SUMMER FISHING IN GUATEMALA!
HILL DISHMAN, 33 SAILFISH RELEASES
300th billfish release for the year!
May 15th to 17th Hill was back for an early summer trip. In the AM on his first day out he released his 300th billfish for the season! No small feat there, congrats to him on that. We had the guys from Quetzalvision on board as well working their drone magic, so we went far and wide finding spinner dolphin, pods of fin whales and they got some awesome footage. Check it out here:
KIRKLAND GROUP 21 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN
Addie & Brett Stilley, Rene Ramos, Laine & Sabrina Doucet, Kim & Kevin Kirkland
May 20 & 21, good to see Kevin back down here for his second trip this season this time bringing the above crew for their first taste of Guatemala. Fishing was good, we raised 38 sails and released 21 sailfish from 32 bites. Second day out we raised a hot blue marlin on the bridge teaser, Kevin got the bite on the mackerel pitched on the 50lb stand-up…..
Got the tag in, and released…..
Cool way to release ’em!
BOYD GROUP 19 RELEASES
Mark & Davis Franklin, Cameron & Lee Boyd, Henry & Ken Womack
June 9 and 10 we welcomed the above father and son group for their first taste of Guatemala. Overall some very good fishing out there with 19 sailfish released from 33 bites. Good times with this crew on the water and poker nights after dinner every evening down at the lodge.
Davis and Mark Franklin
Ken and Henry Womack
Lee and Cameron Boyd
RICHTER GROUP 19 SAILFISH, 1 BLUE MARLIN, 1 STRIPED MARLIN, 6 YELLOWFIN TUNA & 1 MAHI
Nice tuna for Ryan Maspero with Mateo
June 16 to 20 it was good to fish with the Richter crew again this year, Bobby with his boys Bryan and Mateo with Ryan Maspero. Blue marlin on the fly was the goal, though all in all the fish were super funky, very difficult to tease in, not at all aggressive. We did raise 5 blues and went 1 from 3 bites on the bait as none of them teased.
Bobby ‘I turn beer into urine’ Richter….
Blue of about 250lb.
Bobby also released a nice 200lb stripey and we had 77 sailfish up in the spread over the 5 days. Hard to tease fish with 19 released on the fly and bait.
Good sized stripey for this part of the world!!
Big bull mahi for Ryan
We got into some big bait balls with spinner dolphin, whales and tunas chowing down, pretty incredible to see that amount of life…..
Cool to get in the water around these big bait balls….
And Bryan pulled this nice tuna pushing the 100lb mark off the bait.
AMANDA THOMPSON, 14 SAILFISH ON THE FLY
Amanda with a nice sail release on the fly.
June 21-25 Amanda Thompson was back down with us also trying for the elusive blue marlin on the fly. It was more of the same with the blues a bit scarce this time around and hard to tease in. We did raise 3 with one staying deep on the teaser, the other 2 teased in most of the way though lost interest at the business end and faded off despite our best efforts to get them ‘hot’ in on the mackerel rigged re-tease rod. We covered a lot of water/structure looking and raised 83 sailfish, most never came within casting distance though we did release 14 on the fly. Some tough, acrobatic fish once hooked and great fun on the fly rod!
Good times out there, plenty of fish and overall the weather has been perfect. A bit of rain at night to cool things off and the days clear and flat seas. We are starting to book up pretty well for the upcoming season so get in touch with us to get in on some of this great fishery. This past season has been outstanding!!
FISHING THROUGH MAY 6th…….
HAWA GROUP 15 RELEASES
L-R: Trent Marino, Christopher Hawa, Matthew Morgan, John Hawa and Wilson Hawa
April 28 & 29 good times with the above group, down for 2 days of fishing in Guatemala for Wilson Hawa’s birthday celebration. Good fishing for their 2 days out as well with 39 sailfish raised, from that we got 33 of them to bite and released 15. Found some good teaser fish out wide off the edge on their last day out, fish with attitude, great teaser bites and some tough SOB’s as well. Nice way to finish their trip getting 20 bites out there….
