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Guatemala – Fishing

Guatemala is recognised as the home of the most prolific fishery for Sailfish in the world. Our boats regularly have over 50 shots per day in peak season, and you can anticipate 15-25 shots on a “regular” day. Nothing is ever guaranteed in fishing – but this is about as close as you can get if you dream about casting to lit-up Sailfish within 20ft of the stern, multiple hookups and constant action. The coastline and ecosystem support vast quantities of bait year round and warm eddies hold large pods of sailfish between 2 and 50 miles from port. Guatemala holds many official (and unofficial !) records for Pacific Sailfish including most in a day on the fly (57), most on conventional in a day and most in a season………… there is clearly no shortage of action !


Guatemala has quickly built a justifiably great reputation as a mecca for anglers seeking non-stop sailfish action – whether on the fly, light tackle or conventional ! It is still a relatively small destination compared to some of its neighbors such as Mexico and Costa Rica, but the catch rates speak for themselves. If your trip is about defining and honing your skills pursuing consistent 100lb+ billfish, then Guatemala should be your destination of choice.
Year after year Guatemala has consistent numbers of rises, bites and releases, all recorded and reported, backed up with testimonials from satisfied anglers that agree it is the Sailfish Capital of the World. Catches of over 25 sailfish per day are common, double and triple hookups abound, and fishing is good year round.


Fishing occurs anywhere from 2-50 miles out from the breakwater, although it is more usual to find the fish in what is termed the “pocket” – a deepwater canyon that is 25 miles wide and with dropoffs from 1000 ft to 5000 ft. It is here that strong currents from east to west turn back from the coast of El Salvador, and form a giant natural occurring eddy system that holds vast quantities of bait and attracts pelagic fish in huge numbers.
All billfishing is catch and release using exclusively circle hooks – another reason why the fishing remains so consistent and the fish so prolific.

There is also good action for Dorado and Tuna if you want to bring something home for the table in the evening. You may also have the opportunity to hook up to Blue Marlin in considerable numbers during the season. Inshore you may find Roosterfish, Wahoo, Cubera Snapper/Pargo and Amberjacks to bust your arm !


The main sailfish season runs from November until about May, as this is when the consistently calm seas and moderate currents allow huge schools of baitfish to congregate and concentrate in the “pocket” offshore between six and twenty-five miles.

The “shoulders” of this season – so November/December and again in March/April tend to be when we see the best and most consistent marlin bite (predominantly Blue marlin, but also catching blacks at times). Of course there is variation around these generalities – in fact the marlin bite does seem to be improving each year for the last several years – for the most recent seasons 2008/9/10, there was hardly a day went by when the fleet did not catch at least one good sized marlin, and typical days most boats would raise at least one marlin.


Our packages are all-inclusive; we will take care of you from the time that you land in Guatemala until we return you either to your hotel the evening prior to departure, or to the airport on the day of departure. We offer accommodation alternatives to suit all of our clients needs :

We offer private 3&4 bedroom villas sleeping up to 8 clients. Some of the villas are located right on the beach and have direct ocean views as well as all amenities. They are staffed with a personal chef, maid and waitress, so that there is maximum flexibility for menus and individual preferences.

Breakfast is served prior to leaving for the dock each morning, and on return you will find freshly made Hors D’oeuvres and cold drinks. Dinner may be Dorado caught on the trip that day – or whatever your party has chosen for the evening… but all served as you like it, when you want it. All national drinks are also included.

The villas are located in a secure compound next to the Villas del Pacifico resort, and access to the resort amenities is available to clients. They are a short 5 minute walk to the magnificent volcanic beach.

An alternative to the Private Villa is to stay at the resort itself. Packages are based on double occupancy in a fully air conditioned rooms. Also available are 2 bedroom bungalows and suites.

Resort facilities include swimming pools, several restaurants, bars and games facilities. The packages are all inclusive; meals are usually served buffet style, and all national drinks are included for the length of your stay.

Getting There

The airport in Guatemala City (La Aurora) is, as you would expect in Latin America – hustling and bustling in both the arrivals and the departures area. In July 2007, seven new gates were opened. It is now one of the largest and most modern airports in Central America with daily service on major airlines from many gateways such as Atlanta, Dallas and Los Angeles.


While in Guatemala you can experience comfortable spring breezes, hot and humid tropical weather and very cold nights (below 0°C), all in the same day, depending on where in Guatemala you are. The average annual temperature in the highlands above 3,000 meters (9840 ft) is 15°C (59°F), while in the lowlands the average is 25°C (77°F). In the lowlands and towards the Pacific Coast that preoccupies most fishermen, the temperature can reach 38°C (89°F) or higher and the months with the highest temperatures are from May to July.


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