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Chiriqui Province Hotels

Panama Big Game Fishing Club

  • Another day in Paradise

  • Club Infinity Pool

  • World Class Big Game Fishing

  • Kenny and Geoff

  • Amberjack


  • Small and intimate setting
  • Great fishing
  • Good food


  • No pool
  • Nothing for nonfishers, although get break in rates
  • Bugs can be a problem
  • Four-night minimum

Updated 07/17/2012

Fodor's Review

This small lodge on Boca Brava, just across the channel from Boca Chica, is all about sportfishing, and it's some of the country's best. Customized three- to six-day packages include daily fishing, all meals and beverages, and in-country transportation. Accommodations are in two- to six-person cement bungalows nestled in the rain forest. Meals are served family-style in a circular building at the top of the hill, decorated with the obligatory mounted fish.

Hotel Information


Isla Boca Brava, Boca Chica, Panama


507-6674–4824; 866-281–1225-in U.S.

Hotel Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • 4 bungalows
  • All-inclusive

Updated 07/17/2012


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Jun 6, 2011

Panama Big Game Fishing Club Review

PRESS RELEASE 5th MAY, 2011 NEW OWNER Mr "C", BUYS "PANAMA BIG GAME FISHING CLUB" Isla Boca Brava, Panama Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Club infrastructure upgrade and 400ft Dock Extension. Dear PBGFC Members, Hi, my name is Mark Charman, but my friends call me Mr "C", and I am pleased to announce that I have purchased your club the, " Panama Big Game Fishing Club" . Having spent several years looking for the right fishing resort

