Panama (and Pedasi) is rated as one of the top deep sea fishing destinations in the world and for very good reason too. There are few countries on the planet that can boast such huge biodiversity and an impressive selection of sporting fish to target. It’s a mecca for globetrotting anglers and provides some truly world class fishing for even the most well-travelled, experienced anglers out there.
Pedasi itself has one hell of a reputation as a deep sea fishing hotspot and is now firmly established on the travelling anglers’ map. The town lies at the South-Eastern tip of the Azuero Peninsula in an area that has been affectionately named the ‘Tuna Coast’. Its location is ideally situated to fish on both sides of the peninsula with a huge fishing area available, inshore and offshore. This is one of the most diverse fisheries in the Eastern Pacific.
Pedasi is also located in Panamas ‘Dry Arc’, meaning it has the lowest annual rainfall in the whole country. The seasons are roughly spilt in two with a high summer season from January to April which can be hot and windy, limiting fishing possibilities. From April onwards is the green season when we get our rainfall, much more tranquil conditions and the best of the fishing.
The rich waters of the Azuero Peninsula are a veritable angler’s paradise where a multitude of opportunities and possibilities await. The inshore fishing can be nothing short of spectacular and there is some wonderful ground to fish that is home to Roosterfish, Cubera Snappers, Amberjack, Corvinas, Groupers and many different types of Jacks and Snapper.
The biodiversity here is astounding and you never quite know what you will catch next. We even see schools of Tarpon from time to time. They have established themselves after migrating through the Panama Canal from the Caribbean side and are doing very well. Then there’s also the huge Pacific Snook that top out at around 50 lbs, Bonefish and the occasional Permit! This really is a very special and unique fishery.
Offshore, there is the possibility of finding Yellowfin and Big Eye Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Sailfish and Black Marlin. As a rule, these fish come much closer to shore in the green season (May to Nov) and on occasions, have been caught within a couple of miles of Pedasi’s beaches.
Last season a Sailfish of 150 lb + was caught in a kayak less than half a mile off the beach which was exceptional. Generally speaking, you need to push out around 8 miles and further when looking for the pelagics.
There are a good number of islands, many huge reef systems, pinnacles, plateaus, wrecks, estuaries, mangrove systems and mile upon mile of feature-rich shoreline to target. In the Pedasi area you are spoilt for choice with plenty of different areas to try on any given day. There is never a dull moment.
We use many different techniques when fishing the Tuna Coast. On any given day it may be worth trying jigging, popping, casting lures and stickbaits, trolling deep divers or skirted rubber lures and fishing with livebait or deadbait – either trolled, on the drift or at anchor.
For those of you that like to be busy on the water then ‘Jigging and Popping’ will be very appealing and Pedasi is a great place to do this. The fish are responsive to these modern methods. It’s active, it’s exciting, it’s visual, it’s fast-paced, it’s sporting and ultimately, it’s very effective. There’s little in angling to beat the thrill of watching a big Roosterfish, Cubera or Tuna chasing down your popper or feeling that ‘thump’ as a big fish smashes your jig deep below.
When fishing offshore, trolling lures is a nice relaxing technique and a great way to cover the water seeking out pelagic fish. It can also be a welcome break for tired arms after a busy morning of casting and jigging. However, if there are birds working or visible signs of bait being hit by fish then ‘run and gun’ tactics come in to play. Throwing a popper into a frothing school of Tuna is very exciting and almost a guaranteed hook-up!
Whether you’re in a boat, kayak or casting from the shore here in Pedasi, you can fish with confidence knowing that your next bite could be that fish of a lifetime!
If you find yourself in Pedasi and want to experience the fabulous deep sea fishing then do get in touch with me at FISH PEDASi. We are a professional sportfishing operation and offer boat and kayak fishing charters in the area. We provide everything you need and can put you on the fish giving you a good taste of all that the waters of the Azuero Peninsula have to offer.
Best wishes from Pedasi…….Sam Wadman @ FISH PEDASi
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