I was ready for some fast action bass fishing and I was not disappointed! It was a great experience to fish with Rich and captain Elio.
Rich picked me up from the hotel right on time. First we stopped for some coffee and a quick breakfast, then we were off to Gamboa, a pleasant drive, partly through the rain forest. I enjoyed the running commentary from Rich about the history of Panama and boy does he know a lot!
Captain Elio was waiting for us, the boat was ready. It was roomy and comfortable. Fishing was slow to start, but action picked up later in the morning and I caught lots of nice peacock bass, on live bait and poppers.
We trolled for snook and tarpon later in the day, in the most peaceful, beautiful surroundings you can imagine. I lost two big ones; my own fault, I gave the fish too much room and they wrapped around some underground tree trunk I guess.
I can highly recommend this experience. The boat was well stocked with refreshment and home made sandwiches. After the drive back to the hotel, I felt I had made a friend. Hopefully Rich will come up to Vancouver one day so I can take him salmon fishing!
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