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:
Introducing fellow Kiwi and super keen fisho, Billy B Neisham and wife Libby looking after everybody down at the Lodge through till Christmas.
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!
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.
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:
BLUE MARLIN ON THE FLY…..
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Just got the footage all together and it came out pretty cool….
MAY THROUGH JUNE FISH REPORT
STUCKEY GROUP: SAILS, MARLIN & MAHI’S
Matt DuPont, David McCaleb, Brian DuPont and Jay Stuckey
May 15-17 it was great to meet and befriend the above group in from Houston, Texas…..Jay Stuckey brought down grandson’s Matt and Brian DuPont and good friend David McCaleb for 3 days on the water here in Guatemala. Matt and David were rookies at the bait ‘n switch off the teasers though by day 3 were at it like pro’s, always good to see!! Over the 3 days they raised 38 sailfish releasing 19 from 33 bites…..
Matt with a big sail….
And Brian with his……
We also raised 2 marlin, one of them a nice black for Jay that came up hot on the bridge teaser and switched to the pitched mackerel with an awesome bite right there behind the 1st wave….
One tough customer that he got the tag and release on after 1hr 20mins.
The other was a blue that left a hole on the teaser though did not come in. On top of that we had some pretty incredible mahi fishing the last 2 days out there…check out the black marlin vid:
And this one:
HENNINGSEN CREW: SAILS, MARLIN, MAHI’S & TUNAS
Stacey Henningsen with son’s Blake and Reece
May 18-19 Great to meet the Henningsen Crew, mom Stacey who brought down son’s Reece and Blake for quality family time at the Lodge and on Allure II. Over their 2 days on the water they raised 27 sailfish releasing 16 from 23 bites…..
Also 4 blue marlin of which one did bite and Stacey did an awesome job on the 30lb test….
Getting the release on this blue marlin…..
We also got into a bunch of yellowfin tunas and a mahi for lunch on their last day out. Reece and Blake also finished their trip both getting the hang of the circle hook techniques. Good times!
OCKER FAMILY: SAILS, MAHI’S & TUNAS
Liette, Ethan, Caleb and Colin Ocker
May 28-29, very cool to fish with Colin, Liette and their boys Ethan 13 and 11 year old Caleb once again. We tried hard, covering a lot of ground looking for ‘the bite’ though it was tough out there. Over the 2 days we raised 11 sails of which 9 did bite and we managed to release 3, some tough bites and a little bad luck…
The boys learning to rig baits from mate, Julio
And the results….
We also raised 3 blue marlin, 2 of which came up pushing water behind the pitched mackerel……though neither did commit and eat! Plenty of yellowfin tunas and a mahi in the boat as well. A great time with Colin and his family as always. They finished off their trip with a couple of nights at the wonderful Casa Santa Domingo in the Spanish Colonial town of Antigua for an overall awesome family vacation.
JAY & IRA STUCKEY, SAILFISH, MARLIN & TUNAS
We took the ALLURE II over the boarder into Mexico for a few days setting up camp there with staff from the Lodge taking care of the ground duties. We managed to talk Jay, who’s always keen on a new destination off the radar, into coming down and checking out the fishing in Sth Mexico for a couple of days with his wife Ira after promises of large blue marlin…..Fishing June 2-3 we went west the first day finding blue water down the edge and the first fish of the day late in the morning was 400+lb blue marlin that teased in red hot on the Bonze Lures BTK. Jay got the mackerel back and did a great job managing a clean drop back after a super aggressive bite right off the transom….
And got the release after a tough 40min on the 50lb stand-up.
A bit slow from there on in, the water greened up a bit and we raised 7 sails releasing 1 from 2 bites and boating 2 yellowfin tunas for the rest of their time with us. Good times with good people….
Day 3 was a crew day checking out way down to the east of the break wall, we found blue water pushing in hard from the SE and had a fun morning loading up on yellowfin tunas which were biting hard on lures and stick baits. The tunas were put on ice, cleaned and at the end of the day donated to Mission Mexico, an orphanage in Tapachula.
For the afternoon we scouted out the area looking for billfish….
Going 1 from 2 on sailfish…..
And near the end of the day raising 2 blue marlin one of which we got the bite from, a large fish of well over 500lb that jumped once and stayed down and dirty for the rest of the fight….
My bro Marc got the release on this one, another fish that came up hot on the Bonze Lures BTK, liking the new teasers we’re pulling from Bonze International!!
AMANDA THOMPSON ON THE FLY….
Amanda with a sailfish release on the fly…
June 5 through 9th we were targeting billfish on the fly, primarily blue marlin for our angler Amanda Thompson from Houston. We averaged 6 sailfish raises a day and over the 5 days of fishing raised 4 blue marlin, the first a very large fish in the 600lb range that came in red hot, got hold of the teaser and that was that, impressive to see though way too large to be throwing a fly at. A few sailfish releases on the fly from there on in…
And covered a lot of area
Finding hard to tease fish on the surface….
And marking plenty of activity deeper, we raised 2 sails here that didn’t tease all the way in….
The last 2 days we had our blue marlin shots raising the perfect sized fish of about 200lb that teased all the way on before fading right at the business end and later in the afternoon another fish of over 350lb that did all the right things….
