GREAT FISHING THROUGH FEB 12th
213 SAILFISH & 3 BLUE MARLIN, FEB 3RD-5TH
The Collin Ocker organized group of 15 anglers: Chad Walker, Darrel Scanlan, Chris Schadedd, Cody Jordan, Wes Jordan, Ken Culbreth, Mark Thibaut, Clay Morphis, Randy Wendel, Jaine Morphis, John Moyd, Mike Levoi, Mike Griffin, Paul Kennedy and Collin Ocker .
Fishing off 4 boats the group experienced an exceptional bite down here in Guatemala releasing 213 sailfish and 3 blue marlin as well as boating several large mahi’s over Superbowl Weekend February 3rd through 5th. Aboard ALLURE, A-FIN-ITY, RELEASE and SPINDRIFT the guys drew boats daily to mix it up with no set teams, the only rule being no assistance from the mates on the hook-ups. First day out the fleet was spread out in the morning looking for the bite though ended up in the same area in the afternoon with between 9-15 releases amongst the boats. This is Guatemala so there is always something better out there. On ALLURE we went wide out to the western corner looking for an incoming bite, after a long run the move seemed to have paid off with an aggressive teaser bite from an est 250lb blue marlin after just 5mins of lines in. Mark Thibaut did a great job with the pitched mackeral and after a good bite came tight to this fish that put on a show with several long greyhounding runs…
After a 20min fight on the 50lb stand-up gear Mark got the fish boatside for a healthy release. Nearer the edge we raised another blue around a log that came up on a couple of teasers though did not switch to the pitch bait. We did manage to get each of the guys some slammer bull mahi’s though, the log was loaded with small bonitos and some live baiting resulted with a good haul…
Clay Morphis, Mark Thibaut, Wes Jordan and Chris Schadedd
Trolling up the edge another blue in the 400lb class crashed the bridge teaser, we got a great bite on the pitch bait though missed it. Later in the afternoon we raised our 4th blue for the day, this one teased in great and Wes Jordan did the job with an awesome bite just feet from the transom with the pitched mackeral bait. The fish was a tough SOB staying down and dirty for the majority and after 45min on the stand-up gear Wes got it boatside for the release…….
ALLURE mate, Julio about to bill Wes’s est 350lb blue marlin.
Meanwhile 25NM to the east of us early in the afternoon Chip Shafer aboard Old Reliable found a great sailfish bite for the rest of the fleet to get into. They got there early in the afternoon and the bite went off with RELEASE having no sailfish releases by midday finishing up with 23 in just a couple of hours with doubles and triples the norm. A red hot bite for all the boats for the last couple of hours of the day. We all fished there the following day and experienced a great bite with between 51-65 sails raised per boat and up to 30 releases. On ALLURE, Wes had the blue marlin luck once again releasing a tough 250lb+ blue to round off an incredible day on the water for the group with 109 sails released and one blue on their last day out, all on circle hooks ensuring healthy releases. To top it off Superbowl that night was a cracker. A great weekend had by all….!!!
Feb 7th -8th Todd Johnson was back for his second trip to Guatemala this season, this time introducing to Guatemala….
80 SAILFISH RELEASES IN 2 DAYS
On ladder L-R Greg Binion, Todd Johnson, Brian Tucker, Noble Carl, Mark Hamilton, Marshal Adkins and Preston Marshall.
Fishing aboard ALLURE and A-FIN-ITY the bite stayed good though slowly moving further off-shore to the east. The long runs were worth it though with 80 sailfish released in 2 days between the boats, we also raised a blue marlin that crashed the bridge teaser though disappeared just as quickly. All in all another great couple of days on the water with this group. With the bite seeming to be moving and slowing down it was time to look for something new the next day….
GRUPO BRAZILIANO 245 SAILFISH & 1 BLACK MARLIN IN 3 DAYS!!
