RED HOT BITE!! GUATEMALA FISH REPORT THROUGH JAN 10th
O’BRIEN: 103 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN
Shannon and Robert O’Brien
January 9-10 we welcomed Shannon O’Brien and her son Robert for their first time to Guatemala. What timing, the bite was going off out there and in 2 days of fishing they released 103 sailfish and 1 blue marlin! We had a stiff cold front blow through so first day out we fished in close at the 8NM drop off and were rewarded with a nice 200lb blue marlin hot on the short teaser that switched to the pitched mackerel with a great bite for Robert in the opening minutes of the day.
Robert on the rod
Early morning colors
And on the leader….
We got the tag in it and released 3 sailfish and boated 2 mahi mahi in the morning session all at 8-9NM out of the wind.
The radio was going off another 15NM out so we ran out expecting the wind to have died down after midday. We had an awesome afternoon out there releasing 27 sailfish to finish with 30 sails and 1 blue marlin for the day. Next day we started in close again looking for a blue at the edge with no luck so ran out to the previous days bite at about 10:00 and we found ourselves a great fishing hole from there on in…
One of many double headers for the day
It got kind of crazy from 10:15 onwards with double header after double header with often times many sailfish behind the boat free swimming. The amazing thing was that boats were seeing them just as thick 6-7NM away. A huge body of fish out there, quite incredible and they were on the bite, aggressive as all hell on the teasers. Things slowed down in the late afternoon though we finished with a triple header to end the day with 73 sailfish released from 104 bites!! What an incredible day for Shannon and Robert who fished strong the whole day through and witnessed a truly incredible bite. Congratulations to them, they finished 2 days of fishing here with 103 sailfish, 1 blue marlin and 2 mahi mahi. Does it get any better?
SCHMITZ GROUP 71 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN
L-R: John & Nick Schmitz, Mitchel Ward, Doug Gossett and Steve Schmitz
January 7 & 8 it was good to catch up again with brothers John and Steve Schmitz, this time introducing Steve’s son Nick and friends Mitchel and Doug to this amazing fishery. We started in close once again and raised a blue marlin almost immediately at the first drop off, John was on the rod and we got the release on the fish fairly quickly, a great way to start the day! From there on in a slow morning though we got into the fish late in the afternoon and experienced a great bite finishing up with 36 sails released from 52 bites
Next day the wind started blowing and we were on the fish, not with the same intensity as the previous afternoon though it was steady out there all day and the guys were into hooking them off the teasers, a good fun day out there with 35 released from 56 bites to their 2 days here in Guatemala with 71 sailfish and 1 blue marlin released!
Mitchel and Nick in on the action
Nick and Mitchel with that double boat side…
The bite is on here, what an incredible start to 2017. We sold January 19-20-21 though now we have had another set of dates open up. February 28th through March the 3rd is open with our group choosing to fish later in May. Get in on this amazing fishing and get down to Guatemala. The Oasis Lodge and Allure II are second to none down here and these are prime dates.
GUATEMALA FISH REPORT THROUGH JANUARY 4th ’17
BROSIG FAMILY 48 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN
Karlos, Cindy and Miguel Brosig
January 3 & 4th from Midlands, Texas in for 2 days of fishing it was a great time fishing with Karl and Cindy Brosig along with son Michael for their first time in Guatemala. Keen fishos though this was their first billfish trip so we spent some time in the cockpit going over the does and don’ts of using circle hooks and from there on in they were into it. Great first day out as well with plenty of opportunities to hone their skills and we went 23 releases from 37 bites on sails.
At the end of the day we raised a hot blue marlin on the short teaser, pitched the mackerel bait and got an awesome bite right off the transom for Michael…
A tough fish too, though he worked it hard and we eventually got the tag into the fish releasing it in great condition…
On the leader
And on its way
Next day the sailfish bite was steady through the day and they clicked it up a gear with everything falling into place and fished extremely well releasing 25 sailfish from 34 bites. That’s good fishing, a great ratio for them to finish on and 2 days down here with 48 sailfish released and 1 blue marlin!
