INCREDIBLE FISHING GOES ON……AND ON!

 FISHERMAN’S CENTER, 119 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN

L-R: Mike Buckland, J.L Leffler, Sue and Bill Buckland.
March 7-9 we welcomed back Bill and Mike Buckland, this time introducing to the Lodge and Allure II, Bill’s wife, Sue and J.L. Leffler. From Fisherman’s Center fame in Palm Beach Florida the crew hit an awesome spell of fishing here with their best day going 51 from 81 bites!!
Over their 3 days the crew released 119 sailfish!! Amazing trip, with the last 3 sailfish on the last day  released on the fly. To top it off we teased in a nice 275lb blue marlin for Mike who got an amazing bite on the pitched mackerel and tagged and released the blue on the 50lb stand-up gear. 
Awesome bite and great angling Mike!
Tagged and released….
And Sue with her first sail on the fly.

This from Bill: 

Hi Chris,We had an absolute Great time. Fishing couldn’t have been better! Everything was perfect the lodge,food, staff was excellent.



J.R. WAITS GROUP 110 SAILFISH RELEASES

L-R: J.R. Waits, William Harkey, Trey Harkey, Jason Harkey and Terry from the Carolinas
Over the same time period, March 7-9 the above group were at the Oasis fishing on the Captain Hook. Hosted by J.R. the crew also got into this amazing fishing with 110 sailfish released over 3 days and 4 of them on the fly!
This from J.R. 

We landed 50 sailfish on our first day!! In 3 days fishing, we raised over 170 sailfish, had 144 eat, and landed 110 including 4 sails on the fly! By far the best offshore fishing that I have ever experienced. Sailfish Oasis lodge was impeccable and food out of this world. I hope to see y’all again next year. Thank you very much.Cheers,Capt. J.R. Waits • www.fishcall.com

RICHTER GROUP, 60 SAILFISH & 3 BLUE MARLIN

Mateo and Bobby Richter with Ryan Maspero
March 10-13 great to see Bobby back here this time with his son Mateo and his girlfriend, fellow Kiwi, Ryan Maspero. The sailfish were biting and we got into them the first day before changing to fly late on the 2nd day. 
Fishing Bobby style, rod in holder, couple of cranks of the handle while supping a beer…
With a blue marlin bite at 8nm to 12nm in the middle of the deep water in the pocket we sacrificed a hot sailfish bite 30nm offshore to target blues. It paid off over the next 2 days we raised 6 blues releasing 3 from 4 bites including this beast for Ryan, her first blue ever which she hooked herself, fought and released on 30lb test…..!
Awesome shot of Ryan’s fish, thanks to mate Enio for the skills on the camera!
Next Mateo got an incredible hot bite on the pitch bait from a 325lb blue right on the second wave, never get tired of that! Bobby also got in on the blue action releasing a 200lber
Nice fat blue for Bobby….
After targeting the marlin we ran offshore and got into the sail bite and tried them on the fly, in the afternoon we released 7 from 11 bites as well as a few the previous day.
Mateo and Bobby
And Ryan with her first sail on the fly, she went 6 from 9 bites the last afternoon!
Sail on the fly.


GODWIN, KOZAK, EVANS & BROBST, 105 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN

Pat Brobst, J Godwin, Bill Evans and Scott Kozak with crew on the Hook
March 11-13 great to see these regulars back down here and fishing aboard the Capt Hook. 3 days of spectacular fishing for them as well. These guys are good, they do the tournament series through Central America and practice hard!! 105 sails released in 3 days as well as a 200lb blue for Scott Kozak. Great fishing!!
We were back out there today and the fish have moved inside the eastern edge and were biting well, we raised 76 sailfish and released 46 from 67 bites today with solo angler Hill Dishman. We worked the bottom of the pocket trying for a blue in the morning, we did raise a big fish on the teaser though could not get the bite on the pitched mackerel …..At mid/late morning we ran to the sail bite and it was on. This season is really proving to be something else!! We have plenty of openings in May so get in on this incredible season we are having….Contact:
liz@sailfishoasissportfishing.com


