KIRKLAND GROUP 13 SAILFISH & 3 BLUE MARLIN
L-R: Kevin Kirkland, Laine Doucet, Chris Granger, Rene Ramos and Cobie Callaway
October 7th and 8th it was great to see Kevin and Laine back here to Guatemala so soon since their May trip, this time they introduced Chris and Cobie to Guatemala, Allure II and the ‘Oasis’. Good fishing for the guys as well with 13 sailfish released from 21 bites and 3 blue marlin from 5 bites over their 2 days of fishing. Unfortunate to jump a couple of blues off though the guys got the tag’s into 3 of them
We fished the west side of the pocket the first day to about 20nm with 11 sailfish bites and 1 blue marlin. On their second day we went to the east side at about 24nm with 10 sailfish bites and 4 blue marlin bites, marked plenty of bait balls with billfish around them.
Kevin with the first blue of the trip
Cobie and Laine
We had an awesome time with these guys and it sure was great to get back out there on the water. Plenty of life out there and as usual for this time of year, plenty of marlin around. We also boated a couple of mahi’s for fish taco lunches and dinner.
HILL DISHMAN, 33 SAILFISH & 3 BLUE MARLIN
First day out, 3 from 4 on blues and 5 from 10 on sails
October 10-12th good to be out there with Hill again. On the east side of the pocket we were into the bait and the marlin again with some incredible teaser fish, red hot and some awesome bites on the pitch baits…..
The moment your pitched mackerel gets inhaled by one pissed off blue marlin….
Second day out we looked further up the east side looking for the bait, birds and fish, we did have a big blue in the 400lb class throw the hook on a plug and got into 6 sails from 10 bites.
Our last day out we started in close to the west side after seeing a couple of fish tailing down sea. An excellent day from there on in with 22 sailfish released from 29 bites. We also had 3 blues up, the first came in half way before disappearing, the 2nd ate the trolled ballyhoo bait on the light tackle, a large fish of over 400lbs that went berserk, stripped of 150yds of line in a few seconds flat jumping the whole time. Despite backing off the drag the light sailfish leader broke at the hook…..not much you can do about that. The 3rd blue was in the 500lb++ class, what a hole on the teaser, unbelievable. Hot on the teaser though we couldn’t get this fish to switch to the pitched mackerel. Very cool to see all the same.
3 days of fishing, 33 sailfish from 49 bites and 3 blue marlin from 6 bites with 8 in the spread. That there is good fishing and worth getting down here for.