B’Day boy Wilson with 1st mate Trent
CLARK GROUP 22 RELEASES
Dwight Dunn, Mark Clark, Mike Miller and Craig Kaple
April 30th, May 1st we welcomed in the above group for their first taste of Guatemala, Sailfish Oasis, Allure II, and this incredible fishery. Fished inshore looking for a blue first day out with little luck and made the run offshore to the edge where we’d finished our previous day. We had good fishing out there, plenty of hot teaser fish and some great bites right off the transom! Over 2 days we raised 39 sails, getting 35 to bite and released 22.
Mark, about to release his first sail
WRIGHT/VEST GROUP 56 SAILFISH, 1 BLUE & 1 STRIPEY
Steve Vest, Rick Wright and Jeff Vest
May 5th & 6th. Another group for their first trip down to Guatemala and they timed their trip well. The fish were snapping out there!! First day we raised 32 sails and released 16 from 27 bites as well as a blue marlin, sailfish double header. Making the turn on a hooked sail we had a hot blue of about 200lb+ on our bridge teaser, pitched the mackerel and got the bite.
Steve with his first blue marlin T&R with brother Jeff on a sail in the background
Next day the sun broke through and the fishing turned on. We raised 86 sailfish today, getting 72 to bite and released 38! Some tough fish to convert with hooks pulling several times just yards away from the release, finicky bites, though plenty of action right through the day! In the morning Steve was at it again this time on a tough striped marlin of 100lbs+ on the 30lb test…
Steve, Jeff and Rick with Seve’s first stripey tagged and released
Some luck there for Steve, his first time billfishing ever and he released plenty of sailfish, a blue and a stripey! We couldn’t find our blue today to make the slam though the sail bite was awesome. Also boated 3 mahi’s. Great trip and a great introduction to Guatemala for these guys!
Awesome trip organized by Rick Wright
That’s the way it goes, you never know when the bite can turn on and when the next large body of billfish pushes through. You just have to get out there and be out there and it can turn on like this any month of the year. For sure the marlin bite heats up through the summer months, the small dorados are out there in large numbers and their rapid growth rate means we’ll be seeing some good sized fish out there soon. Further offshore the tuna bite normally turns on as well over the summer. All in all it is a great time of year to get down here with a good variety of fish to target. Couple that with some great package deals over these months and you can’t go wrong! We can cater large groups up to 4 boats through to single boat groups. The Lodge is an awesome place to hang out after a big day on the water and we’ll ensure a good, first class experience.
See you down here….
QUICK UP-DATE THROUGH APRIL 24th…..
SHINKLE/LONSDALE, 38 SAILFISH & 2 BLUE MARLIN
Brian Shinkle and Tim Lonsdale
April 16-19 great to catch up with Tim and Brian again for their second trip down here this season and had a blast with them. For their trip we raised 88 sailfish, some funky fish in the mix once again with 68 of them biting, some soft bites as had been the norm from these fish…. they did well releasing 38 of them.
Running out on the 3rd morning we saw a marlin tailing at the edge of the drop at 10NM so started there. Couldn’t get that one to bite though a mile offshore Brian got the first bite of the day a nice tough blue in the 300lb class tagged and released!
Nice one Brian!
Working back toward the drop off we got the bite from another blue that unfortunately threw the hook. Worked the inside area for another hour before pushing out off-shore to the sailfish bite…
Next morning we tried 4NM toward the east of the previous day to the steepest part of the drop at 9NM off the breakwall, we didn’t even have our full spread out when here she came hot on the teaser. Tim got the bite on the pitched mackerel and an hour later we got the tag in and released a nice blue of over 400lb.
Tearing it up!
And just before getting the tag in.
Good effort Tim!
Worked the inside area for another hour or more with no luck before heading offshore to release 7 sails from 15 bites for the day.
GODWIN, KOZAK, EASUM, PRICE, 34 SAILFISH RELEASED
Bill Easum, J Godwin, John Price and Scott Kozak with their 500th billfish of the season!
April 14-15-16 nice to see these guys back down at the Lodge this time with John Price fishing with Capt Eddie Bairez on Capt Hook. Their first day out the fish were biting and they did well with some soft bites in the mix releasing 21 from 30 bites, the next 2 days things slowed down some though their averages remained right up there with 11 from 16 and for their last day out 11 from 14. The last fish of the day brought up an great milestone for their season down here with a total of 504 sailfish and 2 blue marlin for Team USA and Team Maverick since December between CR and Guatemala. The majority coming out of Guatemala, helluva season there fellas!