Feb 9th through 11th we wecomed back Team Brazil to the SAILFISH OASIS, 18 anglers and a couple of ‘observers’ all from Rio de Janeiro for 3 days of fishing for their annual Brazilian International Tournament. The format was the same as last year with 6 teams of 3 anglers fishing aboard ALLURE, A-FIN-ITY, CHUBASCON, CIRCLE HOOK, KNOT WORK and PERLA DEL MAR. Fishing to IGFA rules with 20lb line we had:
Team 1, Helio Manques, Lula Bulhoes and Lucas Bulhoes
Team 2, Raphael Coutinno, Guilhermino Lima and Antonino Bitasi
Team 3, Ciba Eduardo, Luiz Pintgirro and Roberto Pitta
Team 4, Elton Vasconcellos, Rodrigo Mattos and Gilberto Malvares
Team 5, Paulo Campos, Pedro Groberio and Guilerme Campos
Team 6, Sandro Lahmann, Joao Lahmann and Renato Barbosa
A true anglers/team tournament was had with all the teams having a fair share of shots amongst the boats, it came down to the better anglers. With the bite off-shore fading the fleet searched inshore and found a pretty reasonable bite inshore to the west, just 12NM from the marina with up to 18 releases per boat. The second day of the tournament took off with boats getting up to 43 bites and releasing up to 25. At the end of day 2 it was wide open with Team 4 of Elton, GG and Tunicao holding on to a slim lead of 35 sailfish releases and 1 marlin. Last years winners Team 6 of Sandro, Joao and Renato released 25 on day 2 to get them from 4th to second with 33 releases overall.
Last day out the bite slowed some though ended up just 8NM from the marina and all the boats raised over 20 sails a piece. Team 6, lead by Sandro had a great day releasing 19 sails to take it out with a total of 52 releases in 3 days. Team 4 with Elton, GG and Tunicao came in a close second with 48 releases and Team 5 with Paulo, Pedro and Guilherme a couple of fish back with 45 releases. Another great tournament and a great time had by Team Brazil!!! We had a alot of fun fishing this group with plenty of laughs and a fair share of sancochos…..El Matador!!
All in all some pretty spectacular fishing and on it goes, marlin are in the mix and of course some big mahi’s as well. We still have a few openings and the fishing is good here right through till the end of August with traditionally more marlin in the mix from later in April on through the summer. Contact us now to experience billfishing at it’s best…….
Fishing 25th through 30th January 2012
TEAM HOOK ‘N BULL
L-R Matthew Kleinhenz, Paul ‘JR’ Turnbull, Corey Survant, Kelly Baggett, Travis Stansbury (sitting), Carter Drummond, David and Andy Harris…..absent Jeff Peel, back at the lodge suffering from the ‘Guatemalan Flu’….
As mentioned in the previous report Paul ‘JR’ Turnbull and Capt Carter Drummond came down a couple of days earlier than the rest of their group. JR and David Harris own the 60ft custom Hook ‘n Bull out of Port Aransas, Corpus Chisti and were joined by a great crew of friends and their Capt, Carter Drummond. The guys brought down a great attitude and had a blast here fishing on ALLURE and CIRLCE HOOK and staying at the OASIS. To the fishing, the guys did everything on the boats, hooking, wiring, helping rig baits and teasers and released 68 sailfish 2 black marlin and 1 blue as well as boating several mahi’s for fresh fish taco’s and great beer battered mahi back at the lodge. What a trip, they say a picture tells a thousand words so forget the babble and check out some of these shots, thanks for some great photo’s Team Hook ‘n Bull……
Matthew got these great jump shots
Carter wiring Corey’s blue
Some sweet under water shots from the Go-Pro
David Harris swimming down a large sail to release
Another great pic….
Nice going to JR, Corey and Travis on their first back marlin releases and great fishing from the rest of the crew who all ended with good averages from some awesome teaser bites. Looking forward to seeing you guys down here again!!
The Mark Smith organized group came in straight after and the fishing got even better, sorry Mark couldn’t make it down and fish with us……In 2 days the guys released 68 sails from well over 100 bites and boated a nice 25lb mahi. Another great group who enjoyed a great time here with us at the OASIS…..once again, pictures tell the story….
Tracy’s first sail, a slob!! Shelby, Tracy and Fisher
Fisher getting up close and personal…
Looking forward to seeing you guys back here as well, and hopefully with Mark next time around….
The fishing is still good out there, we are back out again tomorrow then have a few big groups back to back so look out for more fishing tales after Feb the 12th……
Still some available dates mid week in March and April through May, as I said previously I think it’ll be a great late season down here, dates are filling so be sure to secure early to avoid disappointment.
