FISHING THROUGH FEB 12, 2018

STUCKEY/BLANTON, 28 SAILFISH

Eric and Maya Blanton with Ira and Jay Stuckey

February 11-12th great to catch up again with Jay and Ira Stuckey introducing to Guatemala Eric and Maya Blanton. Good fishing with our first day out raising 50 sailfish and releasing 24 from 39 bites and finishing off the day with this nice bull mahi for Maya…

On the fly day 2 raising 19 sailfish and 1 blue marlin. Released 4 on the fly from 9 bites, cast the fly to the blue marlin, it didn’t eat, and then refused the pitched mackerel. Good fun couple of days on the water…

First sailfish on the fly for the Blanton’s!!

LOS PESCADORES ’18: 435 SAILFISH!!

19 Anglers on 5 boats….

February 7-8-9-10 it was great to host the above group for their first time down to the Lodge. The Joe Penar organized group from Chicago has been fishing Central American destinations as a group now for the past 14 years. This year surpassed any trip experienced in the past 14….

Over 4 days of fishing aboard 5 boats with one of the boats dedicated to fly over the 4 days they released an amazing 435 sailfish!!!

And boated 50 big mahi’s….

That is an incredible 22 billfish releases per day per boat……

Aboard the Allure II, Captain Hook, Makina, Danmark and Sirena, the fishing just got better every day for them…

Prizegiving…

Mariachis

Beautiful big sail on the fly for Ken

 

McMINN GROUP, 12 SAILFISH.

Ryan and Dawn McMinn, Aimee and Chad Burgess with Mike Hanks

February 5th-6th good to see these guys back in Guatemala, this time introducing Mike Hanks to what we have here. A late start our first day out we went looking the east. Lots of large mahi’s…

Also found some spinners, raised a blue that stayed deep on the teaser and another right at the end of the day, neither switched to the bait….

And released 12 from 18 bites on sailfish

Mike with his first sailfish released…

 

OCKER SUPERBOWL GROUP, 132 SAILFISH.

The Colin Ocker organized group of above has been coming down to the Oasis the past 8 years for Super Bowl weekend. This year they fished February 2-3-4.

Always a large time with these guys, this year was no exception with 164 campechana’s downed at the Lodge and 132 sailfish released fishing aboard Allure II, Captain Hook, Makina and Sails Call . Good fishing overall with plenty of large mahi’s in the mix…

And several marlin encounters including an 2 and half hour battle with a large black marlin on 30lb test that ended in heartbreak and some blue marlin bites.

A great last day out on the water with the above group with Jonathans late sons namesake ‘Jammer’ teaser red hot throughout the day, including raising 2 blues over the trip…

And an awesome Super Bowl party on Sunday night with the guys. Good times with a solid crew!!!

 

Fishing is good out there as of right now. We are booked solid through March and April is starting to book up. We’re predicting an excellent late season into summer here and don’t discount June-July-August for more shots at blue marlin, mahi’s, tunas and the ever  present sailfish. Contact:

 

liz@sailfishoasis.com

 

 

 

 

FISHING THROUGH END OF JANUARY ’18

RREAF GROUP

January 28-30th we hosted the above group from Dallas, Texas for 3 days of (catching) fishing aboard Allure II, Capt Hook and Makina. Just when I called it a dying bite they started snapping……

And the bite got progressively better each day for them. They ended up with 204 sailfish released from 337 bites, 1 black marlin est at 500lb for the guys on the Hook…

And no shortage of large mahi mahi between 20-35lb. 

Their previous 3 day total of 181 billfish in 3 days well and truly beaten….an awesome time had by all.

 

LONSDALE & SHINKLE

Brian Shinkle and Tim Lonsdale

Can’t get enough of the place these two, regulars now for many years and good times always with Brians 3rd trip down since October and Tim’s second. Between 24th and 27th Jan they had a blast with flat seas and good fishing, releasing 45 from 74 on sailfish….

Brian’s getting into the habit of releasing a blue marlin every trip and did so again….

Then there was the mahi bite……it was full on, and they were all large fish, pack attacks…..

