Deep-Sea Fishing At Its Finest - Panama Sport Fishing Lodge

Sweat is starting to drip from my brow as my forearms send a streaking fire up my arm as I hold on tighter than I’ve ever held anything. The sun is high in the sky, gleaming bright, over the turquoise waters near Isla Coiba in the Gulf of Chiriqui. I’ve got a few hundred pounds of pure muscle on the other end of my line caught in the push and pull, trying not to be my dinner. I’ve been at this for what seems like forever, but my buddy says has only been 20 minutes.

For those of you that know this feeling, the thrill, of venturing out in the waters, hunting in a landscape inhospitable to man in hopes of catching that Hemingway sized marlin you understand me. The adrenaline gets pumping once you hear that line reel, a distinct zipping sound, signaling the fight is on. Blood starts pumping and the excitement of the catch enthralls the boat.

I had the pleasure of going out with John de la Cruz and the team at Panama Sport Fishing Lodge out of Boca Chica. The lodge was comfortable with all the amenities I’d need, but I didn’t spend much time there since the purpose here was to hit the water. Up at the crack of dawn, the dining staff had a few continental breakfast prepared and then shipped us out on our way. It was a smooth tranquil ride out to the fishing grounds.