Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge

Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge

Av. De Las Arenas Calle Principal Camino Hacia Limones, Puerto Armuelles 0406 Panama
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Av. De Las Arenas Calle Principal Camino Hacia Limones, Puerto Armuelles 0406 Panama
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joey1656 wrote a review Apr 2012
Lafayette, Louisiana
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
My wife and I traveled to hooked on panama lodge with a few other friends. From pickup at airport till we said goodbye we were treated wonderfully. After a nice scenic drive from the airport at david, we were welcomed with smiles and ice cold cocktails! The property consists of a main lodge/restaurant/bar, pool, and separate cabanas. After getting settled in the cabanas, we hit the pool for afternoon of sun and cold drinks.

We had booked a fishing package so the rest of our trip went like this.....wake up at the crack of dawn to a wonderful breakfast, then off to the boat! Lunches and cold cervezas/water packed for the day with Capt Oliver and mate Raffa. A great time was had on the boats every day, catching everything from sailfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, cubera snapper, rock snapper, and roosterfish. We released the billfish, and took the meatfish back to the lodge for dinner.

Food at the lodge was definately a treat. We are from south louisiana and have fresh seafood all the time, so we usually don't take vacations expecting a lot. We were really surprised here! Excellent job with the fish, as well as the desserts.

We had so much fun on this trip, we are headed back with a group of 12 next time. can't wait!
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Date of stay: June 2011
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Road147265 wrote a review May 2016
5.0 of 5 bubbles
WILD PANAMA - A FISHING TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Beginners need not apply. If you are a die hard fisherman and willing to fish from 7am till 6pm, then this is the adventure of a lifetime.

I had contacted Mike Augut who is a professional fisherman to arrange the trip to Pesca Panama.

Ted Merletti, one of the other owners and Ted Levine, myself, were partners on the recent trip to Pesca Panama. So as not to get confused I'll call him T1 and myself T2. We were known a the T-Squared team.

The adventure begins with the arrival at Panama Airport late in the afternoon and being picked up by Xiomara Travel agent who was waiting outside of customs with a sign saying "Pesca Panama".

With a 25 minute ride I was at the Sheraton Hotel and got checked in and got ready for pickup the next morning. We have to depart from Panama City to the City of David but the flight leaves early in the morning. So next morning got picked up by the same Xiomara Travel agent and driven to Marcos A. Gelbert local airport.

The flight flies over some of the wildest jungle to the northwest coast of Panama to the city of David. We were greeted by another Xiomara Travel agent who herded our group, which now consisted of Ted 1, myself Ted 2, and four others. Two of which were from Texas and two were from Hawaii. I guess the fishing is more wild and exciting then Hawaii?

Then driven by van to the dock where our 27' Ocean Master open fisherman boats, captains, mates loaded all our gear and luggage. Jose was the captain and Chi Chi was the mate. Two fishermen to a boat, all donned life jackets, I have no idea why as the Chiriquí river was flat calm?

Then zoomed up river to our floating hotel, yes this is a fantastic accomodation with real beds, pillows, sheets and blankets. May I add flush toilets, hot shower and a sink with running water. Air conditioned enough to freeze you at night. Full bar with a fantastic female bar tender Mary who not only served drinks but also handled the meals. Full breakfast every monring, box lunch (hand made by the mate Chi Chi, while on the high seas) and a beautiful dinner prepared by a fantasic female chef. If you like to eat fish you will have the freshest available tuna, snapper and grouper. Tuna Sashami with wasabi and soy sauce fresh caught that day is just the norm!

The main reason for this floating hotel is to bring the house boat closer to the fishing grounds. So if you are going to stay at a land based lodge the boat ride to the actual fishing areas is quite a ride especially on a rough day.

So if you are at a land based lodge the boat ride can be 2 1/2 hours one way. But with the floating houseboat which they move closer to the fishing grounds every day you have more fishing time instead of boat riding time. The ride time is less than one hour.
That's why we have more opportunities to catch fish.