to purchase - "Panama Big Game Fishing Club" is that "Resort". Just to let you have some understanding, as to who I am, and to my intentions with the Club. Basically I am a 48 year old British guy from Jersey, Channel Islands, UK, who has been residing in Dubai and the Seychelles for the past 11 years. I have enjoyed business success in the Computer Industry, IT Recruitment, Oil and Gas and the Real Estate sector, but more importantly have been a passionate sports fishermen, since the age of 4. My boat the M/Y Mistress and it's crew recently entered the "Seychelles National Fishing Tournament" on the 16th April, 2011, and broke the Seychelles record for the biggest Giant Barracuda, (all tackle) - needless to say a lot of beer was drunk in celebration at the bar that night. Anyway, enough of the preamble, let's get down to the heart of the matter, I have been informed that there has been considerable speculation as to the future of the club, for quite some time now. So let me inform all of you, what is about to happen, should the majority give me their, "nod of approval". (I have no intention of swimming upstream with this project, you tell me what you want, and I will try to allocate the budget to make it happen). I HAVE BOUGHT THE CLUB, AND INTEND TO TURN IT INTO AN OLD PEOPLES HOME !!!. "NO, ONLY JOKING", (I could hear the American clientele screaming from here), THE CLUB IS GOING TO BE THE BEST BOUTIQUE CLUB IN THE WORLD, AND THE PRICES ARE GOING TO REMAIN THE SAME FOR THE NEXT THREE YEARS, FOR THE EXISTING 4 CABINS (Which will be super luxury within the next 6 weeks, at the same price). Now having said that, I have a hell of a lot of fishing friends, who want to come and catch a Huge Marlin or a Monster Tuna etc, I have promised Capt Lee, and he made it one of his conditions of retaining his services, that I give him 3 months for his regular clients (I.e. Clients that have fished with the club before, to be given preference, before I bring in my fishing buddies, this I have happily agreed to). But I give you fair warning, as of September 1st, I am opening up the booking sheet to all my fishing mates, and I will be very surprised if you will be able to get 1 days fishing from the 15th December, 2011 until the 1st May, 2012, so please do not moan to me about giving my buddies preferential treatment. You, the members, have preferential treatment, so if you want to fish, then pick up the phone and book your fishing dates with Capt Lee on +507 66744824 NOW. This special treatment to our members is giving me some very serious grief with my friends, but that was the price I had to pay to keep Capt Lee on, and I also agree with his sense of fair play (please don't tell my my mates I said that, eat this letter after you have read it, otherwise I will need a completely new set of friends). The area surrounding Boca Brava has one of the finest big game fisheries in the world, and is a virtually untapped resource. With the airport extension at David well underway clients will soon be able to fly direct to David internationally and not have to transfer through Panama City anymore, should they so wish. My main criteria in buying PBGFC over and above other establishments that I have looked at around the world is the sheer size and abundance of the fish all year round, their staff and the quality of the food. Prior to my arrival I was told that all were world class. I found that information to be, if anything, an understatement. Needless to say all of the team will be staying on at the club, and are very excited at the new investment and development that is about to take place. It is our vision to make PBGFC, one of the most unique Sport Fishing locations in the world - both for our visiting anglers and for private sport fishing yachts - we aim to provide a full service jetty with the Private Club feel. To this end I will be extending the existing jetty by over 400 feet and adding a waterside swimming pool/Jacuzzi with swim up bar plus a casual barasiti bar for anglers. I am also completely renovating the Club, and will be able to take care of private sport fishing yachts with full service - including the provision of diesel and commercial quantities of ice, from our ice making plant across the waterway at Boca Chica. This is what you can expect to see in the coming months. 1). All existing boats completely overhauled and re-equipped like brand new, with new engines where necessary 2). The addition of two new top spec boats to the fleet. 3). Doubling the size of the dock 4). Installing IGFA approved scales, and sending 2-3 employees on an IGFA course to become official IGFA approved weigh masters to certify our clients world records. 5). New employee quarters with full air conditioning and terrace with BBQ. 6). High Speed Wi-Fi throughout the resort, with Wi-Fi printing and scanning 7). Creation of a business centre for the use of clients and members with PC and Apple computers and complete with color printers/photo printers, Scanners, Fax and Photo-copiers 8). First of 8 new cabins - 6/7 star rated - extreme luxury. My designer Katie from Durban, South Africa, arrives and starts work 7th May, 2011 and will not be allowed home until she has finished. 9). Existing 4 cabins, will be re-made to 5/6 star standards, equipped with state of the art LED TV with DVD players, and luxury bath rooms, new soft furnishings and furniture, with individual fridges (filled with free beer). 10). Install, two swimming pools, one outside the club house, and the other on the deck overlooking the dock and the waterway (both with swim up bars). 11). New train with level floor and roof. 12). We will be building a retaining wall, for the entire sea facing side of the property. 13). Extensive Landscaping and Gardening. Finally I would like to make this statement, " All of my life, whenever I have found a special fishing lodge, it has been ruined and priced out of my reach, by some get rich quick guy, who caught a fish once, and thinks it's a great idea to own a fishing club", this is not going to happen with this club. Right from the "GET GO", this is my promise to you, the members who have made this club, what it is, over the past 10 years, "I will immediately drop ONE MILLION DOLLARS into the club to improve the boats, accommodations, infrastructure, club house and the facilities that we offer our employees, AND THERE WILL BE NO INCREASE IN PRICE FOR THIS UPGRADE". There will be significant future investment in Stages 2 and 3 of our development plan. Which include a gymnasium and another restaurant with a small Spa (If the members want it). Plus Jet-Ski fishing, my latest favorite way to fish with a fly-rod, if you have never tried it you should - takes a lot of skill - plus Kayak Fishing, again great fun). However, there are some of us who are going to die sooner than others, who have saved up our pennies and who would like a little bit of extreme luxury, therefore, I will build a few more cabins, to cater for these clients, who will be charged more for their fishing experience (I hope that seems fair- some people like to travel 1st Class!). Anglers that have fished with us before, are going to be offered first chance rights on every week, every boat and every opportunity, as a thank you for supporting the club and building it to where it is today, and where it is heading to tomorrow. THIS IS MY PROMISE TO OUR MEMBERS. Remember, Capt Rob, Capt Bill and especially Capt Lee and his team built this club, (with your loyalty and help), It has enjoyed 10 years of success (with limited capital) with the support of the 1,000 loyal band of people who come back year after year. NOW your loyalty is going to be rewarded, I am going to invest a serious amount of money into the club to make it, the best fishing club in the world. This will be achieved with the help of everyone, and I am world famous for not being to proud to steal someone else's great idea, so come on let's hear your ideas, if they are any good, we will steal and implement them sooner rather than later, and that my friends, is a Mr "C" promise !!!. I feel that I am not buying the Club, rather I have taken over the baton, and it is now my turn to take the Club, to the next level, This I can do, if I am shown the same level of loyalty and support that you have shown to my predecessors for the past 10 years, (who will be helping in the background, and have been made life time members, so they have NOT GONE, and have not been forgotten). And Capt Lee will be running the show, same as always !!!. Tight Lines for now, (and I will be at the club for the whole month of May, should anyone want a chat) Best Regards Mark V Charman (Mr"C") New and very proud owner of the Panama Big Game Fishing Club Int Mob +971 50 5537125 E-mail: P.S. My pride of Joy is my M/Y Mistress which is moored at Eden Island, Mahe Seychelles She is the most tricked out Afri-Cat 420 Power Cat ever made! She is totally custom, and any one who is familiar with the Afri-Cat 420 knows that they come fully equipped. Well what my team and I did, was redesign everything. To make it easier for the layman to understand just how amazing the M/Y Mistress is it is this simple - take the cost of one Afri-Cat 420 then triple the brand new purchase price with extras and add-on's and you start to understand the capability of this amazing CAT-A ship. TREVOR GOWDY QUEST FOR THE ONE Filmed at Panama Big Game Blue Marlin! Black Marlin! Yellow fin Tuna! 2011 ~ 2012 Charter Specials Club Accommodations Boats_&_Services Sportfishing Packages charter photos Clients Comments Fishing Reports Getting Here New!! Fishing Videos Panama Big Game Fishing Video Filmed By Trevor Gowdy Marlin, Yellow Fin Tuna, Roosterfish, Snapper Sport Fishing with Panama Big Game Fishing Club, Boca Brava, Chiriqui. Bait Ball - Tuna - Marlin (Click For Video)

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