The Caribbean? Must be some mistake. This photo has to be the Seychelles or some remote island paradise in the tropical Pacific. But no: It's one of hundreds of San Blas Islands off the northern (Atlantic) coast of Panama. A group of anglers — two shown here casting from a flats skiff — recently joined Panama Yacht & Fishing Charters to spend five days exploring these astoundingly beautiful waters. Enjoy a taste of the spectacular San Blas in this photo gallery.
On site: Panama Yacht & Fishing Charters' operation in the protection of the San Blas Islands, as seen from a drone flown by Ryan Danoff. Accompanying the 98-foot, luxurious mothership Ms. B Haven on all (Atlantic and Pacific) Panama destinations is a 66 Buddy Davis and a brand-new Strike 37.
In this drone’s-eye view, the PYFC skiff runs up a channel in clear, pristine flats that characterize the San Blas Archipelago.
Big (and tough) horse-eye jacks seemed to outnumber the usually more common crevalles on this outing. Here, Sport Fishing's publisher, Dave Morel, admires a horse-eye that struck a Shimano Orca.
These anglers would maintain that a bit of swell isn't so bad — Bill Shedd (left) and Marc Mills enjoyed simultaneous strikes from lovely dog snapper on their Shimano FlatSide fishing jigs on the first drop of the morning.
Toothy grin from a school-sized king mackerel for Dave Morel, after it struck his speed jig on the way down.
They're everywhere: lionfish, a toxic-tipped reef dweller not found outside the Pacific until recently, are now established in most tropical Atlantic waters. This one went for a large Butterfly jig.
The reason Shedd asked for one of AFTCO's Release Fishing Gloves: The better to grab this feisty dog snapper that he caught on an Orca stickbait.
Although the rainy season here was running late in late July, some rivers still had a clear and clean if modest freshwater outlflow. Here, Henny Marais puts the inflatable into position as Dave Morel casts along a cutaway bank.