PANAMA, THE TUNA COAST

After working in Egypt for ten years, mainly with Nile perch fishing in Lake Nasser, Pascal Artieda took a break. He travelled to Panama for six months, looking for the perfect location to set up his new fishing operation. In the small village of Pedasi he convinced a local fisherman to take him out for a day. Popper fishing around Isla Iguana he hooked and landed a roosterfish of more than 40 kilos. That’s pretty much how and when he knew, he had found what he was looking for. And the rest is history…

At GetAway Sea Angling we knew of Pascal’s new ventures through our mutual Egyptian friend Negrashi, and we kept a close eye on things right from the start. Shortly after his lodge was finished, we formed a strong partnership and took over bookings for most of the European market. We also produced the DVD ‘Panamaniacs’, which was a huge success for us. Panama is, and probably will be for a very long time, our best-selling saltwater destination. No other destination can match the mix of great fishing, great atmosphere, great operation and –compared with similar products – a reasonable price.

In 2014 Pascal sold the lodge to French couple Clemence and Pierre-Andre. He then moved to his newly built house in the back of the garden – so while he is still our neighbor in Panama, from now on Clemence and Pierre-Andre will be the ones welcoming you to the Tuna Coast.