Olivier Charpentier advices:
You don’t need many stuff for a Panama trip, but high quality products, otherwise you will have big deceptions on strong fish like cuberas and big tunas.
First the essential equipment:
- Good sun cap
- Polarized glasses
- long sleeve shirt
- solar cream 50 mini
- insect repellent (also on sale at the lodge)
- Head light and batteries
- Small dry bag 10 liters.
You will need three rods:
- Strong casting rod 60-80 lbs for cuberas
Ex: Tenryu Furary, Zenacq 76-7
- Medium casting rod on 40-50 lbs
- Jigging rod 60 lbs
Ex: Zenacq 53-16
SHIMANO Stella 14000 and 8000
DAIWA Saltiga 6500 and 4500
SHIMANO Saragossa good price/quality rate.
IMPORTANT: Rental of popping and jigging combos rods and reels are available at the lodge. Good choice if you don’t want to invest for only one trip.
All lures and small tackle is available on sale at the boutique of the lodge. You will find all what you need. To give an idea, a list of the lures we use here.
DUMBELL 200 et 150 Rivertosea
ROOSTA POPPER HALCO 195 et 150
We need SKINKING STICK BAITS on sizes 16 to 20 cm. We use them for big cubera fishing on the rocks.
– SEBILE STICKS SHADD 182 SK
– TAIL WALK GUNZ’S SK 160 and 180.
Oliver Fishing can provide the good sticks (the dientons 160 and 180) on sale at the lodge.
We use 100 to 200 grams jigs.
Slow jigs are efficient, and more classic one also:
Lines, PE and leaders:
I recommend VARIVAS.
Braid VARIVAS SMP (super max power) 80 lbs (PE 6) and 50 lbs (PE 4).
VARIVAS shock leader (blue) 140 lbs pour le lancer
Tresse VARIVAS Big one
VARIVAS shock leader 100 lbs
Hooks and others:
Trebles OWNERS ST66 en 4/0, 3/0 et 2/0
Circle hooks OWNERS MUTU circle 6/0. (Ref 5163-161). (For Roosterfish and Cuberas on live baits.)
Split rings OWNERS n°8 et 9.
Solid Rings OWNERS solid ring n° 6,5 (ref 5195-656)
Swevels SAMPO résistance 200 lbs.
Small Cabiais n°6 for live bait fishing.
Fighting belts and big game fishing rods:
The belts and big game fishing rods for billfish and tuna are provided with the boat. You don’t need to bring them.