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

FISH REPORT THROUGH MARCH 3rd

RICHTER/KLEM: 5 STRIPEY’S & 18 SAILFISH

Carol & Bobby Richter with Ron and Debbie Klem

Feb 15-18: Ron and Debbie Klem celebrated their first marlin releases with a double header of striped marlin, 2 fish of about the same size:

Great double header tagged and released.

And last day out we raised 5 striped marlin releasing 3 from 4 bites….

All up 18 from 31 bites on sailfish and 5 from 6 on striped marlin….

Ron and Bobby 3 from 4 on stripey’s for the day

BILL GOULDIN GROUP 45 SAILFISH RELEASED

February 18 & 19: Good to see the above group back again, fishing aboard Makina and Sharkey’s Revenge a day each and Allure II for a couple of days. The group raised 79 sails and released 45 from 68 bites as well boating a few mahi’s and missing a blue marlin on the bite.

FINKIN GROUP 24 SAILFISH

Lance Rice, Steve Finkin, Mike Murry & Ken Duke

February 18-20 Fishing 2 days on King and I and a day on Allure II the guys had double digit bite days all 3 days with 24 sailfish from 42 bites, and missed a nice big blue marlin on the bite.

FWL GROUP 125 SAILFISH RELEASED

February 21-24th the above group hit good fishing here in Guatemala. Fishing aboard Allure II and Capt Hook for x 4 days the group raised 258 sailfish, had 202 bites and released 125……Great fishing!!!! They also raised 1 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin that did not bite.

Doubles, triples and quads…..plenty of action.

DOUG BENSON 21 SAILFISH

Wilson, Doug and Brinley Benson

February 23 & 24 Doug Benson with his daughter Brinley and boat manager Wilson from the Bahmas joined us at the OASIS for 2 days of fishing aboard Makina with Capt Guicho, and a great 2 days on the water for them with 42 sailfish in the spread, 37 bites and 21 releases as well as some mahi’s in the boat

DAVID TURNER GROUP 18 SAILFISH ON THE FLY

Chuck King, Dan Wesson, Will Lowrance, Matt Johnson and David Turner

February 25-27th on the fly with the above group aboard Allure II and Capt Hook, over 3 x days they raised 105 sailfish, 3 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin. From that 42 sailfish did bite the fly as well as 1 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin, a bit of bad luck with thrown hooks and tough bites from very finicky fish resulting in 18 sailfish releases. Some awesome bites and overall good fishing on the fly.

Dan on a tough one

Some nice ones out there…..

GODWIN, KOZAK, EVANS & BROBST

Pat Brobst, Scott Kozak, J Godwin and Bill Evans

March 1-3rd the above tournament group was in for 3 x days on Allure II. Kind of tough the first 2 days, we were out looking for “the bite”, covering area one here, one there with 14 from 22 bites and a nice 300lb blue for Pat…

Last day we stopped in short and fished the bottom for the pocket finding a pretty steady bite to finish their trip with 19 from 26. 3 x days, 33 sailfish and 1 blue marlin.

End of day quad for the crew

Blue water is pushing in close and the bite is good right now at 10-15nm.

 

SAILFISH OASIS FISH REPORT THROUGH FEB 9th

THIBAULT GROUP:

97 SAILFISH, 11 STRIPED MARLIN

& 1 BLUE MARLIN

The core of this group has been coming down for the past 5-6 years

February 3-4-5 good to see the above group back down for Super Bowl Weekend and 3 days of fishing aboard Allure II, Captain Hook, Makina, and Sails Call. Always a good time with these guys rotating boats daily and the fishing was good with the cooler WSW current bringing with it wads of bait, some well fed kind of hard to catch sailfish and something different for Guatemala, a good striped marlin bite.

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High flying stripey

Highlights over the 3 days were a triple header of striped marlin aboard the Capt Hook. On Allure II we got lucky with a Grand Slam…

Paul Kennedy with the first fish of the day, a blue marlin tagged and released…

Followed by a couple of these

And Capt Tom finished off the day with the stripey to complete the slam..

Happy crew on the ride home…

With the most consistent boat out there being the Sails Call who accounted for 32 of the sailfish and 4 striped marlin. Great trip all round for the crew, the amount of sails and stripey’s raised and bites was up there though a lot of soft bites and fish that would tease and not switch.