Enough about the accommodations. We were off and running at 7am sharp after a hot breakfast. First stop was for bait. Now you say they should have bait already prepared but not the case at Pesca Panama as they target multiple types of bait, bonitos, small snappers, jacks, hard tails, look downs (moonfish), torpedoes, sardines, no google eyes or pin fish which seem not to be there.
All fresh and lively went into the live well. A lot of fun catching on jigs and sabeki rigs. One morning I dropped the multiple sabeki rig and started catching mangrove snappers 2 pounds or more. Got broke off several times but many times multiple baits came up in the rig. If you love to catch snappers on a jig you could have done it all day.

We headed out to the world famous Hannibal Bank where the yellow fin tuna are usually congregating in 200' - 250'. Spotted porpoises and birds diving which signals that the tuna are just under the porpoises. Chi Chi dropped a hard tale bridled thru the eyes with 20lb mono on a 6/0 circle hook. He handed the spinning rod/reel loaded with 60lb braid and I was attached to a freight train heading for Miami. I could barely hold the rod out of the water and Chi Chi was holding my belt so as to not go overboard. After 20 minutes I gave the spin outfit to Ted 1 and he proceeded to whip the Yellow Fin into submission. Just a 100lb average Yellow Fin for Hannibal Bank.
On the next fish I called for the big gun outfit a "50 Wide" loaded with 80lb mono plus a buttock-belt-harness. This is for me I screamed as Chi Chi again held onto me so as not to go overboard. It only took 20 minutes to land the 150lb-160lb Yellow Fin!

I had enough excitement for the day and we headed for the floating hotel which had moved closer to the fishing grounds, it only took us less than an hour to return to the floating lodge.
After a quick shower and change of clothes Mary had pistachios and sembi crackers along a nice Pina Colada to relax until dinner.
Dinner was tuna steaks fresh caught along with potatoes and salad. Ice cream sundae for desert. A cigar and cognac to finish the evening.

Next day we went looking for the highly sought after Cubera Snapper. This is a legend in Panama and not to be trifled with as they have dog teeth that are long and sharp.

T1 was using the popper plugs on the surface and the action created by seeing a huge Cubera hit the plug on the surface gets the adrenaline going. Ted 1 got the fish in and the captain de-hooked the plug and let the big fish go.

My turn I said and just when you least expect it I got a hit that acted like a Cubera and when I finally got it to the boat we saw it was the most famous fish in Panama. The Rooster Fish and it was the biggest one of the year topping 75lb to 80lb. After a couple of photos it was released to fight another day.

Skip ahead to the last day which was half day as we had to catch a plane back to Panama City in the afternoon. So we went deep dropping 400' to 450' to catch snowy grouper. Well we caught a few small ones but just our luck Captain Jose spotted a pair of mahi mahi swimming near our boat. Captain Jose grabbed the popper outfit and the mahi grab the plug and Jose handed over the spin outfit to me. No problem as I was able to bring the huge mahi to boat side and Chi Chi gaffed the 60lb to 70lb fish.

In my experience of fishing world wide from Canada, Europe, South Africa, Alaska, Brazil and Florida the Pesca Panama was my best experience ever. I'll be back to have more fun now that I know how these fish act.

Ted 2 signing off

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Date of stay: May 2016Trip type: Travelled solo
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UKVISIT wrote a review Sept 2014
Arizona
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Its way off the beaten path but once your there you have everything you need. Breakfasts were great at $6 and dinner was good too .....we did not do lunch there. Not much of a swimming beach though but you have a very big clean pool. The owners are all great and eager to help and answer questions. Tigressa ( dog) was lovely. The villas are nice and a good size
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Date of stay: September 2014
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
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Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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texoil wrote a review Feb 2011
tex
2.0 of 5 bubbles
We went to "Hooked..." for one goal--fishing. We are die-hard fishermen who have a limited schedule and who care about fishing first, and amenities second. Like most of you, we don't have a lot of time to sneak away for our favorite pastime.

We have fished in MANY remote settings, and know what to expect from remote lodges (clean, simple rooms, decent food, no nightlife). That being said, the lodge, rooms, and service were clean and great--true fishing camp style. New, clean A/C rooms and well-manicured grounds. No complaints about the food or accommodations. All in all, perfect fishing camp style.

