Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get there?

Book flight to Tocuman International Panama City. We receive you as you disembark, then guide you to our waiting private airplane.

If you choose overnight in Panama City, our chauffeur will meet you in the private airport lounge, bring you to your hotel, show you around town that night, then he will pick you up the next day for your flight to Isla Coiba.

How long is the run to fish marlin & big tuna?

24 miles to the Hannibal Bank - One hour & fifteen minutes
30 miles to Isla Montousa - One hour & forty minutes
30 miles to Isla Jicaron - One hour & forty minutes

How many guests?

We prefer to cater only one party each week. Four is ideal fishing two anglers per boat, or everyone on the 31’. We take up to six guests, fishing four on the 31 and two on the 22.

How much weight will the plane carry?

Piper Seneca: 5 passenger seating, 1,000 pounds of passengers & baggage
Bonanza : 3 passenger seating
Islander: 8 passenger seating

What if we want to arrive overland & by boat?

Our driver, Lionel will bring you on a four hour drive west, to Santiago Veraguas, where we have a few nice hotels. Next morning 40 minutes away, depending on the tides, depart on a three hour run to the cabins on Isla Coiba.

What’s the best time to fish marlin?

Early afternoon.

What’s the best season to fish?

Tough question. It’s good year-round.

High season is January, February, March & April. These months we usually sell every available week. Winter up north, balmy, beautifully blue and warm down here. The high season is when we fish the most, so it’s when most fish are caught. There are more tuna, sailfish and dorado around and it nearly never rains. Water is more often bluer. There are other boats out fishing on our spots.

I like June, July & August. Biggest black marlins of the year. The fish are huge. Seas and weather are just right. Rain stays over the islands, but comes in brief squalls and clears offshore, very nice conditions, fresh. Seas are normal, calm to four feet mostly. Normally nobody around but us. No outboard center console lodge boats zooming about, scaring the bait down. Everything is perfect and natural. We more often see the big marlins herding bait and feeding on the surface this time of year.

Summer months we are most likely to have the Hannibal Bank to ourselves. Less likely to be sharing the camp with other visitors and many wahoo move in and hole up close to shore. We catch wahoo in the morning close to camp, load up the tuna tubes with big bonitos from a spot near the wahoo, then run out to the Bank. Big Marlins. And now with the tuna seiner / long line ban two years in effect. Big Tunas!

September, October & November are the rainiest months and also the months most fished by the commercial snapper & grouper fleet. It rarely rains all day except on the islands. Offshore rain passes, it’s nice. Seas can get a bit choppy, but most days are nice enough. We catch marlins just like any other time of year. We can almost always pull some nice big cuberas and roosters at the end of the day in calm water near camp.

Inshore fishing gets more interesting in the fall, with pelagics swimming closer inshore. These are the best months for wahoo, when some sailfish, many yellowfin and good numbers of dorado and lots more big almaco jacks move into waters where islands come out of 300 foot depths and nearby rocks come up to 100’.

During the rainy season, the islands nearest camp are some of the best fishing anywhere. It’s nice to fish late, catch more big fish in an hour before dark, than you might have seen offshore all day. Then have a ten minute ride past islands, back to camp cocktails.

December is the month when rains subside the dry season begins and Blue Marlin are caught as regular as Blacks. Dorado are here in the greatest numbers and Sailfish are often most abundant. Sometimes tuna over 300 are on the Bank and you don’t know it until 15 minutes into the fight.

Any season you can be here, is a good time to be fishing here.

What are the seas like?

Calm most of the time. We are fishing around many islands. Coiba is immense, we can always catch fish out of the wind and weather if things should turn inclement.

How are the bugs?

Not bad. Almost never see a mosquito. No-see-ms can come around, but a couple mosquito coils under the bar and a can of OFF on the bar takes care of them.

Do we need vaccinations?

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) there are no vaccinations required for Panama.

How are the sleeping accommodations?

Beds are full size, comfortably made up and room gets dark & cold. Sleep two or three to a room. Private bathroom with cold water shower. It’s a place to sleep. Everyone claims to sleep very well.

Cabin is on a long white sand beach with coconut trees and hammock outside. a wide variety of unusual wildlife has become habituated to living right outside your door.

Can we spear fish?

No.

Can we take a cooler of fish home?

No.

Is Panama City safe & fun at night?

Yes.