 

NICK HARDIN GROUP

January 23-25th the above group fished the Capt Hook and crushed it releasing 44 sailfish from 62 bites, 1 striped marlin and plenty of mahi’s in the mix…

Cool pic guys!

Lunch…

 

LONSDALE/CLARIDGE/JOLLY

Jan 22-23 fished with these guys. Good times. Regular Terence Lonsdale introduced a couple of Kiwi fellas to Guatemala…..as coincidence would have it, from my home town in NZ, hows that.

Good fishing as well with 63 sailfish in the spread over the 2 days on the water and 3 blue marlin. 

And then there were the mahi’s…..

A nice pair of ’em

 

RIATA GROUP

January 19-21: Great to host the above group from Dallas for 3 days of fishing aboard the Allure II, Capt Hook, Danmark and Makina. A bit tough out there the first couple of days though it got better and our last day on the water was what Guatemala is about.

They released 69 sailfish….

One blue marlin from several encounters….

13 large mahi’s….

And 3 Yellow Fin Tuna…

With the Mariachis on their last night at the Lodge.

 

ONE DAY ON THE WATER

With this crew on Jan 18th, we went wide looking and found some fish at the end of the day, raising 15 sailfish and releasing 5 from 10 bites as well as boating a 20lb bull mahi for lunch..

 

PRASEK GROUP

Troy and Rea with Josh and Laura

Jan 16-17 on the water with our group from South Texas / Port O’Conner. A bit tough out there though we scratched a trip out of it with 9 sailfish released from 9 bites…..100%!! 

And also 100% on blue marlin with Rea going 1 for 1 on a nice fish released on the 30lb test, a tough one that took her over an hour + to get boat side, nice going Rea….

And 3 from 3 on mahi’s. Talk about making the most of your opportunities….

Laura with her’s

And Troy with his…

 

LOWRANCE/KING/WESSON

Chuck King with a fat sailfish on the fly….

Jan 13-15 it was great to fish with Will Lowrence, Chuck King and Dan Wesson again. Has to be said though, it was tough out there. Plenty of bait balls marked on the sounder and there were some fish about though from the 25 raised over the 3 days, we only cast the fly to about 5 of them. They wouldn’t tease for shit. Come in half way and disappear….tough on the fly!

 

DEMARTINO FAMILY

Don DeMartino and family were down fishing January 11-12. Over 2 days they released 13 sailfish, raised a blue marlin that didn’t switch and boated a few mahi’s including this one for Rebecca…

A fishy family….

 

There you go. A bit of a tough start to January though it finished strong with some very good fishing out there for our last 5 groups through the Lodge. We’re starting to book up through April and we’re predicting a strong late season through the summer months here in Guatemala. It’s going to happen, so get down and get amongst it….

 

liz@sailfishoasis.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

FISHING THROUGH JAN 8th ’18

TEXAN’S ‘N AUSSIE’S

L-R: Barclay Dixon (AUS), Heather Johnson, Brooks Kelm, Craig Johnson (TEX), Michael Dunlevy and Justin McCallion (AUS)

Jan 7th and 8th we hosted x 2 groups down at the lodge. On the water the crew from Melbourne, Australia crew fished aboard Typhoon and the Houston, Texas crew were aboard Allure II. 

                                   Brooks and a birthday release for Heather.

Barclay with 1st Pacific sailfish

Plenty of big mahi’s about, Justin with a  big bull.

The Johnson crew were in for Heather’s birthday, we tried hard, working the deeper water for a marlin with no joy in that respect…

The Aussie crew flew in to sample the fishing with fellow mate from Melbourne now by way of Antigua and Sailfish Oasis sales maestro Michael Dunlevy. They had a blast including summiting 3976mtr or 13044ft Volcan Acotenango, surfing and sightseeing.

Over the 2 days of fishing the 2 boats released 11 from 17 bites on sailfish and boated 7 big mahi mahi.

Cool Marina shot from Brooks drone…

 

DISHMAN / BRIGGS

                          Cindy Dishman, Bud and Annie Briggs with Jamie Dishman

Jan 5th and 6th good to see the above group back down here in Guate’s again. 

