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Pesca Panama
3699 Lower River Road
Youngstown, NY 14174
Ph: 844-264-2246
(844-COIBA-GO)
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Fishing Report - 03/04/17
We host groups from a few to 16 anglers weekly, but Doc Tom Dalsaso and I worked together for a year to arrange a school of 18 anglers and 15 crew that filled the nooks and crannies of the venerable Barge in a wonderful way this week.  Most were very capable Colorado men,...
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Fishing Report - 01/28/17
This week was a blast!  Master angler Kit McNear returned after many seasons away (his first trip to the Coiba region was in '85 and he visited several times after) and brought with him lively Larry McCormick so they could fish with several of Pesca's captains while sampling in and off shore...
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Fishing Report - 01/20/17
The boats would arrive back to the Barge with daily stories. 
Casey took a 450lb black marlin in 35 minutes, Jason a 450 that wouldn't quit, took hours, then his dad John took a 300lb in an hour.  10 sails were hooked and released.  Inshore action provided our normal 20+ species...
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Fishing Report - 06/21/16
This past week was the final week of our 2015-2016 season, but for the life of me I do not know why. The offshore fishing right now is as good as it gets, and for the handful of anglers that joined me on this last fishing trip, it will be remembered for a long time, possibly forever!
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Fishing Report - 06/15/16
I co-own an amazing fishing lodge.  It’s a complicated endeavor.  You all know the old saying “a boat is simply a hole in the water to throw money into”.  Well, we have a fleet.  Arranging trips, fixing motors, pumps, rods/reels, buying gear and food, flying all over the place, I can get a little sidetracked from why we really do this...
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Fishing Report - 05/13/16
On Monday morning we awoke in Paridas to calm seas and slightly overcast skies. After an early breakfast, we were all eager to go out to Hannibal Bank in search of tuna. And our hopes of a tuna bounty were about to come true. It was a spectacular day on the bank and everyone caught their fill of big tuna...
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Fishing Report - 05/06/16
In short order we were off running down the Chiriqui River toward the Pacific Ocean, and whatever adventure would find us.  We caught up with our mothership Hannibal, anchored in a set of protected islands, stowed gear, had lunch and got ready for a week of fishing.  In the morning we were joined by veteran Pesca...
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Fishing Report - 04/29/16
Man what an interesting group! Several of the ladies were not avid anglers, but every one was high spirited and open-eyed to trying new experiences.  Rick F has been around, one of his hobbies being creating world class largemouth bass ponds.  Rick O has 50 years of flyfishing experience...
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Fishing Report - 04/20/16
Monday we got into the first good feeds where tuna were inhaling ANYTHING that hit the water.  All said, it almost seemed simple, tie a lure on, throw, hang on, REALLY hang on 'cause you knew your lure was about to get crushed.  Those of you who have done this same thing...
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Fishing Report - 03/20/16
Many of you have written asking where the fishing reports have been.  The answer is where I've been - I left immediately after our guys fished 2 weeks ago, and headed into the Panama mountains with my visiting daughter, shut off all phones, hiked, rode quads 90 miles, scuba dived, and actually vacationed...
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Fishing Report - 03/06/16
I'm going to begin before I finish by saying "thanks" to the boys in what we call the "Keenen Group" for returning for the 7th year and already signing up for next.  GREAT group, to a man.  All men who began or ended up on the west coast, many are watermen, lifelong surfers, Hawaii guys, sharp, hard working, business men...
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Fishing Report - 02/24/16
We’ve been fishing hard since November, four months already flying by, now heading toward the meat of our tuna season (see how I did that!).  Amongst the myriad of changes we’ve made as we continue to tweak and tighten the Pesca operation, is to put more and more effort into the Panama end and adding some new blood....
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Fishing Report - 01/18/16
We started the trip with a fresh caught meal of lobster, settled into each boat, shook out the travel cobwebs with a few cierra, houndfish, and snappers on light tackle, and got ready to chase bigger fish on Monday morning.  El Nino continues to offer placid seas and species trickery.  We found scattered pods of large yellowfin tuna...
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Fishing Report - 01/08/16
One of the most overused and abused descriptive adjectives associated with fishing and all athletic activities is EPIC.  Every single week I have fished here in the offshore Pacific islands of Panama have been different over the past 16 seasons.  The variety of catchable species is what sets this region apart...
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Fishing Report - 12/22/15
Heckuva week - fish where we’ve never found them before, double/double family hookups, tons of inshore fish, an ocean as calm as an inland lake at first light.  El Nino is for real and is fun to try to figure out. January fishing ahead, peak sails to follow in February. Come join us...
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Fishing Report - 12/12/15
Ocean waters are very clear so far this year, with less rain than normal, thus less wood and grass, trees, and so on washing out of flooded rivers, so mahi are moving through rather than setting up shop under surface cover.  We looked for and found them when traveling between various island chains...
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Fishing Report - 12/1/15
We tried a new group of islands and were rewarded with finding a school of tarpon mixed with big snook, jacks, and bull sharks feeding tight to shore in the surf.  We found expansive pods of rarely seen large milkfish.  Adventuring up a large tidal river one morning in my panga, I found the biggest school of snook I've seen in 15 years in the Pacific islands...