CURTICE GROUP 56 SAILFISH
L-R, Kolbe Curtice, Rory Burroughs and Brian Curtice.
December 31st and January 1st we welcomed another first time group to Guatemala, the OASIS and ALLURE II from Houston Texas father and sone Kolbe and Brian Curtice along with good friend Rory Burroughs. These guys were also novice bill fishermen and left with a bunch of experience under their belts. They jumped in the deep end from the get go also pitching baits to hot sailfish off the teasers…
The bite had dropped off from the large numbers posted the day before though still very good fishing out there with 26 sailfish released from 40 bites, 3 nice mahi’s in the boat and a couple of yellow fin tunas after working some spinners in the afternoon.
Large sail for Kolbe
Next day we got in to the sailfish pretty good in the morning though were lured off shore with reports of marlin being caught on live baits around a current line holding logs and small bonito. No marlin luck for us though Rory got into a couple of nice mahi’s
In the afternoon we trolled back into where we had the sailfish action in the morning and finished strong with good action including a couple of back to back triple headers and a days end total of 30 releases from 54 bites. An awesome 2 days on the water here with 56 sailfish released from 94 bites, 5 large mahi’s and 2 yellowfin tunas. We had a great time with these guys and an awesome time bringing in 2017, and what a start to the new year…..this from Kolbe:
Chris and Liz
Just a quick note to thank you for a great week-end!
It’s tough to get back to work ….. dark ugly day outside …..zero degrees celsius. Note that I have “Allure II” as my screensaver and find myself of drifting off every hour or two to hear Chris shouting out “ right short teaser” or “FREESPOOL…..FREESPOOL!!”
Thank you for spoiling us. You are an incredible team and gave us some great memories! I can’t wait to create some new ones with you.
Please give Freddy, Karina and everyone else our best.
CHOATE 22 SAILFISH
EJ and Stephanie with Tim on a triple
On December the 29th it was good to fish with the man who pioneered the fishery down here in Guatemala, and who is ultimately responsible for how we ended up here Tim Choate along with his daughter Stephanie and new fiancee EJ Oppenheimer. We fished the inside drop off looking hard for a marlin as the area had been producing for us the past while though got into a pretty good morning sailfish bite.
Stephanie on the leader
The bite was steady through to about midday and dropped off though we did finish the day with 22 sailfish released from 30 bites. Good fishing for EJ who was at it for his first time ever and accounted for 11 of them.
Meanwhile after a slow morning 20NM further offshore the late afternoon bite picked up for the guys out wide the boats out there had 40-50 bites. What a fishery we are have here, the options! Had an awesome day fishing with the Choates and catching up with them, last time I fished Tim was ’05 so it was good to be back out there with him.
We had the 30th in though the bite went off with boats releasing between 40 and 75 sailfish! December as usual was an incredible month here in Guatemala with big sailfish numbers and plenty of marlin in the mix.
2017 has started off strong, it is shaping up to be another incredible year down here in Guatemala, we have and January 19-20-21 open up and right now February 28th March 1st are open as well as March 28-29. April is starting to fill up fast though there are still some prime dates available. Get in touch to get in on them!
Cheers and best to all for 2017.
From the crew on the boat and the lodge.
FISH REPORT THROUGH DEC 17th
SHINKLE: 24 Sailfish & 1 Blue Marlin
L-R: Sumner Charles, Peter Gray and Brian Shinkle
December 2 & 3 had a great time fishing with our good mate Brian Shinkle, his nephew Charles Sumner for his second time with us on ALLURE II and Peter Gray all from St Louis. First day out we worked the first drop off here at 8-10NM in beautiful conditions, flat seas and the fishing was consistent right through the day with 15 sailfish releases from 23 bites.
Just before midday we raised a hot blue marlin on the left teaser and got the bite on the mackerel, came tight and the fish came charging at the boat, a nice one of about 300lb+ that threw the hook on the 3rd jump….
And Sumner provided lunch.
