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La Quema del Diablo

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

This is a time of year that hopefully everyone is in good spirits as we approach the festive season. There are few peoples that enjoy a good celebration than the indigenous Guatemaltecos – and why stop at one ?? La Quema del Diablo (The burning of the devil) is a day that dates back as far as the 18th century, and is a combination of the pragmatic (take out household detritus and burn it) and culture whereby the act of burning represents the purging of evil. It is centered in Antigua in front of the Convent of Conception as locals erect an effigy of Lucifer and set it ablaze…………accompanied by fireworks that start around 6pm and continue pretty much uninterrupted all night as the crowds move from the North of the city to the “Old Capital” just outside Antigua proper.
It is not a coincidence that the Fiesta immediately precedes the Fiesta de La Virgen de Inmaculada Concepción Fas it also represents the struggle of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with the devil throughout her life. The Virgin is a very special saint for Guatemala – she was declared patron Saint of Guatemala City as early as 1738, and patron Saint of the Americas by Charles III in 1756. From the start of December until Semana Santa (Holy Week), there is no shortage of festivities to observe if you care to take a break from fishing for a day.

Single Angler fishing in Guatemala

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Greatsailfishing in Guatemala has launched a program to enable single anglers or small groups the opportunity to register and combine a trip with other similar minded anglers.

Frequently the cost of billfishing in Guatemala and other locales can become prohibitive when fishing alone. The only practical way to significantly reduce the individual cost is to find like minded fellow anglers to share a trip. This can be difficult, but Greatsailfishing is now trying to make it easy(er) – register for a trip and we will circulate dates that you can consider – if there is a match, we will attempt to “hook you up” with others and build a shared trip.

 

All anglers will benefit from their own bedroom (and usually a private bathroom) in one of our private villas. All meals, drinks and transfers are included.

 

For more and complete information visit :

 

http://www.greatsailfishing.com/en/guatemala_fishing_sharing.html

Come to Guatemala fishing and catch a submarine

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I mentioned in our most recent fishing report how on one of our days fishing out past the 50 mile mark, the fleet was “buzzed”  many times by a patrolling C-130 US Coastguard aircraft.

The crew treated it with mild interest, as it is actually not very common to see aircraft over these territorial waters, and it is certainly quite unusual to see aircraft in the skies of Guatemala except for in Guatemala City itself.

Coming back to the office, perhaps by coincidence, I picked up a newsfeed from US Southcom., or the US authority responsible for co-coordinating all military activities in the region which talked about a recent but fast developing trend for narco-trafficking in the region from Columbia up to Mexico and the USA.

 

A string of incidents recently made public underscores that the term “Smuggler’s Corridor” can include almost any navigable water in the Eastern Pacific.

According to a Mar. 25 Coast Guard release, on Jan. 15, the San Diego-based cutter Chase intercepted a blue, self-propelled semi-submersible vessel loaded with nearly 15,000 pounds of cocaine, approximately 150 miles northwest of the Colombia-Ecuador border.

The encounter was the third within nine days in the vicinity.

Apparently frustrated in their attempts to ship illicit cargo by land, cocaine smugglers have taken to constructing elaborate, expensive and dangerous-to-operate self-propelled semi-submersible submarines to ferry their drugs northward.

When Chase neared the 50-foot semi-submersible, all four crewmen aboard climbed out onto the sub’s deck. The men voluntarily boarded the cutter’s chase boat and appeared as though they were waiting for something to happen. It never did.    smugglerssub

Normally, the moment semi-submersible operators notice authorities, they begin scuttling procedures by opening specially installed valves that allow large amounts of seawater to enter the bilges. This rapid scuttling normally helps thwart prosecution by sending the evidence to the sea floor, where it is not practical to recover.

Scuttling also forces drug interdiction agents to shift their focus from recovering evidence to an often-fabricated search-and-rescue operation. As the sub sinks, crewmen usually jump overboard, which often helps buy enough time to allow the sub to sink to the bottom.

Sometimes I wish fishing was so easy………………

Happy St. Paddy’s Day !

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

And goodbye to the green – in our case it’s goodbye to the green water that has been hanging around for far too long ! We are pleased to report that that weather has been fine, the seas have been calm – and many a group recently has been experienceing some great (and consistent !) fishing down here in Pez Vela land – home to the greatest sailfishing in the world.
The Guatemala fishing has been improving steadily as the water has improved – raising once again good numbers of billfish each day. Still plenty of blue marlin around. For the complete weekly fishing report, or to register for our regular updates visit www.GreatSailfishing.com

Guatemala fishing for Sailfish report Jan 27th 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

The billfishing a couple of weeks ago was RED HOT…………..some boats raising up to 80 sailfish per day, and a good few Blue
Marlin in the mix as well.
Things have cooled down since (at least by Guatemala standards) and recent groups have been seeing an average of 20 raises
per boat per day – a good and active fishing day, with a little time in between for a cold beer.

The other significant change has been that the blue water has moved in significantly – so that “lines in” now is at about 20
miles, a nice comfortable morning run and just enough time to finish the coffee before the action starts.

You can read the full Guatemala fishng report at http://greatsailfishing.com/en/weeklyfishing.htm

Costa Rica fishing ban may help Guatemala too

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

We earlier reported on credible reports from the University of Miami and other sorces that discussed how Costa Rica regulations allowing the harvesting of billfish – and sailfish in particular was bad for sportfishing not only in Costa Rica but for the whole industry (and the tourist industry). You can read the original post here :  http://greatsailfishing.com/en/Costa-Rica-Fishing.html  

So some good (or better) news :  country’s fishery watchdog, INCOPESCA, deliberated in December (and continues to do so) on a fishing edict, which could ban sailfish exports.

The law would further cement sailfish being considered a species of tourist interest, making a valiant attempt at bolstering its population up and down the coast.

If signed, unaltered legislation would include:

Prohibiting the use of live bait on longlines.

The establishment of a 30-mile exclusion zone – extending from Quepos south – where longlines cannot be deployed from January through March.

Prohibiting the export of sailfish; an action that will be automatically reviewed in two years.

A new regulation prohibiting removing sailfish from the water to take photographs prior to release.

GreatSailfishing……………….literally

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Mostly about Guatemala………………….always about fishing !

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