GUATEMALA FISHING REPORT    

Guatemala Fishing report June7th 2009

Shaken but not Stirred

Greetings from a somewhat rainy Guatemala. The rain has yet to start in earnest, but it is earnestly about to start.

Over the course of the years, I have heard many debates and even some arguments about whether the rain affects the fishing..............positively or negatively. I guess my conclusion after listening and in some cases partaking in these debates is that "it depends"..................so it is with much of fishing, and with most of the variables involved. The weather offshore has been relatively kind. Some showers, even the odd thunderhead thrown in – but nothing good size sportfishing boats can’t handle with ease and almost comfort. The seas have been rolling as much as 4-6ft – which is unusual even for this time of year – but sometimes that is what it takes to literally “shake things up” and get the fish to bite. Our most recent trips have reported some great and consistent bites on BIG Blue Marlin. Our Blues generally average in the 300-450lb class……..but these have been averaging considerably more, maybe 500+ and as high as 650lbs or so.

I was reminded of my struggle (perhaps a better adverb is needed……) when I took my two sons (11 & 13 at the time) out 2 years ago but about this time. Hooking up to 3 good size Blues at the same time – one in excess of 600lbs easy………………we got two to the boat, but only after an epic struggle – that was similar to the one described to me recently : Headly Weir has a one-of-a-kind record he’d just as soon forget. Fishing a tournament in 1986 near Montego Bay, Jamaica, Weir hooked a huge marlin. Soon the eighty-pound line had nearly spooled, so Weir grabbed a new rod, clipped the line to the old reel, and tossed it overboard. The new reel lost so much line that Weir attached a third and then a fourth rod and reel. Twelve hours after being hooked, the powerful marlin snapped the line, taking with it 4,000 yards of monofilament and four expensive Penn International rod and reels

Read our latest blog entry here  with more about the fishing for submarines

We are still fishing hard, but have availability going forward – so if you are considering a trip, now is a great time to go. Please call us at 1-877-763-0851 or email me at kevin@GreatSailfishing.com

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."   ~ Doug Larson

 

Guatemala Fishing report May 10th 2009

We went fishing in Guatemala and (nearly) caught a submarine !!

It is on days such as we have endured recently that we are thankful for not only moderately fast (22knots +) boats, but also for the calm seas and heavy hull that sometimes are able to make the trek out 50 miles to decent blue water seem like an extension of the comfortable queen sized beds we abandoned at the villa not more than an hour before.

With moon come the currents. Sometimes they work for you, often they conspire to push the blue water out almost beyond reasonable reach.  We tried lines in our first day out at just 20 miles, although the water was more grey than blue (at least not green !). The fishing could best be described as slow – a couple of raises and half-hearted bites from sailfish and one to the stern; time to get on the radio and check the scorecard with the other half of the team that went out another 20 miles or so.
By all accounts they were doing slightly better, but not really a strong enough bite to warrant another hour (each way) run and then have one a couple of hours decent trolling time when we got there. Seemed like a much more sensible plan was to switch some small feathers and plastics into the spread in the hope of catching some dinner for the evening (or the next few evenings !)

It’s amazing sometimes how just a tiny blemish on the vast ocean is enough to attract large predators – when I saw the captain idly troll by a piece of wood that couldn’t have been more than 2feet long, the reaction was immediate. Out from somewhere deep below (or at least deep enough that my Costas couldn’t penetrate to), the big bull dolphin charged the ballyhoo on the long rigger and we hooked up to what turned out to be a 38lb bull Dorado. No more worries about dinner for the rest of the week then.

The next morning we made a quick decision to be patient – and if running 50 miles was what it took to raise fish, that is what we were going to do. Maybe by the time we got back to the dock, fuel prices would have come down………

Sure enough it took 47 miles under the hull of the Bertram before we found deep blue water and we slowed to trolling speed and the riggers went out.
I’d like to report that we were appropriately rewarded by nonstop action for our efforts – but by Guatemala standards, we had a lot of “beer time”…….which is ok in the afternoon, but Gallo with cornflakes just doesn’t cut it. The bite was certainly better and consistent – we and other boats were consistently raising double digit sailfish with the odd Blue (and Black) marlin thrown in.
We tried different ranges with groups over the next few days, and the story (at least) was consistent; the further out, the better the bite. One day the “Reel Diver” ventured out nearly 60 miles in the hope of “fishgold”, and found good action. Other boats from the fleet followed her out, but didn’t find much to report until rendezvous. Late morning the (small) fleet was buzzed for about an hour by a US Coastguard C130. We have experienced  this before when we have been moving boats up the Pacific Coast for relocation – I guess anything moving out there becomes a “target of interest” until demonstrated otherwise.

Reading up on it later in the week, I came across very recent articles that recounted stories and reports of “narco-subs” having been spotted and in some cases apprehended by the Coasties. Coming up from Columbia en route to San Diego or Mexico, these guys are now travelling in “home grown” submarines using bales for ballast and hope for navigation. While reports  mostly place them 300+ miles off the coast of Guatemala (look at the geography when you join a straight line !), it is understandable that the C130 would be interested in anything that moved (or not) en route to a patrol area off Panama and Costa Rica.

>We only came back with a couple of flags flying and some more good sized Dorado in the cooler. Works for me every time !

Read our latest blog entry here  with more about the fishing for submarines

We are still fishing hard, but have availability going forward – so if you are considering a trip, now is a great time to go. Please call us at 1-877-763-0851 or email me at kevin@GreatSailfishing.com

 Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:

"If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles."   ~ Doug Larson

Week ending April 21st 2009

Thank goodness they grow so quickly !

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending April 21st   2009 .

Coming towards the end of the main sailfishing season in Guatemala – usually regarded as November – May, but mostly defined by how cold the weather is up North. Things do seem to be slowing down; the crews are getting more days at the dock and starting on needed maintenance when the boats have worked so hard throughout the season.

We had all the boats out fishing this past week, and the sailfish catches have been about average for this time of year – with 5-15 raises per day – but unpredictable in location. The fleet some days has failed to find good streams of strong blue water, just “pools” as they call them holding bait. On such days, somebody often “volunteers” to be “hero or zero” and head further out……..and keep on going……until consistent water is found. This has been as far as 60 miles this past week, so it takes deep pockets to do such prospecting, with no guarantee of success at the end.

The main part of the fleet has been fishing lines in at 35-45 miles as it has been here that the water overall is better, and these “pockets” of deep blue holding bait have been more frequent and closer together – meaning that the Captain has been able to define a reasonable troll area to intersect as many of these as possible and raise decent numbers of fish.

Often what has raised the most excitement on slow days has been finding debris and getting out the superlight tackle to target dolphin/Mahi for sport and the table. These fish continue to amaze me; they are among the fasting growing animals in the world – reaching sexual maturity in as little as 3 months (although 4-5 is normal…………must be a bar joke in there somewhere ?), and essentially consume everything and anything that they come across.

They put on body mass at an extraordinary rate, reaching the 6lb mark in less than a year and more than tripling in size over the course of the next 12 months. They make great light tackle sport fish, as they will have hatched underneath floating debris or weed, and can be teased out to turn a bite into a feeding frenzy – holding the school close to the back of the boat to facilitate superlight tackle or fly is the way to go.

When you are wondering where they all came from – consider that having reached sexual maturity (at 4-5 months), they typically spawn every 6 weeks and release up to half a million eggs that start to hatch after a couple of days…………and start to feed voraciously !

Sailfish are somewhat similar, with short, aggressive life cycles, although not as prodigious as Dolphin.

So next time the fishing turns a little slow, keep a peripheral eye towards floating detritus and consider dedicating an hour to chasing dolphin and managed chaos in the cockpit !!

Read our latest blog entry here about the new terminal and infrastructure at Guatemala GUA airport.

We are still fishing hard, but have availability going forward – so if you are considering a trip, now is a great time to go. Please call us at 1-877-763-0851 or email me at kevin@GreatSailfishing.com 

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:

 " Rivers and the inhabitants of the watery elements are made for wise men to contemplate and for fools to pass by without consideration."
   ~ Izaac Walton

Week ending April 2nd 2009

An early Easter gift for you – fishing in Guatemala

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending April 2nd 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

Easter is a very important time all over the world, but nowhere more so than in Guatemala. Most catholic, and in particular Spanish speaking countries regard this as the most important date on the calendar. In the city of Antigua Guatemala however, this is taken to a whole new level.

Each Sunday of Lent sees the old city come alive with processions and homage to the Virgin Mary and Jesus of Nazareth. This builds until we reach “Semana Santa” or Holy Week – when there starts a sequence of processions on Palm Sunday and continues through the week until Good Friday and on to Easter Sunday itself. Each of these marches becomes more spectacular leading up to Easter Sunday : floats (“Andas”) depicting the crucifixion weighing up to 7000 lbs are carried on the shoulders of up to 100 “Curcuruchas” bearing the weight in their robes which start as purple on Palm Sunday – to black on Good Friday. This unique series of processionals however is probably most famous for the “alfombras” or literally “carpets” of flowers that are laid out on the cobble stone streets for the participants at first to skirt around – but then to trample as the andas pass over them. The most spectacular are the alfombras along Antigua’s streets, meticulously designed and, ideally, completed just before the Good Friday procession begins. Sand or sawdust is generally used to level the cobblestone roadway. Sawdust is then collected and dyed in different colors. Favorite colors are purple, green, blue, red, yellow and black. Flowers such as bougainvillea, chrysanthemums, carnations, roses and other native plants and pine needles are also used.

It is almost impossible to get accommodation for this period in Antigua itself less than a year in advance, so if you want to consider mixing this spectacle with a fishing trip to Guatemala, we advise to really consider booking now ! Antigua is (literally “antigua”) the old capital of Guatemala (read more about it on our blog here), and makes an easy day trip from the coast and a relaxing layday from fishing.

Easter is relatively early this year – which means some of our groups have been able to successfully combine Holy Week with some spectacular fishing. While this season has many times been characterized as “mixed” given the unusually volatile weather patterns and the blue water flows that follow it – this last few weeks has really settled down into a steady and consistent pattern that makes for stress-free fishing (for the anglers that is !).

Our boats have been finding plenty of bait pods within 30 miles of the marina, each pod surrounded by voracious sailfish. There have been sufficient numbers of these large schools spread over a line that stretched for over 15 miles, that the fleet have largely been fishing (and catching) out of sight of each other – but within safety range.

Each boat has been raising 15-20 sailfish per day in comfortable sunny weather and calm seas – with strong catch&release rates. There are still plenty of good size Blue Marlin being caught in the 300-600lb class – as well as (somewhat unusually for this early in the year) a lot of “gaffer” dolphin.

We are still fishing hard, but have availability going forward – so if you are considering a trip, now is a great time to go. Please call us at 1-877-763-0851 or email me at kevin@GreatSailfishing.com

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"It has always been my private conviction that any man who pits his intelligence against a fish and loses has it coming."
~ John Steinbeck

Week ending March 17th 2009

It may be St. Patricks Day…………

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending March 17th 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

Yes – it may be Saint Patrick’s Day – but we are pleased to report that the water in Guatemala is not green!

We reported last week how a stream of weather fronts had pushed green water close into shore, which had been causing us some difficulties in finding consistent concentrations of bait and the predators that feed on them. Since then, the weather has been kind to us, and we have had consistent warm days and calm seas that have enabled the blue water to push in and drive that nasty colder green water to one side.

If you take a look at the geography of the region, it is easy to see how the currents coming down from Mexico collide with the coastline and reflect back to form huge eddies that attract and hold large quantities of bait. These fast moving currents mean that water conditions – in particular the location of blue water – can change dramatically in as little as 48 hrs…..so even when the fishing has been tough going, as it was towards the end of last month, there is always hope that tomorrow could be an angling bonanza !

We have had several groups visiting us this past couple of weeks from the Northern States – glad to be out of the cold and the snow for a week or so – basking in the sunshine. An opportunity to rid the system of those winter bugs and microbes that linger far too long and cause the sniffling and blocked up noses !

I read this past week with some envy that Great White Sharks are about the healthiest animals on the planet – they have natural antibodies that make them immune to just about every bacterium known to science, they are also immune to cancer ! Seems to me that they should go and live in North Dakota for a while and see how they get on instead !

The fishing for these groups has been consistent at about 30 miles from the dock, and have been raising in the high teens of billfish per boat per day. Still a lot of Blue Marlin around – which is great news, as we usually anticipate if anything, the Marlin bite to pick up from here at this time of the season.

Feel free to give your opinion on our blog : www.greatsailfishing.com/Fishing_Guatemala

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with /www.greatsailfishing.com We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"Even a fish wouldn't get into trouble if he kept his mouth shut."
~ Unknown

Week ending March 6th 2009

Telling it like it is : Sailfish fishing in Guatemala

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending March 6th 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

Full moon, New moon – doesn’t seem to make much difference this year to the predictability of the fishing down here in Guatemala. Typically the strong pull of the changing moon drives rips and currents that tend to stir up activity. We wrote about this in our blog recently – everyone has an opinion, why don’t you share yours ? The new moon is generally favoured by anglers – although the research cited in our blog post somewhat disputes that………what is indisputable was that there was a new moon, and we (and our clients Doug Scout and party) were keen to watch the fishing improve as we approached.
Good concentrations of billfish nice warm days and calm seas – and consistent action throughout the fishing day.

