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Click the images below to see full size pictures from our recent Panama City deep sea fishing charter trips. 1) 24-foot custom center console sportfishing super panga powered by a 50 hp Yamaha outboard cruises at 30 mph. 2) 30-foot custom center console sportfishing super panga powered by twin 70 hp Suzuki 4 strokes cruises at 30 mph.
3) 24-foot Anna Capri open fisherman powered by twin 115 Yamaha 4 stroke outboards cruises at 35mph.
One day fishing charter, 8 hours saltwater fishing with super panga 1 to 10 miles out around the island of Chepillo at the mouth of the Bayano River in the Bay of Panama. I can also offer fishing charters to Contadora Island of the Perlas Island Archipelago in the Gulf of Panama for a minimum of 2-4 days. Also very popular is fly-fishing or plug casting poppers along the many white beach shorelines and rocky points which can produce a variety of 5 to 40 pound gamefish such as Amberjack, roosterfish and several snapper species. I can offer 2-4 day trip charters (maximum 2 anglers) from either a 30 foot custom made Super Panga with twin 70 hp 4 stroke outboards starting at $850 a day or from a 25 foot AnnaCapri Custom Sportfiherman with twin 115 Yamaha 4 stroke outboards for up to 3 anglers at $1100-$1200 a day. Saltwater sport fishing charters, minimum of 3 days deep sea charter fishing with overnight at San Jose Island at Hacienda Del Mar resort, maximum of 6 anglers.
FISHING CHARTER QUARRY- Nearshore Fishing Charter- Estuary, shelf demersal and shelf pelagic saltwater gamefish, including Pacific Sierra, chicken Dorado, school Snapper, Corvina, small Grouper, Pacific Jack Crevalle, Trevally, Sharks, Green Jack, Skipjack, Bonito & assorted trash fish. Offshore Fishing Charter- Shelf demersal, slope, shelf pelagic and migrating saltwater pelagic gamefish including Pacific Sailfish, Dorado, Jack Crevalle, Trevally, Pacific Sierra, big Grouper, large Snapper, Cubera snapper, Rockfish, Amberjack, various Sharks, Wahoo, Bigeye Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Swordfish & assorted trash fish. CHARTER FISHING SEA CONDITIONS- Panama saltwater deep sea sportfishing is accomplished in an Eastern Pacific Ocean Gulf of approximately 12,000 square miles which, depending on your point of reference, could be considered relatively large.
During the Pliocene Epoch, 5-1.8 million years ago the Panamanian land bridge between North and South America formed creating the Gulf of Panama and separating the two great oceans, which curtailed most migrations and genetic mingling of fish species between the Atlantic and Pacific. Several immense freshwater networks empty into the Gulf of Panama such as the Golfo de San Miguel and its hundreds of tributaries, the Bayano River and the Panama Canal. During the dry season (January-May) the prevailing north wind is blocked elsewhere along the Isthmus by mountains except in this low area where a wind tunnel effect develops.
During this period surface water temperatures in the Gulf of Panama cools from 84 degrees down to 62-69 degrees Fahrenheit.
Distribution is variable depending on seasonal changes in ocean temperature and is generally hemispherical. Various species such as the Tunas have circulatory heat exchangers capable of regulating body temperature, especially heat build up generated from vigorous swimming or entering warm surface waters. Tuna and Billfish have evolved the necessary physiological adaptations to accomplish this activity maintaining a relatively constant temperature in the key areas of their anatomy. They have developed a process that acts like a heater organ to retain heat from warm surface waters and sustain favorable temperatures of the brain, eyes and central nervous system for extended periods in colder deeper waters. A veteran sport fishing guide is aware that most pelagic game fish that survive to adulthood are extremely ambitious opportunistic carnivores eating virtually anything that moves.
Sailfish in the Gulf of Panama are often found by deep sea fishing charters in great schools of over a hundred individuals. As near to pain as they are able to feel is when they are hungry, which is most of the time and which frequently manifests seemingly suicidal behavior especially when seen by novice anglers on a sportfishing charter. Any trip can be custom-tailored to your specific wishes, such as targeting specific fish, fishing any of the many Costa Rica Tournaments held throughout the year. Please let us know if you have any questions regarding Los Suenos, local accomodations, or if there is any other way we can help you.
SLOPE- Those saltwater fish species that live in deep waters on and off the continental shelf such as large mature Rockfish, Grouper, Cabrilla and Snappers, especially Cubera Snappers. SHELF DEMERSAL- An assortment of saltwater gamefish varieties that inhabit near shore shallower rocky bottom areas, examples are the small to medium sized snapper and grouper varieties, some Carangidae family gamefish (Jacks and Pompanos), diverse Sciaenidae or Corvina fish species and a range of tropical juvenile Sebastes species or Rockfish types. SHELF PELAGIC- Those saltwater gamefish that inhabit near shore shallower continental waters but spend much of the time higher in the water column such as Roosterfish, Amberjack, Sierra Mackerel and many types of Pacific Barracuda.
Panama Fishing and Catching sportfishing charters are accented as the seasonal Vertical Current produces the cold upwelling from deep offshore waters causing huge bottom fish to migrate from the continental slope drop-off into the Gulf of Panama and around the Perlas Islands in search of rich food sources associated with this phenomenon. The largest of these bottom fish and the most sought after by fly fishing anglers and deep sea fishing charter boats are the giant Groupers and Cubera Snappers. Being on the ocean on a sport fishing charter hooking up to a titanic game fish from the depths, not knowing what it is until it surfaces is appealing and addictive to most anglers and sport fishing guides.