Next day out the fish were mainly coming up on the rigger baits more than the teasers and were biting a bit funky resulting in a few too many off these:
Still an awesome day out there with 9 sailfish released from 20 bites, some big fish in the mix too…
Large sailfish release for Peter
About mid morning we had a hot blue on the right short teaser, we got a funky bite on the pitch bait where it all looked good though the mack came back unmarked. With the bite slowing in the afternoon we ran back a few miles off the drop and marked massive wads of bait in the upper water column and in the dying minutes of the day raised the one we were looking for, a red hot blue that charged in all over the teaser, aggressive bite on the mackerel that Brian did well to control and he got the release on a blue of about 250lb
Great way to finish off a fun 2 days on the water.
TEAM USA: 76 Sailfish
L-R: Capt Eddie Bairez, Scott Kozak, mates José & Alfonso with Bill Evans and J Godwin
Dec 9-10-11 we welcomed back the above crew and OASIS regulars for the first of their ’16-’17 season trips to Guatemala fishing with the Capt Hook. Team USA fished their last trip for 2016 in Guatemala after their earlier trips here Jan through April and then the tournament series through Central America including Costa Rica, Nicaragua and El Salvador. They hit the fishing spot on with a 3 day average of 25 releases per day!! That gave Team USA an incredible years end total of 792 billfish releases for 2016. Congratulations to them and we’re looking forward to seeing them here in the coming season.
CONVIVIO: 7 Sailfish
Spectacular afternoon on the water.
Friday, December 9th went out for a late afternoon fish with a buddy and Capt Julio on the wheel. Nice to be in the cockpit for a change catching fish! For our 2 hours on the water we released 7 from 10 bites, some great bites off the teasers and overall a beautiful afternoon on the briny…..
PYLE & BEAL: 60 Sailfish
L-R Jack & Carol Beal and Fred Pyle
December 11th and 12th for their first trip to Guatemala from Seaport, Texas we had an incredible two days on the water with the above group of Fred Pyle and Jack and Carol Beal. Keen fishos that are very active in the Gulf coast tournament scene on Jacks 60ft Bertram this was their first taste of bill fishing with teasers and natural baits and what an introduction…..They got into it from the get go pitching baits to hot teaser fish and with the amount of shots we had it was the ideal trip to learn all there is know. At the days end we had 72 sailfish in the spread with 63 bites and they released 38.
Beauty colors lit up before releasing Fred’s sail
Next day out the bite slowed some from the previous day as we pushed off shore trying to find the main body of fish that we’d been on though still and excellent day with 43 sails raised and they released 22 from 37 bites to round off the trip on an even 60 sailfish released from 100 bites!! Great trip with a fun crew and we’re looking forward to seeing them back here in Guatemala as regulars from here on in.
It’s all about the bite. A pitch bait about to be engulfed….
Jack about to get the release
Carol and Jack with the 60th sailfish release for the trip
STERETT / SPRINGER 20 Sailfish
L-R Chris Springer, Ron Smith, Steve Springer, Tres Sterett and Rick Douglas
December 16th and 17th another group for their first trip to Guatemala and hailing from Texas to Illinois to Kentucky to Florida…..Chris Springer and friend Tres Sterett organized this trip for Steve Springers 70th birthday getting Steve’s good buddies and Ron Smith and Rick Douglas along. A great winter getaway with beautiful flat seas and the fish were biting. First day out we started at the 9NM drop off and raised 2 blue marlin in the morning session, we missed on and the other teased in though di not switch to the pitched mackerel…..no marlin luck though good to see all the same. For the rest of the day we pushed off shore and released 11 from 20 sailfish bites before hitting the dock early where the crew enjoyed the poolside bar at the lodge for the rest of the afternoon.
Steve Springer with his first sail
Tres Sterett with another fat fish…
And Chris with his.
Next day out the bite slowed down some with the green water pushing in so we ran off shore to the west where we got into blue water and a good afternoon bite. A bit of trouble having the hooks stick again today though some great fish in the spread with a cover-up of 6 sails behind the boat, from the resulting quad hooked up we released a triple header.
Ron Smith with his boat side before release.