We traveled a long way for this trip and had been excited for months. When we arrived, we asked the manager what he had experienced in his recent fishing trips. His response was a nightmare to every fisherman--"we haven't been out in several weeks, but we've talked to some guys...." I don't expect to catch fish every time I go out. It is called fishing, and not catching, for a reason. However, as we all know, scouting is key.

If you're a fisherman, you know what comes next. We ran nearly 100 miles the first day just looking for clean water, which we never located. We didn't get skunked, but the fish we caught could've been caught in our backyard.

I personally think the owners are very nice; good people. I was just disappointed in the lack of scouting/prep for our trip. If I were to go back to Panama (which I will), I'd probably find another place to fish.
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Date of stay: January 2011
1.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
2.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
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MarXon The Explorer wrote a review Aug 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
In the spirit of total transparency, let me first say that we visited the lodge with two goals: Relaxation and to take a close look at the lodge to determine if it was suitable for the rest of our partners to visit to possible purchase the property as it was listed for sal

We stayed long enough and got a pretty good look at the overall lodge in terms of function, staff, facility, and rooms quality. Let me get the business part of our stay out of the way. Our first night went by quickly as we go to the lodge in the evening and crashed as we had been traveling in Panama for 3 1/2 weeks. The second night we had dinner with some other guests and two of the owners. During our conversation with one of the owners, I asked him how he learned Spanish as he was conversing with some of the kitchen staff in Spanish and to our overall astonishment and disbelief, he stated "I learned it as a kid talking to all the wetbacks in Texas.....the illegals who lived in the area where I grew up." Needless to say, that was the end of the business side of the trip, although, we never informed the owners of our interest to purchase as we wanted to visit as a regular couple on vacation and didn't want any special treatment.

Since the business was out of the way, we decided to simply enjoy our remaining vacation and relax. Regarding the rooms and overall lodge, first, let me list the positives:
the cook was excellent and the food was tasty.
the location is nice as it is on the ocean and our particular room had a good view and was spacious.
the cook and her helpers were very nice and accommodating and were the best part of the stay.

Regarding the rooms and overall lodge, here are the areas that need to be addressed:

we had 4 power outages; 3 at night and one in the morning.....that translates into cold showers, hot rooms and no internet access to communicate with family and take care of business. I have traveled in third world countries, developing countries, etc. and know that power outages, water stoppages, and many other things we take for granted are sometimes a challenge. However, as a hospitality business that include housing, food, fishing, etc. to not have a functional generator for these types of issues is inexcusable. The only generator was for the kitchen and even then, the internet was still off. Interesting that while all the rest of us had to sweat it our during the power outages as we didn't have A/C, the onsite owner conveniently slept in the lobby of the lodge where he kept cool with the only generator keeping the A/C on there. Maybe if he had stayed in his cottage and endured this madness, he would invest in a generator for the cottages.
we found 5 roaches in our room.....yes, 5! Now, I am aware that we are indeed in somewhat of a developed jungle, but an infestation of roaches is a bit much.
there were gecko poop droppings all over our bed, on the dresser, on the bathroom walls, and we had to request another set of towels and sheets. Also, the sheets were stained from the orange varnish from the wood inside the roof of the ceiling as our room leaked and judging by the orange stains on all the towels and sheets we received the few times we had our room cleaned, this seems to be a problem everywhere as the dinning hall leaded and they put a glass on the table to catch the rain. Our room looked like it had mold developing which caused me some concern.
the window in the restroom facing outside was musty, dirty, had dead insects in the screen and spiderwebs all over it.

The bed was hard and not firm which made getting a good night's sleep difficult.
the toilet had a dirty ring and like it hadn't been cleaned for a long time.
there were small piles of dirt in the corners of the room that either built up over time or were forgotten when the room was being swept.