Panama fishing reveals that big Grouper and Cubera Snappers although from different genealogical families share many of the same habits and habitats. Most Groupers caught on deep sea fishing charters have the same general body shape and are able to change their coloration and color patterns, they are typically distinguished visually by experienced sport fishing guides through close inspection of fin shapes and the number of spines, soft rays, gill rakers and scales along the lateral line. Spawning aggregations consist of as few as 2 to 4 fish to as many as thousands of fish at a time. Growth rates for the various species is rapid in the first 6 years slowing as larger size associated with long life expectancy is reached. They are opportunistic carnivores preferring live prey and often feeding above the substrate. Charter fishing guides note that in the larger sizes Big Grouper and Cubera Snapper become secretive occupying caves, ledges and crevices around any structure but will swim aggressively in open water when feeding or searching for food and are many times caught trolling plugs or pargo popping and fly fishing on sport fishing charters.
These sounds may have many functions including warning, intimidation, orientation and recognition. Sport fishing charters angling for king sized Grouper and Cubera Snapper require the use of strong heavy tackle.
The best locations bottom fishing charter guides prefer to find mammoth Grouper or Snapper are close to steep reef drop-offs; deep rocky island points or jagged offshore fishing bottom structure all with strong currents.
The ensuing vibrations and struggling from the hooked bait attract small resident fish that instinctively peck and attack it. Other successful methods used by experienced saltwater sportfishing guides on charter fishing trips include trolling a 10-12 inch strip of pelagic fish belly on a large bare hook very slowly along the bottom using a planer or downrigger near deep rocky points or reef drop offs and steep ledges where strong currents and rough working water predominates. Fly fishing with sailfish poppers using a two handed strip to swiftly move the popping fly along the surface will yield similar results on a saltwater fishing trip. The morning of the 26th of September 1513 from a Darien mountaintop Vasco Nui??ez De Balboa and his company of explorers first laid eyes on the 'Mar Del Sur' (Gulf of Panama-Pacific Ocean). Pearls were in such abundance that the natives decorated their clothes, their dugout canoes and even their oars were encrusted with them. After the Indian hostilities Pedrarias consented to an expedition planned by Balboa, to explore the South Sea.
Balboa maintained his innocence to the end, defying his accuser and murderer, Pedrarias, who occupied a window only ten feet from where the execution took place.
After Balboa, the islands were a clearinghouse for Spanish treasure before being transported across the Isthmus via the 'Camino Real' to the annual Black Ship which would take it to the King of Spain.
Isla Contadora (counting or accounting island) still bears the name given it during this period. The pearl oyster, Pinctada Margaritifera Mazatlanica, was once found in abundance throughout the Archipelago de las Perlas in Panama. Whether you are a novice or an experienced angler, you’re sure to enjoy a fishing trip aboard one of our large comfortable head boats! One of the original Queen Fleet, the Gemini Queen is an 89′ wooden double hull catamaran with a lot of shade on the sides, and back and nice wide curving bow.
The crew on board are especially helpful to new folks who may not know how to fish well…as well as the seasoned salts who can always use a suggestion. Enjoy a variety of food and drink in the galley located in the climate controlled cabin of the main deck, or kick back on the spacious upper deck. With these two 12 HR Deep Sea Fishing boats from the Hall Queen Fleet, there is versatility! All of our Head Boats and most of the Private Charter Boats are Federally permitted and abide by the season openings and closings from the GULF COUNCIL – RECREATIONAL FISHING REGULATIONS in FEDERAL WATERS.
To help our customers plan their vacations and want to know what is open during the time they are here in PCB, we have put together an information sheet 2016 FISH you can KEEP by MONTH Calendar, and if you want to target a certain species, check the  2016 FISH you can KEEP by SPECIES Chart . To stay in the loop – check back at INFORMATION about GULF FISHERIES & how YOU CAN HELP! The crew at Deep Sea Charters takes pride in its 60 year history of providing exceptional charter boat services to Westport’s visitors and citizens alike. Miltary discount: A miltary discount of 10% will be afforded to any person who serves or served in the military and has ID to prove such. Great for the Perlas Islands fly fishing and trolling for sailfish, dorado, wahoo and tuna fishing.
This 42 foot Sportfisherman has been custom built from the stringers up to facilitate offshore trolling for Marlin, tuna and deep dropping for swordfish plus the design allows easy plug casting popping and jigging close in around the many Islands of the Perlas Archipelago huge cubera snapper, broomtail grouper, roosterfish and amberjacks. Depending on seasonal factors such as wind, weather and ocean currents angling there consists of bottom fishing and vertical jigging for grouper and snapper or trolling for pelagic game fish such as sailfish and dorado.
Boat dock is 20 minutes drive from any Panama City hotel – ground transportation is easily arranged. Charter fishing area encompasses over 100 volcanic tropical offshore islands including the Archipelago Las Perlas and out past the edge of the continental shelf.
The Archipelago of Las Perlas consisting of more than one hundred beautiful volcanic islands, many of substantial size, and the islands of Bona, Otoque, Taboga, Taboguilla and others contribute to form a wealth of underwater structure praised by sportfishing guides.