The sailfish have been slow by Guatemala standards during the latter part of February – with boats averaging low single digits each day. We would normally expect many more than that, but we have been affected by waves of weather fronts, and probably more importantly waves (or currents) of green water that have pshed in.

Within these fronts of green water can be found small (2-3 miles wide) eddies of good blue water close it, and inside these eddies can be found bait and billfish…….so the decision to be made : search around close(r) to shore for eddies, or run far off (50+ miles) and keep going until good blue water is found.

For the most part the fleet has opted for the former for 2 reasons :

a) Travel time : with most boats running at a comfortable cruise of 22/23 knots, it is a 2+ hour run out to find blue water (with no guarantees when you get there). In general clients don’t mind the run out, but then comes the realization of the shorter time available for “lines in”…..plus now there is the 2+ hour run back to port. Worthwhile if the fishing has been outstanding, but dubious otherwise. Hero or Zero ??

b) When the bulk of the fleet adopts the same strategy of searching in the 15-35 mile band for eddies of blue water (and fish active within those eddies), with good communication, consistency can be found for all boats as information is shared. One of the benefits of 100% catch and release fishery is that there is no competition (other than friendly) for the fish – so no incentive not to share current information. In fact the opposite is true, as it is positive seamanship to have “friendly” vessels within 20 minute cruise.

We tried both approaches with the Scout party, and earlier with Msr Montupet and group – but didn’t see significantly different results – so in general opted for the “search pattern” approach.

Some good fish were found (See the Scout party Sailfish to the right !!) – the marginal numbers of sailfish being somewhat mitigated by the size (many well over 100lbs), and by the numbers of Blue Marlin caught and successfully released.

What we really need however is a return to strong and predictable numbers that Guatemala is famous for. While reporting this, I am pleased to report that the last week has seen a return to this, and a constant improvement to at least double digits per day. Our hope (and expectation !) is that things continue to improve, or at least stay in this range for the remainder of the season……so book those flights !!

Feel free to give your opinion on our blog : www.greatsailfishing.com/Fishing_Guatemala

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with /www.greatsailfishing.com We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"Nothing makes a fish bigger than almost being caught"
~ Unknown

Week ending February 18th 2009

Mixing it up in Guatemala

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending Feb 18th 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

This is the time of the season for billfishing in Guatemala when we expect to have some predictability. Our clients return on a regular basis at the same time each year, expecting the same results. That’s what January to March down here is supposed to deliver.

Good concentrations of billfish nice warm days and calm seas – and consistent action throughout the fishing day.

We are now approximately half way through the peak season, and we have seen hardly any of this – we have had days raising up to 80 sailfish, we have had days raising only (high !) single digits. We have raised Blue Marlin and Black Marlin – we have even been seeing plenty of tuna. Variety is usually a good thing, but normally we get variety on top of a strong and consistent billfish bite. The weather has been similarly inconsistent, with cold fronts (yes …cold fronts !!!! ……in Guatemala…………) coming through on a fairly regular basis, and pushing the fishing action out from 30 miles to 50 miles.

The fishing this past week has slowed down from the fishing frenzy that we experienced in late January, and the blue water has pushed out again to about 40 miles. We have been consistently raising 10-15 billfish per day on the back of (another) cold front, but it does seem to be settling down to a more predictable pattern

We welcomed Mike Northcott down late in January, followed by Linda Gould for her return trip. I mention this because the last person we had taking a swim with the fish was Cindy Garrison, who clearly couldn’t control her excitement at bringing a beautiful pacific sail to the transom – and promptly donned a mask and hiked over the side to take pictures and carouse with nature. Obviously Mike………followed in quick succession with Linda Gould’s group – were inspired by this, as they took the first dip of this season with the billfish and got some great pictures. In some ways this is better than classic “catch and release” as the fish forgoes the last manic dash for freedom and instead is released gently in the water – but on the other hand if you have ever seen one of these creatures lit up in hues of blue and leaping towards the stern (and angler) with a glint in its eye and aiming its bill at the quarry……..you may pause to question the wisdom of being in the same proximity. Not a tactic that we would endorse, and neither would our insurance…..but great pictures nonetheless.

