Charter fishing is a type of excursion service that professional anglers offer to take guests out on the water. The goal of charter fishing is to guide and coach people on the best ways to catch fish while having a safe and fun time.

Charter fishing is a wonderful opportunity for beginners to learn about basic fishing knowledge and the various kinds of gear. It’s also an exciting way to explore a new travel destination, bond with friends and family, meet new people, and improve your own fishing skills.

Here are some tips for how to go on a charter fishing trip for the first time!

Overview of a Charter Fishing Trip for Beginners

On a charter fishing trip, you’ll typically be on a recreational boat with a captain and crew. They will provide the boat, equipment, bait, and safety equipment you need onboard the boat.

Some guide companies (including us!) will even provide you with sandwiches, snacks, and cold beverages. Your charter fishing experience will be private and unique to your group, even if we have other groups staying with us at our unique sport fishing lodge at the same time.

What Is Fishing on a Charter Boat Like?

When you book a day charter fishing experience with us, we’ll pick you up at your hotel’s dock in Boca Chica. We also offer pickup and drop-off service at the David Airport and transportation to Boca Chica, the small fishing village on the mainland that is along the northern edge of the Gulf of Chiriquí. A typical day on one of our charter boats lasts for about eight to nine hours.

With our all-inclusive day charter offer, you’ll ride on a 33-foot World Cat catamaran for a cost of $2,000 per day for up to five people. This price includes the sales tax and all applicable fees, so there are no surprises when you get the bill. Cash tips are very much appreciated by the boat crews. Onboard the boat, you’ll have an English-speaking captain and mate, top-of-the-line tackle and gear, and the option of having us fillet and clean a portion of the fish we catch to take with you.

Tips for Charter Fishing

If you have never been on a fishing charter before, it is helpful to know what to bring along and how to be prepared. For example, you don’t need a fishing license to go charter fishing in Panama, and none of our boats have bathrooms.

Here is a list of things to bring when you go charter fishing:

  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Comfortable pants or shorts
  • Rain jacket
  • Rubber-soled, non-skid shoes
  • Camera
  • Motion sickness medication
  • Backpack for your personal belongings

Have Your Charter Fishing First Time Experience with Us!

Are you curious to learn about and catch some of our many incredible Panama fish species for the first time?

We are a very beginner-friendly operation and welcome newbies without prior charter boat experience. Book your trip today, or contact us at 866-245-1492 with any questions you have!