IS­LAND TIME

Sport Fishing - - BOATS -

WHEN TO GO

While black mar­lin can be found year-round, feast­ing on bait con­cen­trated around the high spots at Han­ni­bal Bank and nearby Isla Mon­tu­osa, the ideal time for mul­ti­ple shots at tro­phy­size 500-plus-pound blacks is the “wet sea­son,” which runs from July through Septem­ber. That’s when the larger fe­male black mar­lin move into the area to spawn. As an added bonus, you’ll en­counter less boat traf­fic off­shore dur­ing this time pe­riod, in­creas­ing the chance of rais­ing mul­ti­ple fish.

HOW TO GET THERE

Copa Air­lines of­fers reg­u­lar flights from Mi­ami to Panama City, where an­glers can opt to hop a same-day con­nect­ing flight to David, or stay overnight at the Hil­ton Panama as part of the VIP pack­age of­fered by Sport Fish Panama Is­land Lodge. Ei­ther way, guests need to ar­rive in David by early af­ter­noon to make the lodge-pro­vided trans­fer to Pe­dre­gal Ma­rina for the hour­long boat ride out to Isla Pari­das.

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