When is the best time to fish?

It depends on what you want to catch, what your schedule is and your budget. Use the table below to see what is biting when


Species Size Range Jan. Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec.
Black Marlin 200-1000                   Lodge Closed  
Blue Marlin 200-1000                   Lodge Closed  
Striped Marlin 100-250                   Lodge Closed  
Pacific Sailfish 80-150                   Lodge Closed  
Yellowfin Tuna 10-250                   Lodge Closed  
Dorado 10-70                   Lodge Closed  
Roosterfish 10-100                   Lodge Closed  
Cubera Snapper 20-70                   Lodge Closed  
Amberjack 20-100                   Lodge Closed  
Wahoo 20-80                   Lodge Closed  
Tarpon 40-100                   Lodge Closed  
Grouper 20-80                   Lodge Closed  
Rainbow Runner 3-20                   Lodge Closed  

**The species chart and monthly breakdown is a general guideline. Several factors such as water temperature, wind and current can cause normal fishing patterns to fluctuate which can affect the migratory path of ocean gamefish. Fishing conditions are always changing. This guide provides broad generalizations and can not accurately predict how the fishing conditions will be when you arrive at the Lodge.


DECEMBER is a great all-around month for most species. Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna (100 to 250 pounds), and Dorado (50 to 60-pound range) are biting. Inshore fishing for big Roosterfish and Cubera Snappers can also be targeted on occasion.

JANUARY is one of the most popular months for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna (100 to 250 pounds), big Sailfish (over 100 pounds), and big Dorado (50 to 60-pound range). It can get bumpy at this time as the north trade wind brings cooler water and tailing marlin with a great shot at getting a grand slam.

FEBRUARY is very similar to January. Blue Marlin and Sailfish are being released offshore with the occasional Stripped Marlin. The Black Marlin are on the Zane Grey Reef and shallower waters around the Lodge. February is one of the best months for Grand Slams.

Yellowfin tunaMARCH is our transition Month and the Billfishing can be hot or not. It is one of the top months for big Yellowfin Tuna, and great inshore fishing for big Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper and Grouper as the colder water makes its way inshore. Bait fish are hatching in the shallows bringing the Grouper and Snapper to feed inshore. This time of year brings the famed Snapper boils and great Broom tail grouper fishing.

APRIL the inshore bite is excellent and record-sized Roosterfish are biting along with Cubera Snappers, Grouper, possibly even Tarpon and a host of other inshore game fish. Groups of school-sized Yellowfin Tuna (20 to 60 pounds) invade the coastal waters surrounding Piñas Bay. Billfishing is sporadic and the seas are typically flat and calm. Most boast are concentrating inshore during this period.

MAY Tropic Star Lodge hosts an annual Roosterfish tournament. The numbers of Roosterfish at this time of year is great and anglers are also hooking up to Cubera Snapper, Bluefin Trevally and Grouper in the shallows. The Sailfish are also starting to come through and anglers are seeing them just a few miles offshore. The seas are typically flat and calm.

JUNE The Sailfish season is in full swing with multiple bites per day including double and triple hookups. Black Marlin and Blue Marlin are also hooked at this time. Inshore can be a bonanza. June and July are some of the best months for big Roosterfish, some over 70 pounds. One of the cooler months due to overcast conditions and occasional showers, mostly onshore. Very calm seas.

JULY: is one of the best months for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Sailfish, and Dorado. Grand Slams are common. Inshore fishing can be very productive for big Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper. Due to occasional onshore showers, this month is cooler than Panama’s summer months of January and February. Very calm seas.

AUGUST: is an incredible time for big Blue Marlin and Sailfish, with some Black Marlin being hooked closer in shore. Very good month for a Grand Slam. They Yellow fin tuna will also be feeding in frenzies and those giant 50lb. Dorado are coming through. Inshore fishing for Roosterfish and Cubera Snapper can be very good. Occasional showers, mostly onshore and calm seas. Overcast days and a few offshore showers help to keep the temperatures comfortable.

SEPTEMBER: can be excellent for Black Marlin, Blue Marlin and Sailfish. The Offshore bite for large Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado is excellent. Inshore fishing is normally very productive and the Wahoo bite should be at its best. The weather is similar to August with more daily showers.

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