October 2012 saw the Stealth Kayak Fishing Club’s first kayak fishing expedition to Pedasi. The Azuero Peninsula also knows as the Tuna coast. Here the continental shelf comes to with in a couple miles of the coast, putting game fish like tunas with in reach of kayak anglers.
The area is a culturally rich and great part of Panama to visit. There are many options for accommodations from budget to 5 stars.
The fishing sites are endless along the coast; they range from beach launches to sheltered bays.
My friend Pascal runs a fishing operation, great reason to visit and with his normal French hospitality we descended on him late Friday night.
Pascal’s lodge is comfortable. Rooms have 3 built in beds, all rooms are air-conditioned and very comfortable as well as a fantastic ambience. A pool in the center makes for relaxing evening after hot day on the water
We could not wait to get out and early Saturday morning we headed to the beach 5 min from the lodge. The weather was perfect and we prepared, briefed and headed out, all of us on Stealth Evolution kayaks. These kayaks are perfect for the Azuero, they are fast and great for trolling, jigging and live baiting. We paddled towards a group of Frigate birds working schools of fish and wasn’t long before the Bonitos and Green jacks exploded around us, we where hooked up immediately. What a feeling, catching with light tackle and being dragged around feels so good again!
Fishing was good, we struggled getting live bait so no big fish, but the Jacks (Jack Crevalles), small Snappers and Sierra Mackerels kept our reels screaming.
At the end of the day we caught 9 different species of fish, whoa !!
Sadly it was time to go back to the city, but not after we made arrangement to come back, soon
Panama Paddle Center will run Expedition trips to the Azuero Peninsula starting April 2013.
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