Panama GEM Charters

Member since February 2014

Panama City, Panama

Background
Panama GEM Charters is a premier charter operator focusing on all the marine services but with a big emphasis on fishing charters. Onboard you will find an experienced crew, top of the line fishing gear targeting all species and fishing techniques based on the season. No matter how skilled you are, you will enjoy Panama Gem's top quality service with bilingual crews, all beverages and snacks, and a top quality experience every time.

Panama GEM Charters

Panama City, Panama
Background
Panama GEM Charters is a premier charter operator focusing on all the marine services but with a big emphasis on fishing charters. Onboard you will find an experienced crew, top of the line fishing gear targeting all species and fishing techniques based on the season. No matter how skilled you are, you will enjoy Panama Gem's top quality service with bilingual crews, all beverages and snacks, and a top quality experience every time.

Our Charter Listings

Panama GEM Charters - 27’ Proline

Панама
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Panama GEM Charters - 43’

Panamá
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Panama GEM Charters – 55' Riviera

Panamá
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Panama GEM Charters - 31’ Contender

Panamá
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Panama GEM Charters–Lake Bass Boat

Gamboa
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Panama GEM Charters - Pontoon Boat

Panamá
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Fishing Reports

Soccer World Cup - Special Disscounts FI

June 25, 2018

During the Russia Soccer World Cup 2018 we will be offering special packages: - Round trip transportation to departure site - % on restaurants at the islands - Enjoy whale watching tours as you fish valid up to: july… Read Full Report →


1st place Hacienda Del Mar Fishing Tourn

June 01, 2018

FISH ON!!! We are more than happy to announce that our Fishing Team has won 1st place at the Hacienda Del Mar Fishing Tournament 2018 located in Isla San Jose at the Pearl Islands Archipelago, 40 nautical miles from… Read Full Report →


Our fishing team at the Hacienda del Mar

June 01, 2018

This past June 1-2 we had the first fishing tournament of the Year in Panama. And of course our fishing team was present! Fishing was done both inshore and offshore targeting as many species possible doing several fishing techniques… Read Full Report →


Our favorite season has started! - offsh

May 17, 2018

When summer start in Panama it means sporadic rains making rivers flush organic wastes that's starts building mile extensions of drift lines ideal for pelagic species and most abundant MahiMahi! Other benefits of this time of the year are… Read Full Report →


Mahi season is on!!!

June 11, 2017

The rainniy season has started in Panama... this means calm seas and rivers flushing organic waste to the open ocean, ideal to for those drift lines! AS we were cruising towards the Pearl Islands we encounter a very well… Read Full Report →


Tuna school moving closer to Panama City

June 14, 2015

The 20 Fathom Trench located 10 nautical miles from Panama City is normally very active with Mahi Mahi and Wahoo... however when big bait balls and drift Wood combine on the trench, it make an ideal combo for Tunas… Read Full Report →


Fun day wtih GT action @Pearl Islands

May 16, 2015

This past saturday we had a nice couple who went out for a full day of fishing at the Pearl Islands Archipelago... like always no picture of the fish but nice fishing action with some monster GT action. Once… Read Full Report →


First Mahi of the season 2015!!!

April 27, 2015

Hello guys! we are happy to annouce that the first MahiMahi (dorado) of the season was caught last last week! just 10 nautical miles from Panama City as we were trolling next to the drift line of the 20… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.17 out of 5 stars from 10 reviews

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Panama City, 8
Went fishing on Sunday, August 12, 2018

Miguel was extremely responsive throughout the entire process.  Ensuring every detail was covered and really tailoring our experience to what we wanted so we’d have the best time possible.

Miguel was able to arrange transportation for a small fee to alleviate any stress finding the marina.  The driver was punctual and friendly.  Once we got to the marina everyone was ready to go.

On our way out the sunrise over downtown Panama City was breathtaking.  We soon saw a migratory pod of dolphins that would put the action you see at sea world to shame.  Soon after that the fish started to hit.  Within an hour we had caught 4 yellowfin tuna!!!

On our way to and from the Pearl Islands we saw humpback whales!  We pulled up to a smaller island to do snorkeling and swim around a bit.  Then we headed to a larger island where the crew had arranged for a man named Gerald who owned a local B&B to pick us up on his golf cart and he took us to his restaurant for drinks and lunch.  Gerald’s a great bartender and even better cook! I ordered the curry chicken and we split some shrimp. 

While we were at lunch the crew stayed back on the boat to clean our catch and even prepared some ceviche with it for our ride back.  For the remainder of the trip back to Panama we did some light trolling, saw a few more whales and took in the sights.

Bertie and the captain were super friendly throughout our entire charter making the day seem more like fishing with friends.  Bertie had a lot of history to share about Panama City and didn’t hesitate to take some pictures of us and our catch anytime we requested.  Once we got back to the dock we split up our catch (only taking what we knew we would use as there was more than enough to go around).  As a thank you for sharing Miguel even came by our AirBnB to drop off a GEM Charters fishing shirt. 

We will definitely be back to Panama and without a doubt be booking with GEM Charters again.  This experience was more than either my husband and I could have even imagined it to be.  Great value: fishing, whale watching, dolphins and scenic tour!  Hands down book these guys, if you want an experience of a lifetime!

Fished August 2018

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Knoxville, tn
Went fishing on Thursday, May 31, 2018

the 43’ powercat had a mechanical problem, so they put us on a larger, 55’ yacht.  Captain “Kid” and his staff were outstanding.  There was 10 of us on the boat and had plenty of room.  Unfortunately we didn’t catch many - a few small dorado.  All fishing was trolling with lures on top.  Would have preferred to try other methods too for other species.

Fished May 2018

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Panama City, 8
Went fishing on Saturday, May 26, 2018

Miguel was great. We had a slow start, but heated up and ended up with one Spanish Maceral, one Bonita (great fighter), and four (4) Mahi Mahi. It was my wife’s first time deep sea fishing and she loved it.

The day (26/5/18) was a bit rainy, but we didn’t care as catching fish was paramount. Miguel was game, and was flexible and enthusiastic about putting us on fish, despite the rainy conditions. Miguel was fun to simply hang out with when fishing was slow, and his ability to put us on fish made the trip all the more enjoyable. At one point we had three fish on (and we missed out on the big one of the day - saw him jump away). Finally, Miguel’s ceviche was first rate. I definitely recommend this trip.

Fished May 2018

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Panama GEM Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Thank you so much for your comments Jonathan!

It is a pleasure to have clients like you on board. Captain Miguel really enjoyed this fishing trip.

We hope to have you on board in a near future.

Tight lines

Jonesborough, tn
Went fishing on Saturday, May 12, 2018

We had a great trip. Warm reception and a lot of time fishing.  We caught a few spanish mackerel right from the start but most of the day was trolling without success..
Thats the breaks!!!
Got some great pictures of a large group of Dolphins and had a little place on Taboga Island fix up our catch to eat.
Miguel offered a lot of information about Panama,  the canal and set us up at a nice cove for a swim and fixed up some great ceviche using some of our fresh catch..

Fished May 2018

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Panama GEM Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, May 13, 2018

Hello Daniel! It was a pleasure having you and your family on board with us! Keep us in mind for future visits to Panama, whale watching and fishing tournament season coming soon!

Panama
Went fishing on Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Fished February 2018

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Panama GEM Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, February 23, 2018

Hello Robert a pleasure having you and your family on board with us this past week, hope the mahi you cuaght was nicely cooked at the restaurant howeever not better than the fresh ceviche prepared on board by the crew!!!

It would be a pleasure having you on board in the near future.

Saludos,

Panama City, Provincia de Panama
Went fishing on Wednesday, December 20, 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed our trip. Both Captain Miguel and the other Miguel, were fun, knowledgeable, found us some fish. The boat is also great. Plenty of room for all of us, dry storage for gear and ice for lunches. Getting ceviche for lunch was an incredible end to a fantastic day. Hoe to go out again with these two before we head home.

Fished December 2017

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Washington, District of Columbia
Went fishing on Saturday, August 19, 2017

The half day fishing trip was very enjoyable particularly since we were lucky enough for it to be sunny weather and to have caught at least one fish, a nine pound Spanish mackerel. Captain Isaac was very personable and professional. Very experienced and knowledgeable about fishing in the area, it was very interesting to talk with him about the maritime scene as well as the fishing environment. He was also very accommodating, ensuring that we had snacks and beverages.  Overall, it was a fun and relaxing morning.

Fished August 2017

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Geuda Springs, Kansas
Went fishing on Thursday, March 16, 2017

Had a great time fishing at Taboga island on march 16,2017. Could not have a better experience being this was my first time chartering a fishing trip the weather was perfect the fish were biting. Ended up catching six albacore tuna’s
  The next time I’m in Panama I will definitely be booking another charter with panama Jim charters  
Thanks again Captain Edgar and his first mate I apologize I don’t remember the first mates name

Fished March 2017

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Panama GEM Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 31, 2017

Hello Roger

The pleasure was ours not only for having you on board but also for being in charge of your first fishing experience.

Edgar the captain is a very good fisherman knowing the area,  as well as his deckhand wich is also named Edgar.

We hope to have you on board once again in a near future.

We will be always at your orders.

The GEM Charters Team.

Serbia
Went fishing on Friday, March 6, 2015

Miguel and Eddie were awesome but we only caught two small fish. That why it’s called fishing and not catching. :-)

Fished March 2015

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Panama
Went fishing on Monday, March 2, 2015

Went out with Eddie and Michael was nice only caught 1 fish but had fun.

Fished March 2015

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Panama GEM Charters (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hello guys! A pleasure to have you both on board… Definetly not the best fishing day of the year but spoke to the crew and told you guys went all in from trolling to live bait bottom jigging! Nice barracuda though… Chao!