Panama Part 2: Isla Taboga/Pacific Ocean

After our stay in the rainforest, we headed to the beaches of Isla Taboga, a small island about 12 miles from Panama City. Among the 900 or so inhabitants we found Thijs and Jeannette who retired from California to Taboga several years ago. Along with their vacation rental, Thijs runs a fishing charter business.
For a very reasonable rate, Captain Thijs takes clients out on his 24 foot panga, fishing around the inner islands for mahi-mahi, jacks, roosterfish, sierra mackerel, and whatever else swims by.
The weather was unstable, but between the two days we were there we managed about 3.5 hours of fishing. We had good luck the first day, with a number of hits and one good sized sierra mackerel landed:

That evening, Thijs arranged for a local chef to cook the fish for our dinner. We were served huge fillets, cooked in a local style ‘creole sauce’ with fried yucca and patacones on the side. It was absolutley delicious and cost about $11 for both of us – definitely one of the best meals of the trip.
Overnight it rained hard and the water was murky the following morning. We fished a few nearby islands but failed to catch anything else.

You can see more photos from our trip here!

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