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 October-February
  • 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 Marina.