Bahia Honda on a Stealth Fishing Kayak
The Panama Paddle Center (PPC) is the first exclusive paddle store to open in Panama and the first to bring the dedicated Kayak Fishing Expedition to the waters of Panama. Capt. Hennie Marais, has been fishing in Panama for over 14 years hunting Billfish and managing the best resorts in the world.
After a trip back to his native South Africa a year ago, I immediately saw the opportunity to offer a high end Kayak fishing experience in Panama. The kayak fishermen in South Africa were fishing a kayak that was perfect for Panama sea condition. They were using lightweight fishing kayaks from stealth.co.za. Panama is well know for its fishing and now you can be even closer to the action, and you can experience that with us on a Stealth Fishing Kayak. (see our shop)
We have a variety of Kayaks for all waters, but mainly use the Stealth Fishing Kayak in the ocean; these kayaks are specialized open ocean kayaks, made for speed and to handle ocean conditions.
We are operating on the Azuero Peninsula, Tuna Coast, Isla Cebaco, Bahia Honda’s Panama’s Lost Coast, and run various expeditions to other parts of Panama including the Darien.Bahia Honda
A 10 year swell event was forecast so with that in mind we looked to safety first. I ran our California group of Allen Sansano, Allen Bushnell, Erik Berg, and Paul….. From Bahia Honda. We travelled by panga to our base camp within the spectacular beauty and serenity of Bahia Honda.
Our Bahia Honda base camp is situated in one of Panama’s most spectacular locations, the jungle and various islands and pinnacles make this a kayakers dream fishing location. The general area is protected from open ocean swell by Coiba Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
We make every effort to support the local people through a tourism development program. Edwin and Rosalin, our gracious hosts, have built a Bohio/Rancho were we pitch our tents and camp under. This is a great site and the sounds of the jungle like the Howler Monkey’s can make for an interesting alarm clock.
After we all settled in and took in the grandeur of such a beautiful location we set off for some fishing. Eric was the first to land a great grouper on a deep jig, Eric continued to be hot and landed and released a couple more. Within the island we are looking for Groupers and Cubera Snappers. A couple of those very tricky and naturally intelligent snappers were lost into the rocks. The fish are really large in and around this area and they have years of knowledge. They can make you work for that big prize.
In our base camp the drinks were cold and good healthy food made our stay great. The storm lantern set the mood in the evenings and we all exchanged life stories, great way to meet new people and lasting friendships.
We fished up and down the coast not wandering more than 5 mile each way from the mouth of the Bahia Honda.
The Cojinoa (Green Jacks) that we caught on sabiki rigs, started to get good action and we were able to land some trophy sized fish.
The greatest part of all is that fish were released, with out a doubt, Kayak fishers are some of the most conservation minded fishermen I have come across.
A couple of our catches were kept for evening dinners, but all other fish were released. The benefits of this type of tourism in lesser-developed countries are huge, teaching people to conserve and sustain their resources and benefit from tourism.
On the last day we found the Roosters, a couple were lost on baits but we saw some great action as they came breaking the surface hunting baits.
Allan Sansan hooked up on a nice Rooster, his kayak took off behind the rooster as he was pulled, we all shouted with excitement. Soon Allen got control and released a magnificent Roosterfish from his Kayak.
PPC will be based for the next 6 months on Cebaco Island at El Cedro. We’ll continue to use Bahia Honda as s base camp for the Lost Coast.
We’ll be running 4 and 7 day excursion trips to this region and others in Panama. For More information contact ,