Click on the shots to get a full screen photo……and I admit, I’m a bit of a miserable bastard when calling weight estimates on marlin though I’d rather errr on the side of caution…….
Fishing11th through 24th January 2012
A quick report from Guatemala…..
January 11th through 14th we hosted the Ed Stein organized group of the man himself Ed Stein, Jim Lampe, Stu Brandes and Dick Tron, the self named ‘Team Old Geezers’ had a combined age of 280 years between them. Mixing it up between the fly and the baits on ALLURE and CIRCLE HOOK the fishing was a bit tough the first few days though turned on at the end of their trip and they ended up releasing 35 on conventional tackle and 5 on the fly. We also raised a nice 200lb blue that we teased in 3 times for Ed to cast the fly to though each time the fly was snubbed……we ended up pitching the mackerel and got the bite and got a quicky on it before the fish threw the hook on the first jump. The Old Man and the Sea award went to Stu Brandes who despite suffering from MS managed to release 2 sails on the fly and a few on the baits, good on you Stu, looking forward to fishing all you guys again!!
Next group to come into SAILFISH OASIS were for the second time this season Rihl and son George Buckley this time bringing friends Lake Lappert and father and son team Doug and Hobbs Renolds. The guys timed their trip well and the fish were snapping, they had two great dasy of fishing here raising 52 and releasing 30 sails from 44 bites in 2 days including several on the 20lb spinning tackle and a few nice mahi’s to boot…
Lake Lappert with the smaller of his 2 nice mahi’s
Next up from 17th-20th we had the Jory and Leigh Anne Bernard organized group consisting of 7 other couples:
From L-R Jory & Leigh Anne Bernard, Corey & Rachel Vincent, Brad & Nicole Bergeron, Richard & Tereza Grant, Steve & Lynn Cherbonneau, David & Pauline Ardoin, Terry & Cindy Morse, and Randy & Norma Morse
Mostly from Lousianna, partly Houston and Oklohoma the group were great fun and mixed it up with fishing between the 5 boats on standby, lazing around the pool at SAILFISH OASIS, golfing at the wonderful La Reunion Golf Resort on the side of Volcan Fuego and for some a walking tour and shopping in the Spanish Colonial city of Antigua just an hour away. Despite mixing it up for the 3 days the group still released 81 sails with the hard-core fishermen in the group Richard Grant and Brad Bergeron releasing 50 between the 2 of them in just 2 days of fishing!!! For alot of the group their first billfish releases were racked up….and 2nd…..and 3rd…..On the last day with the main bite slowly diminishing and pushing further off-shore after a late start on ALLURE we decided to try inshore to the east. We found plenty of this:
Sailfish under birds balling up small baits, wads of bait and sails over a large area which resulted in a couple of these:
Leigh Anne, Jory, Lynn and Steve with another release
Though for the amount of fish out there it ended up being very frustrating as getting them to stay on the teaser or even eat the swimming baits was very tough, still always a great sight to see and somewhere to go the following day. We enjoyed our days with this group and they had some great comments including:
“Dear Kiwi, Liz, Nick and Staff, What a wonderful 4 days in Guatemala! Nick and his crew were outstanding! Fishing-Food-Friends and Memories couldn’t have been better! Liz and Kiwi, we’ll be back! Thanks for the hospitality! Jory and LeighAnne Bernard.
And this one from Richard and Tereza Grant:
“I’ve spent 25 years chasing billfish all over the Gulf of Mexico, South Florida, the Bahamas and the Caribbean and have NEVER had a trip like the one to SAILFISH OASIS- 26 sails in 2 days on 20lb tackle. Great boat. Great spot. Great fishing!!”
21st and 22nd we had from Beaumont and Dallas respectively Larry Fagg and Wayne Beason, great characters and seasoned travellers having fished all through the Americas on their first jaunt to Guatemala…. We went back to the east with the majority of the fleet and found more of the same the next day, sails balling baits though hard to get them interested in coming into the spread no matter what we tried. We did release 6 for the day and a nice mahi though as it was frustrating we headed far down the west corner the next day looking for more aggressive fish. Late in the afternoon we found some good activity raising a marlin that stayed deep on the teaser and raised 12 sails releasing 6 from 9 bites, a great afternoon!!