Feel free to give your opinion on our blog : www.greatsailfishing.com/Fishing_Guatemala

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with /www.greatsailfishing.com We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing."
~ Babylonian proverb

Week ending January 27th 2009

The blue water is racing in and bringing bait with it !

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending Jan 27th 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

If you call us before Christmas and ask “what are the seas going to be like as you get into high season ?” We would answer truthfully and without exception that there is a 90%+ probability that they are going to be flat calm ,and we will get the water skis out to prove it at 50 miles from the dock…………

Well it seems like everything is changing these days – US Presidents, Treasury Secretary’s that can’t drive TurboTax, pleas by OJ……………even the weather in Guatemala ! The seas offshore are mostly protected by the huge “bay” that is formed from the Baja down to Panama – and then the ridge of volcanoes that sit to the east – all of which combine by the grace of nature to generally provide shelter from the Pacific breeze. We have been – or rather our clients : Huebner, Northcott, McCarthy – experiencing about a day a week for the last couple of weeks when the waves have risen and shown their white caps. By midday we have seen peaks to troughs of 8 feet or more. This is when you are glad that you splurged for the heavy hull of the mighty Bertram, as it cuts through the seas with minimum roll and importantly keeps the baits trailing straight and true. You are also glad that the blue water has come in to about 20 miles from the dock making for a short run to lines in, and a comfortable hike back to the dock.

The fish don’t seem to mind in the slightest – we have had some EXCEPTIONAL FISHING – with some boats raising up to 80 billfish in a day; a slow day has had us raising in the teens – but with plenty of good size fighting Blue Marlin mixed in along with lots of big bull Dorado and even some black tuna.

Peter Huebner found the fishing to be so great on his first visit with us last year, that he couldn’t wait to bring down his son Eric and friend Roger Eger and his son Riley. Their first day out saw 36 sailfish raised with 21 released – a fine introduction to bluewater sportfishing for the boys………..where can you possibly take them now he asked ??

Mike Northcott came all the way from Blighty (better known as the UK) with his son and party, determined to fish the ocean dry and do the same to our bar in the villa. They about succeeded on their second objective.

It’s great !! It’s awesome……………it’s warm down in Guatemala !!!!

The fishing continues to improve and each day becomes more consistent - and with more of the fleet going out each day, locating the pods of sailfish is also becoming quicker and more predictable. If you want to catch a billfish - or even a Blue Marlin - on the fly, now is a GREAT time to come down and give it a go.

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with /www.greatsailfishing.com We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing."
~ Babylonian proverb

Guatemala Fishing report January 4th 2009

Christmas is coming - the fish are getting FAT

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending January 4th 2009  and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina. 

It’s great !! It’s awesome……………it’s warm down in Guatemala !!!!

While we poor folks up North have been trying to work off the Christmas excess by shoveling snow, raking rooves and cracking ice – the fortunate few have been down well South of the Mason-Dixie experiencing lots of bluewater action.

We welcomed the Britt party over the Christmas period and quickly showed them just how good the fishing down here can be. There had been a brief cold front just before their arrival – which is often a trigger for the fish to really start feeding. Their first day out saw the blue water at 40 miles – but raising plenty of billfish – their second day the warmer currents had moved closer inshore – and so it was lines in at 20 miles or so.

Plenty of action ensued, and over the course of a couple of days, they managed to bring 23 sailfish to the boat, 10 decent sized Dorado – and 2 Blue Marlin raised, with one hooked up and a 2 ½ hour fight…………now that’s good fishing !!

One of the great things about fishing this time of year is just the variety of fish – we see everything from the staple of sailfish to huge schools of raging yellowfin tuna to plenty of bull dolphin to cast a fly to – and all in the sunshine, calm seas and warm breeze of Guatemala……………I was reading just today that on the same day on a bone-chilling day of 15 degrees in 2006, 71-year-old Wisconsin angler Tom Gelb, a field editor for Musky Hunter magazine, was rowing a lure across a favorite lake in Vilas County when the pole slumped with a strike. It was the last day of the muskie season, and Gelb was hoping for a big one. He got what he wanted and then some. The 51-pound 2-ounce muskie was the largest caught in Wisconsin in twenty-seven years and the first 50-pounder landed in Vilas County since 1975. It was also Gelb’s first-ever 50-pound muskie.

Of course Muskies are nice – as all of our friends from Canada can attest – but to me, it doesn’t beat a 100lb raging Sailfish on the longwand !

