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Panama Big Game Sport Fishing Lodge Fishing The Hannibal Bank

Customer Rating 93%
Tour Code PAN010

Panama Saltwater Paradise

Every sport angler has heard of stories of how world-class the fishery is in Panama, and it’s no wonder when Panama sport fishing lodge is the home to so many IGFA records of all manner of species. Our Panama big game fishing resort is right in the thick of it. The Gulf of Chiriquí is a real treasure of Panama. With the likes of world-renowned areas such as Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa being the fishing grounds, it is no wonder why so many Sport anglers travel to this magical area to target the many different inshore and offshore species. Panama sport fishing lodge has a huge advantage in that both the inshore and offshore are as equally as good as each other. Locations rarely offer world-class fishing in both off and inshore, but Panama does, and this is why it has been able to build such a hefty reputation over the years.

This destination is perfect for a wide variety of anglers, from beginners to the most expert of anglers. Your skipper will help you with every fishing style, and if you have never lured fished for complex fighting species before, they will give you some lessons. Fly fishing is also an excellent method, and again our skippers will be on hand to help you with everything.

Where is Panama Sportfishing Lodge

The Gulf of Chiriquí is located along Panama’s Pacific Coast and stretches towards Costa Rica’s border on the west, and to the east, you will find the Azuero Peninsula. This magical and stunning region has one of the most extensive coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean and is the largest island in Panama. It has miles upon miles of unspoilt white sandy beaches, remote islands and two beautiful marine parks, and it’s not just the sport fishing that attracts people. It also has first-class surfing and a considerable amount of diving opportunities. The Gulf of Chiriquí is relatively remote and largely unspoilt; it certainly is less developed than many other parts of Panama. Many conservationists have classed it as one of the most ecologically significant areas in Central America.

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From the Panama sport fishing lodge, you will have perfect access to some of the most famous fishing areas known in Panama, such as Hannibal Bank, Isla Montuosa, Isla Ladrones, to mention a few. The fishing in the Gulf is so excellent that you will be navigating above submerged islands and pinnacles that reach from 50ft to thousands of feet. The unique terrain and the currents push nutrients and oxygen to the sea’s surface more than usual. In turn, the baitfish congregate in huge numbers and make for exceptional sport fishing opportunities.

The Panama sport fishing lodge is one of the closest lodges to all the hot spots, so with the excellent fleet of boats at your disposal, you can reach Panama’s sport fishing grounds in a comfortable and timely manner. Doing this will give you more fishing time to hook up to that dream catch of your choice.

Hannibal Bank: One of the most well recognised and heard of Panama sport fishing lodge areas is located just 48 nautical miles from the lodge and is one of the world’s unique fishing grounds. The bank runs for five miles long and is a staggering three miles wide. The banks are characterised by deep water and benefit from the Humboldt Current that brings along an abundance of plankton to the surface, in turn, provides a prolific food chain for trophy-sized Yellowfin Tuna. It’s not just the Tuna that use this bank as their food larder; many Black and Blue Marlin caught in this area, and with it being a 70-minute boat ride from the marina, it certainly has to be an area you must visit at least once.

Isla Montuosa: Another famous fishing area off Panama’s coast is Isla Montuosa. It can be located just 40 nautical miles from the lodge and is a very productive area to fish. Fish such as Sailfish, Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and huge Snappers caught here. The grounds consist of undersea pinnacles creating the ideal popper fishing for Marlin, Yellowfins, Mullet Snapper and Broom-tail Grouper.

Isla Ladrones: This island’s meaning is “Thieves Island” and is a short 17 nautical mile trip from the marina. The grounds are fascinating here and provide perfect fishing areas for Roosterfish, Cubera Snappers, and many exotic types of Tuna and Jacks. This area will suit all kinds of lure fishing, from popper fishing, stick bait fishing, shallow trolled lures, and bait fishing.

Isla Secas: This stunning archipelago is the perfect place for some live bait fishing due to the sheer amount of baitfish found in this area. It is a short 15 nautical steam from the marina. The waters around here are home to some pretty unique species such as the white-tip shark, Rays, Roosters, Amberjacks, Wahoo, Barracuda and lots of Rainbow runners, a total dream area for those who like to drift live baits behind the boats.

Isla Parida: This one is the closest to the marina and is only four nautical miles from the lodge. This location fringed in luscious mangroves where you will enjoy sights of Sea Turtles and Dolphins swimming freely. These prosperous fishing grounds offer the lure anglers great chances for Amberjacks, Cero Mackerel, Wahoo, Roosters, Barracuda and Rainbow Runners.

Charter Boats In Panama

At the Panama sport fishing lodge, there is a boat for everyone and everyone’s budget and fishing style. The fleet consists of 32ft Blackfins with fighting chairs and a good amount of shade. These boats aimed towards people who like a little bit more luxury when out fishing. They come complete with Lee outriggers, 8 Tuna tubes, live-bait tanks, a fighting chair and a popper fishing station.