Then the fish got tail wrapped after a series of jumps and broke the 20lb class tippet at 45 mins into the fight…
Last day out we had some sailfish action in the morning and then early afternoon teased in another fish in the over 350lb class. For the fly, these are large fish, probably a bit too large….still, awesome to tease in and get the bite right there with no prop wash after knocking the boat in neutral…..
Getting close on the 2nd blue…..
Amanda did an incredible job on the rod and had the fish on for a brutal 3hrs and 13mins. We got close to it on several occasions though it was one tough customer and on the last run despite the drag being backed off the 20lb tippet parted ways….A hard way to finish the trip though thats the fly game.
A good fun trip overall, the qauntity was down though the quality was there….
Summer time is blue marlin time, we’ll be back and open for business from July 19th on, from there on in we have excellent blue marlin fishing right through to October, the sailfish are here year ’round and the mahi and tuna bite over the summer months is also very good. We can discount these months but make sure you don’t! Our favorite time of year is June through December with good variety and quality fishing being the rule…
For the past 13 years while conventional fishing we have been exclusively using Eagle Claw 2004EL non-offset circle hooks in the 7/0 size for sailfish with 10/0 and 11/0 hooks for marlin. They find the top corner of the jaw when used right near every time. Suffix International for our monofilament and braided line, Cam Sigler for our fly’s and flyrods when flyfishing and we’ve teamed up with Bonze International for our teasers. They have proved to be deadly, awesome teasers that have raised some big blue marlin and the sailfish have been hot on them as well…
APRIL FISH REPORT…….
HOUSTON Y.P.O GROUP 46 SAILFISH & 6 BLUE MARLIN
April 30th and May 1st we welcomed the above group for their first Guatemalan experience. Fishing 2 days aboard Allure II, Captain Hook and Intensity the guys had an excellent trip with plenty of sailfish action and the blue marlin were biting their first day out.
Greg Curran with his blue marlin, tagged and released….
All the boats got in on some blue marlin action that first day with Capt Eddie on his first day back on the the Hook in 4 months finding a hole, having the hum and accounting for 4 of them!
A few mahi’s for the table as well….
And multiple sailfish releases for all….
GOODCHILD GROUP 17 SAILFISH & 3 BLUE MARLIN
L-R, Lance Menchaoa, Noe Carrasco, Greg Lusk, Steven LaBua, Steve Goodchild and Tim Leonard
April 28-29 good to see these guys back down here this time introducing Lance and Noe to Guatemala and the fishery we have here. Another great x 2 days on the water with 17 sailfish released from 27 bites, 4 blue marlin in the spread and 3 blues released from 3 bites including this beauty pushing 400lb’s for Steve Goodchild….
And another nice one for Greg Lusk the following day.
The fellas also boated a nice 20lb mahi for fresh taco’s on the boat and down the lodge…
5 SAILFISH, 1 BLUE MARLIN & 1 STRIPED MARLIN
Kent Willis, Philip Kuebler, Jay Gagneaux, Reagan Norris and Team Capt, Jasen Gast.
April 21-22 great to catch up with Team Rehab down for their annual Guatemalan trip from Freeport, Texas, a few new faces this year though the same old good times. Over 2 x days of fishing we raised 16 sailfish, a bit finicky they were and tough to convert though the boys released 5 from 13 bites, 1 from 1 on blue marlin and 1 release from 2 bites on striped marlin as well as a couple of mahi’s and 9 yellow fin tunas in the boat….
Blue for Jay
And a stripey for Kent…
And nice sailfish for Jay
And last day out in the afternoon we got into the tunas pretty good boating 9 before getting back to chasing bills….Jasen put a cool vid together as well, check it out:
Jasen is the man behind the TEXAS BILLFISH CLASSIC this August 16th through 19th….
MILLIS FAMILY, 12 SAILFISH RELEASED
Ren, Fulton and Dak Millis
April 9th through the 11th from North Carolina we welcomed Dak and his sons Ren and Fulton for some preseason practice before splashing their new boat and hitting the season up in the Outer Banks. A bit tough out there for us by Guate standards though the boys got into and learnt the bait ‘n switch..
For their trip we raised 26 sailfish and released 12 from 26 bites, the boys were into it with Fulton fishing well and Ren was dropping back like a pro by the end of the trip…
Dak and Ren with one.
And Fulton with a large specimen….
JIM ROBERTS GROUP 9 SAILS, BAIT ‘N FLY
March 30-31 and April 1st we had a blast with the above group….the fishing was a bit tough though no worries there, a great time had. We raised 23 sailfish getting 21 bites on conventional tackle….
And mixed it up changing to the fly at the end of both days. With time just about up on the clock at the end of the last day Jim laid out a great cast, did everything right and released his first billfish on the fly.
Nice going and what a way to finish the trip!!
Summer time is blue marlin time in Guatemala, we have a few trips booked in May through June 9th so looking forward to getting out there. The boat will be in the water and the Lodge will be open right through the summer, it’s a great time of year with more mahi’s about, tunas, sailfish and of course the blue marlin action picks up and peaks through September and October. Get in touch, we have great summer discounts as well…..