History of the Club

The Panama Big Game Club was started by two charter boat skippers from Miami, Florida, in 2001, seeking to build a place to fish from after retirement. They got so excited about the location at Boca Brava, how nice they were treated by the Panamanian Government and local people and the world-class fishing experience, that it grew into the Club.

History of Panama Big Game Fishing Club in Panama.

Old Clubhouse Bar

History of Panama Big Game Fishing Club in Panama.

New Clubhouse Bar

The Club was bought in May 2011 by Mark Charman, (Mr ‘C’ as he is affectionately known), a British entrepreneur and passionate life-long sports fisherman (since the age of four!) from Jersey in the Channel Islands, who has been residing in Dubai and the Seychelles for the past 15 years. He has enjoyed business success in the computer industry, IT recruitment, oil and gas, and the UAE real estate sector.

History of Panama Big Game Fishing Club in Panama.

Old Clubhouse Area

History of Panama Big Game Fishing Club in Panama.

New Clubhouse Area

Mr ‘C’ has initiated a six million dollar upgrade to the Club to provide a five star, family-friendly, resort that combines top-flight luxury with a state-of-the-art fishing experience. This included overhaul of all the fishing boats (adding five additional boats), equipped with the latest “top of the line” tackle and equipment. We also added an infinity edged-pool and Jacuzzi, family lodge and spa to the Club. Our private dock was also rebuilt and doubled in size.

Panama Big Game Old Dock

Old Club Dock

Panama Big Game New Dock

New Club Dock

“For anyone who has been going to Panama for a fishing getaway and has not been to Panama Big Game Fishing Club you are missing out. Your days of roughing it are over….Not sure where to brag first—the boats, the gear, the captains and crews blew away what we have experienced in the past–all top rate.”
Rich LPhoenix, Arizona

Since then we’ve been honoured with a raft of awards.

Tripadvisor 2015 Winner
We are the first and only fishing resort in Panama to ever win a Trip Advisor five-star Award of Excellence in 2012, 2013, 2014. And the first to win more than one ever !. We won again in 2015 and this latest award makes Panama Big Game Club and Resort a four in a row Winner.
Guy Harvey Magazine Award
We won the Guy Harvey Magazine editor’s choice reward for the No. 1 fishing resort in Central America (2014, 2015).
Florida Sport Fishing Award
Florida Sport Fishing Magazine Five Star Excellence Award (No. 1 lodge 2013, 2014).
Bluewater 2014 Winner
Blue Water Magazine’s Favourite Central American Game Fishing Lodge (2013, 2014, 2015).

The club is also an approved IGFA fishing club and IGFA approved weigh station.

“In our opinion, nothing else matches Panama Big Game Fishing Lodge, so we returned in August 2014. The fishing was still as good and the lodge has been improved hugely since our last visit in 2007. If you want a fantastic fishing experience – either deep-sea or inshore – go here! We cannot recommend it highly enough.”