They all come complete with trolling rods and reels that kept to the highest standard. These boats are ideal for going further offshore to places like Hannibal Bank and Isla Montuosa.

With-in the fleet of luxury boats at Panama sport fishing lodge, you have access to boats used for inshore fishing, closer areas such as Isla Ladrones, Isla Secas and Isla Parida. The stylish Caribre Pro 26ft centre console boats are perfect for a day’s popper and lure fishing, with them being able to sneak up close and personal to areas the bigger boats can not reach. They all come equipped with GPS, Sounder, Fish Finder, VHF radio and live-bait tanks. These boats do not have a toilet.

The above is the classic boats we use, but many other options will suit anybody’s style and budget. Please enquire if you would like us to offer an alternative boat.

Each boat is skippered by a range of guides and captains who are all regionally famous and are true Sportfishing legends; when you step foot on any of these boats, you know you will be in for a fantastic fishing trip. The Captains have so many years under their belts of fishing these waters, whether that’s on a commercial basis or a sport fishing basis, rest assured you will be in the best of hands, and all the Captains speak excellent English.


This spectacular fishing and eco-tour resort have the best access to Panama’s most famous fishing areas. Over the years, Panama Sportfishing Lodge has won many Trip Advisor awards for being one of the best resorts in Panama. Along with the fantastic staff, knowledgeable captains, you will be in the best of hands at this resort.

The Lodge

The resort itself offers 13 bungalow suites and is the perfect base for exploring the nearby islands, beaches and mangroves.

Around the resort, you will find an infinity pool with a spectacular 360-degree view of the Gulf of Chiriquí and the Luna Azul beach bar that sits on the stunning white sandy beach.

Each of the bungalow suites is just ten feet from the ocean beach and is similar in its design and decorated very carefully in natural earth tones. Bungalow suites come with air-conditioning, hot water, an outdoor terrace and spectacular ocean views. The bathrooms in each bungalow are large, with a unique glass tiled circular shower area. Your outdoor space includes a hammock, couch, coffee table and is all housed under a cone-shaped thatched roof.

On offer are family bungalows for the larger groups that can book as an upgrade (Please inquire at the time of booking). These located slightly further back from the beach but benefited from being surrounded by dense, lush forest. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of Howler Monkeys and enjoy your morning coffee on your private deck surrounded by palm trees and hibiscus. The two-bedroom family bungalows offer you a great base to sit back and relax and take in your little piece of paradise. The relaxed outdoor living space separates the two bedrooms, which one has a king-size bed and the other two twin rooms making for the ideal accommodation for family or group visits.

If you want something very different, we can offer you a stunning beach house that benefits some genuinely spectacular ocean views from an elevated area. Away from the resort, the Family Beach house has a fishing lodge-style decorated with local handmade furnishings. The home includes two bedrooms that are capable of sleeping up to 6 guests. There is a large outside living area, terrace and comes with air-conditioning. The outdoor living space has a large table that will comfortably seat six people making for a great and perfect family or significant group holiday.

Food & Drink

In the evening, people gather around Beach Bar Luna Azul for cocktails and sample fine aged rums over a great chat about the day’s activities. The Point Sur Restaurant offers incredible fusions of international and Panamanian delights freshly prepared each day by the executive chef. The restaurant benefits from a 180-degree view and is the perfect place to taste the day’s catch or the many types of meat from locally sourced areas. The chef also prepares some of the most delicate vegetarian dishes and fresh sushi and pride themselves on their vast selection of desserts.

Other activities

As you would expect from a top-class lodge, there are many other offerings, from eco-tours, diving, snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking, and so much more. More anglers want to take the odd day off from fishing or simply extending their trips to accommodate some eco-tours. You will not be disappointed with this location as they pride themselves in offering everything you would ever need. The lodge can even provide exclusive stays in pure luxury on entirely deserted islands where it will be just you and nature. If you are looking for more of an exotic wildlife tour, then why not try the Whale watching tours or be taken on one of the best bird watching days of your lives.

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The below itinerary is flexible should you require additional fishing days or additional free days to explore; we can tailor this itinerary to suit you personally. Feel free to talk to our travel consultants who can explain all options available.

DAY 1:

Depart Any international Airport (See Details)

Arrive Madrid Depart Madrid

Arrive Panama City

Once you have arrived make your way to the baggage collection area. When your group have collected all your luggage make your way out of the terminal and take a taxi to your overnight hotel. (Taxi not included) The rest of the evening is free to explore the sights and sounds of the bustling city.

Overnight accommodation: Panama City Hotel (Twin room) B/B

DAY 2:

In the morning you will need to take a taxi back to Panama City airport for your onward flight. Speak to the hotel reception who will be more than happy to assist in arranging this taxi (Taxi not included)

Depart Panama City

Arrive David City

On arrival and once you have collected your luggage a representative from the lodge will be waiting to transfer you the short distance to the lodge. (transfer approx. 1 hour) Once you have checked in and been shown to your room, you will then be free to relax around the resort or alternatively book an eco-tour to kick start your holiday adventure.

