What is Big-Game Fishing?

Wikipedias opening paragraph for Big-game fishing is: “also known as offshore sportfishing, offshore gamefishing, or blue-water fishing is a form of recreational fishing, targeting large fish such as tuna and marlin which game fisherman regard as having “sporting qualities”….

Hooked Marlin jumping


Black Marlin alongside


Not surprisingly, Panama is among the locations mentioned in the Wikipedia article. Panama became one of the historical places in the development of the sport of big-game fishing. In my biased opinion, our unique Gulf of Chiriquí lodge places it in one of the world’s most prolific big-game fishing grounds. 

The Gulf of Chiriquí

Map of the Gulf of Chiriqui

The Gulf of Chiriquí encompasses the Coiba National Park and Golfo de Chiriquí National Park. The gulf also includes one of the most famous big-game fishing areas, the Hannibal Bank, located just 13 miles east of Isla Montuosa, another prime location for targeting tuna and marlin, and 20 miles west of the Coiba National Park. Our boutique lodge on Isla Parida places us closest to the Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa. In continuous operation for 14 years, we now have four center console boats (3 World Cat 33′ Catamarans & 1 26′ Seacraft) and a 30′ aluminum service and supply barge. We yearly upgrade, improve, or add to our physical facility, now having three guest houses for our anglers, a kitchen, dining facility, crew quarters, and a newly constructed beach welcoming bar.

Our Lodge and Fishing

How do I describe the fishing adventure here in Panama and your experience while fishing with us? Searching through other fishing- related websites in Panama and other Central American fishing operations, I made a list of descriptive adjectives or phrases in their promotional pieces. Here is a curated selection of what I found: prolific, exceptional, unmatched, award winning, breathtaking, shocking, treasure, unique, abundance, unparalleled, prime, timeless,authentic, luscious, fertile, unique, famous, best, premium, innumerable, secluded, world-renowned, luxury, spectacular, tranquil, exclusive, epic, incredible, massive, spontaneous, exciting, exotic, exhilarating, breathtaking, unforgettable, magnificent, stunning, magical, safe, unspoiled, pristine, natural, incredible, diverse, enormous, diverse, impressive, safe, comfortable, exciting, fabulous, overwhelmed, favorite destination, crystalline-clear, huge, gorgeous, prime, once-in-a-lifetime, rush, unparalleled, incredible, idyllic, privileged, infinite, superb, exclusivity, fabulous, best, remote, vast variety, gourmet, mouth-watering, phenomenal, harmony, bumpy, perfect, lavish, world-famous, sumptuous, much-loved, expert, indigenous, impressive, exceedingly, stunning, excellent, world-renowned, outstanding, reliability, unlimited, extraordinary, passionate, world-class, explosive, deadly, arm-wreanching, countless, rod-bending, knee-buckling, elbow-twisting, phenomenal, heart-pounding, tempting, immense, ‘fish of a lietime’, exceptional, “Jurassic Park”, monster, dramatic, awe-inspiring. With the above description of your fishing adventure taken care of, on to what we fish for, and more importantly, what we catch. 


Panama is one of the top fishing destinations for both novice and seasoned anglers from around the world. The Zane Grey Reef in Piñas Bay is well known for the quantity of its marlin. However, today’s hot spots in Western Panama, like the Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa, are just as well known. With the Gulf of Chiriquís increasing popularity, note that our island lodge is the closest, the most comfortable, and attention to detail operation in Western Panama.

The Big-Game Fish we catch

Our tuna fishing is spectacular as we have one of the best yellowfin tuna bites in the world. We consistently find acre-wide tuna boils for chucking topwater lures.

Other Trophy Fish

Furthermore, in addition to the black and blue marlin and yellowfin tuna, our crews catch with regularity Pacific Sailfish or ‘Pez Vela,’ large mature dorado (mahi-mahi), and wahoo.

Adding to the offshore experience, Panama’s Gulf of Chiriqui is a paradise for inshore anglers. We have hundreds of miles of coastline, numerous islands, and multiple species. We fish a variety of different methods and practice catch and release for all roosterfish and cubera snapper. No significant marinas or beach towns are near our location. We are the definition of a low pressured fishery.

Whether you are a seasoned angler or a novice, no matter what species you desire, or your preferred fishing method, our Sport Fishing Island Lodge should be on your bucket list. We will gladly custom design the perfect Panama fishing package for you and your group.