The fly fishing or charter fishing enthusiast is treated to fantastic and unusual deep sea fishing opportunities for gamefish normally found only at great depths ordinarily beyond the scope of normal charter fishing trips. Billfish (Swordfish, Striped Marlin, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish), Tuna, Wahoo and Dolphin fish are among the worlds most sought after gamefish by deep sea fishing charters and sport fishing guides.
Pelagic fish species tend to move towards the poles in warmer seasons and return to the equatorial zones as temperate waters cool.
This adaptation allows them to utilize energy reserves quickly, translating into rapid bursts of speed and increased efficiency of the brain and eyes necessary for hunting prey in cold deep water. The ability to make extensive vertical migrations through the water column increases the available foraging habitat and is dependent on sustaining proper temperature of the brain, eyes and essential organs. Adult females of most Tuna and Tuna-like species are usually smaller than the males while female Billfish reach much larger sizes than the males. Panama fishing guides note that tuna schools are often associated with porpoises in the eastern tropical Pacific. Bright colored lures with sassy popping actions or irregular swimming actions with smoke trails seem to visibly agitate large pelagic gamefish into a passionate rage when deployed on a sport fishing charter or when fly fishing.
When the behemoth Black Marlin was finally brought boat side the real fun was scheduled to begin. He first started fishing in 1974 and achieved captain status at 18 of age and has been fishing tournaments and running a charter boat for over 35 years.
We invite you to join us for a unique fishing adventure in beautiful Los Suenos, Costa Rica.
There are many good companies to fish with in Costa Rica, but Chaser Sport Fishing is the best.
When the surface water temperature in the Bay of Panama within the Gulf approaches 69 degrees these monsters are first encountered by saltwater sportfishing guides in numbers around the furthest offshore islands and seamounts of the Perlas Islands- Banco San Jose, Trollope Rock and Gallera Island as well as at the western side of the Gulf near The Tuna Coast at Punta Mala, the Frailes Islets and Isla Iguana. These offshore fishing trips abound with apprehension, surprise and wonder that beget interest and fun which are notable means of attracting novice anglers especially children to the art of angling.
This is especially true when the equation is further defined by deep sea charter fishing for only the largest species of big Grouper and Cubera Snapper.
They are a predatory fish with sharp conical teeth, including two to four larger canine teeth. Grouper range in sizes from species less than 4 inches long to the Australian Grouper (Epinephelus Lanceolatus) and the Jewfish (Epinephelus Itajara), which can reach 12 feet, and over 1000 lbs.
Spawning takes place in offshore deep water away from reefs or other structure, the amount of eggs released is relative to the size of the female, big fish release several million floating eggs at a time, which are externally fertilized by one or more males.
Deep sea saltwater sport fishing guides with years of experience in local waters have come to know when and where these mating rituals occur. Sexual maturity is attained at 3 to 6 years and by this time the mature fish are three-dimensional structure oriented. Most charter fishing guides realize large Grouper and Cubera Snappers are classic ambush predators unable to sustain a chase, typically exploding from cover to engulf prey, which is why it is important to use reasonably stout charter fishing tackle or fly fishing gear on bottom fishing charters. Big Grouper and Cubera Snapper are cannibalistic and will eat almost anything alive or dead they can get their mouth around when hungry so cut bait is also a favorite of experienced sport fishing guides.
Big Grouper and Cubera Snapper are attracted by irregularly pulsed sounds, coming out of their hiding places to examine experimental noisemakers placed near reefs and other structures by eager saltwater sportfishing guides.
Inducing heavyweight Cubera Snapper and large Grouper into a hook-up is sometimes tricky and frustrating on sport fishing charters or when fly fishing.
All this activity and turmoil has an uncanny way of luring colossus Cubera Snapper or large Grouper to the site of the ongoing free for all. Another favorite of saltwater sportfishing guides while Panama fishing are big lipped wobbling swimming plugs fished in the same manner that many times reap favorable results when nothing else will.
They raised a cross, fell to their knees and the priest Andres de Vara, intoned the Te Deum. Balboa landed on one of many islands (over 100) of a group he named the Archipelago de Las Perlas. It is suspected that Pedrarias was Balboa's father-in-law but history is not clear on this point. Ships were built and a road was constructed across the Isthmus to transport the ships to navigate the Pacific.
In later times the Perlas Islands were a focal point for Pirates and still later for intense commercial pearl harvesting. All vessels are equipped to serve freshly prepared breakfast, sandwiches, snacks, beer, coffee, and sodas at family prices.


The boats are fully equipped with restrooms and full galley service in the comfortable climate controlled cabin. We have experienced and helpful crew on board and a fish market at the pier to clean your catch. Some may say that the proof is in the winning, since a lot of the winning derby fish are caught by Deep Sea Charter’s customers. Launching ramp is 70 minutes from most Panama City hotels- ground transportation is easily arranged. 42-foot Custom Silverton sports a large unobstructed, stable cockpit seamlessly joined to a sizable salon that can easily and effectively accommodate two to six anglers Panama fishing. Fly fishing charters encouraged and fly fishermen welcome but I do not provide fly fishing gear. Deep sea fishing circumstances are somewhat variable but generally from late May to early December the Gulf of Panama is usually calm and seas are from 1 to 3 feet with the occasional afternoon squall becoming more frequent during the months of October & November. It may be the major area in the Eastern Pacific Ocean whose aquatic ocean environment spawns the very foundation of all oceanic life. These islands further provide a varied shoreline of beaches, rocky points, steep drop offs, sea mounts, hundreds of small bays, river mouths, waterfalls and indentations that serve as sea life habitats. Deep water extremely large shelf demersal and slope gamefish species such as Rockfish, giant Groupers, Giant Sea Bass, huge Pacific Cubera Snapper, Cabrillas and monster Red Snapper assail the Gulf of Panama in formidable numbers and extreme sizes foraging in shallow water of 10 to 60 feet and up close to the islands, a sportfishing guides dream come true. The oceanic migration behavior of pelagic game fish is not easily categorized or understood despite extensive studies and innumerable deep sea fishing trips.
Their actual abundance in a particular year or area is difficult to predict by Panama fishing guides and is subject to countless oceanic factors and characteristics.
Outgoing blood vessels already heated by vigorous muscle movement are networked to pass in close proximity to incoming blood vessels thereby continually warming these and maintaining body temperature several degrees above that of the surrounding waters.
Tunas, which accomplish this through circulatory heat exchangers that conserve heat when the fish is relatively inactive, must move to colder deeper waters as activity increases. The bill of a Billfish is a special physiological adaptation that serves to reduce drag and increase speed that is also used as a weapon for defense or for killing prey. Dolphin fish and smaller Tuna species have short lives (4-5 years) and reach sexual maturity within the first year.
Juvenile Yellowfin Tuna, Dolphin fish, Wahoo and even Sailfish are frequently found in close proximity to floating objects such as logs, turtles and whales.
Being hooked up evidently further enrages them and they demonstrate a very definite and energetic response. From sailfish to marlin, dorado or tuna to wahoo and rooster fish, the skilled team of captains and crew at Chaser Sport Fishing has the expertise to help you relax, have a great time – and catch fish – in Costa Rica. Panama Fishing and Catching sportfishing charters are further enhanced if the Vertical Current continues to push cold water into the Gulf of Panama.
Bottom fishing charters concentrating on jigging, baitfishing, fly fishing or trolling for huge Grouper and Cubera Snappers are one of the most rewarding and suspenseful branches of Panama fishing. Panama fishing and catching sport fishing charters afford a remarkable variety of large Grouper and Cubera Snappers that thrive in the Gulf of Panama with several exceptional sport caught fish being landed offshore fishing every year. These teeth and the more vertically compressed body help apprentice sport fishing guides and anglers to distinguish Snappers from Groupers, many species of which are similar in overall appearance.
The small transparent pelagic eggs drift in the open sea for 25 to 35 hours after fertilization while the larva develops then hatches. Throughout their lives they migrate to differing habitats, depths and water salinity foraging for food, they are the apex predators of three- dimensional underwater structure.
They are able to generate sound by vibrating their thin walled swim bladder with sudden contractions of axial muscles, producing mooing-like sounds, deep booms and sustained rumbles or vibrant grunts. Their cautiousness is many times overcome by their great curiosity and territorial moods, habits that are exploited by knowledgeable sportfishing guides and fly fishing enthusiasts. When fly fishing 60 to 80 pound leader, 16 to 20 pound tippet and a good strong fly rod are advisable. The bait or lure must be placed close to the big Grouper or Snapper, the closer the proximity the more probable a hook up will occur but also the more difficult to drag the dirty great bottom fish away from cover.
As the giant Grouper or Cubera Snapper moves in the other smaller fish scatter leaving the hapless hooked pelagic bait twisting in the tide and writhing seductively. Big iron jigs and weighted feathers skillfully employed by knowledgeable saltwater anglers sometimes work like magic. The next sensation experienced is that of being attached to a speeding freight train – Pump the rod and stop that demonized big fish! Descending to the beach Balboa waded into the waters of the great sea waving the banner of Spain and proclaimed the vast ocean, and the coasts adjoining it, the property of his King. To the largest island in the group he gave the name of Isla Rica, or Rich Island, because on this island he found the greatest quantities of pearls.
About this time La Antigua was renamed Castillo del Oro, and Friar Juan de Quevedo was its first bishop, while Gaspar de Espinosa was chosen as the first Alcalde (mayor). During the several months of intense labor upwards of two thousand natives weakened and died due to the workload.
Both Balboa and Perdrias jealously wanted to accomplish what Francisco Pizarro, later carried out.
The greatest of pearls, La Peregrina the most highly regarded jewel of the 16th century was found in the Perlas Islands in 1560 by a black slave who was said to have been given his freedom in return for this extraordinary pearl. The products were pearls, mother of pearl, shells used for making buttons, and meats used locally for food.
Anderson’s Marina, we provide deep sea fishing excursions at various times of the day so you can choose what best fits your schedule.
Make sure we have a phone number to reach you while you are here in town so the ticket office can call you to reschedule your trip.
This discount will be valid on any trip except, directed halibut trips, and albacore trips. The custom layout allows for plug casting or fly fishing to be efficiently and safely executed from the large slip resistant bow platform. From late December to early May is the dry season and the North Wind prevails occasioning normally calm mornings with seas typically 2-5 feet offshore in the afternoons, however plug casting and fly fishing can be easily accomplished in the lee of the many Perlas Islands. The Gulf of Panama’s underwater geography is a shallow collective alcove when compared to the offshore depths and neighboring coastlines. On the mainland bordering the center of the Gulf, where the Panama Canal empties to the ocean is found the lowest geographical zone across the Isthmus of Panama.
It has far reaching effects on the Galapagoes Archipelago warming the surface waters seasonally. The duration of this deep sea fishing phenomenon is fundamentally dependant on the wind and usually lasts from 4 to 10 weeks.
These species are noted for their high rates of reproduction, rapid growth, stamina and extraordinary swimming speed. Migration patterns appear to be restricted by major world currents, water temperature and continental landmasses that consequently influence the abundance of prey species, local knowledge that an experienced sport fishing guide must have. Sportfishing guides observe that they are typically more concentrated where food is abundant, commonly near offshore islands and seamounts that create upwelling zones and strong diverging and converging currents. Hence large migrating schools of Tuna are most often found just above the thermocline and where the thermocline is closest to the surface in association with a landmass along Tuna migration routes are usually the most productive sportfishing zones for deep sea fishing charters. The observed seasonal abundance by sport fishing guides of surface cruising billfish in specific areas which offer few other noticeable signs year after year are keystones to an offshore sportfishing guides portfolio of that region.
Billfish and the larger Tuna species that are especially sought after by sport fishing guides live 10-30 years and do not reproduce until they are 3 to 8 years old. Although many times caught together on saltwater sportfishing trips pelagic fish maintain discrete species-specific schools and their co-occurrence is due to the mutual attraction of food and habitat. Some will sprint across the ocean in long magnificent grey-hounding leaps and jumps that defy description or take off on long smoking runs abruptly changing direction and going deep. We also fly fish for sailfish, fish the bottom for the giant cubera snappers, jacks, red snapper, grouper and snook, and can even take you to the Caribbean to fish the giant tarpon. Within a matter of 10 to 15 days these great bottom fish will have completely occupied the Gulf of Panama and deep sea fishing trips take place much closer to Panama City, Panama. Finding giant Grouper and Cubera Snappers on deep sea bottom fishing charters is not as easy or simple as it at first seems, a good saltwater charter fishing guide familiar with the area is essential. However some Grouper species are able to change sex any time after sexual maturity and can change back again if the opposite sex is in short supply or absent.
The larva feed on plankton and alga for a few weeks developing into carnivorous juveniles that feed on zooplankton, crustaceans and fish.
They display a wide salinity tolerance throughout their lives feeding on larger prey as they grow and mature. Good saltwater sportfishing guides with experience on offshore fishing trips know that temperatures of 65 – 84 F are preferred and temperatures above 93 F or below 40 F can be fatal.
Once a suitable area is found they will establish themselves and stay as long as conditions are favorable, many times for years, becoming territorial towards other predatory fish. Big grouper or Cubera Snapper become agitated and angry when other fish are feeding in their area. Experienced sport fishing guides use medium sized pelagic baitfish such as blue-runner, mackerel or bonito lowered to the bottom near the den of Goliath sized Groupers or Cubera Snappers. If live bait is not available on a deep sea fishing trip or saltwater fishing charter a large fresh pelagic fish head impaled on a sharp hook will produce similar results as the smaller foraging fish are unable to easily dismember the bait or carry it off. The California pargo popping craze of casting and dragging huge ugly gurgling lures swiftly across the waters surface has proved to be lethal, eliciting incredible chases and jolting strikes on popular saltwater charter fishing trips. The key to landing the Behemoth Grouper or Cubera Snapper on a deep sea fishing trip is to ably apply maximum pressure as quickly and relentlessly as possible. He named this gulf 'San Miguel' in honor of his having arrived there on the day the Catholic Church celebrates this saint, to this day this smaller gulf within the Gulf of Panama is called 'Golfo de San Miguel'. Balboa returned to Darien after amassing all the gold and pearls he could lay his hands on. Shortly after the arrival of Pedrarias, Balboa made another quest for the mythical temple of gold, which resulted in failure.
Reaching the Pacific Balboa navigated across the Gulf of San Miguel then past the Archipelago de Las Perlas and to a point about two leagues farther on. Pedrarias was well aware of Balboa's ambitious plans, and this knowledge only served to put an edge on the bitter fruit of hate that sprouted from the seeds of jealousy. It was taken to Spain by Don Diego de Temes, who presented it to King Philip II who then presented it to Mary Tudor. The walkways are ample permitting quick mobilization from the cockpit to the bow platform when the fishing guide sights tailing Sailfish or busting bait. Additionally at this time Panama fishing charters are treated to an extreme and well defined temperature break (as much as 10 degrees but usually from 76-82 degrees) that forms along the continental shelf drop-off attracting vast aggregations of warm water pelagic gamefish. Differing from the estuary, bottom dwelling or coastal fish species that spend most of their time near shore within the continental shelf, pelagic species ramble freely in the oceanic environment. Along ocean current boundaries caused by differing gradients in temperature, oxygen and salinity and along food rich temperature fronts between cold upwelled water and warmer ocean water masses also attract concentrations of feeding Pelagic fish and sportfishing guides. These Panama fishing trips sites are secret to the one dimensional structure seeking deep sea fishing charter. Full sized adult pelagic gamefish are excessively aggressive apex predators not accustomed to any taunting or teasing by a sport fishing charter.
Billfish will routinely put on a spectacular aerial show sometimes tail walking for astounding distances while Tuna will render a deep back breaking toe to toe gorilla battle worthy of the WWF. In 2015, Captain Mitchell Pierson settled into charter fishing life on the 45’Omie Tillet- “Sportsman II” of CHASER SPORTFISHING , Los Suenos Costa Rica, loving every minute of it! With Chaser Sport Fishing, you can customize your trip to create the ultimate fishing adventure in Costa Rica. These big fish converge into ridiculously shallow waters and are easy prey for fly fishing or pargo popping. The Gulf of Panama is big place for a saltwater charter fishing guide to begin an offshore bottom fishing trip looking for even dinosaurian sized fish.
Furthermore it is suspected that in some instances they are able to produce eggs and sperm simultaneously - reproducing through self-fertilization! Grouper and Snapper probably spawn all year long in warm tropical waters with peak breeding seasons lasting several weeks depending on plentiful forage species. Groupers and Snappers generally move to deeper waters, as they grow older seeming able to tolerate colder water, as they grow larger.
Both will typically chase other feeding fish away swallowing or carrying off to their lair whatever the smaller fish were feeding on. This technique has historically been proven deadly on offshore fishing trips and bottom fishing charters. The incessant pecking activity and the erratic radical swimming behavior produced by smaller reef fish while feeding in this manner greatly agitates and finally coaxes the titanic Grouper or Cubera Snapper away from their covertures to investigate the commotion in their domain. It is the angler’s strength and will verses that of his now seemingly possessed and unwieldy Leviathan quarry. Balboa and one party embarked to explore the nearby islands and sent Alonzo Martin with another group to explore the coasts.
The only incident mentioned on his return journey across the Isthmus was the execution of a native chief named Ponera, together with three of his associates who were found dressed as women and committing sodomy. The inexperienced crews of his ships became alarmed at a vast pod of humpback whales, which they mistook for reefs in the ocean, and induced Balboa to stop and return to land. There are only two Archipelagos on the Pacific coast of the American Continent, Archipelago de las Perlas in the Gulf of Panama discovered by Balboa and The Galapagos which was discovered by Pizzaro. Upon her death, the pearl reverted to Spain and went through a succession of royal hands, hence the name La Peregrina or The Wanderer.


The red tide of 1938 all but finished whatever oysters remained and by the 1940’s there was no related industry. The custom COCKPIT SALON design comfortably fishes up to six persons offshore trolling and there is plenty of room on the bow for those who like to plug cast poppers or for fly fishing on deep sea fishing trips.
In such cases a strong steady wind blowing across a landmass for more than a few weeks causes surface water to be blown offshore and water must move in to replace it, usually vertically from deep water.
This type of Panama Fishing features great groups of hungry Marlin, Tuna, Swordfish, Wahoo, Dorado and Sailfish that are steadily encountered along this zone by anyone saltwater fishing willing to drag a hook behind the boat. Distribution and abundance of these nomadic fish is closely associated to variations in their life history profiles.
The areas where these conditions are most prevalent in the western hemisphere are in the Gulf of Panama, Gulf of Chiriqui and along the Tuna Coast of Panama. These Panama fishing areas are equally productive for the other species of pelagic fishes much sought after on saltwater sportfishing trips - Sailfish, Marlin, Swordfish, Wahoo, Dorado (dolphin fish), Amberjack and mackerels that tend to school in these zones for longer periods of time offering great offshore fishing trips. An experienced sport fishing guide knows that most oceanic pelagic fish spawn over vast areas of ocean in warm surface waters above 75 degrees where ever food sources are abundant. Pelagic fish have voracious appetites some species can consume 25% their own body weight in a day! They have accomplished their size through the high development of an enterprisingly offense oriented predatory instinct that has been evolved over millions of years. To be successful, anglers especially when fly fishing are well advised to learn as much as possible on shore and then gain the on the water experience that is so essential.
Lots of practice and a cool head were required to gaff a struggling marlin in this small area tough enough not to rip out the gaff.
Chaser Sport Fishing also has vast experience with tournament fishing, so if you are interested in fishing a Costa Rica tournament, we can provide the know-how and world class gear you'll need to compete. Saltwater charter fishing trips require more information concerning the habits and whereabouts of titanic Grouper and Cubera Snappers to ensure the successful capture of these leviathans of deep sea fishing. Not confined to Panama fishing waters several similar species of Cubera Snapper all having deep reddish bodies, 4 enlarged visible very strong canine teeth, stubby gill rakers and almost identical body and fin shapes, habitat and behavior have a worldwide distribution in tropical oceans and are a favorite quarry of sport fishing charters and saltwater sportfishing guides everywhere.
They can be aggressive even towards divers, full-sized Cubera Snapper have been known to severely bite human intruders and monster Grouper have on occasions attempted to swallow whole scuba divers swimming in their territory.
These are seriously powerful big fish, apex predators of the ocean and are unaccustomed to any aggravated larceny directed at them. The live pelagic fish does not search for cover when placed on the bottom in unfamiliar hostile territory, rather it franticly attempts to swim to the surface emitting distress signals. Martin, leaving first, is credited with being the first European to navigate the waters of the Pacific. These men, Balboa allowed to be devoured alive by the savage dogs, with which he always traveled. Upon his return Balboa was arrested and imprisoned, under the charge of treason to the Crown by orders received from Pedrarias, the Governor.
Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon I, took La Peregrina to France and to Prince Louis Napoleon who in 1837 fell upon financial hardship and sold it to the Marquis of Abercorn. The oysters began to repopulate the Las Perlas Archipelago during the 1970’s, but remain relatively scarce. This is a wonderful boat for extended offshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Panama particularly around the EXPLOSIVES fishing zone beyond the continental shelf drop-off as well as in around the various Perlas Islands. As the wind subsides and the water temperature rises sportfishing guides note that tremendous schools of offshore pelagic gamefish invade and mass within the Gulf of Panama and close to its islands to benefit and feed from the occurring phenomenon. Years of local sport fishing guide knowledge concerning this information is vital to the successful fishing charter catching of these ultimate gamefish in any part of the world.
These Gulfs each comprise vast ocean areas within which are countless sport fishing trip hotspots that attract various aggregations of migratory pelagic game fish seasonally. Billfish that have large white muscle mass but a smaller mass of red muscle must rely on different defenses against the detrimental effects of changes in water temperature. Spawning generally occurs throughout the year in the tropics and in warm seasons at more temperate latitudes. They are opportunistic carnivores with variable diets and major prey items vary depending on the fish’s life stage, oceanic region, seasons and specific prey abundance.
Pelagic gamefish with the most highly developed fierce prey drive are the ones that attain the largest sizes. The Gulf of Panama has produced hundreds of saltwater sportfishing and fly fishing IGFA world records over the years for the various types of pelagic gamefish, more than anywhere else in the world.
With the tail out of the water you ensured the fish wasn’t going to get away but some new athletic challenges were immediately presented.
Simply put, you will have a one-of-a-kind fishing experience when you book a trip with Chaser Sport Fishing! A first rate deep sea charter fishing guide knows that these large long lived bottom fish attain their exceptional ages and sizes by being very cautious and secretive. However most offshore fishing trips target both Grouper and Snapper found in a variety of habitats from near shore estuary zones, far up tropical rivers, along sand or mud bottoms to the outer edges of reefs, wrecks and offshore rocky bottoms. Accordingly when hooked they become enraged, turn color and stampede to the safety of their lair displaying amazing speed and energy uncharacteristic of such gigantic heavy bottom fish.
A skillful veteran angler and most saltwater charter fishing guides will usually subdue 100-pound denizens of the deep in 30 minutes or so; bigger Grouper or Cubera Snapper can take considerably longer.
An Indian chief named Tumaco who had vast quantities of pearls many of large size occupied the first island Balboa reached. The splendid Pearl finally wound up in the hands of the Duke of Abercrombie in England from whom Richard Burton purchased it for Elizabeth Taylor in 1969. Offshore fishing trips in the Gulf of Panama encounter these great pelagic gamefish as well as many stranded bottom behemoths the rest of the year from late May to early December. Habits and migration patterns are affected by changing environmental influences including temperatures, currents and food supply. Panama fishing guides have found that some species have well known predator-prey relationships such as Dolphin fish and Sailfish preying on flying fish, Swordfish on squid, and Blue marlin and Black Marlin on skipjack tuna. In other words unlike large long lived wary bottom dwelling game fish such as Cubera Snapper and big Grouper which live cautiously, Pelagic gamefish score points for being reckless.
This method suffered from a serious fundamental flaw that while the tail might be useless for swimming it was still employed vigorously as a weapon. Saltwater sportfishing charters trying to locate the haunts of giant grouper and monster Cubera Snappers and inducing them to take a hook require in-depth knowledge and careful presentation, secrets that an experienced deep sea sport fishing guide has learned through years on the water. If this initial burst for cover is not abbreviated then the taut stretched line will break on contact with any structure encountered, resulting in a lost big fish and an irate saltwater charter fishing guide. As with all large slow growing long-lived commercially valuable fish heavyweight Grouper and Snapper have been over fished by commercial interests and are scarcer every day. These lieutenants waged several battles to conquer the Perlas Islands and returned with baskets of pearls and gold. La Peregrina, The Wanderer, is one of the largest most perfect natural pearls ever found, it is a magnificent white, pear shaped pearl as big as a pigeon’s egg. Plankton and other organisms bloom at unusually rapid rates clouding water visibility with a venerable population explosion.
Their long migrations indicate complex relationships to surrounding oceanic conditions that vary for larval, juvenile and adult stages of life. Light penetration and water temperatures diminish rapidly with increasing depth, once below the thermocline the water is only a few degrees above freezing.
Tunas, Billfish, Dolphin fish and Wahoo compete at the top of the food chain for the same prey.
Their fast paced metabolism and wild offshore nomadic behavior causes them to be constantly desperate for food, a decidedly evolved reckless instinct is the only way to grow big in such a merciless offshore oceanic realm. A hooked giant can test the mettle of the angler and crew in battles that can last for hours. Lurching about the sea from place to place dragging inappropriate hastily assembled gear along the bottom will not usually yield fruitful results and is a waste of time on an offshore fishing trip. A good example given by many saltwater charter fishing guides is the Giant Sea Bass (Stereolepis Gigas) reasonably abundant on deep sea fishing trips just 10 years ago and a favorite target of unscrupulous commercial factions is now considered almost extinct by most sport fishing guides.
One pearl weighed 25 carats and sold for 4,000 ducats, approximately $100,000 in present day dollars. The entire ocean area is affected as normal marine life is tremendously augmented and growth patterns are accelerated increasing various forms of fish aggregations spectacularly. Adults are more widely distributed in temperate and tropical waters while sub-adults are restricted to warm equatorial waters. They are frequently found schooling by sport fishing guides on saltwater fishing trips in the same offshore fishing areas or saltwater sportfishing zones. Sport fishing guides have witnessed some pelagic game fish, such as Billfish, that will chase and eat fish almost 20% their own size and then will insanely chase and kill flying fish only a few inches long as if for sport.
Some old-timers still say it is safer to gaff a marlin in this fashion as he is less likely to charge the boat.
Years of examination and research by an experienced deep sea sport fishing guide concerning the intended quarry (big Grouper, Cubera Snappers) reduces the time spent on trial and error methods and fishless days on offshore fishing trips. Fly fishing and charter fishing trips catching these monstrous Grouper and Cubera Snappers in the Gulf of Panama generally do so in abnormally shallow water compared with other areas where they are caught on a saltwater fishing trip. This of course means Panama fishing and catching charters for Cubera Snapper, Big Grouper, Blue marlin, black marlin, sailfish, dolphin, wahoo, yellowfin tuna, big eye tuna, amberjack, roosterfish, Sierra Mackerel and various other snapper are quite good. Offshore fishing trips seem to verify that they tend to inhabit surface waters at night and deeper water during the day, but move extensively between the surface and the thermocline throughout the day.
Charter fishing guides note that schools are most compact when the fish are spawning or attracted to a common food source near features such as seamounts, flotsam or offshore islands in deep water and these are the best sites for Panama fishing trips. They will expend vast amounts of energy in swift contorted acrobatic movements to attack and kill small fish of no nutritional value. This giant Marlin officially weighed 1006 pounds, was 13 feet 11 inches long with a fantastic girth of 76 inches.
In those days the boat was a holy thing that was never subjected to undue stresses as any damage incurred was usually fixed personally by the owner.
When brought along side the boat they can easily be photographed, revived and released by the sport fishing guide to spawn and perhaps fight another day. These circumstances occur annually in the Gulf of Panama sparking a chain of events, growth, aggregations and development of marine life essential to the Eastern Pacific Ocean. In many cases this ability further veils the location of many great saltwater fishing hotspots as there may be no detectable underwater structure or visible surface current lines to indicate these productive sport fishing charter zones. Growth rates, attainable sizes, and ages vary greatly among and within the various species subject to ocean conditions, food type and availability.
Marlin are often encountered on Panama saltwater sportfishing trips in pairs or groups of several males with one or two females. Marina facilities were non-existent, skilled sportfishing boat-building expertise and hardware was difficult to come by here in Panama. Good advice for anyone interested in sharing the wonderful experience of a deep sea saltwater fishing trip with future generations of children and grandchildren.
Pelagic fish species have many physiological adaptations for life in the open oceans that sport fishing guides need to be aware of. Juveniles and young adults grow rapidly with a gradual slowing as full sizes and ages are reached. Dorado, Wahoo, Sailfish and especially Marlin have been reliably observed on offshore fishing trips apparently killing for the sake of killing and not eating their victims. In any case, one person usually would gaff the fish and the other would rope the tail then someone aboard would wallop it between the eyes with a blunt instrument to subdue it at the proper time.
Billfish, particularly Swordfish and Black Marlin have frequently attacked and speared sportfishing boats on a sportfishing charter and in one verified case even a small submarine. The transom of the Caiman II had been well designed, it could be easily removed in order to drag and float big fish aboard once they had been 'quieted down'.
Many large pelagic gamefish were considered stupid by ancient sport fishing guides when saltwater sportfishing because they would readily attack such simple lures as a colored cloth dragged behind a moving boat. These were true pioneer sport fishermen who built their own boats and originated many of the blue water and marlin fishing techniques still used today.
The Caiman II was and is one of the best marlin fishing boats ever built and is still floating in Panama today. Some have large red muscle masses useful for swimming long distances at an intense pace and smaller white muscle masses for short bursts of super speed when chasing prey or escaping predators. They were also great fishing guides & sport fishing Captains, among their list of clients in those days were John Wayne, Clark Gable, The Kennedys, Peter Goadby, Vic Dunaway, Count Von Luckner, Helen and Doc Robinson, King Leopold and Queen Wilhelmina etc. Those with a proportionally larger white muscle mass to red muscle ratio such as Wahoo and Black marlin are the most accomplished sprinters over shorter distances of a few hundred yards.
In the early 1980's when the Caiman II was dry docked to be refurbished two nice sized marlin bills were dug out of the bullet-proof yellow pine hull.
Their brains are so small that they can afford only the most rudimentary of nervous systems in which they actually cannot feel pain, as we understand it. These were some of the original no-nonsense founding fathers of saltwater sportfishing in an extremely remote area at a time "when men were men and the reels did all the whining, not the anglers." They were the Panama fishing experts of Cubera Snapper fishing, Big Grouper fishing, Blue marlin fishing, Black marlin fishing, sailfish fishing, dolphin fishing, wahoo fishing, yellowfin tuna fishing, big eye tuna fishing, amberjack fishing, roosterfish fishing, Sierra Mackerel fishing, snapper fishing etc. A framed high quality on-the-water photograph of these magnificent fish in action is today preferable to a picture of a rotting carcass of what once was a noble gladiator.



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