i went there for a month, sumeer 2005.
What a country! Will be even better if you get to do some fishing. I managed to do a little bit of line wetting when i was there.
I guess it depends where you are going.
i fished playa ancon which is near trinidad, fished with a lite spinning outfit. This was the best fishing i had out there with small bara's and small snapper type species. Lost a phew pluggs and spinners to gready gars and bigger species that my 10lb line couldnt handle.
would loved to have gone on a charter or done some salt water flying on the flats but they cost mega bucks.
Enjoy your trip!