Scott Kozak with #550!
Also a big congratulations to Scott Kozak who released a personal milestone billfish #550……150 of which he tagged.
Congrats once again to these hard core fishes and good luck for the up-coming tournaments they’re going to fish this summer in Nicaragua and then later on in El Salvador….
RICHTER/MEYER 40 SAILFISH RELEASED
2nd from left: Jonathan Meyer, Matt Richter, Gabe Meyer with Bobby and Brian Richter
April 21-24 we welcomed Bobby Richter back for his 3rd trip down to Guatemala since February!!! Never a dull moment when he is down here and a good fun group to boot with his 2 sons Mateo and Brian and good to see Jonathan back down here with his brother Gabe.
First day we pounded the inside of the pocket looking for a blue that didn’t materialize and after making the run offshore to the east we raised 25 sailfish, getting 24 to bite and released 16, also missed a striped marlin that came in hot and bit a couple of baits..
Double header for Brian and Bobby…
For the next few days we raised 55 sails, getting 43 to bite and released 24, we spent some time on the inside looking for a blue marlin over the odd morning though no luck….and the morning we didn’t look they were biting….seemed to be the way it was for me!
A bit tough for us though still a good time had, impossible not to with these guys! We also got into a bunch of small dorado out there and one nice bull of about 25lbs
Ceviche, tacos and mahi fillets…
Jonathan and Gabe.
Gabe was on it, for a first time effort offshore fishing pitching to sailfish he picked it up and was hooking ’em like a pro….
We’ve had the last couple of days in and it sounds like the blue marlin at the bottom of the pocket here in close have started biting again with boats raising up to 4 a piece. The sailfish bite has been a bit slow inshore though they are bound to turn on in the coming days with plenty of bait and deep blue water to check out. We are out there again tomorrow 28th April onwards and looking forward to it.
Still some openings in May and it is looking like we are going to have a great summer blue marlin bite going on from here on through August. We’ll be here so get in touch to get into it!
FISHING THROUGH APRIL 14th
CODRINGTON, EDWARDS GROUP
Chilling out at the bar down at the Lodge.
We fished the above group March 31st, April 1 & 2 with John Codrington, Josh Starnes and Hill fishing the first day out before Capt Hill took over helm duties with the added crew of Tommy and son Thomas Edwards and Chad Schroeder for the next 2 days. The 3 day total was 34 sails raised with 16 releases from 27 bites. There were also 5 blue marlin in the spread with 4 raised the last day alone! They tagged and released a nice blue in the 200lb class from 2 bites that last day out.
A hot fish that charged the boat after a 2 second U turn…….The 4 blues were all raised in the last 3 hours of the day, great way to finish off their trip!! They also got into the tunas……
L-R Gary with son’s Taylor, Garrett and Jordan Roy and friend ‘Tiburon’ Scharck
April 3rd and 4th we welcomed the above father and son crew with good friend ‘El Tiburon’ for 2 days of fishing. First time in Guatemala for this lot all from Houston…..The fish have been out there though acting funky, coming in on teasers than disappearing, whacking baits and dropping them. We raised 33 over the 2 days releasing 9 sails from 25 bites, tough ratio through no fault of the anglers!!
Gary with a large sail
Last day we went out wide after a request for yellowfin tunas and found some late in the day boating 4 tunas in the 20-25lb class.
DISHMAN, WHEAT & KLEIN
Brad Klein, Hill Dishman and Dan Wheat
April 6-7th great to see these old buddies fishing together and to catch up with Brad and Dan again. More of the same on the fishing front, we went east first day out to see find fish with attitude…..the sails were as finicky as ever, we raised 24 sailfish first day out and released 8 from 18 very soft bites. We were fortunate enough to raise a blue in the 200lb class on the bridge teaser that sat under the pitch bait forever till it committed to eat. Hill did a great job hooking up from a finicky bite and we got the tag and release on a very stubborn, tough fish.
We went looking the next day…..exploring, headed way out wide and to the east, looking for Guate’buena’, not Guate’mala’……Raised 10 sails, half of them did bite, though lady luck was not on our side…
A tough pill to swallow……
DONALSON & DISHMAN
L-R Jamie and Cindy Dishman with Alyson and Drew Donalson and a nice striped marlin
April 8-9th Always nice to catch up with familiar faces and fish this group for a couple of days. Started in close, abandoning the east after the previous days results, looking for a blue. It wasn’t long before we had a hot, hot fish on the teaser and Jamie got the bite on the pitched mackerel, not a blue, but a nice sized striped marlin that put on a great show for the crew. Jamie did the job and we tagged and released that stripey…
Hot stripey, Jamies first, nice job!
For the rest of the trip we raised 31 sailfish, more of the same, tough fish on the teasers and tough to convert bites to releases though at least we saw fish releasing 6 over their 2 days from 13 bites. Late in the last afternoon we found active spinners working with birds and tunas busting, nice way to finish the trip with 5 tunas boated.
Alyson and Drew
And Cindy with hers…
TIM & WILL PEAT
Father and son….Will with dad Tim.
April 10th-12th. Nice to catch up with Tim Peat again, all the way from England, this time bringing son 17 yr old Will. Cool father and son trip to take! These guys are strictly fly fisherman and with the way the fish had been behaving on the teasers we knew it was going to be tough to tease them all the way in….let alone switch to the fly. Over their 3 days here we did raise 35 sailfish into the spread, from the 35 raises we got 8 of them to bite the fly, 2 of the bites were coming at the fly bill whacks, not good bites and nearly impossible to convert to a hook-up. So, 6 good bites, 6 hook-ups and 6 sailfish released on the fly. That there is impressive fishing, talk about making the most of your shots….and they were some quality sails on the fly, all tough, hard fighting fish…
Big sail in the 120lb class for Tim
On the second day we raised a sail that was coming in half hearted when another fish appeared on the teaser behind it coming in hot, we concentrated on that fish and Will cast, got the bite and was hooked to a perfect sized stripey for the fly.
Working to lift the fish that stayed down and tough for most of the fight….
Stripey on the fly….
Tagged and released, nice going Will!!
As mentioned, good, quality flyfishing for these guys. Maybe not the numbers that we had been in experiencing in previous weeks, though still an awesome trip for them and congrats on their ratio with 7 releases from 7 hook-ups!
Aimee and Chad Burgess with Dawn and Ryan McMinn….absent, Scott McShan
April 13-14th we welcomed the above group for 2 days on Allure II and down the lodge. Over 2 days with these guys we raised 41 sails and got 35 to bite releasing 13 sailfish, tough ratio though as mentioned previously, no fault of the anglers, the way these fish were biting it was hard to convert…..2nd fish of our first day out there was a nice blue pushing the 300lb mark, hot on the short teaser we got a good bite on the pitched mackerel and Ryan did the job, tagging and releasing this fat fish…
Ryan with his blue…
Next day we raised a large blue that stayed behind the boat for literally minutes, tried hard, though couldn’t get the bite out of her. Later in the afternoon we hooked another smaller marlin that put on a show before throwing the hook. The afternoon sail bite today was steady…..in bites at least.
Last fish of the trip for Aimee in the last minute of the day….
Good crew, good times and looking forward to seeing them back here.
It has still been good fishing right through, though some tough bites from some finicky billfish. We are definitely starting to see more numbers and I think they are going to start biting here more aggressively in the next few days. Onwards and upwards, the marlin bite has been steady and should get better as the year progresses as well as tuna and the mahi bite should improve as well….We have a few openings in May, come down and get into some of this incredible fishery.
BILLFISH MECCA……FISHING THROUGH MARCH 29th ’16
CONE, SMITH, ERWIN & DISHMAN, 88 SAILS & 1 BLUE MARLIN
L-R: Mike Smith, Hill, Kelley and Gina Erwin, Donelle Dishman, Scott Cone and Lyn Smith
March 14th fished solo angler Hill Dishman, started in close and raised a blue that didn’t bite. Ran further offshore and released 46 sailfish from 67 bites! Joined by the above crew for the next 2 days and stuck to the same plan, worked the deep water in close for marlin first thing, raised 2 over the two mornings and Hill released one of about 150lb.
