Hannibal Bank, Islas Ladrones, Montuosa and Secas - A Central American Fishing Secret Uncovered
The Hannibal Bank and Piñas Bay are two major contributors to several IGFA world records. Panama has some of the most prolific fishing in the world compared to other Central America fishing spots and it is still pretty much a secret.
This area, including the Hannibal bank, Islas Montuosa and Ladrones is recognized for black marlin, Pacific sailfish and yellowfin tuna. Prime time for these species is during the Panamanian "summer" season. But fishing is great year round for these and other species.
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Why? The fishing topography of the area is dominated by undersea mountains which rise from the depths from several thousand feet to less than 50 feet from the surface. These groups of underwater islands and pinnacles obstruct the currents, which causes oxygen and nutrients to push upwards to the surface. Massive amounts of bait fish feed on these nutrients, and the baitfish are like magnets to the other larger fish. The shallowest spot on the Hannibal bank has a 200 foot pinnacle which is home to black marlin and giant yellowfin tuna.
Ten miles away from the Hannibal Banks is Isla Montuosa. From this island, a deep drop rises steeply from 10000 feet right to the island. There are many rock pinnacles around the island where you are just about guaranteed to catch either or all of black marlin, sailfish or snapper.
Isla Ladrones is closest to the fishing resort and probably the most popular of fishing spots, because of its proximity. Eight miles on the West side of Ladrones, is the deep drop which falls from 3000 ft to the darkest depths of the Pacific.
Ladrones, Secas and Parida's are great for inshore fishing of roosterfish, snapper, jack, wahoo, kingfish, and mackerel.
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