And for the last 45mins of the day we changed top the fly. Rick Douglas a good keen man on the fly rod has traveled the world flyfishing in the worlds hotspots so the guys wanted him to have a crack at a billfish on the long wand. In the dying minutes after raising several fish that didn’t tease all the way in we raised a hot fish that the mates teased in. Rick laid out the perfect cast, and with the boat dead in the water the fish came from deep and nailed the fly with an incredible bite. 1 cast, 1 bite, 1 release for Rick, what a finish for a great 70th birthday celebration for Steve and the crew…
Good effort Rick!
Good consistent fishing for our groups in December. From here on in the pace picks up as we get into January with not many days left available. Right now we do have January 11-12th open. February 28th and March 1st as well as March 28 and 29th. April is starting to fill up though as of now in April: 2nd to the 6th, 16th-19th and the 24th on are available. Book now to avoid disappointment and get into some of this incredible fishing.
**JANUARY 19-20-21 we had a large group trim down so we have 3 boats available over this time frame. These are prime dates into a weekend that have just opened up. Get in touch to secure them as they will not last!
And from me and the crew on the boat and the staff at the lodge Happy Holidays / Merry Christmas and the best New Year to all our friends that have fished with us in the past and we look forward to seeing and fishing with you in 2017….Cheers!
FISH REPORT THROUGH NOVEMBER 26th
PAYNE FAMILY, NOV 25-26th
Whitney, Garrett, Trish and Gerald Payne
We welcomed in the above family to Guatemala and SAILFISH OASIS LODGE for their first time with a big Thanksgiving dinner on their arrival Thursday evening. From there on in they had 2 days of fishing aboard ALLURE II and a trip to give thanks for! First day with the blue water having pushed in we stopped in close and tried the first drop off at about 10nm. Within the first 20min we’d raised 2 sails and a blue so worked the area hard and ended with a great day, good consistent fishing right through.
Gerald and Trish with a double header
Final tally for the day 23 sailfish in the spread with 16 released from 21 bites, 5 blue marlin raised in the teasers with 2 released from 3 bites and 2 nice mahi mahi in the boat.
Garrett with his first blue
And Whitney putting the heat on hers…
We started the next day with a triple in the spread right on the drop off, 2 sails and a striped marlin in the teasers, we released 1 of the sails and this nice stripey for Trish…
Nice way to start the day!!
Hopes were high for a blue to complete the slam though try as we did, no joy. We did release 11 sails from 17 bites for the day and a 2 day total of 27 sailfish, 2 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin and 2 mahi mahi. What a great family Thanksgiving trip!
TOMMY & MELISSA VINAS, NOV 21-22:
Tommy and Melissa Vinas for their first trip abroad and their first offshore bill fishing trip chose Guatemala, SAILFISH OASIS and ALLURE II and what a first trip it was for them. First day we found some fish at about 35nm in front and ended the day with 10 sailfish released from 16 bites.
At about midday we got into the mahi’s pretty good boating 5 nice sized fish including this beauty of about 40lb for Melissa….
59 inch bull mahi for Melissa!
The next day proved a bit tougher, though both Tommy and Melissa were hooking their own fish and did a great job with the few opportunities we had releasing 5 sailfish from 5 bites.
Out off the western corner at about mid afternoon we raised a hot striped marlin on the right teaser and Tommy got the release on the 50lb standup after a tough battle.
Late in the afternoon we ran in to the western side of the pocket looking for a blue to complete the slam and in the last minutes of the day raised a hot blue marlin on the short teaser. Things got a bit anxious when we missed it the first 2 times though the fish piled on the bait the 3rd time and Melissa got a great release on a tough fish of about 200lb.
Congrats to them both on some excellent angling and a grand slam on their first offshore bill fishing trip, That’s a hard one to top!
An awesome 2 days of fishing with 15 sailfish released, 1 blue marlin, 1 striped marlin and 5 large mahi mahi in the boat…
BRIAN & LORI IRWIN, NOV 19-20th
We hosted Brian and Lori Irwin from New Hampshire for a 3 night 2 day flyfishing trip and they finished their stay with a couple of nights in Antigua. Over 2 days we raised 29 sailfish into the spread and got 18 of them to bite the fly of which 7 were released.
Cool pic from Brian of Lori with her first sailfish release on the fly
And Brian with his…..
On our last day out we raised a hot 200lb blue marlin into the spread and teased to casting distance, Brian made the cast though fish did not switch. We got the mackerel back there and the fish came up head and shoulders on the bait though did not eat…..no luck this time. Brian is a freelance journalist, Brian Irwin Media, the link to his blog: http://brianirwinmedia.com/?p=2175
The fishing has been excellent out there, we have very few openings though there are a couple of opportunities to fish ALLURE II in early January and again in April and May. We still have December 30-31 Jan 1-2 open at the lodge with several great boats keen to get out there. If you want to make New Year 2017 one with a difference and one to remember get in touch with us. The lodge sleeps 20, the larger the group the bigger party and the fishing is always hot as is the weather!! Looking closer we still have prime dates available before Christmas, I’m picking the December bite to go off, get down here to get in on it…..we still have the 15% offer on through December.
ALLURE II FISH REPORT THROUGH NOV 11th
JACK & JOSIE HICKELL, NOV 9-11th
November 9-10-11 we welcomed for their first trip to Guatemala Jack and Josie Hickell from Anchorage, Alaska. In Guatemala for the week they started their trip visiting the beautiful Lake Atitlan before 3 days of fishing aboard ALLURE II and finished up hiking Volcan Pacaya and a night in Antigua. A wonderful trip for them and their only disappointment was that they didn’t book for longer! We had steady fishing for their 3 days here on Allure II with 28 sailfish released from 43 bites, 2 x big 50lb mahi mahi and 1 x yellowfin tuna boated and after missing a blue marlin the previous day we topped off their last day late in the afternoon with Josie releasing a nice blue pushing the 300lb mark! What a way to finish 3 great days on the water.
1 of 28 sailfish released
Jack went 2 from 2 on large bull mahi’s
And Josie did an awesome job on the rod to get the tag and release on a beaut 300lb blue marlin. The fish came up all lit up and hot on a slow trolled teaser and we got an incredible bite on the bait right behind the boat. Good times!
DOUG & LOGAN SHAFFER , NOV 2-3rd
November 2 & 3 we welcomed back to the Sailfish Oasis Lodge and aboard ALLURE II Doug Shaffer, this time bringing along his son Logan. First day out there we covered a lot of water checking out the east side of the pocket and raised 17 sailfish releasing 11 from 16 bites, we also jumped off a nice blue that charged the boat and threw the hook.
Father and son double header
While running out on the second day the new CHIRP transducer/sounder paid off once again. Just before the first drop off at 8NM here we marked bait balls and fish so set the spread out in clean blue/green water. By 0820 in the morning we had released 2 sailfish and a blue marlin. We pounded the drop and ended up raising 4 blue marlin releasing 2 from 3 bites, with 3 from 7 bites on sailfish and a mahi in the boat for dinner. Great fishing right on our doorstep!
Logan putting the hurt on
2 x blue marlin, 14 x sailfish and 1 x mahi in 2 days.
SUNDAY OCT 30th
Ken Davidson with his first sailfish.
October 30th had a one day fun day Sunday with a mixed crew from around Antigua. We covered some water and got into the fish late in the day with 15 sailfish released from 21 bites. Good times with a fun crew.
All in all the fishing has been good with good numbers of sailfish out there and blue marlin are in the mix. Out wide there have been some reports of big yellowfin in amongst the spinner dolphin and in the last few days the sailfish bite turned on hot. This is shaping up to be another great season down here in Guatemala. There are still some good November, December dates available and if you are thinking about what to do this New Year, for the first time in many years we are not booked out over this period. Get a group together and enjoy the dawn of 2017 here with us at Sailfish Oasis Lodge, Guatemalan style with a large parilla (BBQ) live band and a fireworks display you’ll have to see to believe. Normally the fishing is hot over these dates as well and we have 3 boats available. Make it happen and we’ll see you down here, contact: