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Reader Report Panama
By Mike Love
After a four-hour flight from Houston, we were greeted by Big Game’s representatives and escorted to the airport's VIP lounge. While the agents took care of our luggage and passports, cocktails were served. A waiting van took us to our first night accommodations - the new five-star Hotel Veneto in downtown Panama City.
Early the next morning our van took us to the local airport for our 6:00 am departure to David. A short drive to the marina had us in a small transfer boat for a one-hour scenic river cruise to the Panama Big Game Fishing Club. Campbell was waiting at the dock and so was a 36-foot Palm Beach with her engines running. We stepped right onto the boat and took off fishing while the staff carried our gear to our rooms. It was still only 9:00am.
Our destination was Montosa Island, about 40 miles from the club. There were reports of schooling yellow fin tuna in the area. After 30 minutes of fishing, we heard a radio call about a big school of tuna on the other side
of the island. Moving quickly to the new location, we found the sea alive with surface busting baitfish and diving birds. Speeding directly to the school's perimeter, I cast a large popping plug into the action and began a rapid retrieve. The lure only moved about 3 feet before I struck a 30-pound yellow fin tuna, which provided great top water action. We spent the rest of the afternoon casting to schools of 30 to 40 pound yellow fin.
The week continued with some exciting fishing for yellow fin, wahoo and jack crevelle. The last day concluded with us sharing our week’s stories over cocktails and tuna sushi. Capt. Lee brought out a finale dinner of local beef and all the types of fish we had caught prepared in different ways.
Well, that's a glimpse of fishing Panama style. So if you are interested in a variety of big game fishing in one of the most fascinating places, then consider the Panama Big Game Fishing Club. It is run by professional fishermen and is staffed by some of the friendliest people imaginable.
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