Larry and Wayne with the last sail for the trip
Today the 24th we started a trip with JR Turnbull for his second trip back to SAILFISH OASIS and Carter Drummond for his first. They fish a couple of days before the rest of their group get in on Wednesday night for another 3 days. We started inshore to the east again and experienced more sails that would at least come in aggressively on the teasers though still hard to get to switch to the baits, from the 12 sails raised the guys released 3 from 6 bites and a nice mahi boated. We saw plenty cutting bait and finning on the surface though no attitude. Early in the afternoon JR did a great job hooking, fighting and releasing his first black marlin of around 250lbs+ on 30lb tackle…..
Still plenty of sails inshore and it will only be a matter of time before they start snapping. We are booked fairly solid though there are some openings in March, more in April and May. I’m picking the late season to be a cracker here in Guatemala, come down and check it out, there is no place like it…..
27th Dec ’11 through 7th Jan ’12
The New Year bash at the SAILFISH OASIS just gets bigger and better, Hill and Donelle Dishman in party mode with Willie from the Blue Dawgs….This year’s was the best yet with a huge asado (BBQ), big firework display and great party atmosphere for the capacity filled lodge.
To the fishing….
As predicted the bite went off before Christmas with boats releasing 30-40 sails a piece and some blues in the mix as well. Straight after Christmas we had the Denman Heard group down fishing 27th-28th. The fishing had slowed some and with a cold front pushing through though we still got all the guys into a few sailfish releases as well as a couple of tunas for the boys.
In between on our days off the bite picked up big time with a great blue marlin bite on the 29th, there were over 30 blues raised among the small fleet out with boats releasing up to 3, it slowed the next day for the marlin though the sailfish bite picked up in its place.
On the 31st we welcomed back Capt Kevin and Alicia Deerman who were fishing with us the same time last year on ALLURE to be joined by Hill and Donelle Dishman the following day. Also at the lodge were the Bryan O’Dell group of 6 fishing aboard the Circle Hook over the same period. Both boats experienced great fishing with the sails biting and blue marlin making their presence felt as well….
With Capt Kevin and Alicia on the 31st we fished up the west side of the pocket and the first fish of the day a marlin pushing water and knocking down the rigger bait though not eating. From here on in we got into a pretty good sailfish bite with 22 sails raised and 10 releases from 16 bites, Alicia was on form releasing ALL the fish and late in the day we had a nice blue of a solid 350lb’s pushing up on the flat line teaser. The mackerel was pitched and after long seconds we got a good bite and Alicia did a great job on the rod releasing the last blue marlin to be caught in Guatemala for 2011.
The fish put on a helluva show and topped off a great day on the water.
That night the lodge was filled to capacity plus and we saw in 2012 with a party to be remembered……..at least by those who can remember it….
1st day of 2012 Hill and Donelle joined Kevin and Alisia, nursing some hangover’s it was a late start leaving the dock sometime after 10 . Back to the area we were the previous day the fish had done a bit of a disappearing act, still for a short day we raised 8 sails and released 4 from 7 bites.
On the 2nd with Hill and Kevin we decided to look for the fish a bit more to the west, finding blue water and birds working we got into some pretty good action early on raising 9 sails by 1030 and releasing 4 from 7 bites. It was looking good though with bigger things on our minds we ran another 10NM out to the edge. On our second pass over the drop off we got the bite we were looking for and Kevin got himself onto a nice blue pushing the 300lb mark on 30lb test….
This fish was a brute and Capt Kevin put as much heat on the 30lb line as was possible, we tried different angles though it stayed deep and dirty on us for over an hour, coming up occasionally to show us it’s girth…..
Before getting it boat side for the release and the first blue for ALLURE in 2012.
Another late start on the 3rd due to a cold front pushing through and creating a short sharp chop had us check the inside area and the bottom of the pocket just 7NM out. It was the right move with an afternoon bite turning on, 18 sails raised and 8 released from 14 bites as well as 4 nice mahi’s boated.
