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FAQ: Fishing for Sargentos on Gatun Lake


Question: I am interested in Peacock Bass (Sargento) fishing in Lake Gatun. I have a few questions: Can you successfully fish from shore without being eaten by cocodrilos or caimanes? How much can you expect to pay for a half-day trip with a local in a panga? I gather anything works as they are voracious feeders. Should I bring plugs etc., or simply use minnows? How about lodging? Is there anything available that doesn't call for a bank loan?

Answer: You can fish from shore but if you do you're only going to see the smaller fish, like up to 1.5 pounds. The bigger fish are nesting and territorial so you have to go to them. The cost for a boat and guide is about $50 from dawn to about noon which includes gas. You supply all your tackle, bait, food and drinks. You can mess around with plugs if you want but most of the time people switch back to minnows when everyone else is catching fish and they are not. As for lodging, best bet is to stay in Panama City and rent a car. You can stay at the Gamboa Rainforest Resort but that's expensive. Most people get a boat and guide at either Arenosa or Gamboa.

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