Mike Griffith with his stripey for the trip

The striped marlin bite for the fleet was one never seen before here in Guatemala so it made the trip. Then there was the Super Bowl, awesome game to top off a fantastic weekend! The guys have re-booked for next year which says it all…

BILLY AUD GROUP:

76 SAILFISH, 8 STRIPED MARLIN

MAHI’S & YF TUNAS

Another hard core group on their yearly pilgrimage to Guatemala

February 7-8-9 good to see the core of this group back with a few new faces……the ‘bite’ wasn’t as hot as their last trip down here though still very good fishing with the sailfish and stripeys still on the chew for the above crew fishing aboard Allure II, Capt Hook and Makina.

Stripey boat side before release…

Same as our last trip, we raised a lot more fish than the final numbers suggest, there were a couple of blues, several stripeys and a bunch of sailfish missed, some tough fish out there coming in hot though more soft bites. We marked plenty of bait and the fish were throwing up wads of squid.

Big sailfish for Lucien

We also got into a few good mahi’s..

Paul with a beauty

And on the last day the tunas made a showing with 5 boated for the trip including a couple of hefty fish including this fish for the Capt Hook making it to the gaff..

Kip Sowden with the fish of the trip, this XL yellowfin he landed on 30lb tackle.

The fish took him 2, 1/2 hours to get to the gaff on light line and leader, awesome achievement!!! We hooked a large tuna that same afternoon that peeled off all the top-shot deep into the dacron backing on the 80lb outfit only to come unstuck after getting our angler settled in………

All in all another great trip to Guatemala for the Aud-Sowden group and they have re-booked for next year as well.

We had a last minute cancellation on a 5 day trip so time for some boat maintenance the last few days on Allure II. We did have another group through the Lodge fishing the Piragua with Capt Manolo Feb 12-13 and they released 12 sailfish from 20 bites. There was a large body of green water out there that slowed things down though the blue water is pushing back in and we hope to see the bite pick up in the coming days. We’re back out on Wednesday and looking forward to it. It’s been a different season for sure with the striped marlin bite the last couple of weeks making life interesting, seeing those stripey’s come into the spread with the lights on is something else. We are booked up through end of March, April is starting to fill up though there are still some dates available so get in on them. Traditionally the blue marlin bite heats up as we get into summer….and don’t right off summer here in Guatemala. The fish bite right through the year with great variety out there. Get in touch:

 

liz@sailfishoasis.com

FISHING REPORT THROUGH FEB 1st

GARROW WESSENDORF BACHELOR PARTY

Garrow Wessendorf, center, with family and friends…..

January 27th & 28th we welcomed the above group in for Garrow Wessendorf’s ‘despedida de soltero’, 2 days of fishing aboard ALLURE II, CAPT HOOK & MAKINA, 3 nights at the Lodge and 1 night in Colonial Antigua sampling wines at the Wine Bar and ending up at the infamous Cafe No Sé. Fishing was a little tough in comparison to the previous days by Guatemalan standards though still good fishing overall for the 3 boats with over 50 fish raised and 32 sailfish releases as well as some big mahi’s and yellowfin tunas.

Makina heading out.

Lit up!

Good times all round for this group who fished and partied hard from Houston, Texas….

SMITH GROUP

L-R, Lex Turner, Larry Murff, Bob English, Bart Smith and Bill Howard.

January 29-30 we welcomed in the above group for their first taste of Guatemala and the fishing we have to offer. The inshore bite had died and a big body of cool water had moved in from the SW. We went out wide to the western edge and found plenty of this…

Big and small balls of bait and fish everywhere on the sounder

And it wasn’t long before we hooked into one of these….

A striped marlin tagged and released for Bob English.

It was looking real promising out there with all the bait and fish we were marking, though they were finicky for sure, too much bait down there for them to feed on.

Boatside and ready to let go.

Over the 2 days we raised 45 sailfish and released 20 from 35 bites and the one stipey. Good times with these guys from Alabama!