Overnight accommodation: Ocean View Room (Twin room) F/B

DAYS 3 & 4: Fishing Days

Each day you will go down to the restaurant area where you will have a quick bite to eat before heading out on the water. The fishing manager will ask you each day the species and area and style of fishing you would like to do. The areas are all divided up into certain species and styles of fishing preferred. The fishing manager will recommend what is biting and the area worth targeting. It is entirely up to you how you fish and what you fish for. Each of the boats come equipped with all the trolling equipment you will need so if you mainly want to popper or lure fish you will need to bring your own equipment.

Overnight accommodation: Ocean View Room (Twin room) F/B

DAYS 5 to 7: Fishing Days

Depending on your previous days fishing plans, why not try something a little different and fish for the many inshore species which are always up for some loud splashing poppers or carefully worked stick baits. All the areas that you will be fishing are great areas for lure fishing, simply make it clear to your captain each day the method you want to try. Other methods on offer are live-baiting, trolling and jigging. After your days fishing, you will be taken back to the marina where you will then have the rest of the afternoon/evening to relax or alternatively why not book a late afternoon eco-tour.

Overnight accommodation: Ocean View Room (Twin room) F/B

DAY 8:

Around lunchtime, once you have checked out of the lodge, a representative from the lodge will transfer you to David City airport for your homeward flights (transfer approx. 1 hour)

Depart David City

Panama City Depart Panama City

DAY 9:

Arrive Madrid Depart Madrid

Arrive Home

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The season runs from All Year.

Yellowfin Tuna

Season: Oct to Jan / March to Aug
Peak: May
Weight: 280lb
Average Weight: 125lb

Cubera Snapper

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 80lb
Average Weight: 35lb

Rooster Fish

Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 108lb
Average Weight: 35lb


Season: All Year
Peak: All Year
Weight: 72lb
Average Weight: 25lb

Black Marlin

Season: Feb to Nov
Peak: August
Weight: 850lb
Average Weight: 400lb

Blue Marlin

Season: Jan to Apr / Oct to Dec
Peak: Dec to Jan
Weight: 700lb
Average Weight: 300lb


Season: Nov to May
Peak: Dec to Feb
Weight: 80lb
Average Weight: 80lb

Package Details

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  • All international flights
  • All internal flights
  • Airport hotel
  • Airport Transfers to and from Panama Lodge hotel and David City airport
  • All accommodation in Ocean View room as per itinerary
  • All meals including beer, wine and cocktails
  • 3 days Inshore fishing from Mercury Inshore Boat
  • 2 days Offshore fishing from Desperado Blackfin Boat
  • Trolling Equipment
  • Live bait


  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Popper and lure Fishing tackle
  • Tips for the boat crew and the hotel staff

Optional extras

  • Flight upgrades
  • Additional nights at Panama Lodge
  • Extra fishing days
  • Boat Upgrades
  • Single room upgrades
  • Room upgrades

Price Supplements

If your group size is different to the standard two people then please contact a member of the Sportquest holidays team who will be more than happy to give you an up to date price

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Dates, Prices & Availability

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01/07/2024 31/07/2024 9 £7,991 Enquire Now
01/08/2024 31/08/2024 9 £7,991 Enquire Now
01/09/2024 30/09/2024 9 £7,991 Enquire Now
01/10/2024 31/10/2024 9 £7,941 Enquire Now
01/11/2024 30/11/2024 9 £7,941 Enquire Now
01/12/2024 31/12/2024 9 £7,941 Enquire Now
01/01/2025 31/01/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/02/2025 28/02/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/03/2025 31/03/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/04/2025 30/04/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/05/2025 31/05/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/06/2025 30/06/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/07/2025 31/07/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/08/2025 31/08/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/09/2025 30/09/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/10/2025 31/10/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/11/2025 30/11/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now
01/12/2025 31/12/2025 9 £8,247 Enquire Now

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and Ocean View Room for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

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The lodge was beautiful and the fishing was explosive and like nothing I'd ever experienced before. It was quite tiring some days, casting the heavy lures and doing battle with some of the meanest fighting fish in the ocean, however, I wouldn't change a thing. A truly brilliant week away.

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It may have taken a couple of days of travelling to get there, but it was worth every minute. The fishing was simply incredible, fishing with speed jigs and poppers you generally didn't know what would smash your lure next... all you knew is that whatever did would charge off at a hundred miles an hour. The resort was stunning and a lovely place to retire to each evening.

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I've already been back one week, but just thinking about my trips gets me buzzing again. I'm already looking for next year and can't wait to get back. A HUGE thank you to everyone who made my trip possible, I loved every second of it from start to finish.

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Amazing holiday, beautiful lodge, owner and staff were excellent!

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