Blue on the 50lb stand-up
Ran offshore looking for tunas and ended up on the sailfish bite later in the afternoon both days releasing 42 from 79 bites for the 2 days! Great time…
Hill, Gina and Kelley
FANTA & FORET 99 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN
L-R David Fanta, Christine Foret, Diane Fanta and James Foret
March 17-19, Great to see these guys back in Guatemala! The fishing was red hot 30nm to the east for sailfish, though every morning we sacrificed a few hours working the deep water in close for blues. First morning nothing, over the next 2 morning’s we raised 4, one big fish in the 600lb+ class that was pushing water and whacking at the mackerel though didn’t eat…that one cleaned out the arteries! Another teased though didn’t switch and we pulled the hook on one of about 300lb before James tagged and released his first blue marlin of about 400lb.
Nice one James!!
The afternoon sail bite was red hot all 3 days with the crew doing an excellent job releasing 99 sailfish from 169 bites! We’re not seeing many of these this year, though Diane boated this beauty mahi which fed us for a couple of lunches and dinner…
Dave and Diane
EASUM & CREW 153 SAILFISH RELEASED.
Bill Easum, Jimmy Taylor, Jim O’Donell and George with the Capt Hook crew
Over the same time period March 17-19 the above crew fished the Capt Hook, chasing the numbers every day they were on the bite out to the east and released an incredible 153 sails from 190 bites!! Some great averages there from some hard core fishos, nice going fellas on a great trip.
NELSON & HINES 30 SAILFISH ON FLY!
From Oregon we welcomed first timers to the lodge Tim Nelson and Fred Hines. Fishing aboard Makina for 3 days on the fly they had a blast raising 144 sails and releasing 30 from 59 bites. More incredible fishing with 17 releases on their last day!
KOZAK GROUP, 65 SAILFISH, 1 BLUE & 1 STRIPED MARLIN
L-R: Pete Marruquin, Ken Grodi, Scott Kozak and Scott Maher
March 21 & 22 Scott Kozak was back, this time fishing with us on Allure II bringing his work crew from Michigan. Early on in the morning Scott hooked and released one of these on 20lb test off the right teaser…
One of these…..plus
One of these……equals
A slam for Scott Kozak, all off the teasers, all on 20lb test, congrats Scott…
Nice first day on the water!! The sails were biting steady and his crew had a blast pitching to some hot sails off the teasers! They ended with 65 releases from 99 bites on the sails, 1 from 2 bites on blues and 1 from 1 on striped marlin over their 2 days here.
NEWELL GROUP 68 SAILFISH RELEASES
Darrell Barber, Billy Newell, Gretchen and Chad Childers
March 23-25th we welcomed the above group for their first time to Guatemala and had a great time with them here during ‘Semana Santa’, or Easter week, one of the biggest weeks of the year in Guate. They fished well, and by day 3 were baiting ’em like pro’s with a total of 68 releases from 113 bites. Chad runs his 48ft Sportfish so had him up there for a couple of hours on the last day….
Good times with good people and we’re looking forward to seeing them back here again soon!
ZINGULA GROUP 56 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN RELEASED
Pat Snyder, Doug Zingula, Hollis Perkins and Matt Snyder
March 27-29 It was great to catch up with Doug and Hollis, I first fished with these guys back in ’04! This time they were with Pat and son Matt Snyder all from Sydney, Nebraska. Fishing was on the first day out with 67 sails in the spread and 33 releases from 58 bites…
The bite slowed down some the next 2 days and on the last morning on the way out the water quality was back to blue in close so we stopped short looking for a marlin. Within 10mins we had one hot on the teaser and 25 mins later Matt released a nice fat fish in the 325lb class..
Beautiful blue, tagged and released…
Within 20 mins of releasing this fish we had huge bite on the short teaser, another blue in the 300lb class whacked the mackerel around, acted very spooky, darting around the bait and disappeared. Definitely some good blue marlin action in the deep water just 12NM off the breakwall……Keen to beat their PB on sails we picked up after that and ran offshore for 20 sailfish bites and a total of 56 releases from 103 bites. Great trip and a PB on billfish!
It’s been an incredible season here in Guatemala. The fishing has been solid since October-November and it looks like it’ll stay that way right through the summer. The blue marlin are about and if you target them, chances are you’ll get into ’em. As the summer moves on the blue bite normally gets better, the sails are here year round and the tuna bite picks up as well. We have opening’s available in May, June is starting to fill up and we’re looking forward to the fishing from here onwards, I’m picking a great blue marlin bite this summer….