Panama's Ring of Fire

The Gulf of Chiriqui offers up a world-class fishery.

black marlin

black marlin

Panama offers shots at four different billfish species, but the black marlin is the most prized of them all. There's nothing quite like having a black appear in your spread. Photo by Dave FerrellDave Ferrell
Panama sunset

Panama sunset

In addition to great fishing, Panama provides breathtaking scenery along its Pacific coast, with lots of jumping off spots within easy reach of the fish. Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
black marlin panama

black marlin panama

Many of the lodges use outboard boats because runs to the fishing grounds can be long, and outboards get the guests there. Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
black marlin fishing

black marlin fishing

While black marlin may top the wish list for most anglers, the Pacific blue marlin also provides outstanding action and is found in respectable numbers in Panama. Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
tuna fishing panama

tuna fishing panama

At certain times of the year, the tuna bite can be off the hook, providing a complement to billfish action as well as a fresh sushi dinner. Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
cubera snapper panama fishing

cubera snapper panama fishing

Bonus species: a cubera snapper Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
snook fishing panama

snook fishing panama

Bonus species: snook Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
bluefin trevally panama fishing

bluefin trevally panama fishing

Bonus species: African pompano Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
dorado panama fishing

dorado panama fishing

Bonus species: Dorado Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
roosterfish panama fishing

roosterfish panama fishing

Bonus species: roosterfish Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
african pompano panama fishing

african pompano panama fishing

Bonus species: Bluefin trevally Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
Panama mothership charter

Panama mothership charter

Typical example of a mothership fishing charter in Panama Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena
panama sunrise

panama sunrise

Panama's true ring of fire Photo by Tony PenaTony Pena