Archive for February, 2009

Fishing the Moon in Guatemala

Friday, February 27th, 2009

We have just entered the new moon for fishing in Guatemala, so it seemes like an opportune time to raise it as an issue for comment. Many clients, friends and crazy associates demand that they organise to fish for sailfish in particular pacific sailfish around the new moon. No other time – even fishing in Guatemala – is good enough.Many other factors effect the fishing in Guatemala however – and I was struck when reading of recent studies, in particular one that collated statistics over a decade in Australia – that basically showed some correlation. The remarkable finding however was that there was correlation for the new moon (yellowfin, Mahi) – but also for the full moon (Black Marlin) !!

So much for that theory !

Why such different results ?

According to this study’s authors, currents effect the fishing significantly, and as we all know, the biggest tides occur everywhere during the full and new moons…….and different species react in different ways to the changing of the drive of the currents and the effects on the concentration or otherwise of baitfish.

Guatemala Fishing report February 18th 2009

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

We are now approximately half way through the peak season, and we have seen hardly any of this – we have had days raising up to 80 sailfish, we have had days raising only (high !) single digits.

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We welcomed Mike Northcott down late in January, followed by Linda Gould for her return trip. I mention this because the last person we had taking a swim with the fish was Cindy Garrison, who clearly couldn’t control her excitement at bringing a beautiful pacific sail to the transom – and promptly donned a mask and hiked over the side to take pictures and carouse with nature. Obviously Mike………followed in quick succession with Linda Gould’s group – were inspired by this, as they took the first dip of this season with the billfish and got some great pictures.

In some ways this is better than classic “catch and release” as the fish forgoes the last manic dash for freedom and instead is released gently in the water – but on the other hand if you have ever seen one of these creatures lit up in hues of blue and leaping towards the stern (and angler) with a glint in its eye and aiming its bill at the quarry……..you may pause to question the wisdom of being in the same proximity.

Not a tactic that we would endorse, and neither would our insurance…..but great pictures nonetheless.

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