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3-Day Bucket List Fishing Trip for 2 at Tropic Star Lodge in Panama

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You and your guest will enjoy four nights of outstanding accommodations, including all meals and three days of the finest fishing in the world.

On your fully-guided trip you will be fishing for amazing sailfish, dolphin (aka mahi or dorado), yellow fin tuna and wahoo. This is truly the trip of a lifetime!

Two lucky anglers are going to the world famous Tropic Star for a truly amazing fishing trip! Tropic Star Lodge is a veritable paradise cut from the side of a mountain on the Pacific rim of the Darien Rainforest of Panama located 150 miles south of Panama City, and the closest road is 100 miles away. Tropic Star is accessible only by boat or plane, but be assured that all the amenities are provided for your complete comfort and peace of mind, with the exception of telephones, fax machines and newspapers. The staff of over 100 employees, whose “personal touch” makes your stay a memorable one, is a source of pride here at the lodge. The satisfaction you are sure to get from this personal attention and friendliness can only be matched by the impressive fishing that nearby waters have to offer.

“No. 1 Rated Saltwater Fishing Resort In The World.” – Robb Report

"Fabulous location, easily reached, opulent accommodations, friendly people, excellent equipment, knowledgeable crews, and, oh yes...incredible fishing! …MERELY SPECTACULAR!"  - Flip Pallot (Host, ESPN's Walker's Cay Chronicles)

"Tropic Star Lodge® offers the best black marlin fishing in the Americas. Combined with blue marlin and sailfish, you have a great shot at catching a Grand Slam or a Super Grand Slam almost every day!  - Guy Harvey (World Renowned Marine Artist)

While Tropic Star Lodge values its many repeat clients, we always welcome new guests. Our intimate lodge accommodates up to 36 guests. To avoid being put on a waiting list, we strongly recommend you make your reservations as early as possible. The Tropic Star Lodge is the world’s most prestigious fishing lodge, in part from it’s over 250 IGFA World Records that have been broken there.

Accommodations at the Tropic Star Lodge

Tropic Star Lodge may only be reached by boat or plane, since there are no roads within 100 miles. A charter plane lands on an airstrip in Piñas Bay where you then take a 10-minute boat ride to Tropic Star Lodge.

The original owner's home is known as El Palacio, or The Palace. It is reached by cable car, or for those looking for exercise, there are 122 steps up the mountainside. The Palace has three bedrooms with private baths and can sleep six. It has a sunken living room and outside terrace with a beautiful panoramic view of the Bay and surrounding mountains.

Our spacious cabins and rooms are air-conditioned, with a beautiful view of Piñas Bay. Each room has twin beds and private bath/dressing room areas. A king-size bed can be requested. The cabins have surrounding porches with chairs.

The lodge has a freshwater swimming pool and bar. A jungle trail has been cut across to La Playa Blanca, where you may enjoy swimming, sunning, and shelling on the beautiful white sand beach. This trail is over a small mountain and takes thirty to forty minutes to hike there. In order to really enjoy this walk you should be in very good physical shape! Kayaks are also available to enjoy the bay and Piñas river on your own. A jungle river trip to bargain with the "indigenous" Indian tribes is a fascinating experience, which can also Local Indian girlbe arranged. However, this trip can only be made during certain tides. If you are interested in planning this excursion, contact the manager upon arrival to see if it is available and on what day it can be arranged. Many guests bring sugar free candy for the children, and special "gifts" for the Indians, such as cloth, thread, needles, or other items that can be put to good use by the tribe. School supplies for the children are always welcome, as well as used tee shirts and children's clothes. Please pack these donations in a separate bag/box and identify this as "excess luggage." It will then travel to Pinas when space is available.

Each afternoon when the boats return to the Lodge, "fish stories" are swapped while guests relax in the fresh water swimming pool, or drink pina coladas and eat fish fingers or sushimi on the veranda overlooking the bay, or in the air-conditioned bar.

Multi-course dinners, complete with wine, are served in the scenic bay-view dining room each evening. The chef prepares various specialties, such as Baked Alaska, Cherries Jubilee, black bean soup; fresh baked pies and bread, ceviche, and many more varied and delectable dishes. A fresh "catch of the day" is offered, as well as our regular main course selection.

Staff at the Tropic Star LodgeTropic Star guests are catered to by over 100 employees, whose "personal touch" makes your stay a memorable one! Since the Lodge can only accommodate a total of 36 guests at a time, early reservations are a must; otherwise, you might have to be wait-listed for a possible cancellation.

This trip is valid April 2016 through June 2016. Trip does not include airfare, transfers or gratuity.

Sample Itinerary

Arrive Panama Monday

Go to Lodge on Tuesday

Fish Sunday thru Wednesday thru Friday

Depart Lodge on Saturday

DAY 1 Monday

A representative from the Tocumen Royal Saloon will meet your international flight at the gate, assist you through Immigration and Customs and take you into the Royal Saloon. The representative will request your tickets, passport, Immigration and Customs Forms, baggage claims and any keys or combinations for your luggage. Please give them $1.00 per bag for the luggage porters.

While you relax and enjoy a complimentary drink in the VIP Meet and Greet Service, they will take care of your documentation and luggage. You will then be escorted to the City Transfer Service. Prior to boarding the vehicle, please check that all baggage is accounted for. Tipping is optional but also appreciated.

When you are dropped off at your hotel, you will be notified of the time to be in the lobby of your hotel the following morning for your time of pick up to be transported to the Albrook Airport (domestic). In the event of changes to the flight, our Panama City office will call you at your hotel to notify you of any change to the pickup time. If you are not in, we will leave a message for you. Our Panama City office #’s is 507-396-6414 or 507-396-6413. Saturday office hours are 8:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

DAY 2 Tuesday

Dress casually for travel to the Lodge: light comfortable shirt, beach shoes (that are easily slipped off), shorts, or pants which can be rolled up easily in the event of low tide, when we sometimes board the transport boat (panga) from the beach.

