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…..
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.
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
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.
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: