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Trip Details

Panama- Hannibal Bank Aboard the Coral Star | 02/08/08 - 02/15/2008


Welcome traveling fisherman!  The Ocean Isle Fishing Center's Exotic Fishing Expeditions is starting off with a bang.  Join Capt. Barrett McMullan and/or Capt. Brant McMullan for a fishing adventure of a lifetime aboard the mother ship Coral Star and it's fleet of sportfishing boats.  This expedition begins in Panama City, Panama in Central America and takes the explorers to some of the most remote, pristine, and fertile waters on the planet.  Whether big game billfishing is your passion or yanking monster grouper and snapper gives you a thrill or even working the shadows of mountains rising out of the sea for exciting roosterfish action, you are sure to experience a fishery unlike any other.  

Traveling Fisherman Trip #1 to Panama 2008 is Full!

WHERE:  Panama- Central America
WHEN:    February 8th 2008 - February 15th 2008
SPACES AVAILABLE:  14 slots open
COST:     $4500 per fisherman + airfare and in-country travel
BOOKING:  Currently underway

Additional Trip Information Below

-The official Ocean Isle Fishing Center Panama Expedition will occur of February 8th - 15th 2008. 

-We have 14 slots available for this trip and booking will be first come first serve. 

-An OIFC representative will be filming an instructional video as well as a trip highlights video on this trip that will feature all the guests.  Also the OIFC will provide 'Team OIFC' tshirts or hats for all those on the trip. 

-There will be daily seminars/discussions hosted by Capt. Barrett and Capt. Brant on board the Coral Star covering topics such as stand up angling tactics, knots, trolling tactics, bait rigging and much more.

-(THE TRIP IS A GO 9/1/07) In order to fill all the slots with fishermen connected with the Ocean Isle Fishing Center we must have all the spaces filled within 5 months of the departure date. 

-In order to ensure your spot is reserved you will need to contact me, Capt. Barrett McMullan via email or phone which are both listed below.  At that point a deposit of 25% of the trip will be due to the Coral Star.  Once the deposit is received your spot is reserved.  The balance is due 60 days prior to the departure of the trip. 

-Again this is a first come first serve deal. 

I will continually update the "Traveling Fishermen" section of the website with names of those who sign up for the trip.  This trip is already setup and approved with the Coral Star meaning booking is now underway.  Additional details regarding travel to Panama City and from Panama City to David and back will be posted shortly.

You will be hard pressed to find another sport fishing destination that offers the variety, quantity and quality gamefish that are found off the legendary Hannibal Banks in Panama, Central America.  The Coral Star operation has our full endorsement at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center and we hope you will join us on this once in a lifetime fishing expedition.  Let's go fishing! 

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.  If I don't have the answer I'll get it or put you in contact with someone who does.  Below my contact information you will find information regarding this trip provided by the Coral Star operation including pricing. If you'd like me to email you a brochure please contact me.

Capt. Barrett McMullan
910-575-3474 ext. 4

General Fishing Information

Another successful season and we're still fishing!  How can we go wrong fishing world renowned Hannibal Bank and its surrounding islands?  It just doesn't get any better than this!  Take a look at bending your rod our way for the new 2007 season!


Join us aboard the M/V Coral Star of Panama in Central America.  The Coral Star is a 115' live-aboard Mother-ship Operation, our "floating lodge".  Experience a new adventure with a Mother-ship that moves!  This cuts out long boat rides to the bill-fishing grounds.  Be on the water first thing in the morning and jump onto one of our 28 foot to 34 foot sport fishing boats.  We have a fleet of 7 sport fishing boats, so get ready to catch some of the biggest fish in the Western Hemisphere with our Penn International 20's, 30's, 50's and 80's along with assorted spin and fly fishing tackle!  We have also added a full compliment of AVET 2 speed reels.  We offer a 6 day package, and whether you are looking for billfish or want to enjoy our spectacular inshore fishery, plan to join us now!


Billfish Species:  Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Pacific Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna to 350 pounds


Inshore Species:  Roosterfish, Wahoo, Cuberra "Dogtooth" Snapper, Amberjack, Grouper, Dorado, Tarpon, Snook, Pargo, Jack Trevallies, etc.