Triple header of mahi’s and missed a sailfish at the same time for the quad.

We went 4 from 5 on sailfish, raised 2 blue marlin with the second, a solid 350lb fish, coming in red hot with a head and shoulders tease on the long teaser, awesome switch/bite on the pitched mackerel for Jamie and we had the fish on and jumping for a good 8 mins before the hook pulled. Bit of mala suerte there. Also 5 big mahi’s in the boat.

Dad and daughter

 

HELLER GROUP

James Little, Bob Lindsay, Tom Heller and Ken Gray

Jan 3rd and 4th for their first trip to Guatemala we hosted the above group from Midland, Texas.

                                                James with a large species….

Over the 2 days of fishing the guys released 12 sailfish from 24 bites and boated a couple of mahi’s.

                                                Tom Heller with his first billfish.

 

NEISHAM CREW

Libby, Billy and Samantha Neisham

Billy and Libby from NZ have been managing the Lodge from October through the end of December. We got them out on the water for a short half day on Jan 2nd. Daughter Sam released her first sailfish and we teased in a hot blue marlin, fish overswam the pitched mackerel bait on 30lb test, turned and we got a full body out of the water going away bite. Had the fish hooked though then line parted….also a couple of nice mahi’s aboard.

LUNDBERG FAMILY

Nils, Ingeborg and Jan Lundberg

January 1-2-3 all the way from Stockholm, Sweden nice to meet the above family for their first trip to Guatemala. Fishing aboard Capt Hook and mixing it up between conventional tackle and the fly.

Jan with his sailfish caught and released on the fly.

Over their 3 days of fishing they raised 26 sailfish releasing 9 from 16 bites on conventional and 1 from 6 on the fly. Some hard to tease fish out there and difficult to convert bites. They also jumped off a blue marlin off the rigger bait.

Ingeborg released 3 sailfish and enjoyed a bit of ABBA on the boat.

They had a great time down here and enjoyed excellent fishing, nothing beats those close bites on the fly, even if they were hard to hook. 

 

PFEFFER / WALTERS GROUP

Amber, Brenley, Jay and Blake Walters with Deano and Jennifer Pfeffer

Awesome to fish with the above group again from Port O’Conner, Texas, this time bringing twins Brenley and Blake to see in the New Year down in Guatemala fishing 30th and 31st of December and partying in 2018.

                                             Brenley hanging on…

                                       And Blake with a nice one….

Over the last 2 days of 2017 they released 13 sailfish from 17 bites, raised 2 blue marlin with Jennifer releasing the last blue marlin in Guatemala for 1017….

And also got into a few nice mahi’s to boot…

Jen and Amber with a nice pair….

And we had a fine old time that night for the New Years bash…

 

KIRKLAND GROUP

Casey McDermond and (not so) Fast Freddy

The Kirkland group of Kevin and Kim and son’s along with Brian and Casey were down fishing December 27-28 and the 29th. A bit slow, though plenty of mahi’s boated daily, 8 sails released from 12 bites, a blue marlin raised that did not switch and good times all round..

 

PEEK GARLINGTON III & IV

Father and son Peek Garington III and Peek Garlington IV

Fishing December 19-20 and 21 for their first trip to Guatemala the above father and son team fished 3 days aboard ALLURE II. Mixing it up on the fly and conventional they released 16 sailfish and 2 blue marlin with Peek III releasing an estimated 300lb blue on the fly, congrats to him on an incredible feat! Also another blue on conventional and Peek IV got his first sail on the fly….

 

BRAD SEARS & BRIAN GOOD

Brian Good and Brad Sears on the fly…

December 4th and 5th Brian Good  from Florida and Brad Sears from Texas teamed up to fish a couple of days with the team aboard Typhoon. Keen as fly fishos they were not disappointed with an awesome trip. First day started slow with 2 from 3 released on the fly. They found fish the second day on the 5th raising 32 sailfish getting 18 bites on the conventional tackle releasing 10 and going 3 from 6 on the fly. Great trip!!

SHINKLE / TAYLOR

Jack and Nick Walter with Brian Shinkle

December 2-3 and 4th we fished with regular Brian this time introducing his nephews from California to the fiery here in Guatemala. A bit tough compared to normal early December fishing with 23 sailfish bites over the 3 days.