GREAT BITE GOES ON…..FISHING THROUGH 2nd MARCH

RICHTER GROUP-26 FLY-17 CONVENTIONAL

Bobby Richter with Woodrow Thompson in the background
February 22-25 we welcomed back Bobby Richter and his crew of James Preis and Jonathan Meyer who this time introduced Woodrow Thompson to Guatemala, Sailfish Oasis and Allure II. Always a fun group to fish with these guys, never short of a laugh. Got into the fishing pretty good as well, first day out we released 11 before 1100 and switched it up to a mix of fly and conventional. From the next day on it was all fly with 26 sails released on fly and 17 on the conventional for their trip. Good fishing!
James Preis with one of many on the fly
And Woody with his first ever on the fly.
Sweet shot, thanks @artandangling!!
And Jonathan…..

RIATA GROUP 120 SAILFISH & 1 BLUE MARLIN


Feb 26th & 27th we welcomed back for their 2nd time to the Oasis, Riata Hunting and Fishing’s, Mike Gardner and his crew from Austin, Texas for 2 days fishing here in Guatemala. Fishing aboard Allure II, Capt Hook and Makina the guys experienced an awesome bite with 120 sailfish released.
 Great averages of 20 per boat per day and last day out we went 1 for 2 on blue marlin as well…!!
Mike guides hunting and fishing trips all round the world and is already looking at bringing in more groups for next year which says it all. ‘A+ experience!!’

McDERMAND / MARINO – 33 RELEASES

Trent and Morgan Marino with Casey McDermand
Feb 28-29, great to catch up with Casey and Trent again, this time introducing Guatemala to Becky and Morgan Marino.
And Casey with Becky
First day out we worked the bottom of the pocket hard in search for a blue marlin, then moved to the west of the pocket where the fish had been the previous days. Kind of tough, we did get the bite from a nice blue though unfortunately broke it off, we raised another that did not bite and released 2 from 4 sails for the day. Next day we went out wide looking and got into them pretty good, more or less found them straight away. An awesome day with a couple of cover-ups in the 63 sailfish raised, we got 56 bites and the girls did an awesome job baiting their own fish off the teasers with Morgan claiming rights to the largest fish of the trip…
The boys are claiming it, though Morgan baited and caught it…
We released 31 today. Glad we got into them, a great way to finish off their trip. From here on in they climbed Volcan Pacaya, hiked to Lake Atitlan and enjoyed some time in Antigua. There is more to Guatemala than just the best bill fishing around….

O’BRIEN GROUP 39 RELEASES & TUNAS

L-R (standing) Todd Reppert, Robert O’ Brien, Wayne Gross and Carlos De Aldecoa with Mariachis.
March 1 & 2 we welcomed the above group for their first Guatemalan experience…..at least offshore….that coincided with Wayne Gross’ 50th birthday, celebrated at the end of the day with mariachi’s, Zacapa rum and Ilegal mezcal margaritas. We got into some good fishing both days finishing the first day on a huge bait ball with spinners and a couple of finbacks feeding which we managed to land 5 yellowfin tunas off. Next day took a while to find the fish though got into them good from 1130 on. Some big fish in the mix!!!
Wayne with a large specimen
We had a great afternoon out there, some of these sails were marlinesque in their size and their attitude!! Some hard, tough fighting fish in the 25 released from 34 bites.
And Robert with another….
Good times with these guys and looking forward to seeing them back down here again soon.
We had a couple of days in so managed to get over to Ascension Bay and meet up with Patrick Duke from Art and Angling after fishing him here in Guatemala a couple of weeks back. He got me into some of the great flats fishing they have over there while hosting a trip to the Palometa club.
A couple of bones on the fly 

And testing the local tequila
Last Wednesday his group released 11 permit on the fly. Awesome spot over there.
We are back out there offshore in Guatemala this week. There are a couple of days open end of March and then in May the marlin bite normally heats up and we have some great weekend dates available. The summer months we plan on targeting blue marlin on the fly. Get in touch if you want to get into it!!

