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Roads in Guatemala

Sunday, September 6th, 2009
Roads in Guatemala

There is already a 4-lane highway from Guatemala City to the Pacific coast that makes fishing in Guatemala convenient to access for international visitors.

Until now, it has been the only such road in the country, and has greatly facilited the development and ease of access for fishing for sailfish in Guatemala on the West coast.

 

Now a new project is about to begin that may offer the same benfits on the East coast. The government just announced that construction of  the mega-highway project Franja Transversal del Norte, FTN will begin in Guatemala in late October.
In his radio program on Wednesday: Despacho Presidencial, Colom once more defended that project due to the benefit it brings to more than half a million residents in the adjoining regions – and potentially opening up the Caribbean side of the country to visiting anglers as well.

Project-FTN, a dream of decades ago will soon come true in late October, Guatemala leader said.

Franja Transversal del Norte is a mega-highway project that will cross Guatemala from the Atlantic Ocean, which is at the east of this country, across four departments (provinces) to the border with Mexico in the west.

 The road will have an approximate length of 226 miles and is expected to be finished by Dec. 2011.

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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

It’s not JUST fishing in Guatemala !

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

About Antigua Guatemala
We are often asked by our clients about side trips or laydays when fishing with us in Guatemala. Probably the easiest of these logistically is a day trip (45 minutes each way) from the coast to Antigua .
La Antigua Guatemala means the “Old Guatemala” and was the third capital of Guatemala. Established in 1543 by the Spanish Conquisadors, it was originally named Santiago de los Caballeros (Knights of St James) from the original Capital of Ciudad de Santiago de los Caballeros de Goathemalan. It served as the centre of governance for the “Spanish Colony of Guatemala” for almost 200 years -which at the time consisted of almost all of present day Central America as well as the southern part of Mexico.
A series of earthquakes that started in 1717, but culminated in a set of large earthquakes in 1773 caused the Spanish Crown to mandate the move of the capital to a safer location (present day Guatemala City) in 1776.
The badly damaged city of Santiago de los Caballeros was ordered abandoned, although not everyone left, and was referred to as la Antigua Guatemala, or Old Guatemala. The population had peaked in the 1770’s at around 60,000 – but today’s residents number about half that.
La Antigua is noted for its very elaborate religious celebrations during Lent (Cuaresma), leading up to Holy Week (Semana Santa) and Easter (Pascua). Each Sunday in Lent, one on the local churches and parishes sponsor a series of processions through the streets of Antigua. This is by far the most popular week of the year to visit Antigua, and travellers can expect an extreme shortage of good accommodation – as well as restrictions in the town for parking and access – given the crowds.
Antigua is also well known for its Spanish Schools (over 100 at last count), and for its “cosmopolitan” ambience – with restaurants and bars that serve the tourist population, and are rarely seen in other towns and villages outside the Capital.

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.

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

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