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Some progress in Costa Rica for Sportfishing for Sailfish

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Whatever happens to support fishing for sailfish in Costa Rica naturally has implications for sailfishing in Guatemala – so we keep a close ear to any glimmer of hope for progress that supports the industry and as a consequence fishing for pelagic fish such as sailfish and Blue Marlin in Guatemala.There continues to be some progress, albeit slow with regards to legislation – or at least some agreed objectives to support and promote sportfishing in Costa Rica – and therefore as a byproduct support of sportfishing up and down the Central American Pacific coast.

Latest progress – as recent as last week – was that officials from local and national fishing organizations and conservation groups met in the town hall in Puerto Jimenez to format a plan that would make the area a “marine area of responsible fishing” (AMPR). If the plan goes forward, in two-and-a-half-years  it would eliminate shrimp trawlers from the area and the main focus would be conducting biological studies and teaching gillnet fishermen how to use sustainable fishing practices.

The trawlers, gill nets and longlines collectively pose the greatest threat to the ecosystem that supports and promotes the pelagic fishery – so we regard this (or any similar !) as a step in the right direction.

The Costa Rican Federation for Fishing Tourism (FECOPT) officials presented the outline of a plan to some of the directors of the National Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA) and members of the National Artisanal Fishing Federation. And all seemed to have one goal, removing fishing nets from the gulf.

Now for the longlines…………

Thankfully our fishing remains strong – read our latest fishing report here :

http://www.greatsailfishing.com/en/weeklyfishing.htm

Flyfishing for Sail fish in Guatemala

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

There is much we could write, and much left to be written………..about flyfishing for large pelagic sail fish in Guatemala. Such topics as the right tippet, knots, hooks to use (single ? double ??), hook setting etc etc………..but in the end probably the most important factor in at least getting a bite out of a lit up sail fish is what you land in front of him at the stern.

About half of our clients now exclusively flyfish when they come fishing to Guatemala – and we have seen all kinds of great gear. Often, inside the gear box is a grand assortment of flies, some tied lovingly by hand.

We used to carry a decent selection on our boats as well – but after years of testing and observing, we now carry only two…………and they are the same fly just in two color options. As far as I know, just about every charter operator in the region, when pressed, will vouch for the same fly – Cam Sigler in pink&white. Save some baggage space – this is what the fish want !!

 

Oh ! and the other fly ??…………..Cam Sigler popper in Chartreuse.

Saving Billfish – more on Guatemala and Central America Fishing

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

An update to our previous pleas for protecting billfish in Central America – and in particylar Costa Rica and Guatemala. Pleased top report that work has been going on and progress has been made between the seven members of the Central America group working towards an agenda and statute to protect the sportfishing industry in the region.

It was announced this past week that the seven countries have reached agreement on how to move towards the goal of achieving a sustainable sportfishing industry and fisheries management. The intent is to establish standards and to promote measures to limit longlining and other destructive types of activities – while promoting data collection and fish tagging in order to build a data based plan for the region.
None of this will happen overnight – but it should be viewed as constructive and definitiely progress for anybody involved or concerned with sportfishing particularly for pelagic fish in the region.

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.