Hooked On Panama Lodge - Panama
Sadly, the Lodge Closed in 2021.
World-famous Isla Montuosa is about a 90-minute boat ride from Hooked on Panama Lodge. The Lodge is on the beach in Punta Burica Peninsula, which is shared by Panama and Costa Rica. The Lodge is about ten miles south of the town of Puerto Armuelles, one of the most beautiful areas of Panama. The area boasts a wealth of wildlife, including howler monkeys and a variety of tropical birds.
Hooked on Panama Fishing
Hooked on Panama Lodge, also known as Aqua Adventures Panama, opened in 2008 on the Burica Peninsula.
Before opening the Lodge, Aqua Adventures had operated in this area for several years using outboards and a local hotel for accommodations.
Travel Time: To fish the world-renowned Isla Ladrones and the 1,000-fathom drop is a minimum one-hour boat ride from the Lodge. Isla Montuosa is 42 miles away and takes about two hours to reach. The runs for rooster and snapper are 10 to 15 minutes from the Lodge.
Species: Giant yellowfin tuna, black marlin, blue marlin, sailfish, wahoo, cubera snapper, roosterfish, and dorado are all frequent visitors to the waters off Panama.
Peak Billfishing season is December through April, with the best months being January through March. Giant yellowfin tuna weighing 200-plus pounds are most frequent in the spring from March through April.
Season: The Lodge is open for year-round fishing.
Boats: Hooked on Panama Lodge has three 35’ custom-built Sportfishers and a 33' Black Fin. Every vessel is equipped with safety equipment, chairs, harnesses, live wells, tuna tubes, downriggers, outriggers, and planers. Bimini tops for sun and rain protection. They have toilets, but not cabins.
Guides: Each vessel has a licensed captain and an English-speaking guide on board.
Equipment: The use of 30-line to 80-line class rods and reels, top-quality spin and conventional outfits, tackle, bait, ice, and fuel are all included in the package.
Fishing Licenses: are not required in Panama. However, a boat that is used for fishing must have an up-to-date permit.
Typical Fishing Day
6:00 a.m. You’ll receive a wake-up call. Enjoy breakfast.
7:30 a.m. You're off for an eight-hour day of guided fishing.
3:30 p.m. You'll return to the Lodge in time to freshen up, relax by the swimming pool.
6:00 p.m. Dinner is served.
About Hooked on Panama Lodge
The main lodge is 3,000 square feet and consists of a restaurant, bar and game room with a pool table, a card table, and a big-screen satellite TV.
There is a large covered lanai (deck), so you can choose between indoor or outdoor dining. The main lodge and cabins have tropical hardwood high beam ceilings,
Spanish tile floors, and plenty of space to relax.
There are twelve studio-sized, air-conditioned cabins with private covered decks. Each room has two queen-sized beds and a private bath with hot water. The Lodge and cabins have spectacular views of the ocean and a freshwater swimming pool. The swimming pool is 20 x 40 feet. The shallow end is three feet deep, and the deep end is eight feet with a small kiddie pool above it. Free Laundry service is available.
Communications: Each room has a phone. Free Wi-Fi is available in the cabins and main lodge.
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Getting to the Lodge:
You’ll fly to Panama City, Panama. With the VIP packages, your first and last night’s hotel stay is required. A transfer service will pick you up from the airport and drive you to your hotel in Panama City. In the morning, you’ll be driven to Albrook Airport for your 30-minute charter flight to David. Upon arrival, a transfer service will drive you from the airport to the Lodge, a two-hour drive. (Your first and last night hotel stay, ground transfers that make up the package in Panama, and the round-trip charter flight from Panama City to David are included in the package.)
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Eric Schoenborn's Trip Recap:
"The first two days of our hosted trip were spent targeting sails, and we found them. Each day as we made our way offshore, we viewed schools of dolphins, turtles, baitfish, and jumping fish.
Most days, we didn’t have to wait long before a sailfish or dorado started chasing the topwater teasers or baits with an ensuing battle. Each boat rose between 4 to 8 sails daily, with eight sails and
seven dorados being landed on the first day. Day two results were similar, as we chased fish in great ocean conditions. Several times we attempted to run and try catching tuna as schools of baitfish
and feeding birds indicated it was worth a try.
On day three, all three of the boats headed for an extended day to the famed Isla Montuosa on a perfect ocean. Only minutes after arriving, Wolfgang and I were hooked up to an immense blue marlin, the second to strike at the lure in mere minutes of arriving. With the hook solid and everyone jumping to action, we quickly broke off the big fish as it was jumping and writhing to throw the gear in the distance. What a thrill to see a giant shape charge our trolled gear right behind the boat. Wolfgang and I raised eight more in our boat that day. Call it nerves, inexperience, or bad luck, but we managed to lose all four that we hooked up on.
Meanwhile, the other two boats in the fleet bested us, with Kurt and Maryann landing four of the five fish they raised. Lori brought in a beast of a blue marlin on the Bader/Meyer team. Altogether, 19 marlin were raised, and five were landed (both blue and black) on day three.
On the last day, we chose to stay inshore and fish for roosters and snapper. Hooked on Panama has some of the best roosterfishing that can be found, and we weren’t let down as everyone found and fought fish. Hooked on Panama is a wonderful location, set on the Northwest tip of Panama in an area with little fishing pressure. Their boats are designed and built on-site and are some of the most comfortable fishing boats that I’ve had the pleasure of fishing out of. Their staff was warm and friendly, and the food and drink wonderful." - Eric Schoenborn
All rates are per person based on double occupancy in the hotel in Panama City and at the Lodge. Single-occupancy lodging is an additional $50.00 p.p. per day.
Sadly, the Lodge Closed in 2021.