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Fishing Report - 11/17/15
I’ve fished Pacific Panama in all months, have always loved November and December.  Weather is cool and comfortable, pelagics can be plentiful, and we saw one private sportfisher in 6 days, no other boats but us, loved it!  We found yellowfin, milkfish, sails, and just arriving mahi, big mahi
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Fishing Report - 06/14/15
This week’s group of anglers were diverse and interesting.  Doc Merletti brought former Niagara River lead guide Jeff Tedesco along to sample a Panama mixed bag.  Owner of Central America Fishing, Chris Atkins came to see if Pesca was as good as advertised bringing along his dad Tom.  Female anglers
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Fishing Report - 05/17/15
There were the high and low notes that fighting Panama’s big fish supply, but it was a heck of a week as usual.  One day John and Tom hooked five tuna to 100lbs.  Capt Jose’s guys took five more to 80lbs, plus two good mahi, and Capt Nava’s boat added more yellowfin, with Jeff Warner’s 150lber top fish...
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Fishing Report - 05/10/15
My good friend of many years and waters, Brad Oakes, helped pack five stout Kansans into Jeff Green’s Citation jet and get them here after dancing around some storms and darting into Costa Rica for extra fuel, all except Brad being first time visitors to the prolific waters of Panama.
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Fishing Report - 05/03/15
Couples of rain and flat seas welcomed this week's anglers fishing with Pesca Panama. With excited anticipation we departed on another week adventure to Coiba. Returning from England; Michael Northcott his wife Tracey Lorraine Northcott, Mark Nightingale and his wife Anne Lorraine Nightingale....
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Fishing Report - 04/26/15
Our custom Jambo throw and reel lures were magic, as they have been all year (we will be selling these in our upcoming online store this year along with hats, cool shirts, sunmasks, custom cigars, sunglasses, and more).  The guys had a great selection of custom poppers with them and initially caught...
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Fishing Report - 04/19/15
I have often heard said that Pesca Panama is the best overall sportfishing operation in the world, and we constantly strive to maintain this reputation.  Fishing this year has been a little different than the last few years, as is often the case as fish migrations ebb and flow though decade long patterns.
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Fishing Report - 04/11/15
We had a full blood moon this week which had the tuna feeding at night, but there are so many choices of species and methods here at Pesca that we all kept busy trying different things. We ate well, drank a little, shared story after story, were spoiled by the attentive two Marys and our wonderful chef.
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Fishing Report - 04/05/15
It was another great week here at Pesca Panama. The first day we moved to Boca Chica because the mouth of Boca Brava was experiencing giant waves. We fished a few hours and hooked 36 jack crevasse, a couple sierra mackarel's and also a nice roosterfish.
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Fishing Report - 03/28/15
Coiba was rewarding anglers all week for their efforts - casting large poppers and jigging for reef dwelling beasts in this part of the world is an arduous game, but it offers a variety of gamefish not easily accessed elsewhere without undo travel.
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Fishing Report - 03/20/15
Every week one of our capt/mate teams has the HOT hand.  Two weeks ago Nava, last week Tommy, this week Jose had the rhythm.  On his boat Michael Newberry hooked a 40lb rooster and Bill Boteler took a 30lb amberjack.  The action was, of course, spread amongst the boats.
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Fishing Report - 03/13/15
I’ve been working with our young mothership captain, Jaime Bernal, for a while now.  He was expertly trained in ship steerage, handling, anchoring, and docking by Jay Gustin, and does a safe and excellent job.  This report is 90% Jaime’s creation.
He’s coming along!
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Fishing Report - 03/07/15
The fishing got off to a good start the first day with our anglers catching and releasing a number of trevally and roosterfish.  This week there was a lot of wind coming out of the North, as is common in the dry season here in Panama, but it was more forceful than usual and made for a challenging week of fishing.
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Fishing Report - 02/27/15
I'm chugging up the beautiful old Chiriqui River, calm water, clear sky, 11,000' Mount Volcan ahead and reflecting on what a wonderful week it was here at Pesca Panama. With us this week were many returning anglers. The weather was perfect, not too hot with endless blue skies and calm seas.
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Fishing Report - 02/22/15
Pesca Panama greeted many returning anglers this week. Our old friend Captain Steve Camara brought a large group of anglers. The water color this week was good with a deep blue shade and plenty of bait swimming everywhere.
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Fishing Report - 02/01/15
Winds were up this week, the moon was full, and big tides were ripping, so the team decided to anchor in two groups of islands nearer the mainland and make daily forays to the various offshore banks.  Pesca Panama has a fleet of boats that work as a group locating active fish over a widespread area which gives us a distinct advantage over other outfits.
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Fishing Report - 01/25/15
Many of this weeks guests had visited us before, several were first timers, but all were able to experience the magic of Coiba in their own way.  Some fished till they dropped.  Others swam the pristine beaches, photographed the old prison, or just occasionally vacationed on the Barge, reading and relaxing.
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Fishing Report - 01/18/15
We began this week's adventure anchoring in a nearshore group of islands and had a great first half-day of fishing, reporting 20 fish caught. This week we had six anglers from Denmark and three from the USA. Miss Mette Hviid went to fish with Captain Tito and caught a 40lb cubera snapper using a popper.
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Fishing Report - 01/11/15
After fishing and exploring the fascinating Coiba chain of Panama islands for over 15 years, you would think the Pesca Panama family would have seen about everything possible here.  But when a wonderful group of Pennsylvanian anglers proceeded to catch 37 species in five days we were all shaking our heads in amazement!
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