BILLFISH MECCA……FISHING THROUGH MARCH 29th ’16

CONE, SMITH, ERWIN & DISHMAN, 88 SAILS & 1 BLUE MARLIN

L-R: Mike Smith, Hill, Kelley and Gina Erwin, Donelle Dishman, Scott Cone and Lyn Smith
March 14th fished solo angler Hill Dishman, started in close and raised a blue that didn’t bite. Ran further offshore and released 46 sailfish from 67 bites! Joined by the above crew for the next 2 days and stuck to the same plan, worked the deep water in close for marlin first thing, raised 2 over the two mornings and Hill released one of about 150lb.
Blue on the 50lb stand-up
Ran offshore looking for tunas and ended up on the sailfish bite later in the afternoon both days releasing 42 from 79 bites for the 2 days! Great time…
Hill, Gina and Kelley 

FANTA & FORET 99 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN

L-R David Fanta, Christine Foret, Diane Fanta and James Foret
March 17-19, Great to see these guys back in Guatemala! The fishing was red hot 30nm to the east for sailfish, though every morning we sacrificed a few hours working the deep water in close for blues. First morning nothing, over the next 2 morning’s we raised 4, one big fish in the 600lb+ class that was pushing water and whacking at the mackerel though didn’t eat…that one cleaned out the arteries! Another teased though didn’t switch and we pulled the hook on one of about 300lb before James tagged and released his first blue marlin of about 400lb.
Nice one James!!
The afternoon sail bite was red hot all 3 days with the crew doing an excellent job releasing 99 sailfish from 169 bites! We’re not seeing many of these this year, though Diane boated this beauty mahi which fed us for a couple of lunches and dinner…
 30lb bull
Dave and Diane 

EASUM & CREW 153 SAILFISH RELEASED.

Bill Easum, Jimmy Taylor, Jim O’Donell and George with the Capt Hook crew
Over the same time period March 17-19 the above crew fished the Capt Hook, chasing the numbers every day they were on the bite out to the east and released an incredible 153 sails from 190 bites!! Some great averages there from some hard core fishos, nice going fellas on a great trip.

NELSON & HINES 30 SAILFISH ON FLY!

Tim Nelson 
Fred Hines
From Oregon we welcomed first timers to the lodge Tim Nelson and Fred Hines. Fishing aboard Makina for 3 days on the fly they had a blast raising 144 sails and releasing 30 from 59 bites. More incredible fishing with 17 releases on their last day! 

KOZAK GROUP, 65 SAILFISH, 1 BLUE & 1 STRIPED MARLIN

L-R: Pete Marruquin, Ken Grodi, Scott Kozak and Scott Maher
March 21 & 22 Scott Kozak was back, this time fishing with us on Allure II bringing his work crew from Michigan. Early on in the morning Scott hooked and released one of these on 20lb test off the right teaser…
Striped marlin…..plus
One of these…..plus
One of these……equals
A slam for Scott Kozak, all off the teasers, all on 20lb test, congrats Scott…
Nice first day on the water!! The sails were biting steady and his crew had a blast pitching to some hot sails off the teasers! They ended with 65 releases from 99 bites on the sails, 1 from 2 bites on blues and 1 from 1 on striped marlin over their 2 days here.

Scott Maher 

And Pilo Marruquin

NEWELL GROUP 68 SAILFISH RELEASES

Darrell Barber, Billy Newell, Gretchen and Chad Childers
March 23-25th we welcomed the above group for their first time to Guatemala and had a great time with them here during ‘Semana Santa’, or Easter week, one of the biggest weeks of the year in Guate. They fished well, and by day 3 were baiting ’em like pro’s with a total of 68 releases from 113 bites. Chad runs his 48ft Sportfish so had him up there for a couple of hours on the last day….
Good times with good people and we’re looking forward to seeing them back here again soon!

ZINGULA GROUP 56 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN RELEASED

Pat Snyder, Doug Zingula, Hollis Perkins and Matt Snyder
March 27-29 It was great to catch up with Doug and Hollis, I first fished with these guys back in ’04! This time they were with Pat and son Matt Snyder all from Sydney, Nebraska. Fishing was on the first day out with 67 sails in the spread and 33 releases from 58 bites…
The bite slowed down some the next 2 days and on the last morning on the way out the water quality was back to blue in close so we stopped short looking for a marlin. Within 10mins we had one hot on the teaser and 25 mins later Matt released a nice fat fish in the 325lb class..
Beautiful blue, tagged and released…
Within 20 mins of releasing this fish we had huge bite on the short teaser, another blue in the 300lb class whacked the mackerel around, acted very spooky, darting around the bait and disappeared. Definitely some good blue marlin action in the deep water just 12NM off the breakwall……Keen to beat their PB on sails we picked up after that and ran offshore for 20 sailfish bites and a total of 56 releases from 103 bites. Great trip and a PB on billfish!
It’s been an incredible season here in Guatemala. The fishing has been solid since October-November and it looks like it’ll stay that way right through the summer. The blue marlin are about and if you target them, chances are you’ll get into ’em. As the summer moves on the blue bite normally gets better, the sails are here year round and the tuna bite picks up as well. We have opening’s available in May, June is starting to fill up and we’re looking forward to the fishing from here onwards, I’m picking a great blue marlin bite this summer…. 

Contact: liz@sailfishoasissportfishing.com

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