The fishing continues to improve and each day becomes more consistent - and with more of the fleet going out each day, locating the pods of sailfish is also becoming quicker and more predictable. If you want to catch a billfish - or even a Blue Marlin - on the fly, now is a GREAT time to come down and give it a go.

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with  http://www.greatsailfishing.com/  

We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851 or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere. 

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week : 

“ The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing. ” 

  ~ Babylonian proverb

Guatemala Fishing report December 7th 2008

Christmas is coming - the fish are getting FAT

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending December 7th 2008  and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina. 

Things are still "changeable" in Guatemala. One day the sun is out and the seas are calm - the next a quick front can push through and drive up the seas and scatter the bait (along with the billfish that were concentrated on them)........but as we head further into the dry season, the vast majority of days have become perfect fishing days. (Of course many would say that very day is a perfect fishing day !) 

There is a great variety of fish to be caught at present - as well as the ubiquitous sailfish, we are catching plenty of tuna and good sized dorado. There are even enough Blue Marlin showing to have the opportunity to cast a fly to one on almost a daily basis.

So it was with Trevor Mennie who made the trip down after waving his wife onto the plane in New York bound for "Blighty". We were only raising high single digits of billfish his first day out on the water with a long wand in hand - but one of those was a Blue Marlin, so some compensation there...........nevertheless, he had come down specifically to catch a billfish on the fly,and we were there to help him.

We set the Reel Diver up for flyfishing, and rigged a good bunch of horse ballyhoo tied up to penn spinning rods for a quick and easy teasing rig - and were ready for when the sails came into the teaser spread.

After a couple of attempts, Trveor masterfully hooked into one of the largest sails that we have seen so far this season, and hunkered down for the fight. 

The fish took off with the Billy Pate reel screaming in Trevor's hands, and the cap'n fired the CATS into hard reverse to give chase and prevent the 350yd capacity reel being spooled. The fight took some considerable time, but eventually the billfish was brought to the stern - and estimated in excess of 160lbs !! That is some fish on a 13wt fly outfit !!! 

The fishing continues to improve and each day becomes more consistent - and with more of the fleet going out each day, locating the pods of sailfish is also becomeing quicker and more predictable. If you want to catch a billfish - or even a Blue Marlin - on the fly, now is a GREAT time to come down and give it a go. 

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season fishing with  http://www.greatsailfishing.com/  

We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1 877 763 0851 or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to some of the finest fishing anywhere. 

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week : 

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind 

  ~ Washington Irving

 

 
   

Guatemala Fishing report Nov 22 nd 2008

Winter is coming (or has it arrived ?)

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending Nov 22nd 2008 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

Some of our best clients (and best anglers !) come from Canada; Guatemala has been featured quite widely and has deservedly gained a reputation for great fishing as soon as the ground hardens up North. Perhaps therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise then that we welcomed two groups from Canada concurrently – Dr. Tim Blight and (welcome back !) Kim Graham.

Unfortunately the first group arrived at the tail end of a cold front, and although managing to catch decent numbers (high single digits per day), we found it hard to find good concentrations of bait – having to travel as far as 45 miles from the dock before putting lines in.

The fishing was relatively difficult as we were also faced with unseasonably strong currents combined with wind from the end of the front – combining to whip up the seas. It is a tribute to the skill and concentration of the Blights that they managed a very good hookup ratio under such conditions. The seas did calm down towards the end of their trip – but not before the “Fishing Gods” had wreaked some havoc on our boats – one taking some damage to the trim tabs that caused a “Boat Dollar” and a day to fix (editor note : current exchange rate is 1 Boat_Dollar equals approximately 1000 usd).

As the sun came out and the seas laid down – we were happy to welcome Kim back to Guatemala fishing aboard the “Joint Venture” and “Reel Diver”. They found some good consistent action as well as pleasant seas and a warming breeze – with lines in at 22 miles. Clearly the billfish were happy to find concentrations of bait as well, for once discovered, they stayed around until they had decimated the school – and we hung around as well ! Our boats most days over the week raised low twenties in sailfish and Kim and his fishing teams brought high teens to the transom – some decent dorado and yellowfin tuna for the table made for a satisfying trip for all !!

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy the season!!

We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1-800-275-2910 for some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

Anglers...exaggerate grossly and make gentle and inoffensive creatures sound like wounded buffalo and man-eating tigers

  ~ Roderick Haig-Brown

 

   
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