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Captain Carl Davis of Jungle Land Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
I agree, there is definitely good fishing in Panama! In fact, some of you might not know this, but some of the best fishing can actually be done in the Panama Canal! You see, there is more to the Canal than the vessels and locks. Lake Gatun is an important part of the Canal Zone, and it is one of the best places to fish in Panama. In the Panama Canal Zone, the most common and popular fish are Oscars and Peacock Bass, although, with a little luck, skilled travelers might be able to fish Snook & Tarpon as well. My advice? If you are going to fish, you should definitely get an early start to your day, so you can maximize your catch.
 
Fishing in Lake Gatun, Panama Canal – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
If you'd like to get a "first hand feel" for what it's like to fish Lake Gatun in the Panama Canal Zone around Gamboa, check out the video that I embedded above. 
Anne Gordon de Barrigón of Whale Watching Panama/Emberá Village Tours – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
peacock bass – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is great fishing in Panama, although, I am not an advocate of sport fishing. I think that it is horrible to hunt something just because it is the biggest out there.
 
There is also a world-class sail fishing and tuna fishing here in Panama. Marlin is catch and release only, but that is where the problem is. People do that because they like the fight of the fish. They fight the fish from 20 minutes to an hour to bring it in and then let it go. They promote that as being eco-friendly and non-stressful to the fish. In my opinion, if you are into big game sport fishing with a 500 pound, 8-feet long marlin and you are wearing it down to the point of exhaustion, it is stressful and potentially endangering to its life, so I am not a keen fan of that.
 
However, there is a great big game sport fishing here in Panama, especially on the Pacific side. There is also fabulous fishing in Lake Gatun, which is part of the Panama Canal.  What people mainly catch there is peacock bass (pictured). Peacock bass is an introduced species there, so there is no limit and there is no reason not to catch them because they are not native to Panama. There are people who can bring in about 100 fish in one fishing trip, which is not even a whole day. That is usually just fishing in the morning.
 
 There is also tarpon fishing in Lake Gatun. There is also spear fishing here in Panama, but again, I am not an advocate of that because I see a lots of times spear fishermen that break the rules. They catch a whole lot more than they can eat and that is just wasting the fish. They are going for trophies and not food. It is illegal to do any spear fishing near any coral reef in Panama because it can damage the coral.
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Marlin fishing Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International LivingThere is a lot of good fishing here in Panama. I am not an “a-fish-ionado,” but I know where you can go for good fishing. We have a lot of good deep-sea fishing especially in Piña Bay (125 miles away from Panama City). Piña Bay is famous for marlin fishing.
 
Where you will go fishing will depend on what kind of fish you want to catch and what kind of environment you want to be in. You can go to places that are very relaxed or to places where you will have high adrenalin. Marlin and snapper are just two of the many kinds of fish that you can catch here in Panama.
Tim Rowley of Web-4-Panama | Marketing and Creative Agency – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
The word "panama" is derived from an indigenous language and its meaning is "abundance of fish". What more do you need to know? Just come and try it!
Panama has big game fish in both the Caribbean and Pacific Oceans, and the enormous expanse of Lake Gatun offers excellent fishing also, particular for Rainbow Bass.
 
I know two different fishing businesses here in Panama, through work on their websites and managing their social media, mailing lists etc.  I have also done a little work in the past with Captain Carl of Jungle land Panama who, I hasten to add, offers a top quality experience on his Panama Canal and Jungle Day Tour or staying in his 'floating hotel in the jungle', which includes a night safari amongst his other activities.
 
The businesses I know are the Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club and Paddle Panama.
 
Black Marlin on the line with Cebaco Bay Sportfishing Club – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Cebaco Bay is based on Isla Cebaco in the Veraguas region an offers world class sportfishing for Marlin, Tuna, Dorado; Wahoo, Roosterfish, Snapper, Grouper ...  They fish from 31' Bertram Sportfisher yachts, which Capt Wiese considers to be 'the' sportfishing boat.
 
 
 
Red Snapper caught kayak fishing in Panama with Paddle Panama – Best Places In The World To Retire – International Living
Paddle Panama offers kayak fishing vacations to a variety of destinations in Panama: inland; inshore; and open ocean. They fish from the very best of equipment - Stealth fishing kayaks imported from South Africa. This very exciting sport is seeing a massive upsurge worldwide​. Paddle Panama also has a dedicated paddle sports store in Panama City (kayaks, fishing kayaks and SUP's).
 
I have been fishing another way also with my brother-in-law.  We went to 'la Boca' just below the 'Bridge of the Americas' and hired a man with a boat to take us fishing between Panama City and the shipping lanes, where you see huge ocean liners waiting their turn to navigate the Canal.
Lori Snow of Condor Tours & Travel, Inc – Best Places In The World To Retire User Account
Fishing In Panama is excellent.  You can lake fish in Gatun Lake for Peacock Bass or go to the Bayano lakes and River for Snook or you can Ocean fish the Pacific and the Atlantic. the best Oean Fishing can be done as off shore fishing in Pedasi or go to Boca Brava area for Deep sea fishing. The Atlantic fishing is best done from Bocas Del Toro.  Depending on what you want to catch Panama should have the best place to accomplish your fishing plans.  Seasonality also plays a part in when and where to go.

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