Had a chance to fish with Capt. Shane Jarvis in August 2017. Although late in the season for tuna, he and his crew managed to put us on fish through out our four-day charter. From BIG black marlin - 750+ (tag and release) - to tuna to roosterfish, snapper, and grouper, we caught a variety of fish, experiencing all that Panama has to offer.
The operation itself is top notch and if you are looking for a fishing adventure, give Shane's outfit serious consideration. We were met at the gate as we deplaned by an agent fluent in English who escorted us through the terminal, to baggage, through an expedited customs area (no lines), before she handed off our group to our transportation guide. After loading our gear into the van, our guide, Arcenio, drove us to the Hilton where he confirmed our lodging in Panama City. We built in an extra day on the front end to tour the area, and Arcenio made all of the arrangements to see the Canal, Old Town, and several other sights in the area. Arcenio also confirmed all travel arrangements between Panama City and David on the front and back end of the trip.
Once in David, we were met by Capt. Shane, who transported us to his waiting boats that would take us to the lodge on Isla Parida. His center console and World Cat are smooth riding, dry boats that are well equipped with all the necessary equipment required to fish this fishery. From top notch electronics to the well maintained rods and reels, his setup is specifically outfitted to target whatever species you choose.
The lodge itself is comfortable, clean and well appointed. The sleeping quarters are built for those who are there to fish (not necessarily for families with young kids or couples), the kitchen and great room provide a relaxing area to rest after long days on the water. Erik, the head chef, and Jailene served up enough food to feed an army. Erik is an excellent chef. While his menus varied from pork chops to sushi for dinner, massive sandwiches for lunch, and fresh bread baked daily, eggs to order, and fruit for breakfast, one common trait all meals shared, besides being delicious, is that the portions were HUGE!
Overall, our trip was a mixed bag of weather, fish, and fun. Shane and his crew are all friendly, outgoing, and hard working - from the guides in Panama City to the porters in David to Shane's island crew, Shane's crew will make sure your trip is a success. If you are considering a Panama Fishing adventure, give this operation serious consideration. The price, opportunity to tick fish off your bucket list, and the experience of big game fishing in Panama simply cannot be beat with Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sport Fish Panama Island Lodge is a boutique offshore tropical island sport fishing lodge located on Isla Parida in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama. Fly into the city of David, in the Chiriqui Providence, travel by boat 12 miles off the Pacific coastline and you will find Isla Parida....an untouched jungle paradise that is a protected national park. Our private island lodge is inside Panama's Gulf of Chiriqui National Marine Park and is truly "off the grid." No roads, no concrete, just jungle and white sand beaches. Sportfishing, snorkeling, sea kayaking, hike, or just hang out on one of our deserted beaches. Sportfishing here in the Gulf of Chiriqui is legendary! Black Marlin and Yellowfin Tuna are encountered offshore at Hannibal Bank, Coiba, and Isla Montuosa all only minutes away. Inshore prey such as Cubera Snapper and Roosterfish are caught in the water right in front of the lodge! We specialize in an upscale sportfishing experience with great food, personalized service, accommodations, and highly maintained boats and equipment. ... more less