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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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Christmas fishing bonanza !

Monday, January 5th, 2009

Christmas is coming – the fish are getting FATmennie

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending

December 7th 2008  and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company

operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.

Things are still “changeable” in Guatemala. One day the sun is out and the seas are calm – the next a quick front can push through and drive up the seas and scatter the bait (along with the billfish that were concentrated on them)……..but as we head further into the dry season, the vast majority of days have become perfect fishing days. (Of course many would say that very day is a perfect fishing day !)

There is a great variety of fish to be caught at present – as well as the ubiquitous sailfish, we are catching plenty of tuna and good sized dorado. There are even enough Blue Marlin showing to have the opportunity to cast a fly to one on almost a daily basis.

So it was with Trevor Mennie who made the trip down after waving his wife onto the plane in New York bound for “Blighty”. We were only raising high single digits of billfish his first day out on the water with a long wand in hand – but one of those was a Blue Marlin, so some compensation there………..nevertheless, he had come down specifically to catch a billfish on the fly,and we were there to help him.

We set the Reel Diver up for flyfishing, and rigged a good bunch of horse ballyhoo tied up to penn spinning rods for a quick and easy teasing rig – and were ready for when the sails came into the teaser spread.

After a couple of attempts, Trveor masterfully hooked into one of the largest sails that we have seen so far this season, and hunkered down for the fight.

The fish took off with the Billy Pate reel screaming in Trevor’s hands, and the cap’n fired the CATS into hard reverse to give chase and prevent the 350yd capacity reel being spooled. The fight took some considerable time, but eventually the billfish was brought to the stern – and estimated in excess of 160lbs !! That is some fish on a 13wt fly outfit !!!

The fishing continues to improve and each day becomes more consistent – and with more of the fleet going out each day, locating the pods of sailfish is also becoming quicker and more predictable. If you want to catch a billfish – or even a Blue Marlin – on the fly, now is a GREAT time to come down and give it a go.

The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy

the season fishing with http://www.greatsailfishing.com/

We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates this season, so don’t wait, give us a call

at 1 877 763 0851or send us an email (below) to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to

some of the finest fishing anywhere.

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:

There is certainly something in angling that tends to produce a serenity of the mind

~ Washington Irving