Why Fish with the Coral Star?


 Ø      Unlike other operators, when we say you have 10 to 12 hours of fishing, that means "fishing time" and not the time it takes to get to the fishing grounds.  Even our half day "fishing time" is 5 to 6 hours depending on tides.  Our "normal 6 day package" offers fishing 4 days, "10 to 12" hours and 2 days fishing, "5 to 6" hours.  This gives you 6 days of fishing!


 Ø      As mentioned, the 7 boats in our sport fishing fleet range in size from 28 to 34 footers and we have the BIGGEST boats available compared to anyone in our area.  So you can easily fish 2 to 3 people on each boat to handle all of the double and triple hook-ups you are going to get!  On top of that, our sport boats have plenty of shade to get out of the sun, which is very important in our area.  All boats also have heads and beds for the anglers comfort.  Anglers can request their boat with stand up battle stations or fighting chairs.  Each sport boat has live bait wells that carry live bait and Tuna tubes for the live Bonita.

Our 115 foot Mother-ship, the M/V Coral Star has a total of 8 cabins with 3 different styled cabins to choose from that offer double occupancy, or triple occupancy if there is a family on board with one of their children.  Each and every room has a private shower, toilet and sink.

UPDATE:      Three of our latest improvements for the 2007 season: 

Ø      First, we added a live bait tank on our 115 foot ship.  This tank allows us to stock a supply of fresh bait.  This really helps out, as the more live bait you have, the more fish you will catch.  Second, we added a freezer for "anglers only" which allows you to bring some fish home.  And third, we have upgraded our tackle with 2 speed AVET reels matched with custom made Seeker Rods.


Ø      Probably the most important thing is that we have changed our pricing in an effort to give every angler a chance to fish the world renowned Hannibal Bank, Coiba and the surrounding islands by having the option of fishing 2 or 3 anglers on one sport boat.





M/V Coral Star has a well equipped stainless steel galley which will supply you with delicious meals and entrees that won't disappoint you.  Should you have any special requests, please notify your sales representative and we will try to accommodate your request.    The Coral Star accommodations consist of individually controlled A/C rooms including two master staterooms with queen size beds and full bath on the main deck, and six deluxe cabins on the lower deck with portholes, sink and vanity, private shower and toilet.  She has 3 teak decks; a canopy covered sun deck with lounge chairs and our famous "Fantail Bar".  The Fantail Bar area is used for dining and telling those stories about the big fish you got and for taking in the panoramic view.  The Coral Star's 230 tons displacement creates a very stable and comfortable floating lodge.  You can go scuba diving, sea kayaking, exploring or snorkeling from our 18' and 22' motor launches.  A color TV/VCR with tape library, stereo system with CD and cassette tape, books, games and puzzles are available for those with relaxation in mind.  Don't forget the beauty that surrounds you!  Many anglers are in awe of the dolphins and whales that pay us frequent visits.  Nightly, you can enjoy fishing off the back of the ship for

Snapper, Pargo and anything else that may attack your bait.  With everything we have, why go any place else?



M/V Coral Star of Panama

Itinerary:  Most all of our charters run Saturday through Thursday.  We require you to fly into Panama on Friday prior to

charter date, unless you are extending your stay in Panama. 


Our Package:  Meet us at TAS Marina in David, Panama, on Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:15 a.m.  The earlier the better!  Depending on your situation, our staff would be happy to meet you at the airport in David and transfer you via our green bus for the short 10 minute ride to the Marina.  We will load you and your luggage on our sport boats and take you down the river.  At the end of the river is where you will board our 115 foot Mother-ship, the M/V Coral Star.  After a safety talk and lunch, jump onto one of our sport fishing boats and go catch some fish!  You will fish Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  On Thursday afternoon, we should have you back at the Marina around 3:30 p.m.


" Pricing:  January through April is considered our "prime season", as most anglers like to travel during the winter months, the price for prime season is:


            $4,500 per person - 3 anglers per boat;

            $5,000 per person - 2 anglers per boat.


Charter rates quoted above do not include: Liquor, or gratuity to your captain and crew.

-Capt. Barrett McMullan

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