ABOUT FISHING WITH US
Our playground is in the Bocas del Toro archipelago, a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea in the northwest of Panama. The archipelago separates Almirante Bay and Chiriquí Lagoon from the open Caribbean Sea.
The natural fishery that we explore lies within this archipelago. It stretches from Boca del Drago in the north, through Almirante Bay and into Dolphin Bay and Chiriquí Lagoon.
The area offers incredible geographic variety, including sandy beaches, miles of mangroves reaching over deep water, shallow banks, reefs and islands big and small. The mountainous backdrop towards the west makes for stunning views.
Our approach to kayak fishing is to promote the enjoyment and challenge of the sport while taking care of the environment.
Small groups: We limit our groups to 4 anglers, ensuring an uncrowded fishing experience and personal attention from the crew.
Lures: We encourage anglers to use lures instead of live bait as we believe it challenges their skill and adds substance to the overall experience. Individual anglers are however welcome to use live bait provided they catch their own baitfish from the kayak (tackle and know-how will be provided, live wells are not provided).
Catch and release: We focus on the challenge to land a Tarpon on medium tackle. We advocate admiring the catch alongside the kayak instead of taking it out of the water, we relish the release of an unharmed specimen and revere the sportsmanship that goes with it.
We are proud to say that we do CPR fishing: Catch – Photograph – Release
Our main target species is Tarpon, although you just never know what you will hook next!
Bocas del Toro is known for its big Tarpon. They can be found in the bays and creek mouths within the calm waters of the archipelago, as well as the vicinity of the larger river mouths in the ocean. Fishing along the most northern shore is weather dependent.
A Tarpon hook-up on medium spinning gear, and the subsequent fight, is an exhilarating experience.
Other fish species vary with time of year and local weather. Commonly found inshore are Jacks, Snook, Grouper, Snapper and of course, the feisty Barracuda.
Our weather is fairly consistent and we don’t have four clearly identifiable seasons, since we are a mere 1 000km (just over 600 miles) from the equator.
However, there are two elements to take note of. The single biggest variant is rainfall, with the so-called wet season running from May to November. Our fishing season lies within the wet period and anglers should be prepared for some tropical rain. On many an occasion the soft downpours are very welcome. July seems to be the wettest month but that is outside our season.
Since we are in the tropics, the second element should be no surprise – relative humidity. It increases as the wet season starts and peaks in October. Ironically, October is one of the overall most pleasant months for kayak fishing in the Bocas del Toro archipelago.
Having the well protected archipelago around us, we have some options to consider on those less than favorable weather days.