John Burrell's High Adventure Company

Panama – Fishing

Pinas Bay is a paradise cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific coast of Panama, a superstar among the world’s big-game fishing destinations. Consistently rated as the world best fishing destination and for good reason, the Zane Gray reef is one of the most diverse fisheries in the world.  Home to large numbers of both blue, black, and stripe marlin, pacific sailfish, large dorado, rooster fish, and many other reef species.  The High Adventure Company has been traveling to this region for over 15 years.


Fishing in Panama is as good as it gets in the big game world.  Large numbers of both Blue and Black marlin, some weighing as much as the magical 1,000 LB mark, call the warm waters of Panama home.  In addition to marlin, the voracious schools of hungry sailfish keep the fishing interesting between marlin bites along with the yellowfin tuna and Dorado.  For the inshore fisherman, nothing quite like catching roosterfish and snapper until you just can’t take anymore in the calm water around Pinas Bay!  The fleet of 15 custom 31 ft. Bertram’s all have large live wells, GPS, VHF radios and are fully rigged with the necessary tackle for this diverse fishery.  In one week in January 2009, with 12 boats fishing in the fleet, 95 marlin were caught and released.


Fishing in Panama is good throughout the year with the peak times being as follows.  For Marlin: December thru March. For Pacific Sailfish: May thru August. For Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado: December thru March. For the reef species such as Roosterfish and Snapper: March thru August would be considered prime time.


Clients can either stay in the comfortable lodge with air-conditioned rooms, wrap around balconies with incredible views of the bay or in the owners house or Palace, as it is known locally.  The palace has room for up to six guests in its three bedrooms.  After a day of fishing, clients return to the lodge and tend to congregate in the bar where numerous fish stories are told over cocktails.  In the evenings enjoy the multi course dinners, complete with wine, served in the scenic bay-view dining room. The chef prepares various specialties Cherries Jubilee, black bean soup, fresh baked pies and bread, ceviche, and many more varied and delectable dishes. A fresh “catch of the day” is offered, as well as our regular main course selection.

Getting There

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 Piñas Bay. You then take a ten-minute boat ride to Tropic Star Lodge. Multiple airlines have direct flights into Panama City to link up with the charter flight to the lodge.


Average temperatures in Panama are fairly consistent throughout the year with highs in the mid 80’s to low 90’s and lows in the 70’s.  May thru November is the rainy season in Panama where afternoon showers are common.


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