We also boated a mahi and on the last day teased in a hot 350lb blue marlin, great bite right off the corner on the pitched mackerel for Brian and and awesome fish to finish off on…

Good times with these guys and Jack and Nick finished off their trip visiting Tikal and Lake Atitlan.

 

The past few days in early January have been a bit challenging out there. With the cold fronts sweeping down through the Gulf we get a stiff NE wind blowing offshore and it has generated a strong NE current with it. This has moved a lot of our water to the SW (offshore) and has left us with far cooler than average sea surface temperatures and stirred up off-color water. Things can change overnight out there and it looks like some warmer water is moving in from the east. We’re all hoping for things to pick up here in the coming days. 

FISHING THROUGH NOVEMBER 11th……

De LORENZO GROUP, 14 SAILFISH, 2 BLUE MARLIN & MAHI’s

L-R: Jason de Lorenzo, Scott Rogan, Embry Canterbury, Patrick McWilliams.

November 10-11……good times with the above group on and off the water. 2 days of fishing and we raised 38 sails with 33 biting.  A bit tough with the fish grabbing baits and dropping them so made it hard for the circle hooks to find the corner of the jaw, though managed to release 14 along with 2 blue marlin from 5 bites. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                     Embry with a nice sized sail

Had a few shots at mahi’s as well….

And Patrick had the marlin luck releasing a 150lb and a 300lb blue

About to grab the leader on the first, smaller blue

 

InTheBite Crew, SAILS, MARLIN, MAHI’S ‘n TUNAS

                                        Elliot Stark and Dale Wills

November 6-8th. In conjunction with INGUAT (Guatemala Tourist Board) we hosted InTheBite fishing magazine Owner Dale Wills and Editor in Chief Elliott Stark along with Fishermans Center owner Bill Buckland. We had good fishing over their x 3 day stay. Raised 43 sailfish and had 6 blue marlin shots with 2 of those marlin shots on the fly. Also several mahi mahi in the bin and 2nd day out we found the whales and the spinner’s…

Catching a bunch of yellowfin tunas up to 105lb for Dale….

Putting the heat on.

Bill and Dale with the results….

And about an hour later Dale pitched the mackerel to hot blue pushing the 400lb mark getting the bite right there off the corner, awesome to see and another tough fish that he got the release on to earn his beers for the ride home.

Great fishing all ’round with these guys with the last fish of the trip a blue marlin in the 300lb+ class on the fly, wicked tease ‘n bite and 2hrs and 15min later after getting real close with the fly line on the reel about 4 times the fish went crazy and the 20lb tippet parted…

That’s the nature of fly fishing, plenty of variables. 

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Looking forward to checking out InTheBite spring issue of their trip down here to Guatemala.

‘DOC HOLIDAY’ FISHING TEAM, SAILS, MARLIN and MAHI’s

L-R: Grant and Robert Nichols, John Lemonaco and Derek Nichols.

November 4-5th Doc Holiday owner John Lemoanco brought down his crew, brothers Capt Robert, Derek and Grant Nichols after winning the trip at the past Texas Billfish Classic. The crew were amped to get out there, check the fishing out and maybe learn a trick or two on the techniques of bait ‘n switch….

Early start first day out and early back, lines out at 1:30pm and we still managed to raise 35 sailfish getting 31 to bite…

As well as….

Derek with fresh lunch.

On their last day out they raised another 32 sails getting 28 shots and for Doc John the fish he was looking for, a nice blue pushing the 400lb mark…

Awesome trip, good times had by all and looking forward to seeing them back down here soon….

 

LONSDALE AND SHINKLE FISHING TEAM, SAILS ‘n MAHI’s

Brian Shinkle and Tim Lonsdale

October 31st through November 3rd it was great to catch up with the above crew for another 4 days on the water. Always a good time with these guys and the fishing got progressively better every day for their time down here. We raised 100 sailfish over 4 days on the water and had 89 bites.

