Sailfish Bay Lodge, Guatemala
Guatemala is well known for having one of the highest concentrations of Pacific Sailfish in the world. The coast in Guatemala forms a giant bay. Strong currents coming west to east from the Mexican coast turn back after hitting the coast of El Salvador and create an enormous, natural occurring eddy, rich in bait and pelagic fish where billfish and many other sport fishing species are found in great numbers. While we call the prime season November thru May, sailfish are caught year round in Guatemala. This is an amazing fishery, protected by practicing catch and release and using circle hooks.
Guatemala Sailfish Fishing
With a year round daily catch and release rate averaging 15-20 sailfish, your trip will become a fishing trip of a lifetime experience. In addition to the always abundant sailfish population, you will also have the opportunity to hook dorado, tuna, blue, black and striped marlin. Inshore fishing offers roosterfish and jack crevalle. Fishing pressure? What fishing pressure? The sport fishing fleet here is small and it's a rarity to see another boat while fishing offshore. You usually have Guatemala's calm ocean to your self... Scientists who have studied the large numbers of sailfish off the coast of Guatemala have concluded this might be the largest breeding ground for Pacific Sailfish in the world.
Guatemala Sport Fishing
Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records with most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish Bay records include 70 sailfish releases in one day on conventional gear by the Buck Nichols Group. They also released 235 sailfish in 3 days of fishing aboard "Maverick" and "Gypsy". Our fly fishing record for one day is 22 releases (2 anglers - Michael Barnett & James Yates). In addition to the always abundant sailfish population, you may also have the opportunity to hook dorado, tuna, blue and black marlin. At certain times, our inshore fishing offers shots at roosterfish and jack crevalle.
Sailfish Bay Lodge - Guatemala
The coast here in Guatemala forms a giant bay. Strong currents coming west to east from the Mexican coast turn back after hitting the coast of El Salvador and create an enormous, natural occurring eddy, rich in bait and pelagic fish where billfish and many other sport fishing species are found in great numbers. Your trip will provide memories for a lifetime. While we call our prime season November thru May, Sailfish are caught year round in Guatemala. We have an amazing fishery. We protect it by practicing catch and release and using circle hooks.
Sailfish Bay boats include "Maverick" and "Gypsy", our twin 32 ft Blackfins. Gypsy is captained by Pia and Maverick by Rolando. We also own "Sirena", a 35 ft Viking captained by Carlos. Our 4th boat is "Mariner", a 40 ft. Pacemaker captained by Juan Bomba. Our 5th boat is "Bavarian", a 36 ft Pacemaker very similar to Mariner. Throughout the season, when needed, we charter other local boats directly from the owners. We know the captains, crews and equipment onboard. We feature Penn, Shimano, and Alutecnos reels. For fly fishing we have Cam Sigler fly rods. Our fly reels are either Abel, Ted Jurascik "Pacific", or the Billy Pate "Marlin" reels. Lightweight conventional tackle is available onboard as well. "Maverick", "Gypsy", "Sirena", "Mariner", and "Bavarian" are equipped with GPS and radio. Because the fishing community is small and friendly, captains in Guatemala regularly talk with each other during the day ensuring all clients have the best fishing available. Our captain and mates have been sportfishing in Guatemala for 15 years. They are considered among the best in Guatemala and are experts at both conventional and fly fishing. We are also skilled at hooking up marlin and our boats are always rigged for them. Depending upon water conditions, fishing can be as close as 8 miles and up to 50 miles from shore. Our boats are stocked with bottled water, sodas, beer, and fresh fruit. Lunch is provided onboard.
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