Panama sport fishing is among the best sport fishing in the world. We have some of the best boats, and crew that not only know fishing, but also how to provide top quality customer service !
Whether you are a seasoned expert at sport fishing, an inshore or inland angler who would like to experience the bigger game fish, or a newcomer who would like guidance, our captains and crew will put you on top of the fish. Whether you want to chase the big Billfish and Tuna, or to fish inshore waters we have just what you need.
Panama has an abundance of large fish : Black marlin, Blue marlin, Striped marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Yellowfin tuna, Wahoo, Dorado (Mahi), Cubera Snapper, Grouper, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, Bluefin Trevally, African Pompano, Amberjack … and many more fabulous gamefish.
Louis Sr. Schmidt, “Pop”, moved his family from Maryland to Panama in 1923 when he began work for the Panama Canal Co. Fishing was the family’s obsession so he purchased his first boat here in 1927 and began exploring the rich fishing grounds of Panama. He and his three sons discovered the Piñas Reef, which he called the “Marlin Supermarket”.
They were visited by the famous adventure novelist Zane Grey (Riders of the Purple Sage) in 1937 while on his way to Tahiti. Zane Grey was also a fanatical big game fisherman and fished with “Pop” at the Piñas Bay Reef. He was impressed and vowed to return for an extended trip on the new boat that Louis S. Schmidt was designing. Construction of this boat began in 1939, the year that Zane Grey died. The reef is known these days as the “Zane Grey Reef”.
The Schmidt invented many new techniques for catching the large Billfish species they found (Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish) such as trolling whole Bonito as bait, and the family were visited by many high profile fishermen, dignitaries and celebrities who wanted to fish with them. The Schmidt brothers were the first to officially catch a Marlin of over 1,000 lbs weight (a grander).
Louis Sr. Schmidt’s and two of his sons, Louis Jr. and Theodore, were honored by the IGFA (International Game Fishing Association) by induction into their “Hall of Fame’ in 2014.