We have recently returned from a trip to one of my favorite places to fish, Panama! We were hosted by Morris Palmer, owner of Los Buzos Resort at his new location on Lake Gatun. We had a wonderful time at his lakeside resort. He has a fleet of new Jackson Kayak Coosa FD’s that really were the perfect boat for this stump-filled lake.
No matter the heat, I will always wear a PFD on the water and the new Kokatat Leviathan was a great fit. Both my son and I were outfitted in the Hi Vis orange versions so we could be more easily seen while on the water, which is super important when you’re fishing big waters offshore. For the days we were not wearing pants for protection from the sun we were wearing the Kokatat surf trunks, which were super comfortable and a great fit.
On this trip I was joined by a couple members of the Jackson Kayak crew, including James McBeath and Bart Swab, as well as my son Randy. Once again, we were plagued by thunderstorms on this trip but we still managed some good peacock bass and one solid snook landed by Bart —Lake Gatun has a lot of potential for kayak anglers and I am sure given more time on the water we could have really done some damage!
After two days at Los Buzos, we made the four-hour drive to their second location in Cambutal, Panama. They specialize in kayak fishing at this place and do a fantastic job of it, from the guides, food and accommodations. I’ve been watching reports from this place for the past couple years, so I know the fishing down there can be amazing.
Unfortunately for us again the weather plagued us a bit, as did a full moon and huge tides that dirtied the water. The fishing was very tough for us on this one, the fish just didn’t seem to want the jigs and the live baits we had were enormous. I actually came away from the trip with some cool underwater footage of roosterfish following the live bait but not eating, as well as a pack of cubera snapper that did hit the bait and took me into the rocks.
The trip ended with a bang, as I got a couple small tuna, and Bart landed a very nice roosterfish on the final day that measured 53 inches— a real trophy!
Although the fishing was a little tougher than I would have liked, we had a wonderful time in a beautiful location with an amazing group of people. I’d go back in a heartbeat given the opportunity.
Although the fishing was a little tougher than I would have liked, we had a wonderful time in a beautiful location with an amazing group of people.