In the morning, you will be picked up at your hotel and transported to the Albrook (domestic) Airport, located approximately fifteen minutes from the Sheraton and the Bristol Hotels, to catch our charter flight to the Lodge. We normally charter Caravans, Kodiaks or Senecas, depending on the number of people and amount of cargo going to the Lodge. You are required to be at the Albrook Airport at least forty-five minutes prior to departure.

The flight from Albrook to Piñas Bay is approximately fifty (55) minutes. When you get off the plane, you can go to our terminal building where we will have cold drinks waiting for you. Once the plane has taken off you will board our “jungle cruise bus” for a short ride to the boat. You will then board a “panga” for a short boat ride to the Lodge. Please dress accordingly.

When you arrive at the Lodge, you will be assigned your room. Lunch will be served shortly thereafter. The remainder of the day is at your leisure for relaxing, swimming in the pool, kayaking in Piñas Bay, hiking to White Beach, and preparing for a fantastic fishing trip! We also offer an in depth fishing seminar on how to catch billfish at the Tropic Star Lodge® while using circle hooks. The seminars are presented by our director of fishing, Albert Battoo, on the day of your arrival. Even the most experienced fisherman can benefit from our TSL How To Seminar.

There will be a Welcome Cocktail Party at the pool that evening, followed by a buffet dinner, to get to know your fellow anglers.

DAYS 3 - 5 Wednesday thru Friday

Fishing, swimming, kayaking, beach-combing, exploring jungle rivers, watching fishing videos, meeting new friends, swapping fish stories, and just basically being spoiled and pampered by our friendly staff; and, oh yes, did we mention fishing, fishing, and more fishing! The boats depart at 6:30 A.M., or later if requested, and returns to the dock by 3:30 P.M., unless you are hooked up. For safety purposes all boats must return to port well before dark.

DAY 6 & 7 Saturday - Sunday

You are transported via boat to the Pinas airstrip for your flight back to Panama City, where you will be transferred to your hotel. The evening is open to be spent as you choose. The following day, Sunday, you are transported to Tocumen International Airport for you departure home. NOTE: The charter flight may get you back to Panama City early enough to make the afternoon American Airlines or COPA Airlines flight back to the U.S.A. Delays due to mechanical problems, acts of god, and schedule changes can happen. If your flight out of Panama City is scheduled before 05:00 p.m., you will probably miss your connection, unless you book a special charter back to Panama City on Friday or early Saturday morning. Call us for fare quotes for special charters, if needed.


• Exclusive pricing only available through Gunn&Hook!
• Three days of the finest fishing in the world for sailfish, dolphin (aka mahi or dorado), yellow fin tuna and wahoo.
• Fully-guided fishing charter in Panama City, Florida.
• Includes four nights of first-class accommodations and all meals.
• Have questions? Call (855) 486-4665 to speak with one of our booking specialists now!

Special Terms


• 31’ Bertram yacht with experienced captain and mate.
• First class fishing tackle.
• Deluxe air-conditioned room with private bath and scenic view.
• Full breakfast, boxed lunch, and four course dinners.
• Complimentary wine is offered during dinner service.
• Sodas and ice-tea are complimentary during your stay at the lodge.


• Airfare to Panama City.
• Hotels and all expenses incurred in Panama City.
• Alcoholic beverages and drinks other then sodas or ice-tea will be charged to your room.
• A Panamanian room tax of $50.00 per room per week (or $25.00 pp double occupancy).
• Gratuities for your captain and mate, Director of Fishing and Dockmaster.
• In addition, most people leave about $150.00 per person for our waiters and chefs.
• Please see Info Pak under gratuities for further guidelines.

Also a TRANSFER FEE of $600.00 per person payable to TROPIC STAR RESORT is not included in the RATES and will be added to your package price.

This must be paid separately with Visa, Master Card or Wire/ACH.

The transfer fee includes round trip airfare from Panama City to the Lodge, meet-and-greet service at the Tocumen International Airport upon arrival to Panama, and up to four transfers between the airport and hotel in Panama City.

You will receive an Info Pack with detailed information about transfers.

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• Exclusive pricing only available through Gunn&Hook!
• Three days of the finest fishing in the world for sailfish, dolphin (aka mahi or dorado), yellow fin tuna and wahoo.
• Fully-guided fishing charter in Panama City, Florida.
• Includes four nights of first-class accommodations and all meals.
• Have questions? Call (855) 486-4665 to speak with one of our booking specialists now!

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Tropic Star Lodge

Tropic Star Lodge has provided the ultimate in offshore and inshore fishing adventures for our guests for the past 50 + years. We invite you to discover why we’ve been named “the best fishing resort in the world.”

Tropic Star Lodge is a world-renowned fishing resort located in Piñas Bay, Panama. The Lodge is carved into the hillside of the Darien Jungle and can only be reached by boat or small charter plane.  The remote Pacific location provides amazing fishing opportunities for guests looking to catch billfish; especially black marlin, blue marlin and sailfish. Guests from all over the world visit Tropic Star to fulfill their fishing dreams. 

Tropic Star Lodge has accommodations for 38 guests in 19 comfortably appointed, air-conditioned rooms on the grounds.  The facilities also feature a restaurant, 2 bars, a freshwater pool and grill area– home to weekly outdoor dining and local entertainment under the stars. The food is fresh and fantastic, the service is first rate and the tropical ambience is a tranquil retreat from the hustle of home.