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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Fishing in Gatun lake Panama
  • All-inclusive package
  • Peacock bass
  • Age: Everyone
  • Gateway: Gamboa Panama

The Peacock Bass is not a Panama autochthonous fresh water fish. It was introduced in the late 1950s. By 1964, the lakes and rivers present at the Panama Canal Watershed were overrun with the aggresive cichlids. Since then, The Peacock Bass or "Sargento" has become the dominant sport fish species in the area, providing sport fishing opportunities.

The Peacock Bass is very appreciated by sport firshermen due to its fighting qualities. Many travel agencies now arrange international fishing trips specifically to catch peacock bass.

The most common techniques for fishing Peacock Bass are similar to those for catching largemouth bass, with the notable exception that peacock bass usually will not strike artificial worms, a widely used lure among largemouth bass fisherman.

In addition, fly fishing techniques, including lures such as poppers and large streamers, are becoming increasingly popular for catching them.

Their eating quality is very good. Their flesh is white and sweet when cooked, and has very little oil, making it similar in taste to or snapper, or grouper. Also, they are not excessively bony.

The presence of peacock bass in Panama has caused significant damage to the native fish assemblage, by eliminating seven out of 11 previously common fish species, and significantly reducing three others. Few measures can protect native fish once peacock bass have been introduced. After initial increase in abundance, introduced peacock bass often deplete local prey and resort to cannibalism. Therefore, by fishing peacock bass actually protects local fish.


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ITINERARY

Hotel lobby pickup at 6:30 a.m. to take guest to Gamboa at the Chagres River confluence with the Panama Canal where designated fishing boat awaits. We will travel north along the Panama Canal in search of Gatun Lake best fishing spots.

Back to guest hotel around 1-1:30 p.m.

FREQUENT ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DOES IT INCLUDE ?
Transfer from and to Panama City hotel, fully loaded fishing boat with equipment and live bait, snacks and lunch (cold sandwich), cooler, ice, bottled water and beverages

WHO CAN GO ? Everyone that do enjoy fishing.

WHAT SHOULD YOU TAKE ALONG ? light clothing, hat and sun protection. spare clothing is also a good idea.

WHAT SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN ? valuables like jewels, cash, credit cards, etc.

PRICE

USD $ 375.00 per  1 person, $ 530.00 for 2 persons, and $ 70.00 for each additional person for up to 5 persons per boat.

SEASON

Fishing in Gatun Lake Panama peacock bass is a year-round activity