Fishing Reports by Captain Lee Campbell
About The Author:
Company: Panama Big Game Sport Fishing Club
Area Reporting: Hannibal Bank, Isla Coiba, Bay of Chiriqui
Bio: World Class Big Game Sportfishing charters based out of our upscale jungle lodge. Fish the hot spots with expert sport fishing guides, inshore offshore saltwater fishing, fly fishing, deep sea fishing at Hannibal Bank, Coiba Island, Montuosa and many more of Panama's famous Pacific fishing areas.
[Panama Pacific,] March was tuna tuna everywhere - which is normal here. Marlin was not as good as usual - March being one of the best months but 8 groups caught 11 Marlin - with 3 of the groups not getting any. The afternoon tuna bite was good to strong just
[Panama Pacific,] We had two groups fishing here this September. Many large snapper caught - chucking up with sardines then free lining, surface poppers, live Bonito off of the bottom and vertical jigging - all proved successful.
[Panama Pacific,] We had 5 groups (Anglers from all over the world – Canada,Uruguay, Brazil, Costa Rica, Lebanon and USA). They caught/released 11 Marlin - this is with just fishing 30% of the time for Marlin - most come here for the inshore action this time of year.
[Panama Pacific,] Fishing Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Snapper with Panama Big Game Fishing Club March April 2010. We had 12 groups and caught 14 marlin - 11 blacks and 3 blues with one blue around 800lb - this is about half the average Marlin catch for this time of year and had some slow fishing with hot water around the middle of March - but was less than a week - and cleared right out. The good news
[Panama Pacific,] Fishing Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin, Dorado, Snapper Feb 2010. We had 16 groups this Jan-Feb with 14 black Marlin and 3 blue marlin caught-about half what the average should be for this time period. Had good catches on 100lb plus yellow fin tuna (9 over 200lb), Cubera snapper, mullet snapper, rooster fish, sailfish and still good on Dorado (dolphin).
[Panama Pacific,] We had 8 groups this month with 10 Black and 1 Blue marlin released. The big story was the almost daily double digit number of large Dorado (dolphin).
[Panama Pacific,99] November is always the start of the best Dorado (Dolphin) and Sailfish. Black Marlin are here all year and Blues run December through April. We had 4 groups this November and caught 6 Black Marlin.
[Panama Pacific,] We had four groups fishing this month. Most days where spent fishing inshore but still we caught 6 Black Marlin.
[Panama Pacific,] We had 15 groups fishing this Feb and March with 31 Marlin caught - 28 Blacks and 3 Blues. Only 3 groups did not catch at least 1 marlin and two had shots. So in both months only 1 group did not have at least a shot at a marlin. Tuna was also good - not what it usually is but still okay with 4 yellow fin caught over 200 lb but most fish between 20 and 100lb.
[Panama Pacific,] We had 8 groups fishing this month with a total of 20 marlin. Highlight was having the two brothers-Chuck and Mike- hooking and landing a double - blacks around 300lb each - Anglers and crew did a good job with that - then having Len (father) landing a 500lb+ black later that day.
[Panama Pacific,] We had 4 groups fishing this December and got 8 marlin - 3 Blues and 5 Blacks - 1 of the blacks at 600lb+.
[Panama Pacific,] Fishing started off the first of August on the slow side - some tuna action offshore but picked up after that - both inshore and offshore.
[Panama Pacific,] We had large numbers of Dorado (dolphin), most over 20 lbs. or better that we usually do not have this time of year along with yellow fin tuna up to 200 lbs.
[Panama Pacific,] Fishing this month was very good - added 24 marlin to the total for the year-bringing the total to 76: 61 blacks, 14 blues, and 1 stripped marlin.
[Panama Pacific,] Marlin fishing this month has been the best anyone has seen. Through Jan. 27th, with still 4 fishing days left -we fished 8 groups and have caught 30 marlin so far. Also a lot of large dolphin, mullet snapper, cubera snapper, sailfish and have caught 17 tuna over 100 lb. with the biggest at 240lb.
[Panama Pacific,] I was lucky enough to spend four days on the water at Panama Big Game this September taking pictures for New Jersey boys Ron Torkas and Joe Ozalas. Wahoo to 50 lbs. were everywhere.
[Panama Pacific,] Again July and August are two of the best months to fish here. We only had 2 groups this year though. Always a pleasure to have Howard Chong with us - fished 3 days in July - his fifth time here.
[Panama Pacific,] One of the translations for the word Panama is variety. Whoever originated this translation must certainly have been a fisherman.
[Panama Pacific,] Tuna fishing with surface poppers was all you wanted but smaller fish running from 10 to 80 lb. The first week in May we got some tuna over 100 lbs. and a few over 200 lbs. Black Marlin still good with 4 out of 5 groups catching a black.
[Panama Pacific,] We had very good inshore fishing all month, rooster fish, cubera snapper, mullet snapper, amber jack, broom tail grouper, blue jack, wahoo. The off shore was a little slow the first of the month but yellow fin tuna and marlin came on strong.
[Panama Pacific,] We started off with a group coming to us from Germany: blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, yellow fin tuna...
[Panama Pacific,] Fishing last two weeks in November had good inshore action - large cubera snapper - rooster fish and except for two slow days good off shore. Lots of yellow fin tuna, wahoo, larger dolphin and three black marlin.