Fish or Watch Whales off Azuero West Coast

The Pacific Coast of Panama offers some great fishing, especially at the southern edge of the Azuero peninsula and in the remote Darien. At both places, the continental shelf is narrow and nutrient-rich water from the deep mixes with the warm surface water, providing food for Tuna, Marlin, Dorado, Wahoo and many other species of game fish.

January to April are the best months for fishing. Yellowfin Tuna are the main attraction for fishermen. They arrive in the area around January, first mostly the smaller ones (20-30 kg), but as the season progresses, more and more large individuals, some weighing more than 100 kg, are present. Wahoo, Dorado and Sailfish are also common during this period. Closer in shore, you can catch Amber Jack, Sierra and numerous other fish.

However, I am more of a nature lover and bird watcher than a fisherman and on both occasions I was caught in a variation of the old fishermans dilemma. Not so much: fish or cut bait, but rather: fish or watch whales or watch birds or try to photograph dolphins… I tried to do it all, which probably explains why I only caught a nice Amber Jack and some Sierras.

But if you are serious about it, fishing here is great and I can recommend Jerry Higdon, our local captain and fishing guide.

About kees

For a couple of years we blogged on blogspot ( about the start-up of our new life and business in Panama. We completed the start-up phase when we received our permanent resident status in Panama in April 2011. So it is time to start a new blog. We want to share with you more information and news about the Western Azuero, and particularly Mariato District, where we live and work. The Western Azuero is an as yet relatively unknown part of Panama. Even the Panamanians and foreign residents in Panama know little about this area. Because it is so unknown, few come to visit. A situation we are trying to change!
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