards that cruises at 30 mph. Sport fishing charter price package includes lodging at an area hotel, meals of local cuisine, ice, bait, fuel, use of offshore fishing lures & tackle, 1st class tuna fishing gear (Penn & Shimano spinning, conventional and trolling rods & reels etc.) and all Panama sport fishing guide costs. Since this sport fishing charter rate is fashioned to suit all clients including those already in Panama, fishing charter prices do not include transportation from the airport to Panama City or lodging while in Panama City or airfare to the Tuna Coast (about $130 round trip). Although I can recommend lodging in Panama City at a practical price, make the arrangements and append the costs to the sport fishing charter rate for clients traveling from abroad who request it. Things you might want to bring along for these deep sea fishing trips include a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, a bathing suit, towel, change of clothes, personal hygiene items, alcoholic beverages, any special saltwater fishing lures you want to try, fly fishing gear etc. sport fishing charter is from 7 to 8 hours a day depending on the tide and how early we start the day.
Descendants of Spanish settlers to the New World populate the Azuerro Peninsula of Panama and their culture reflects this heritage. This is a lightly populated area devoted to cattle ranges and small farms. Almost no other industry exists and these rural country folk are friendly, genuine and curious towards foreign sportfishing enthusiast. This is an area where everyone is happy to see and meet you. There is almost no crime in this homespun Spanish ‘cowboy’ like culture. The lodging is basic but clean and comfortable. Local hotels are usually comparatively substantial concrete buildings with several large rooms having two very nice double or queen sized beds, a bath/shower, hot water and air conditioning. Local restaurant menus are limited to simple beef, pork and seafood dishes accompanied by rice and local vegetables. There are no preservatives or food coloring in the food, as it is all natural and fresh!
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