Fishing Information

Panama is an Indian word meaning “an abundance of fish”


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Piñas Bay, Panama truly lives up to this meaning. The abundance and variety of gamefish caught in the Pacific waters around the lodge includes black marlin, blue marlin, striped marlin, and sailfish.  All species of billfish can be caught “right outside our front door," making this a truly unique location. You have a good chance of catching large dorado, yellowfin tuna (some over 200 pounds), above average size roosterfish (many over 50 pounds), big Cubera snapper, amberjack, rainbow runner, wahoo, grouper and mackerel.  In recent years a few “Pacific” tarpon have also been caught.

Over 300 IGFA World Records have been broken in Piñas Bay, more than anywhere else in the world. Tropic Star Lodge currently holds over 50 world records. Most of the records at the Lodge were taken on light and ultra-light line, which is what Piñas Bay is recognized for throughout the World. The Lodge has also recorded over 50 IGFA Junior Angler World Records.


Scandia UpgradeINSHORE FISHING:is excellent from mid-March through August. Record-sized Roosterfish, Cubera Snappers and a host of other species are abundant along the coastline. It is not uncommon to catch more than 10 different species in a good day. Giant schools of mid-sized Yellowfin Tunas also show up during spring inshore season.

MARLIN: The Black Marlin and Blue Marlin season usually begins around June and runs through the following February. Peak Black Marlin season runs from December through February, and Blue Marlin are also present. The Black and Blue marlin during peak season average between 300 and 400 pounds. The larger Blue marlin, in the 500 to 600-pound range are usually landed from June through September.

SAILFISH: Sailfish are present year-round at Piñas Bay; however, peak fishing is from June through August. Double hookups are common during this time, and most of the Sailfish released average between 90 and 120 pounds.

GRAND SLAM: If you’re after a Grand Slam, December through mid-February and July through September is the best time. Your Grand Slam may include any three of the following species: Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and occasionally a Striped Marlin. A Super Slam is any four of the billfish species.

PollyannaFISHING AT TROPIC STAR LODGE®: At Tropic Star Lodge, most of the fishing is 6 to 20 miles offshore in fairly calm waters. The roughest seas (4 to 6 feet) normally occur from January through March and our fleet of Bertram 31’s are the perfect boats for fishing this area. Our crews are all local and have been fishing these waters for over 20 years.

BOATS: The Lodge has a fleet of 15 customized, fully rigged, 31-foot Bertram yachts, standard Bertarms have twin diesel Detroit engines.  The upgraded Bertram models have new, quieter engines and enclosed air-conditioned cabins. These boats are very efficient for the waters in Piñas Bay. Each boat has tuna tubes and live baitwell combos, downriggers, and outriggers. The Lodge also has a 45-foot Hatteras, the Pollyanna, which hosts up to six anglers. The enclosed, air-conditioned lounge provides a comfortable, quiet experience. Guests are charged by the number of anglers aboard the and the numbers of days fishing. Availability is limited.

CREWS: The guides are from the area and have been fishing these waters for over 20 years. They speak limited English. The captains and mates are all home grown in Panama and are trained in house at the Lodge. To become a captain, you first have to become a mate and work your way through the ranks. Mates go through a rigorous training program which takes around two years to complete. Working their way from the tackle shop where they learn rigging, knot tying, and maintenance of the rods and reels. After six months of land training, it’s time to hit the water. On the boat, they learn to rig baits, hook-up fish, and the art of running a deck. The Lodge takes great pride in our deck hands being some of the best in the business. After 8 -10 years, then a mate is eligible to be promoted to Captain. Many of our captains have been on the water for over 20 years and have a large following and the respect of many international anglers and captains alike.

FISHING TACKLE: We furnish all of your fishing tackle, Which include Shimano reels and Custom Rods by Dru rods /Shimano 30 & 50-pound class rods. They also have spinning rods and reels with 65 lb braid. Downriggers, braid, and Aftco fighting harnesses, rod belts, lures, teasers, leaders with circle hooks, some plugs and gaffs are also included.  The boats are stocked with a variety of poppers, jigs, and plugs; however, you can plan on bringing down some of your own secret weapons if you like.
Note:  If you wish to bring your own rods and reels, please let us know in advance as there is limited cargo space onboard the planes to Piñas Bay.

We dPopping plugs topwater and reelso not furnish any fly fishing equipment. The recommended fly rod to bring is a 13-14 Wt. for sailfish and dorado etc. You can use a 12 Wt., but a heavier rod will give you more backbone to lift a big fish to the surface. Any billfish fly should work; pink/white and blue/white are good colors.

CIRCLE HOOKS: Tropic Star Lodge® is one of the first fishing resorts to adapt the "circle hooks only" policy for rigging baits for bilfish. Our crews  have received international recognition for their innovative skills applied to the rigging of Panama strip baits on circle hooks for sailfish and live bait for marlin.

A TYPICAL FISHING DAY: Fishing days start early at 5:45 a.m. Hot coffee is delivered outside your door. Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. The boats leave the dock at 6:30 a.m. You’ll have a packed lunch aboard the boat. Lines are picked up at 3:00 p.m. Boats are back at the dock between 3:30 p.m and 4:30 p.m

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Tropic Star Operations 
18331 Pines Blvd.
Box 116
Pembroke Pines, FL 33029

Contact us by Phone:

US callers: 1-800-682-3424
International callers: 001-407-843-0125
Fax: 1-407-308-0092

Office Hours: 9 am to 5 pm EST (Monday thru Friday)

Panama City Office:

507-396-6414 or 507-396-6413

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