Panama Tuna

The Pacific coast of Panama offers unrivaled casting action for big yellowfins.

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Sushi City: Huge tuna offer a grueling fight, but George Large (left) and Carter Andrews are all smiles after boating this 208-pounder.
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School Size: Smaller ­yellowfin tuna are found in great numbers off Panama, and put up a spirited fight on spinning gear.
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Serious Gear: Catching large tuna requires gear capable of exerting maximum pressure. Note the amount of line left on the spool.
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Islas Secas Resort lies in the Gulf of Chiriqui along Panama’s Pacific coast, on a group of 16 islands just north of the famous fishing grounds of the Hannibal Bank, and nearby Isla Montuosa and Isla Coiba. Carter Andrews and his other captains run a fleet of 34-foot SeaVees as well as a 58-foot Donzi, and provide a world-class fishing experience. As we said, there’s no better place to tangle with big fish on casting gear, plus lots of other opportunities for great fishing abound, including casting inshore for cubera snapper and roosterfish, and world-class black marlin fishing offshore. The resort’s proximity to great fishing is complemented by an impressive level of ­luxurious service ashore.
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Switch It Up: When the tuna refuse poppers, try subsurface lures. They work too.
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Tuna Workout: Even school tuna provide ­serious exercise on ­spinning tackle.