10 hard-earned lessons about big-game kayak fishing on Panama’s Wild Coast

10 things to know about Panama’s awesome kayak fishing

Experience is the best teacher, but these tips will get you up to speed

Caught on Panama’s Wild Coast, from Jan 4-8, 2020: (clockwise from top left) yellowfin tuna, roosterfish, jack crevalle, almaco jack, bluefin trevally, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, roosterfish

I just got back from one of the great fishing experiences of my life: five days of kayak angling for bucket list fish, on the Wild Coast of Panama. If you have a taste for angling adventure, the Wild Coast is a must-do. My week included sun, surf and seriously rough-and-tumble fishing for tough saltwater species, including two inshore marine giants: roosterfish and cubera snappers.

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This was my second visit to the remote, off-grid Panama Kayak Adventure lodge. In December 2018, I had an eye-opening trip where I discovered the thrill and challenge of this kind of fishing. (For full details on the Wild Coast’s exotic species, beautiful setting and exciting fishing, check out my previous report at www.outdoorcanada.ca/PanamaKayakAdventure.)

As I wrote about my earlier visit, this kind of fishing is absolutely gruelling, and the learning curve is steep. It took me several days to find my groove, which is why I wanted to go back. Turns out, experience makes a huge difference. Second time around, I caught twice as many fish, including two trophies, either of which would be the fish of a lifetime. In fact, my whole group of six did awesome. Incredibly, all the fish shots in this story were taken during my most-recent trip, from January 4 to 8, 2020.

In this new report, I’ll share practical information I’ve learned about this demanding, but immensely rewarding fishing—along with some awesome fish porn, of course. So when you go, you’ll already be at the top of your game.

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