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December 02, 2010

Fishing Hannibal Bank

This legendary area off Panama is home to big fish, and lots of them.

Islas Secas, Panama

Hannibal bank mapThe Islas Secas Reserve and Resort isn't actually new; it has been around for a while as an eco-tourism lodge, but the new owner wanted to add a fishing focus and brought in Carter Andrews to do it. Andrews ran a fishing lodge in Crooked Island, Bahamas, for many years, and is also well known as a Wyoming trout guide in the summer. "I had enjoyed some great fishing before, but never had I experienced this variety of species," Andrews says, "and the average size of the fish here in Panama is amazing."

Andrews put together a fleet of 34-foot SeaVee center consoles with Suzuki outboard power and assembled a tackle arsenal of top-quality Shimano equipment. He has a well-trained staff of captains and mates who provide a professional fishing experience. There's also a 58-foot Donzi on site if you prefer a more upscale ride.

Islas Secas houses guests in yurts, canvas dwellings supported by wood frames and set on concrete floors. While not air-conditioned, the yurts have fans and provide all the comfort you need. The yurts are spread around the island in private locations, and many offer breathtaking views. Meals are served in the Terrazza, a scenic indoor-outdoor dining area where the staff does an extraordinary job of providing gourmet food and beverage service.

Islas Secas Reserve and Resort
Islas Secas, Chiriqui, Panama