Overall, the lodge has some potential but there are a lot of details that need immediate attention. I have stayed in some fantastic lodges throughout the US and in mountains communities, rain forests, etc. and was disappointed at what I saw at Hooked on Panama. Hopefully, they will invest in some upgrading and changes soon.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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Janet B wrote a review Sept 2019
Swansea, South Carolina
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The staff were very friendly and attentive. The 4 of us all had the seared tuna which was very good. It came with your choice of sides and a salad. The 4 of us had drinks and a meal for right at $. The grounds and accommodations looked very nice.
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Date of stay: September 2019
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PlayaBluffHotel wrote a review Jun 2014
Bocas Town
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We spend some days here with family and our kids.
It is a nice place with nice pool for the kids.
Food was great too.
The cabins are big and all with a terrace facing the beach. There is a lot of birds around and we saw some iguanas.

Fishing was the best, we had to go far out finding the marlin.
Their boats are professional and I think they have the best boats for that in the whole region.
They make their own boats and that makes it a diferent fishing experience .
And yes we did catch and release the 2 giant black marlins.
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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Doug H wrote a review Jun 2014
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I took my 3 sons to the Lodge for 4 days of fishing. I had high expectations and those were exceeded. The end result was all three boys caught their first Marlin on the same day. The boys totaled out with 8 Marlin both Blacks and Blues released, 2 Sails released, and I caught a 62.5 inch Rooster fish. The dinning and staff are outstanding. Safe. Highly recommended.
Doug H
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Date of stay: June 2014
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Trip type: Travelled with family
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speltzo15 wrote a review May 2013
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fabulous week spent at Hooked on Panama. The owners and staff were friendly and professional. Cabins were clean and comfortable beds, food was as good or better than what we've eaten in the finest restaurants. Grounds were beautiful! The boats were huge, so comfortable and great to fish out of and the crew was top notch- spent each day on the water starting at sunrise ( which was georgous) and came in late afternoon to sit in the hot tub and enjoy the nice pool with a beverage of your choice and a delicious dinner. Would go back for sure!
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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jvderv wrote a review May 2013
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Fantastic Place, supernice people, fantastic captain and deckhand on every boat, The boats are big and very comfortable to fish on, and what is of course very important ....lots and lots of fish to be caught..., very nice and comfartable cabins, big clean swimming pool, worth every penny in my opinion!!!!
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Date of stay: May 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Fitness centre is fishing all day long!!!
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Answer from hookedonpanama419
Puerto Armuelles, Panama1 contribution
HI At hooked on Panama we are all about catching fish. We are located in a remote area with no other fishing boats in the vicinity. We are located on the border of Panama and Costa rica. The best months to fish are Dec till March and Mid april to end of July. I recommend December or May mostly. The cost I could give would be 100.00 a night for lodging, 1200.00 a day for the boat and 27.00 dollars a day for each person for food which includes 3 meals a day. One thing about our company is that we will fish from sunrise and all day as long as captain is back before dark for safety of not hitting logs are other debris that can be floating. The boats are 37 foot long. Fish we catch are tuna,sails,dorado,rooster, marlin and Cubera mostly. Thanks John Kipp
Answer from Libby
Albuquerque, New Mexico71 contributions44 helpful votes
We don't fish and, in any event, visited out of season. So I cannot answer your question properly. But, fishing is the focus of the lodge so they might. Why not ask them!
sealodgeg9 asked a question Mar 2016
Santa Fe de Antioquia, Colombia81 contributions21 helpful votes
Do they allow dogs?
Answer from hookedonpanama419
Puerto Armuelles, Panama1 contribution
Yes we do allow small dogs
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Dave I wrote a tip Feb 2020
San Jose, California268 contributions25 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms have similar views"
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Randy M wrote a tip Mar 2019
Granbury, Texas72 contributions62 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A true undiscovered gem...."
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muzzzz2016 wrote a tip Jan 2018
Boquete, Panama6 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Need a good vehicle to get there, as the road does have some potholes (this is Panama!)"
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Rosacarbono wrote a tip Jan 2015
Panama City, Panama34 contributions23 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"We stayed in the first cabin because my mom walks very slowly and with a cane due to bad knees and it was also near the dining room or clubhouse and the swimming pool."
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jvderv wrote a tip May 2013
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution2 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Fitness centre is fishing all day long!!!"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge
What are some of the property amenities at Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are pets allowed at Hooked On Panama Fishing Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.