liz@sailfishoasissportfishing.com

FISHING THROUGH FEB 22nd

TEAM REHAB 46 RELEASES

Kent Willis, Mark Phillips, Jasen Gaast, Lee Bull, Chris Gavlick and crew
Feb 17-18 it was good to catch up with the Team Rehab boys again, this time introducing Kent Willis and Mark Phillips to Guatemala, Allure II, the Oasis and the bite….Coming off what we had and the slow fishing we went out wide our first day finding massive balls of bait, birds, every species of porpoise we have here, whales……life. 
Spinners, spotties, bottle nose, finbacks…
We had a couple of tuna bites around all this though no billfish to be seen. It wasn’t till around midday further to the west down off the edge that we started to see what we were looking for, sails with consistency and a few pack attacks. Big Lee Bull also landed this nice big bull mahi out of the mix…
Bull with a bull
The afternoon turned on and as mentioned we had a few pack attacks, we had a marlin down deep darting from teaser to teaser when just about every teaser in the water had sailfish on them….we released 3 sails from the mayhem though not the blue….For the day the guys released 20 from 37 bites. 
Next day out it was more of the same, a good fun time with a great crew as always with these guys. We ended the day with 26 from 38 bites today and a large time at the lodge sipping Ilegal añejo and Zacapa, some of the best of both in their respective leagues.

MEREDITH McCORD & CREW

Meredith McCord, Patrick Duke with Nick and Kami Swingle enjoying their first day in Antigua
Feb 19-21st Hill Dishman hosted the above group for 3 days of fly fishing, filming and fun. Meredith has over 80 IGFA records to her name, Patrick is a fly fishing guide and photographer, (artandangling.com), while Nick and Kami own TwoFisted Heart Productions, specializing in short films, promotional videos and documentary style productions. The team were down to capture what we have here on film and got some pretty cool stuff utilizing underwater camera gear, troll pros, drones etc.

Meredith and Hill with the first fish released for the trip.
Despite some wind to contend the first couple of days it all came right by the end of the trip and the fishing was steady with our best day 39 sails in the spread. Everyone got into a few sails on the fly while we picked up a few more on the conventional tackle, all the while getting some great footage.

And Kami with her first sail on the fly

Even picked off a tuna for fresh sashimi…
Our last day out we worked the 600ft edge of the pocket hoping for a blue, late in the afternoon a hole on the right short teaser had the fish we were looking for up…..though unfortunately no tease….They did a great job releasing 5 form 5 on the fly today and 4 on the bait to finish off a great trip.

Working the angles

Cool underwater shot….

Meredith and Patrick with his effort on the fly.
Good fun and good times with good people and we’re looking forward to seeing them back down here in Guatemala again.

More reports soon. The fishing has been great again the past week, this season is very consistent….when new blue water pushes in it is always bringing plenty of bait and pelagic’s with it. Right now a new body of water is pushing in from the west and the fishing is excellent. We have limited openings, don’t miss out on some of the best fishing you will experience!!!
Contact:

liz@sailfishoasissportfishing.com

FISHING THROUGH FEB 15th….

AND THEN THE WIND STARTED……

Phil Horner with a beaut rooster.
The Shaffer group came in Feb 8th to fish 9th through the 11th. The wind had started blowing since the 6th and on the morning of the 9th just got stronger from the big fronts affecting the east coast of the US. We gave it a shot, heading to the west to find shelter though there was none to be found. We released 1 sailfish early on before calling it quits, as it was no fun out wide, and headed into the beach to have a crack at rooster fishing for the rest of the day. Back inshore we released 3 tough, hard fighting rooster’s from 5 bites and a big jack crevalle to make a day of it. With no respite in the forecast the group decided to head to Antigua for the next few days where they had a brilliant time and postponed their fishing trip to early November.  