Also had 3 blue marlin up in the spread with one large fish around the 500lb mark getting the blood on board pumping, coming in all lit up and acting like a large striped marlin, skittery as all hell on the bait and a lousy ‘1/2’ bite/swipe. 

Plenty of mahi’s for fresh taco lunches as well.

THAT THERE IS GOOD FISHING. A TYPICAL NOVEMBER HERE WITH PLENTY OF SAILS, MARLIN ARE ALSO OUT THERE IN NUMBERS ALONG WITH SOME GOOD EATING TUNAS AND MAHI MAHI. WE STILL HAVE SOME OPENINGS FROM NOW THROUGH DECEMBER 23RD. WE HAVE JANUARY 1-2 OPEN, PARTY DOWN THE LODGE FOR THE LAST NIGHT OF ’17 AND START ’18 OFF THE RIGHT WAY WITH FLAT SEAS AND BITING FISH. WHAT MORE DO YOU WANT. LIFE IS SHORT, MAKE THE MOST OF IT……GET IN TOUCH WITH:

 

liz@sailfishoasis.com

 

LODGE HAPPENINGS…..

Introducing fellow Kiwi and super keen fisho, Billy B Neisham and wife Libby looking after everybody down at the Lodge through till Christmas.

 

HOT TEASERS….

We’re running Bonze Lures in the spread this year for our teasers and the fish hate them, piling on trying to kill them with aggression. The Submission run off the bridge has been hot accounting for 6 of the past 9 marlin seen in the last 2 days. The Viper has also been red hot for the blues, both in the Crystal Softhead’s. Awesome Lures!

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

 

 

 

 

 

GREAT BLUE MARLIN BITE IN OCTOBER

 XV GUATEMALAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Opening night Dinner and Angler Draw at the Oasis

October 20-22 Club Nautico hosted the XV Guatemala International Tournament here and we hosted the opening night dinner down at the Lodge. 13 teams representing 6 nations competed in the 3 day tournament.

Angler Draw

We hosted the Gavit family with Bill and his sons Glenn and Dean at the Lodge over 4 nights with one angler rotating boats daily.

Jorge Sinebalde, Bill and Glenn Gavit

And Dean Gavit with one on.

Good fishing over the x 3 days on Allure II, we got the bites though had a bit of a tough time converting them into releases. Day one we released 10 from 16. Day two we got on the fish late in the day and had a great bite for the last x 2 hours, bit of bad luck on the conversion rate going 14 from 32, enough to win the day. Also raised x 3 blue marlin though no luck there on the tournament regulation 20lb line and ballyhoo baits. Day three we went wide searching for the previous days bite and released 11 from 20. Good fishing overall with 68 bites over the 3 days.

Congratulations to the Top Anglers 1st Juan Torruelas 2nd Alvaro de la Hoz and 3rd Luis Cordova.

Top Tams: 1st Puerto Roco 3, 2nd Pedator Puerto Rico and 3rd Piragua

We managed to squeak out 3rd place in the boat division on Allure II.

CONTRERAS GROUP, MARLIN, SAILFISH & MAHI’s

L-R Brian, Jake, Martin and Hudson

October 14-15th we hosted the above group for 2 days one the water. Good times with a great group of guys. Raised 6 blue marlin and had 3 good bites, unfortunately 2 jumped off though Jake got into one releasing a blue of about 200lbs

Also went 6 from 7 on sailfish…..

And lost count of how many large mahi mahi / dorado we had. Great sport and good eats! Jake took the cake with this beauty….

BAM GROUP…..BLUE MARLIN!

October 13th we hosted local Guatemalan bank BAM management for a day trip and what a day on the water for them. They raised 10 blue marlin releasing 3 from 6 bites! Only a couple of sailfish in the spread today though 7 large mahi mahi boated as well to top off an awesome day on the water!

 

Good to be back out there on the water. Plenty of blue marlin about and the sailfish bite has been steady as well with plenty of large mahi’s out there in the mix.

November 16-17-18 is the NO SANCOCHO TOURNAMENT and we’d love to get a team for it. Great tournament for a good cause with all money raised going to local schools here in the Puerto San Jose District. Get in touch with:

liz@sailfishoasis.com

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