Posts Tagged ‘fishing trip’

Flyfishing technique for Sailfishing in Guatemala

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

We now use almost exclusively beak hooks either in single or tandem configuration with our flyfishing setus un Guatemala. We have of course always used circle hooks for our conventional fishing in Guatemala – as is required by law in Guatemala.

 

The hooks with the “upturned beaks” – but you have to be careful not to  bury the hook eye too far into the tube for this hook design, in essence shortening the distance between the clumsy popper head and the point of the hook thus interfering with hook point to flesh contact.  That’s not a good thing, and, further to that, the hook point then tends to ride a little bit more upwards, effectively creating an even shorter gap length furthering the potential for “slipping” and missing upon using the more traditional hook setting methods.

 

Something learned the hard way about a sailfish and how it eats a fly – advice from another famous billfishing  captain : never, ever keep a fly in front of a sailfish, this is the fastest way to lose the attention of the fish and all of the effort teasing and reteasing will have been for nought. If you do succeed in hooking up – the prognosis is still not good, and believe me, can be extremely frustrating !

 

  When the cast is mis-placed into the oncoming path of the fish, always take it away and recast the fly rather than go through the inevitable frustration of another unbuttoned sailfish . . . sometimes 5 seconds into the fight, sometime 30 minutes into it, but almost always, the fish that eats that fly straight on comes undone or is bill-hooked.  This advice mind you, came after many years fly fishing for sails. If you think back to how many of your straight-on shots came undone, and the honest answer was likely, most of them. 

When the fly is eaten head on or quartering to, the best approach is to lift it up and throw it beyond the fish.  All you have to remember is to keep your line from landing on top of them or being too close to them when they turn on the fly.

 

More detail, information yips – and an extensive article on this and other topics can be found at :

 

http://www.greatsailfishing.com/en/Sailfishing%20flyfishing%20technique.html

Guatemala Fishing report June7th 2009

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Over the course of the years, I have heard many debates and even some arguments about whether the rain affects the fishing…………..positively or negatively. I guess my conclusion after listening and in some cases partaking in these debates is that “it depends”………………so it is with much of fishing, and with most of the variables involved. The weather offshore has been relatively kind. Some showers, even the odd thunderhead thrown in – but nothing good size sportfishing boats can’t handle with ease and almost comfort. The seas have been rolling as much as 4-6ft – which is unusual even for this time of year – but sometimes that is what it takes to literally “shake things up” and get the fish to bite. Our most recent trips have reported some great and consistent bites on BIG Blue Marlin. Our Blues generally average in the 300-450lb class……..but these have been averaging considerably more, maybe 500+ and as high as 650lbs or so.

read the full 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.

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.

Guatemala National Sportfishing Tournament

Monday, January 19th, 2009

Was held last week – results were

16 sportfishing boats participated

412 Sailfish releases the first day

394 Sailfish releases the second day

……….now that’s good fishing !

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