GETTING THERE: The first-class round-trip flight from New York to Panama City costs $440 (economy is $295). Pan-Am's jets leave nightly; Braniff has three jets a week. A twin-engined amphibian Grumman Mallard picks up the fisherman at Panama City airport and puts him down at the club's beach ($80 each round trip).
STAYING THERE: There are five duplex cottages, each containing two apartments with double room and a bath-dressing room. The bar has good drinks and there are good Texas steaks in the restaurant, where the chef also will cook your fresh-caught fish (even the black marlin). Cottages, restaurant and bar are air-conditioned. Although the sun beats down unmercifully, there are practically no mosquitoes. Rates are $20 each per day, meals included, and reservations require an advance deposit of $5 per person per day. For reservations and information write to Club de Pesca, Apartado 6813, Panama, R.P., or 300 Simons Bldg., Dallas 1. PESCACLUB is the cable address.
FISHING THERE: The record fish are caught in the Gulf of Panama round Taboga Island, the Pearl Islands and Pi�as Bay. There is year-round fishing for marlin, Pacific sailfish, amberjack, dolphin, bonito, jack crevalle, grouper, sea bass, snapper, jewfish and mackerel. The Club de Pesca's nine new fishing boats have diesel engines and ship-to-shore radio. Superb tackle, from the lightest to the heaviest, is provided. Single-engined boats (30 feet) rent for $90 a day, twin-engined (33 feet) for $100. A deposit of $25 per day is required in advance. A native boy in a small boat will take you to Punta Molino, where you can fish from the rocks with light tackle for bonito, snapper, grouper and even the occasional dolphin. A license is not required, nor is there a limit.
HUNTING THERE: The Darien jungle is just outside the Club de Pesca's backyard. There are deer, jaguar, wild pig and dozens of varieties of waterfowl waiting. But bring your own equipment. Information on hunting can be obtained by a letter to any one of the following tour operators in Panama City: Boyd Brothers Travel Service, Fidanque Travel Service, Jungle Jim Tours, Persons Travel Bureau and Tivoli Travel Agency.
SIGHTSEEING: A 10-minute ride in a cayuca, the local dugout canoe, will take you to Santa Dorotea, as primitive a village (it is built on stilts) as you can find anywhere. A long walk in the jungle will take you to an abandoned gold mine, but be sure to take a guide—the Indians sometimes do not care for strangers.