Posts Tagged ‘sailfish’

Calm seas attract anglers to fish in Guatemala

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Guatemala boasts some of the world’s most consistently flat seas – often as far out as 50 miles it can be calm and almost like a lake. Observing the geography of the coastline, you can see how the waters form a large protected bowl with Mexico at the top and Panama at the bottom. This  combined with the protection offered from the prevailing winds by the highlands and the ridge of volcanoes means that the coast and coastal waters are almost wind free on a year round basis, with late February through May almost guaranteeing flat seas.

During the dry season – and the height of the sailfishing season of November – May, it is highly unusual to see any problems with weather impacting the sportfishing fleet’s ability to leave the dock. Even during the wet season, the weather offshore can vary significantly to the coastal weather – but there is certainly a greater propensity for weather delays or to be “blown out” in the Summer months.

Remember however that just when the wind is providing some cooling effects while fishing – this is no time to relax the regimen of high factor sun protection……….this is a must when fishing offshore all year round in Guatemala, along with high quality sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat for screening your head.

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

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

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 !!

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

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.

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.

………….

 

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.

For the full report or to register – visit Greatsailfishing.com

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 !!

 

logN

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.