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From $6,125
per person, double occupancy

5 days/4 nights
3 days fishing

plus airfare

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Country club in the jungle
Experience one of the world’s truly great fishing lodges. Since 1961, when Ray Smith unveiled his fishing paradise in Piñas Bay, more than 170 world records have been set at Tropic Star Lodge. Black, blue and striped marlin abound in numbers unheard of elsewhere. Pacific sailfish and dorado are caught year-round, with multiple hookups common from April through July. First-class sportfishing boats will take you trolling offshore or to inland waters for light-tackle action. After fishing, return to the lodge for a dip in the pool or just relax in your spacious air-conditioned room before enjoying a five-course candlelight dinner.

Tropic Star Lodge


Famed author Zane Grey discovered the fishing potential of Pinas Bay in the late 1920s, while searching the world for Black Marlin. He found the great reef that slopes from 120 to 350 feet and supports aquatic life beyond the imagination. Little has changed since. Black, Blue and Striped Marlin abound in numbers unheard of elsewhere. Pacific Sailfish are there year-round, and from April through July multiple hookups are the rule rather than the exception. Dolphin are also caught there all year long, and average 20-60 pounds. Inshore are amberjack, snapper, grouper, roosterfish, pompano, rainbow runner, mackerel and jack. Fishing days typically run from 7 a.m. until about 4 p.m. After breakfast, you will set out in Tropic Star's first-class sportfishing boats for offshore action or to the nearby inland waters for light-tackle species. Whether you prefer trolling for marlin, teasing hungry sailfish right up to your fly, casting to schooling dorado or probing the rocky banks for roosterfish, your captain will advise you of the best possibilities and let you decide which gear to rig.

5 days/4 nights
3 days fishing

5 days/4 nights/3 days fishing
4 anglers per boat: $6125 (includes domestic flight)
2 anglers per boat: $8225 (includes domestic flight)
Plus international airfare to Panama City.

50% of the total cost of your trip. May be paid with check, credit card, certified check or money order. Final payments are typically due 60 days prior to departure.

Our in-house travel agency can help you make your flight arrangements. Note: Airfares are subject to change and confirmed only at time of booking. Airline ticketing, refund, change and baggage restrictions may apply.


  • 4 nights air-conditioned lodging at Tropic Star lodge
  • All meals, wine with dinner, snacks, soft drinks
  • Fishing in first-class boats with captain & mate
  • Tackle

International airfare, airport departure tax, bar tab, hotel accommodations & meals in Panama City, room taxes, mandatory tips to waiters & chefs - $150, fishing guide tips, gifts or items of a personal nature.

Tropic Star offers year-round fishing except in October and November when they are closed for maintenence. Prime time for black marlin is mid-December through April. Best months for sailfish are April-July. Striped marlin peak from mid-March through May.

Please call us to confirm space availability or to request specific dates. Early reservations are highly recommended.

You'll fly internationally into Panama City, Panama. After overnighting in Panama City, you'll then fly by charter plane 150 miles south to a remote village on the Jaque River, where the lodge staff will meet you and transport you by boat alongside the Pacific coastline to the lodge.

36 anglers per week.

Tropic Star Lodge is a paradise sliced from the side of a mountain and surrounded by a jungle rich with tropical flora and wildlife. There are no phones, fax or televisions at the lodge, but Ray Smith spared nothing when building what is now recognized as one of truly great fishing lodges of the world. Marlin Magazine calls luxurious Tropic Star Lodge a country club in the jungle. You'll stay in a spacious air-conditioned room with a beautiful view of the bay. For a real treat, you can upgrade to the hillside Palace, which sleeps six in three bedrooms with private baths. It has a sunken living room with a panoramic view of the harbor and mountains that surround the lodge.

Each day starts with a made-to-order breakfast. After fishing, you'll return to the lodge enjoy a five-course candlelight dinner complete with wine, fresh pies and other scrumptious desserts.

Hiking, swimming, sunning, shelling, kayaking, and a jungle river trip to trade with the "primitive" Indian tribes.

(Subject to revision. Detailed itineraries are prepared on confirmation of reservation)
DAY 1 (Monday): USA-Panama City. Overnight Hotel Sheraton or Hotel Bristol.
DAY 2 (Tuesday): Panama City-Tropic Star Lodge. Transfer by charter plane from domestic airport to Pinas Bay. Jungle cruise bus to dock. Boat transfer to the lodge. Welcome cocktail party at the pool followed by buffet dinner. Overnight.
DAYS 3-5 (Wednesday - Friday): Full days fishing for marlin, sailfish and other game fish. Overnight at Tropic Star Lodge.
Day 6 (Saturday): Tropic Star Lodge-Panama City. You will be transferred back to Pinas airstip for your flight to Panama City. You will then be transferred to your hotel for overnight.
Day 7 (Sunday): At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the international airport for your departure.

A valid passport required for U.S. citizens. Tourist cards are provided on your international flight to Panama. Passengers assume all responsibility for obtaining valid passports.

No shots are required to enter Panama. Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellent. Bring dramamine if you are prone to sea sickness. Pepto-Bismol or Immodium may help incidental traveller's diarrhea. Note: Health precautions are offered here as an informational service only. See your doctor or health clinic.

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Daytime temperatures typically range from 80-100 during the day, but typically cool down to the 70s in the evening. Heavy tropical downpours can occur even during the "dry season" so be sure to pack a rainsuit. Humidity in the tropics can play havoc with cameras or other electronic devices.

We recommend you purchase trip cancellation insurance to cover any losses should you have to cancel to due to unforeseen illness or other emergency. Certain restrictions do apply. Premium rates are typically about $65 per $1,000 of coverage, and usually include some benefits for lost baggage, trip interruption, and emergency evacuation. Forms for Travel Assure may be obtained by calling our office.

Our recommended packing list and other briefing materials will be furnished on receipt of your trip deposit and reservation form.

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