Snapper

Peacock Bass is the common name for a group of closely related species of tropical, freshwater fish.

Since the late 1980’s, an ever-increasing number of avid anglers have traveled to South America to target peacock bass and other aggressive, predatory gamefish. Drawing an explosive strike from a peacock bass should prove to be one of the most exciting and challenging experiences you’ll ever encounter as an angler.

Peacock Bass were first introduced into Panama from a fresh water creek in the Rio Chagres drainage region unintentionally in the late 1950s. A well known aquarist and medical doctor began raising peacock bass to sale as aquarium fish, and within a year, heavy rains flooded the pond causing runoff which drained into Gatun Lake. By 1964, the lake and nearby rivers and creeks were overrun with Peacock Bass, providing sport fishing opportunities that hadn't existed previously. Since then, the fish has become the dominant sport fish species in the area.

 

 

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Best Time to Catch Them
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Fishing Equipment Used
  • Baitcasting reels
  • Rod between 6'2" and 6'6" in length and medium/heavy to heavy action spooled with braided or monofilament line.
  • Topwater Lures, Walking Baits, Propeller Ripping Baits, Top Water Poppers, Jerkbaits, Rattle Traps, Various Spoons, Jigs
 

 

 

Snapper Fishing Testimonials

Dave, Thanks for setting up a great trip to Pedasi. The fishing was awesome. One day we caught 36 yellow fin and were back at the dock by lunchtime. We also caught dorado, pompano, jacks, and grouper. Of course, the big one got away. Something smashed a Crystal Minnow Bob was trolling inshore, but destroyed the swivel on his 60 # wire leader and escaped with the lure. Next time we’ll get him. We had a great time landing tuna on Jose’s flyrods, and pulling in a couple on Avadel’s handline too. Our 40# gear was about right for most of these tuna. We caught tuna every day, enjoyed sashimi at the hotel, and brought back many pounds of fillets. Please extend Bob’s and my thanks to Jose for his hospitality, which went beyond what we expected. All trip arrangements worked like clockwork. We were met at the airport on time. The El Panama was gracious and clean, and we were met on time the next day for the drive to Pedasi. Jose and Mara took us to the carnival at Las Tablas—an added bonus. The Villa Marina was comfortable, beautifully sited, and the service was gracious. The weather was beautiful, and Panama’s tuna coast is well named. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get out of the cold for a few days, bask in the warm Azuro sun, and bring back a boatload of fish.

Thanks again.

Jim Thompson

Dave, Thanks for setting up a great trip to Pedasi. The fishing was awesome. One day we caught 36 yellow fin and were back at the dock by lunchtime. We also caught dorado, pompano, jacks, and grouper. Of course, the big one got away. Something smashed a Crystal Minnow Bob was trolling inshore, but destroyed the swivel on his 60 # wire leader and escaped with the lure. Next time we’ll get him. We had a great time landing tuna on Jose’s flyrods, and pulling in a couple on Avadel’s handline too. Our 40# gear was about right for most of these tuna. We caught tuna every day, enjoyed sashimi at the hotel, and brought back many pounds of fillets. Please extend Bob’s and my thanks to Jose for his hospitality, which went beyond what we expected. All trip arrangements worked like clockwork. We were met at the airport on time. The El Panama was gracious and clean, and we were met on time the next day for the drive to Pedasi. Jose and Mara took us to the carnival at Las Tablas—an added bonus. The Villa Marina was comfortable, beautifully sited, and the service was gracious. The weather was beautiful, and Panama’s tuna coast is well named. I would recommend this trip to anyone who wants to get out of the cold for a few days, bask in the warm Azuro sun, and bring back a boatload of fish.

Thanks again.

Jim Thompson
 
 
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