Panama Sport Fishing Trips

 

Tropic Star Lodge

Offshore Fishing in Panama

 

Tropic Star Lodge is a veritable paradise cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific coast of Panama. The Lodge is situated 150 miles south of Panama City. It can only be reached by boat or plane, since there are no roads within a hundred miles. A charter plane lands on an airstrip in Pinas Bay. You then take a ten minute boat ride to Tropic Star Lodge. More than 170 World Records and numerous Junior Angler World Records have been set at Panama's internationally known Tropic Star Lodge - more than any place in the world! It is known the world over as an exclusive fishing lodge where quality and a quantity of fish come together in Pinas Bay! You will find no telephones, fax machines, or newspapers at this fantastic "get away from it all" fishing retreat! We have a television and (VHS) VCR in the bar, used solely for the purpose of viewing fishing videos. Please bring any cords or adapters needed for your video equipment. Each afternoon when the boats return to the Lodge, "fish stories" are swapped while guests relax in the fresh water swimming pool, or drink pina coladas and eat fish fingers or sushimi on the veranda overlooking the bay, or in the air-conditioned bar.

Zane Grey Reef is a relatively small seamount of solid rock which has its base on the flat continental shelf in 350 feet of water. The sides of the seamount rise sharply to the peak which is composed of three distinct pinnacles; the two to the south rise to within 150 feet of the surface and are joined, but there is valley 205 feet deep between these two and a larger peak to the north. A number of bait species and their predators congregate around the seamount, sometimes in astounding numbers. The ocean currents, rich in plankton, push northwards past the seamount and bring food to all the assembled baitfish. All species of billfish and non-billfish can be caught year-round in the pristine waters off Pinas Bay. The prime black marlin season runs from December through April. Then the Pacific sailfish move in during April through July. The striped marlin season is considered mid-March through May. July brings another run of marlin; many in the five hundred pound range. Most of our fishing is done six to twelve miles offshore in very calm waters. Four to five foot seas are considered "very rough" water at Tropic Star Lodge.

This abundance holds the larger predators such as Almaco jacks, Crevalle jacks, Cubera snappers, Mullet snappers and groupers. The ZGR holds the biggest schools of jacks I have ever seen. Then there are large oceanic visitors such as Manta Rays, Hammerhead sharks, Bull sharks as well as a variety of requiem sharks waiting for an easy meal. Near the surface, four species of billfish are available; Black, Blue, Striped marlins are targeted by anglers, as well as the quintessential Sailfish. Other predators such as Dolphin fish (dorado) and Yellowfin Tuna are often mixed in with the Jacks, Bonitos and Rainbow Runners that cram the waters around Zane Grey Reef. - Guy Harvey Many people fish at Tropic Star Lodge to catch their record fish, also, they come to catch their first Black Marlin or other billfish. Our crews can help you as much or as little as you require. We issue beautiful certificates for those who catch their first billfish at the lodge.

Pinas Bay, Panama offers some of the world's most popular gamefish including Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Pacific Sailfish, Wahoo, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Grouper, Roosterfish, Snapper and Amberjack. The word "Panama" means "an abundance of fish". Pinas Bay truly lives up to this meaning. In the waters around the Lodge, you can catch dolphin, tuna, roosterfish, snapper, grouper, amberjack, rainbow runner, and mackerel. In the last few years, "Pacific" tarpon (which made the trip through the canal) have been caught in the (50) to (100) pound range. Black, blue, and striped marlin, as well as sailfish, are normally "right outside our front door," making this a truly unique location.

All species of billfish and non-billfish can be caught year-round in the pristine waters off Pinas Bay. The prime black marlin season runs from December through April. Then the Pacific sailfish move in during April through July. The striped marlin season is considered mid-March through May. July brings another run of marlin; many in the five hundred pound range. Most of our fishing is done six to twelve miles offshore in very calm waters. Four to five foot seas are considered "very rough" water at Tropic Star Lodge.

Note: These Panama Sportfishing trips are very popular. We recommend that you reserve your dates far in advance.

 

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