The weather laid down for us on the 4th and the blue water had pushed in, we put lines in the water just 5NM off the breakwall and were pretty much straight into some good action which held right through the day. Mixing it up on the fly and on the baits we had some hot fish tease in and some great fly bites with a couple of shots at doubles on the fly.
Hill Dishman with the first sail on the fly for 2012.
It was a great day on the water and just after lunch we raised a BIG blue on the long rigger teaser, the fish teased in hot and Hill was ready on the fly, though with the fish pushing as much water as it was I made the call to pitch the bait, we got the bite though unfortunately missed it. Still a great fish to see just 8NM out! We finished the day raising 27 sails, releasing 5 from 12 bites on the fly and 6 from 10 bites on the baits
Capt Kevin Deerman with his first sail on the fly.
The following day the bite inshore was just as good with boats releasing up to 24 on conventional tackle and up to 8 for boats on the fly.
January 6th and 7th we fished with the Jack Pitts group consisting of….
Marleta Pitts, Billy, Trent, Grant and Trey Goodwin with Jack Pitts.
The fish had done another move and were hard to find though we did get everyone into some sails and mahi’s including these…
Marleta’s first sail..
And a nice mahi for Trey.
The blue water is pushing in from the west and it looks like things are going to get good here in the next few days. We are booked fairly solid through January though there are some openings in February, these are prime dates and the fishing has usually been good with some red-hot bites in the past. March and April are also great months to fish here and with the marlin bite picking up later in the year and the tunas turning on as well. SAILFISH OASIS has been getting rave reviews from everyone who has been down with the service, food and settings second to none. We’ll make sure your trip is a first class experience all round. See you down here…..
IN SAYING THAT, WE HAVE JUST HAD AN OPENING FROM JANUARY 21 -23rd, THESE ARE WEEKEND DATES THAT HAVE JUST OPENED UP. WE CAN GIVE A SPECIAL LAST MINUTE DEAL ON THESE PRIME DATES
Week to December 18th
The fishing picked up from last weekend with some great days up to 35-40 bites per boat, then slowed down some though has picked up again the last few days with a huge body of fish coming in with a strong WSW current pushing hard a little inshore and to the east. All this may bode well for an incredible bite as the fish right now are spread over a large area, if we get some more south to the current the bottom east side of the ‘pocket’ may well have the fish stacked up thick on the edge in the coming days…..weeks?? Either way a good time to get down here!!!!
We just had ‘The Host’ Chief Tauzin down here fishing a couple of days with his assistant Allan Adamy and clients Tony Harlan, Michael Wisnienski and Jamie Primeaux.
We had a late start first day out due to some sampling of Guatemala’s finest rum, 23yr old Zacapa the previous night at SAILFISH OASIS. General consensus the “best rum ever”……back to the fishing, we started at about 20NM and got into a couple of nice mahi’s to ensure fresh mahi taco’s for lunch.
Michael and Tony with a couple of beauties.
Soon after a couple of double headers on the sailfish had us thinking we were on them though from here it slowed down. Offshore the fleet was starting to see them consistently so we picked up and made the run. Between 1.30pm and 3.00pm we had great action out to 37NM off-shore finishing the day with 17 releases from the 28 raised with the guys doing a great job on the hook-up ratio missing just 3 fish.
Jamie Primeax with a big female before release..
Knowing where to go we ran to the spot today, as said, the fish were over a very large area, we never worked one particular area more than 30mins and had a great day getting into a couple of triple headers and several doubles, pretty much non-stop action before pulling lines in early just before 2.00pm. the difference being a few more sancochos today!!! The final tally being 41 fish raised, 35 bites and 20 releases.
Jamie and Michael enjoying the ride home in comfort.
All in all a great 2 days on the water and as I mentioned it looks like the fishing will be staying good for a while yet with such a large body of fish out there.
The general consensus was ‘incredible’ as far as the fishing went, the lodge received rave reviews with great food, fine wine, damn good rum and the best ‘asado’ or ‘parilla’ (Argentinian BBQ) on the last night. Jamie and Tony are already planning there next trip down here and we look forward to partying with ‘The Host’ over the New Year.
Happy Holidays to everyone and come down here to get into the good times yourselves…..
Cheers from Chris, Julio and Enio on ALLURE and Nick, Karina, Marlena and Carlos from SAILFISH OASIS LODGE