Best season for booking a charter

Panama is a beautiful vacation destination all year round. That is not to say that there aren’t optimal times to visit, and most certainly cheaper times of the year, too. Read up on the best times, cheapest, and most popular for visiting Panama.

There are various options available for Panama City fishing charters. Variations exist as you move from one area to another. Generally, in Panama City, charters are available for sports fishing, extended trips, shark fishing and Panama City tuna. 

The Panama City fishing action happens all year round. Most fishing charter providers like Kelley Girl Fishing, Panama City, FL operate seven days a week while others operate all week long. Different season bring distinctive fish species, owing to their annual migration patterns, and therefore, these different types of fish determine the seasons in Panama City.

Panama is a place of two seasons only – dry and wet. The dry season, which locals refer to as their summer, begins in December and wraps up before the end of April. That leaves April to December as the wet season, also known as the green season, and to locals, winter..To know the best season for booking, you have to know which activity you want to take part in, and whether at that particular time the fish species you want is available. However, most fishing charters follow fish seasons, thus it is impossible to go on a trip when it is out of season.

Available seasons based on species


Tunas are available from end of February and early March, and they go off-season in August. The best time to catch them is the 4 months that are in the middle of this period. The fish weigh 8 to 150 kilos.


Whale watching happens from November to May. Panama City waters are famous for blue whales, which do not shy away from boats.

King Fish

The King Fish season runs from January through to April, while the best time to go game fishing is January through to July.

Snapper Fish

The best time to catch snapper fish is in September. There is an increase in their numbers just before they disappear to spawn.

For those without a definite time to book, you can always take any fishing charter trip, as King George Whiting is a species available all year round. The Yellow Tail King fish has a short window of February to March as depart from Panama City.

You can also catch dolphins by chance when water temperatures are warm. Therefore, plan your trip in summer to increase your chances. Mind the following points:

Choose from mid to the end of a particular fish season

The best time to book fishing charters is from middle to end season. In early season, for a particular species, there are few charters available, as others still are serving different fish seasons.

Off-season trips take longer to catch fish

Fishing charters are usually available for a period of 4 to 8 hours a day. Include this duration when planning your trip. Charters go offshore up to 20 km for short duration trips and 50 km for game fishing, which has a longer duration. Before going for the trip, you must confirm your bookings to avoid disappointments. Sometime trips are cancelled because of bad whether and when boating conditions are imperfect.