The best Billfishing in the world!
Guatemala is one of the largest breeding grounds for Pacific sailfish and boasts one of the highest concentrations of sailfish in the world.
Known as the Sailfish Capital of the World for a reason, Guatemala is undoubtedly the finest sailfishing destinations to be found year-round. Guatemala has also been at the forefront of billfish conservation and the team at Sailfish Oasis Lodge is very committed to the issue.
Along Guatemala’s Pacific Coast, strong currents moving east from Mexico collide with currents moving west from El Salvador, creating an enormous natural occurring eddy, rich in bait and pelagic fish, making it a haven for sailfish, marlin, dorado, tuna, grouper, and many other species.
Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records for the most sailfish released in one day. Our fleet often releases 30 plus sailfish a day during peak season and when the bite goes off it can get ridiculous with over 100 bites a day. Our year-round daily average of 15 to 20 billfish raises. While our peak sailfish season is from October to May, sailfish are caught year round. May through to October are our favorite months for a variety of species, with good Blue marlin numbers, sailfish, prime Yellowfin tuna and large mahi mahi. Throughout the year anglers will enjoy calm waters and the benefit of a friendly fishing community, where captains are in constant communication to ensure everyone has an unforgettable fishing experience.
A Day On The Boat
6.00am wake up call with freshly ground Guatemalan coffee
6.15am Enjoy a delicious breakfast including tropical fruits, freshly squeezed OJ, cereals and a hot selection of breakfast food.
6.45am Our driver will take you to the Marina, just 7 minutes away.
7.00am Your boat leaves the dock ready for a full day of fishing. Everything is included on the boat with top quality tackle covering all your requirements from conventional to fly fishing, billfish to mahi mahi and tuna.
10.00am Tropical fruit selection
11.30am Chef’s special boquitas (tasty finger food)
1pm Enjoy a well deserved hot lunch freshly prepared for you on the boat
3pm Afternoon snack (if you are still hungry from fighting fish!)
4.30pm to 5pm we arrive back at the dock where your driver is waiting to take you back to the poolside bar to eat mouth watering boquitas from Chef Carlos and carry on the buzz of the day…..
Sodas and beer are kept ice cold along with Bacardi, Ron Botron or Flor de Caña for the ride home.
Catching billfish on the fly can be one of the most exhilarating experiences for any angler. Whether you are new to the sport or an expert fly fisherman, Sailfish Oasis Lodge’s professional captains and mates will provide you with the necessary skills, knowledge, and equipment to land a billfish on fly. It will no doubt be a highlight of your sportfishing vacation!
Loaded with experience, our crews know how to rig rods and reels, tie flies and tease sailfish close to the boat. Our captains and crews will work closely with clients who need extra help with fly fishing and will teach you the correct hook-up procedure for billfish.
Sailfishing in Guatemala is great year round but there are certain seasons where different species really go on the bite. While there is not enough space to list all the fish that you could pull up on one of our boats, but see below some of the most sought after bill fish.
Sailfishing in Guatemala is great year round, with truly exceptional fishing from late-October through June.
Marlin (Blue, Black, Striped)
Year round. April through November have historically seen the largest numbers of blue marlin which average between 200 and 500 pounds. We also raise black and striped marlin, but the waters of Guatemala are predominately inhabited by blue marlin.
Yellow Fin Tuna
Year round, with peak season from September to November and February to April.
The boats we take you fishing in are some of the best on the Guatemala coast. We have a large fleet of boats available and can ensure all our boats are kept to the highest safety and comfortability standards. See below our boat fleet.
Our Flagship Boat
40ft Capps – Captain “Kiwi” Chris van Leeuwen
Allure II availability calendar:
Top Tier Boats (36-43ft)
37ft Gamefisherman – Captain Mike Sheeder
43ft Willis – Captain Eddie Bairez
36ft Out Island Express – Captain Wicho
Smaller Boats (31-36ft)
SIRENA is a classic 1982 36ft Viking with custom modifications,
DANMARK, a 34ft express Luhrs powered by 380HP Yanmar engines
GRINGO is a twin Yanmar powered, Costa Rica built, 31ft Gamefisherman.
36ft Jersey Cape
31ft Bertram Cpt Manolo
Largest Boats (44-50ft)
King and I
KING & I is a 50ft Ocean, she is the largest of the charter fleet boats
TRANQUILITY is a 44 ft Ocean with Capt Mauricio ‘Cuya’ Serrano