Lex Turner with his sail before release…

 

DILLON GROUP

L-R John, Mike and John Jr Habeck with John and Padraic Dillon

Jan 31st and Feb 1st we fished father and sons Habeck’s from New Jersey and The Dillons by way of Antigua, Guatemala and Austin, Tx respectively. The fish were pushing further off and tough to get excited. We saw them on the surface though they were not interested with several fish coming into the spread and leaving just as quickly.

We managed to make a trip of it though with 28 sailfish raised and 13 releases from 22 bites. 

John Dillon with his first sailfish of the trip

And Mike Harbeck with his

The bite slowed down there for a few days though as of today the 2nd of Feb it is on the up. There are some stripey’s still out there and the sails are starting to turn on and the odd blue marlin as well. We have a few big groups in the coming days and are looking forward to getting into it.

FISH REPORT THROUGH JANUARY 25th…..

LONSDALE/SHINKLE

Brian Shinkle, Tim and Terrance Lonsdale

Jan 22-25th we just said adios to the above group from St Louis, London, England and Massachusetts respectively after a few great days on the water aboard Allure II, been fishing with these guys for a few years now and always a good time. They released 60 sailfish from 94 bites as well as raising 3 blue marlin, one of them a very large specimen, no luck there, one threw the hook and the other 2 did not switch to the pitch bait, good to see there are some out there though. Good sailfish bite over the 4 days, and all close the break wall, fishing 4-9NM.

Beautiful weather and flat seas…

KIRKLAND GROUP

Cobie Callaway, Kevin Kirkland and Laine Doucet

January 20-21 good to see these fellas back as well! For their 3rd trip down here in the past 8 months they can’t get enough of the fishing in Guatemala, the Allure II and Oasis Lodge. Over 2 days we had 41 sailfish bites as well as 2 blues in the spread, one didn’t switch to the mackerel though Kevin got an awesome bite out of a beauty 400lb+ blue that he got the release on after a tough fight on the 50lb stand-up.

Good times as always, also boated a couple of good mahi’s…..

RICHTER/PREIS GROUP

Capt Bobby Richter(above), Mateo Richter, James and Jake Preis and Jonathan Meyer

January 16-19 from Port Aransas, Texas and another group that are Guatemalan regulars. Over 4 days we released 45 sailfish from 74 bites, got into some mahi’s and tagged and released 2 x blue marlin.

Free jumping sailfish

Bobby got the bite on the first blue of about 350lb….

The bite…

The fight….

And the release…

From there on in the boys broke out their serious tackle, the Zebco saltwater series and released 3 sailfish on it with on for Mateo, Jake and Jonathan.

Mateo after some fine angling skills..

Next day started off with a double before running down to the east where we raised our second blue for the trip, a nice solid 500lb blue hot on the teaser that Jake pitched the bait to, and what a bite…..

The bite.

The fish was a tough one that stayed down though we eventually got her up and got the tag in before releasing her in good strong shape..

Beautiful fish…

Nice going Jake on his first blue marlin release. Good times and good fishing with the Port Aransas crew!

MUSSELMAN GROUP

John Oliver, John Musselman and Scott King

January 13-15 great to catch up with John Musselman and Scott King again from Midland, Texas, this time introducing John Oliver from Austin. John Musselman is another regular who has been fishing with us now for several years.

Scott with one of a few mahi’s boated.

First couple of days out we averaged 20 sailfish bites a day as well as a blue marlin being the first fish in the spread for the trip. He bit the mackerel though it came back untouched and went back and ate the ballyhoo rigger bait, though we missed him.

And the guys got into some nice big sails

Last day out they wanted to dedicate the day to looking for a blue. We worked the edges in close for a slow day and 1 sailfish from 3 bites to show for it when at 1315 we got huge teaser bite from a fat 450lb blue. What a bite! Fish teased in switched to the mackerel perfectly and John was on…

Another tough solid fish that stayed down and dirty, John worked her up on the 50lb stand-up and we eventually got the fish boat side and the tag in…

Nice going John!

There you go. There has been some nice blues around and the sailfish bite has been consistent, the past few days the fish have been right in close and there have been a few blues seen in the shallow water as well. We raised a very large fish today that was in the 500lb+ range in 215ft of water. Plenty of bait around so things are looking good for the coming days. We are fairly booked up though there is some availability in April. We do have other boats ready to go in the earlier months if need be. Contact:

liz@sailfishoasis.com

 

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