Fishing in Bocas Del Toro
The name "Panama" is actually an aboriginal word loosely meaning "an abundance of fish"...and they really got that right. Panama holds major world record catches, especially on the Pacific side where Marlin are thick off the Darrin and the Hannibal Bank.
That said, during March, April, May, June, September and October, the rainy season lets up, the surf dies down and the fishing is on in Bocas Del Toro!
The offshore fishing is done in pangas and the focus is on Tuna, Wahoo, King Fish, Dorado, Snapper, Grouper and Atlantic Bill Fish. The waters off Bocas Del Toro drop to over 9,000 feet only 7 miles out with varied currents and structure...perfect for fishermen in the know.
There are also fantastic near shore options, including Snook (there is a river call Rio Robalo...Snook in Spanish) Tarpon, Barracuda, Cobia and the mighty Cubera Snapper.
And some of the best fishing is spear fishing. The reefs here are pristine and untouched. They are thick with Grouper, Snapper, Ocean Triggerfish, Barracuda and massive Parrot fish. AMAZING!
The reason why the spear fishing here is truly worldclass has to do with the surf seasons limiting access to the reefs that hold the fish. The surf pounds these reefs so relentlessly, that they just can not be fished for seven months of the year, sometimes more. This means a healthy fishery. Further, spear fishing is simply not a big deal wth the locals...they go for the lobster instead to sell in town. The result - a mind blowing array of large, mature reef fish.
What makes a good spear fishing experience? Underwater structure that attracts fish and creates a food chain that draws them in. What makes a WORLD CLASS experience? Varied and dramatic reef structure that spans miles. Reefs that have ledges, caves, overhangs and cracks going down 20, 30, 40 feet and more.
Regardless of your fishing preferences, Bocas Del Toro is a fantastic option.