COOPER GROUP 18 SAILFISH RELEASES

Standing: Tom and Brian Cooper, Nicole Anderson and Casey Mann.
February 12 & 13 it was good to catch up with Capt Brian and First Mate Casey from FV Netto since they last stopped by in Guate last year for the month of April. Brian brought along his dad
Tom from Florida and girlfriend Nicole from Salt Lake City for a coupe of days of R&R and the Guatemalan ‘bite’. Finding clean water was the task. We found some out wide and managed to raise 15 sails, releasing 8 from 13 bites on their first day out, switching to the fly late in the day with no luck…
Pretty cool trip to make with your dad…..Tom with his first sailfish.
And Nicole with hers…
The next day we ran to a body of blue water pushing in out wide from the west and had steady action through the day raising 19 sails and releasing 10 from 16 bites. Pretty happy with that, good fishing from the crew with a few multiples in the spread and thought it was the start of something….
One of three double headers for the day.
And then on to Antigua and Cafe No Sè sampling the finest mezcal in the world, which can also be found down at the Oasis…..

AUSTIN DISHMAN GROUP, 15 SAILFISH, 1 STRIPED MARLIN, 1 YF TUNA, 1 ROOSTER….and a shitload of bonito…..

Seated L-R: Austin Dishman, Keith Wied, Anthony Toups and Joe Golias.
Standing L_R: Sean Healy, Rudy Reynolds, Paul Falgout, Tom Stewart, Lee Golias, Dean Talboy, Chris Olexa and MIA, Jeremy Roebuck.
Feb 14th and 15th we welcomed the above group fishing aboard Allure II, Pica Pleitos and Makina…..and thought the fishing was about to get good with the body of water pushing in from the west. You have to tell it how it was and it was nothing short of tough, and a bit rough out there, the 3 boats released 10 sailfish from 12 bites and Austin landed a nice 50lb+ yellowfin.
Fresh sashimi
Next day Rudy and Lee decided on a guided hike up Volcan Pacaya while Tommy and Paul opted on some rooster fishing up the beach with team Makina. They released a nice rooster from a couple of bites, a few sierra mackerel and jacks for a good morning of inshore fishing…
Sweet shot from Paul and Tommy
The rest of the crew went offshore on Allure II and Pica Plietos…..we went straight up the western edge of the pocket finding at best, clean dark green water and got into a few fish out there with 5 sails released between the 2 boats and Anthony Toups on Pica Pleitos released a 120lb striped marlin.

Stripey
The bonito were thick out there in the late afternoon and at least good practice for circle hook techniques and their next trip down to Guatebuena…

Big sail for Dean Talboy



The weather looks settled for the next few days and then into next which should help get things back to normal. The body of deep blue water to the west is pushing in strong and sure to bring the pelagics with it. We’re back out there tomorrow and looking forward to the upswing….

FISHING THROUGH FEB 7th…..

SMITH AND SUZY RAGSDALE

Smith and Suzy with mate Enio.
January 31st through February 4th we welcomed back Smith and Suzy Ragsdale to Guatemala, it had been a few years since we last fished with them and it was great to get reacquainted again. This was strictly a fly trip, no pitching hooked baits to the ones that didn’t want to eat the fly, and I respect that. The body of fish we were on the fleet had been fishing for the 7 days prior to their arrival and the sheer size of that group of fish was incredible, we stayed on that bite as it slowly moved east and offshore for the next 7 days. An unbelievable body of fish, and amount of time to stay on the one bite!!
Beautiful shot of a big sail tearing it up…
Over their time here we raised 181 sailfish into the spread, as the bite moved to the east and offshore the fish definitely got more finicky and tough to tease all the way in and switch to the fly. When they did we had a lot of bill swipe/bites resulting in many fish pulling off the hooks into the fight. From the 181 raises we got 78 of them to bite the fly releasing 37 in total. Suzy did an excellent job releasing the majority of these fish as well as boating 3 yellowfin tunas.
Suzy, field testing and putting the heat on the new Cam Sigler 14wt fly rod
And the results…nice fish Suzy and nice rod Cammy!!
On our second to last day out the fish were found to the east near the edge and things really didn’t get going till after lunch when we started raising sails…later on we raised a double, one sailfish and a hot blue marlin. What can you do….the boat was in neutral and we cast the fly, all we could do was hope the sailfish didn’t eat the fly, with no prop wash the marlin was in kill mode looking for something to eat once the teaser was cleared, the sailfish sat under the fly, Smith popped the Cam Sigler fly and the marlin spun around and crushed it before the sail could react….what a bite!!!! 
Smith controlling the the drag and the reel is dumping….
We survived the initial fireworks with some great fishing by Smith controlling the drag as needed. Putting the heat on when the fish was settled and getting angles on it, at the 1hr 45min mark we got within inches of the ‘legal’ release. The fish headed south again and at 2 hrs and 10mins she came up greyhounding as if she’d just been hooked, making a semi circle in seconds the resulting belly in the line proved too much and the 20lb tippet parted. What a fish and what an effort by Smith, unlucky, though still an experience they’ll never forget.

