No matter what you consider fishing to be - a sport, a hobby, a pastime, a way of life - there is no denying the fact that it is fun (and very necessary at times). Fishing trips are a great way to unwind and escape from daily life, but where are the best places to go? There's no shortage of ocean in the world, but the best places remain relatively hidden. Central America, located very near to the Equator and surrounded by plenty of ocean, is an excellent choice.
The countries that make up Central America are characterized by thick, verdant tropical rainforests, pristine beaches, and an incredible biodiversity - an environment truly straight out of National Geographic country. All of these combine to make the countries of Central American excellent fishing trip destinations. For example, Sailfish Bay Lodge in Guatemala is a fishing lodge where you can enjoy the tropical climate and spend your days out on the ocean fishing the day away. Guatemalan marlin fishing is definitely some of the best in the world, thanks to the unique traits of the Central American isthmus. With all sorts of landscapes to explore - mountains, rivers, forests, and of course the ocean - Guatemala is just one example of the beautiful countries of Central America.
Another one of these countries, located in the southernmost part of Central America, is Panama. Panama is home to Tropic Star Resort, a secluded, exclusive, and beautifully natural fishing lodge that stands at the top of the list for fishing destinations. Tropic Star won the recognition as being the number one rated salt water fishing resort in the world by Robb Resort Magazine. As one of Guy Harvey's personal haunts, Tropic Star Lodge in Pinas Bay, Panama is the place to get your fix for game fishing.
The fish that swim offshore aren't the fish you're used to catching either. Up to thousand pound marlins patrol the waters of the Pacific, and there will be no shortage of encounters with them. Other fish - tuna, wahoo, grouper, almaco jacks- are out there as well, and they are just as giant. Inshore fishing is an equally fruitful experience with tons of roosterfish and cubera snapper reaching 50 pounds inhabiting the water.
The Tropic Star experience is unbeatable. There is really nothing like being miles offshore, battling marlins, the giants of the ocean on a vast expanse of sunlit blue, and afterwards returning to shore to relax at the resort, where you can swap fishing stories with the handful of other guests, enjoy delicious food, and prepare yourself for your next fishing excursion the following day. So if you're thinking of going out on a fishing trip, remember that while Guatemala marlin fishing is good, the fishing at Tropic Star Lodge in Panama is great.