|Bahia Pina is the location of World
Famous Tropic Star Lodge and Zane Grey Reef. As arguably
the premier Big Game Fishing destination in the world,
more world records have been broken in Bahia Piņa than
anywhere else on Earth. There is great billfishing year
round as well as excellent fishing for an assortment of
other fish like Giant Yellowfin Tuna, Big Dolphin, Pacific
Sailfish, Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Grouper and Wahoo.
While the fishing is very good year round, here's a
guidline as to what to expect month to month:
- Black Marlin End of November-February is the
peak time although they are caught year round
- Blue Marlin Very good all year, mostly
offshore. March, April and May are the slower months.
- Pacific Sailfish Good all year, very
good in April, May and June
- Yellowfin Tuna Sporadic but usually
decent all year and very good December- March.
- Dolphin Good all year, very good
- Wahoo Best August -December. They are
around in other months, but we don't target them.
- Snapper The Cuberas are here all year,
you just have to find them.
- Grouper Like the snappers, year round,
but in shallower water in February and March.
- Roosters Pretty darn good all year
except for February, March and April.
These trips are typically 3 days in length and have a
maximum of 5 anglers. We leave the dock before sunrise and run
about 90-100 miles to the elbow (prominent drop and curve
in the continental shelf). This is typically a very
productive area for the gamefish we are after (Blue and
Black Marlin, Sailfish, Big Yellowfin and Dorado). Usually
we are trolling and covering ground unless we find a lot
of bait or something good to fish around, then we may
deploy live baits. We spend the night anchored up in Bahia
Pina. There is BBQ, music, movies and fish stories as well as
light tackle action for Corvina and Snook if you like.
The following morning, we are the first ones catching bait
to deploy for Black Marlin on the famed Zane Grey Reef.
Playing it by ear based on what happens and the
conditions, we either hang around close to the Reef, if
its productive and promising, or travel back offshore to
the shelf and other spots depending on the conditions.
We spend another night anchored in Bahia Pina before
attacking the reef once again at first light. The rest of
the morning is spent fishing, before heading toward Panama
City in the afternoon. by evening, we are at Flamenco