EASUM, GODWIN, KOZAK, EVANS: 110 RELEASES

Over the same time period fishing February 2-3-4 we welcomed to the lodge regulars J Godwin, Scott Kozak, Bill Easum and Bill Evans. Fishing aboard the Captain Hook these guys were on them and the fish were snapping on the baits. Some days started slow but the afternoon bite was inevitably red hot. For their 3 days of fishing they raised with Capt Eddie 170 odd sailfish and released 110 from 147 bites. That there is some great averages….these guys are good!!
Thanks for the great shots J Godwin!!


THIBAULT GROUP 155 RELEASES

The Mark Thibault organized group with Colin Ocker, Paul Kennedy, Richard Marshall, Randy Wendel, Cody Jordan, Brent Smith, Ken Culbreth, Jonathan McComb, Bill Cohen, Kirk Tucker, Mike Griffith, Blaine Weaver and Mike Lemker.
February 5-6-7 we welcomed back our favorite group for Super Bowl weekend. The core group of these guys have been coming down here now for the past 5 years and it’s always a blast. As the board says, they released 155 sailfish from 236 bites, which are pretty good averages, there were also several blue marlin raised and big baits pitched, though no luck there…… They also polished off 239 rum drinks from 239 pours….which is 100% and 3 more than their bites……That’s not including the Crown Royal’s, Gins, Vodkas and Ilegal Mezcals……
To the fishing. We’d been on this bite and it was on the wane, though still worth the effort to chase them as they moved further to the east and further offshore. Thing is, when it had been as hot as the bite had been it is always going to be tough coming into a bite on the backside with expectations high. The fishing was still very good, though compared to the previous weeks crazy numbers……..
Fishing aboard Allure II, Captain Hook, Makina and Pica Pleitos the guys got into good fishing each day with the highlights on day one going to Pica Pleitos who went 21 from 28 bites. Day 2 went to the Capt Hook with 18 from 29 bites. From there on in it was looking elsewhere as the body of fish we had been on the previous 2 weeks was now not worth the chase…..
On our last day out all the boats went their own way looking for a new bite, Allure II went out wide to the west and found plenty of this:
Massive work-ups of bonito’s, literally thousands of small bone heads surfing down the waves from the stiff ENE winds. Big slicks, whales, birds and life, amazing stuff…..though more amazingly…not much going on in the way of billfish bites. We worked them and went down the edge eventually finding some bait balls down deeper on the sounder and for the late afternoon the billfish bite was very good. Having just one release at 1:30pm the guys did great in the last hour and half of fishing to release 11 sails from 17 bites and missed a wahoo that chewed through the leader for Allure II to take the 3rd day.
Ken Culbreth, Blaine Weaver, Jonathan McComb and Randy Wendel with the mates..
Super Bowl Sunday was a blast, we had an awesome dinner and an great last night down the lodge watching the big match. Good times!!!
Beautiful deep blue water, bait, slicks, whales, all adds up to one thing….the fish are out there. With that much bait, they’ll soon be back on the chew. This season is for sure shaping up to be a beauty. Get down here and get into it. We have a selection of great boats to choose from, no worries…

liz@sailfishoasissportfishing.com

Cheers!



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