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Panama Fishing Report - Two Good Days in the Gulf of Chiriquí! - November 2014

Pesca Pimp PanamaPesca Pimp Panama Posts: 181 Deckhand
An attorney friend of mine here in Panama asked me to captain his boat the super panga "La Palita" for an local fishing tournament out of Boca Chica last weekend. I jumped at the chance as we have some trips coming up soon and needed to back into the groove as we haven't been out on the water in weeks.

Fernando and his buddies Moises, Carlos, and Ian Carlo of Panama Fishing Magazine along with my mate Johhny and I left out of Pedregal Marina early Friday morning to fish the first day of the two day tournament. As we exited the estuary and moved out toward the open ocean we could see that it was going to be rough! We made our way out to Isla Paridas and were lucky enough to find a good mark of Blue Runners, or "Coheenuhas" as they are called here and quickly picked up 20 nice ones for the livewell.

Next we headed out to Isla Ladrones to drift our baits over the various underwater seamounts that surround the islands to see if we could find any takers. Even though the ocean was a bit bumpy...we made our way around found some nice marks on the sonar and caught a few nice Almaco Jacks, a couple small Cubera Snappers, and a Rock Snapper! On the way in I stopped at a good spot near the lodge, at Isla Paridas, to see if we could end the day with a big Cubera but instead we caught and released a 40 pound Roosterfish...unfortunately not one of the fish categories in the tourney! We returned to the weight station in Boca Chica and our largest fish, a 42.5 pound AJ, was the biggest fish of the day out of the 20 something boats in the tournament!

On the second day the seas were much smoother but we were having some problems with some water in the fuel so we decided not to make the run 55 miles to Isla Montuosa like we had planned but fished around Isla Ladrones again. We ran into a crazy frenzy of no less than 300 Porpoises herding bait, caught a small Tuna on a popper in the craziness, and missed two other big fish to snapped lines probably due to other fish rubbing the line in the midst of the frenzy! What a show! We ended the day with a few small AJs of around 20 pounds, another small Cubera of about 20 pounds, and had a great time! We wound up with 2nd place in AJ division and 3rd place in the Tuna division.

Enjoy the pics....

Capt. Shane Jarvis

Propiedad de Paradise Lodge

Isla Paridas, Panama

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  • Lucky Hook IILucky Hook II Posts: 525 Officer
    What is the name of the species.

    When I was stationed in Panama we use to catch a lot of then on shrimp behind Tobaquilla and Punta Cruses.
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    Capt. Jorge Fernandez
    www.luckyhookcharters.com
  • Pesca Pimp PanamaPesca Pimp Panama Posts: 181 Deckhand
    What is the name of the species?
    When I was stationed in Panama we use to catch a lot of then on shrimp behind Tobaquilla and Punta Cruses.

    It's a Rainbow Chub. Cool looking fish....huh? We watched for a half an hour as a massive school of these were getting decimated by that school of Porpoises in the other picture I posted. We broke off two big fish under the feeding frenzy, probably sharks, as this went on.
    Capt. Shane Jarvis
    Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge
    Isla Paridas, Panama
    www.FishPanamaToday.com
    [email protected]
  • Lucky Hook IILucky Hook II Posts: 525 Officer
    Thanks, I miss fishing Panama.

    I use to rent a small boat from Rodman Naval Station get bait outside the Panama Canal and fish all of the islands in the Bay of Panama. If I rememeber correctly it was Toboga, Toboquilla, Chamal, San Jose Rock and there were a few more as we headed North.

    Great times.
    Capt. Jorge Fernandez
    www.luckyhookcharters.com
  • Pesca Pimp PanamaPesca Pimp Panama Posts: 181 Deckhand
    Thanks, I miss fishing Panama.

    I use to rent a small boat from Rodman Naval Station get bait outside the Panama Canal and fish all of the islands in the Bay of Panama. If I rememeber correctly it was Toboga, Toboquilla, Chamal, San Jose Rock and there were a few more as we headed North.

    Great times.

    Hey Jorge - Yeah those islands are south of Panama City. We are a bit west in the Gulf of Chiriqui that borders Costa Rica. Great action here for YFT and more April through August. Come back and have some more good times!?
    Capt. Shane Jarvis
    Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge
    Isla Paridas, Panama
    www.FishPanamaToday.com
    [email protected]
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