Tropic Star Lodge
Over 300 IGFA World Records have been broken here. Tropic Star Lodge is a paradise cut out of the side of a mountain at the edge of the Darien Jungle on the Pacific coast of Panama. The lodge is situated 150 miles south of Panama City, and 35 miles from the Columbian border. There are no roads within 100 miles, so the lodge is only accessible by boat or plane.
Fishing Tropic Star Lodge:
Tropic Star Lodge was named the best saltwater fishing resort in the world in the 1999 Robb Report. There have been 300 IGFA World Records broken at Tropic Star, more than anywhere else in the world.
The lodge presently holds 50 active IGFA world records.
In Piñas Bay, black, blue and striped marlin abound in numbers unheard of elsewhere. Plus Pacific sailfish, dolphin, amberjack, snapper, grouper and more can be caught in these pristine waters. The lodge has a fleet of 16 classic 31’ Bertram yachts. Your fishing day includes experienced captain and mate.
Most of the best fishing is only 20 minutes away, making this a truly unique location. The seas are normally quite calm which makes Tropic Star Lodge an ideal family fishing trip.
Zane Grey spent a lot of time marlin fishing this area in the 1920s. Zane Grey's Reef is now known as Piñas Reef, and to this day, the population of fish has not diminished.
Fishing Seasons and Boats:
All species of billfish and non-billfish can be caught year-round in the pristine waters off Piñas Bay. The prime black marlin season runs from December into April.
The Pacific sailfish start moving in April through June. July brings another run of marlin; many in the 500-pound range. Most of their fishing is done six to 15 miles offshore in calm waters.
In late January and February, the north wind brings the cooler water and tailing marlin. That’s the only time it can get a bit bumpy. (For a month-by-month listing of species, request an information packet.)
The entire fleet of 14 customized, fully-rigged, 31-foot Bertram yachts, with twin diesel Detroit engines, are more than efficient for the waters in Piñas Bay. They have tuna tubes/live bait well combos, downriggers and outriggers on each boat.
About Tropic Star Lodge:
Tropic Star Lodge has 19 deluxe air-conditioned rooms with private baths and ocean views. The Lodge hosts up to 38 guests and is catered to by over 100 employees. 85% of their business is repeat clients, so early booking is a must.
They now offer limited internet in the rooms, pool area, the bar, dining area and on the veranda, as well as phone service. Lodging options vary from spacious cabin rooms to the Palace upgrade with three master suites for larger families. Hike jungle paths, snorkel, whale watch from the lodge, comb the white sandy beach, enjoy a massage, swim in the freshwater swimming pool and more. Four-course dinners with wine. The lodge is closed for maintenance from the last week in September through the third week in November.
You'll fly to Panama City, and stay overnight. In the morning, a lodge representative will drive you to the domestic airport. You'll take a 50 minute charter flight (150 miles) to the Piñas Bay landing strip. From there, you'll take a scenic 10-minute panga-boat ride to Tropic Star Lodge. (Pangas are similar to wide canoes.)
For 2017, 7-nights and 6-days guided fishing starts at $5,400.00 p.p. for the peak fishing months of January - February (four anglers per boat).
Click here for PDF of 2017 rates.
Use of 31’ Bertram yacht with experienced captain and mate, use of first class fishing tackle, deluxe air-conditioned room with private bath and scenic view, full breakfast, boxed lunch, and four-course dinners, sodas, and iced tea are all included. Complimentary wine is offered during dinner service.
Packages do not include:
A $600.00 transfer fee (explained next), airfare to Panama City, hotels and all expenses incurred in Panama City; alcoholic beverages (other than the complimentary wine offered at dinner) and drinks (other than sodas or iced tea) will be charged to your room; a Panamanian room tax of $50.00 per room per week (or $25.00 p.p. double occupancy); and gratuities for your captain, mate(s), Director of Fishing, and dockmasters. In addition, most people leave about $150.00 for their ten waiters and chefs, and a small gratuity to any of their staff that made your trip extra special.
$600.00 per person, payable to Tropic Star Resort, is not included in the rate and will be added to your package price. The transfer fee includes roundtrip airfare from Panama City to the lodge, meet-and-greet at the airports, and up to four transfers between the airport and hotel in Panama City. Upon booking, you’ll receive a confirmation packet with detailed information about transfers.