MARCH FISH REPORT THROUGH 28th

FANTA FAMILY, 45 SAILFISH

                                                       Dave and Dianne Fanta with Laura and Gauge 

March 4th-6th great to see the Fanta family back down here and they timed their trip well with 3 consistent days on the water raising 80 sailfish and releasing 45 from 69 bites as well as a couple of mahi’s boated.

Gauge and Laura with a healthy sized sail

COHEN GROUP, 38 SAILFISH & 2 BLUE MARLIN

March 4th-6th the Bill Cohen group fishing aboard the Piragua with Capt Manolo had a great time down here with 67 sailfish raised and 38 releases from 61 bites and 2 from 2 on blue marlin!

CUMMINS GROUP, 31 SAILFISH

March 4th-6th the Cummins group from Texas fishing aboard the Capt Hook raised 62 sailfish and 2 blue marlin releasing 32 sailfish from 49 bites!

YOUNG/GIVHAN GROUP, 30 SAILFISH

Robert and Walter Givhan and Joe and Chance Young

March 7th-9th, great to catch up with these guys again, I first fished with Joe and Walter back in 2004! Walter is hard core, no worries at 82 yrs young, still fishing hard! It was a bit tough by Guatemala standards in March though in reality, still very good with 56 sails raised and 30 releases from 47 bites.

Joe with one boat side…

 

CAPT DISHMAN GROUP, 13 SAILFISH & 2 BLUE MARLIN

Stephen Yamin, Hill Dishman, Gena and Kelley Irwin

March 10-12th fishing slowed a little out wide so the inshore drop off was worked hard by Hill and his crew and it paid off with 26 sailfish raised and 13 releases from 22 bites as well as 2 for 2 on blue marlin!!

Nice blue of about 250lb on 30lb test for Stephen Yamin

Couple of nice mahi’s for Kelley and Gina as well

As Gina’s fist blue marlin release, congrats!

Gina’s fish, tagged and released

KING FAMILY, 12 SAILFISH

                                                       Frank, Zac, Ariel, Cam and Maddie King

March 14-16 we had 3 generations of the King family down form South Texas for Spring Break. The group of 10 mixing it up between touring Antigua, Volcanoe climbing, coffee farm tours, mangrove tours and beach time as well as rotating fishing time offshore. Zac aged 15 and Cam 12 were doing it all, keen to learn they were pitching to all the fish as well as getting on the leader.

Good times and by the last day they were getting it together, they raised 44 sailfish and 1 blue marlin releasing 12 from 40 bites, a bit tough out there and some tough luck with several fish falling off right before the release, though it all came together on day 3. Cam has a job on ALLURE II whenever he wants!

Cam with his fish, caught, leadered and released

And Zac with his, 2 from 2 bites on his last day out

 

ROY FAMILY, 13 SAILFISH AND 1 BLUE MARLIN

The Roy Clan

March 17-18th great to see these guys back down here, over 2 x days of fishing they raised 29 sailfish, releasing 13 from 27 bites and 1 from 1 on blue marlin. Nice fish of over 250lb on the 30lb test!

Gary Roy, getting it done….

VIRGINIA BEACH CREW, 45 SAILFISH

L-R: Ned McNeely, Taylor Pruden, John Merrick and Dickie Adamson

March 18th-20th, Good to see John Merrick back down here as well, first fished with him back in 2004 as well, good stuff. Good crew with him all from Virginia Beach….They timed it well too, though the fish did a disappearing act on us the last day. Over their 3 days here they raised 90 sailfish and released 45 from 74 bites and boated a couple of nice sized mahi’s.

The crew with their last sailfish of the trip

 

PORT ARANSAS CREW, 34 SAILFISH

Wayne Campbell, Bobby Richter, Norman Oates and Matt Apple

March 21st-24th Good times as always with Bobby Richter on the boat introducing the above Port A crew to Guatemala… mixing it up between conventional tackle and fly, they raised 76 sailfish in total and went 32 from 57 on conventional and 2 from 4 on the fly. 4 nice sized mahi’s as well! 

Wayne with his first sail on the fly.

Norman working one of many….

And Matt with his….

BILLY NEWELL GROUP 87 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN

Jerry and Mike, Billy, Darrell and Katie, Bryan, Gretchen and Chad with a token Puerto Rican

March 25-27th cool to see last years original group double in size and as a result, double the good times. Great crew from Galveston, Texas fishing aboard the ALLURE II and CAPTAIN HOOK for 3 days they got on ’em with 155 sailfish raised and 87 releases from 136 bites and 1 from 1 on blue marlin, tagged and released. That’s an awesome trip once again for these guys…

Plenty of sailfish where the shearwaters were picking….

Double release for Katie and Darrell

Blue marlin T&R for Chad

Gretchen, getting another mackerel pitch bait ready…..way to go!

Billy and son Bryan

 

So there it is, the month that was, an awesome time with some great crews. We had some very good days out there though the fish were tough to stay on, here one day, gone the next a few times these past few weeks. We’re out there again tomorrow and looking forward to April, another great month and we should start seeing the school sized mahi’s moving in, typically with marlin right on their tails. We have some openings this month as well as into May. End of May into June is booked up and through into summer we see more variety with mahi’s, tunas, marlin and of course the sailfish are here year ’round. If it is blue marlin you’re after, we hope to be out there as much as we can in August through October when these fish are out there in numbers. Come check it out.

Contact: liz@sailfishoasis.com

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