Posts Tagged ‘pez vela’

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.

Free guide to fishing in Guatemala

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

We have just released our complete Fishing guide to Guatemala.

Over 40 pages packed with information and tips on your fishing trip to Guatemala. The book is organised into 16 chapters that cover everything from fishing technique for sailfish and marlin – both flyfishing for sailfish and conventional fishing – to accommodation options, transport, tips and culture and other potential excursions.

This 40 page fishing guide is your absolutely free. Simply click on the graphic below to receive instructions on how to receive it instantly – and best of all it is absolutely free with no obligation whatsoever !

 

FREE Fishing guide to Guatemala

FREE Fishing guide to Guatemala

Guatemala Fishing report August 10th 2009

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Barry Jackson and Ron Corsan  fished with us this week and had what has become a “typical” days fishing for recent weeks – raising 5 sailfish and lots of Dorado (even had a Wahoo in the mix !). They both hail from Texas and are avid redfishermen -so sails and wahoo was a high speed change for them ! They are down in Guatemala helping out on a mission to support an orphanage, but managed to find the time to spend a day with us at the coast fishing – we sent them home with a five gallon bucket of fresh fish to share at their table……………….for the full fishing report read here :

http://www.greatsailfishing.com/en/2008-9_Guatemala_Fishing_Report.html

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

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

When you come to Guatemala fishing…….

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The good news is that the new airport terminal in Guatemala City (La Aurora, GUA) is just about finished. For anyone who hasn’t visited for a couple of years – you will hardly recognize the place !

 

The government made a strategic investment to try and develop the region into a Central America hub for air transport – and has so invested heavily in the airport itself as well as surrounding infrastructure such as parking and arrivals. The new terminal is a modern masterpiece of steel and glass, and certainly wouldn’t be out of place in any capital city in the world. The arrivals process has also been significantly streamlined and modernized.

 

MOST IMPORTANT however when travelling to Guatemala for fishing is to MAKE SURE that you passport has AT LEAST 6 months validity left before renewal. The immigration officers play it strictly by the book, and do not hesitate to put arriving passengers on the next available flight home if their documentation and in particular their passport validity is not up to date. Do it well in advance !!

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.

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

Fishing in Guatemala mid-end February 2009

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

 

Mixed and unusual are two adjectives that come to mind. The fishing has been in general much less predictable than is usual or desirable – but we pride ourselves in telling it like it is.
We have sent our boats out up to sixty miles to try and find good blue water – and we have found it – but it is quite a drag out there (and in particular coming back !) for what has been only marginal better fishing than the whole fleet was experiencing much closer to home.

As we speak, the fishing has been improving significantly – with boats consistently picking up double digits. You can read our full fishing report here

Good news for Guatemala fishing and Costa Rica Fishing

Monday, January 26th, 2009

We had a couple of snippets/updates of good news this week for our support of a total ban on killing billfish including Marlin and Sailfish in all waters from the Atlantic to Pacific.

The government of Costa Rica may votes as early as this week on the improved regulations that we have reported and discussed here ……. and we also learned of a campaign that is gathering publicity and steam to incite a public boycott in the USA of menus that support dishes of Marlin meat.

 

The goal of the organisation is to enlist the support of all stakeholders (excuse the ugly pun) from chefs to restaurant owners to diners – and to convince them that it is better for all – economically and ethically – so not serve Marlin at all…….and ideally not to serve any billfish whatsoever.

 

The GreatSailfishing Company encourages you to voice your support – and to spread the word !!

 

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