GUATEMALA - SAILFISH BAY

Location

Puerto Iztapa, Guatemala on the south pacific coast of Guatemala.

The Fishing

Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly- fishing records for the most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish Bay records include 70 sailfish releases in one day on conventional gear as well as 235 sailfish releases in 3 days of fishing. The coast in Guatemala forms a giant bay. Strong currents coming west to east from the Mexican coast turn back after hitting the coast of El Salvador and create an enormous, naturally occurring eddy, rich in bait and pelagic fish, where billfish and many other sport fishing species are found in great numbers. In addition to the always abundant sailfish population, anglers may also have the opportunity to hook Dorado, Tuna, and Blue and Black Marlin.

At certain times, the inshore fishing offers good shots at Roosterfish and Jack Crevelle. The sport fishing fleet in Southern Guatemala is small, and guests can anticipate having vast swaths of Guatemala's calm ocean to themselves. Scientists who have studied the large numbers of sailfish off the coast of Guatemala have concluded this may well be the largest breeding ground for Pacific Sailfish in the world.

While they call the prime season November thru May, Sailfish are caught year- round in Guatemala. Sailfish Bay has an amazing fishery, protected by practicing catch and release, and by using circle hooks. Sailfish, which range from 70-120 pounds, can be taken year-round. The peak time for 'sails' is November - April. The summer months also produce good numbers. May to September is considered the rainy season, but usually it rains only at night, for an hour or two. Marlin (Pacific Blue, Black, and Striped) can be taken year-round, although they show up more reliably in the fall, from October to December.

Marlin in Guatemala will generally range from 200 to 500 pounds. Yellowfin Tuna (15 - 30 lb. average) are best in the summer months. Dorados are very good all year, with the peak time being May to August. Roosterfish, Jacks and other inshore species - The inshore fishing in the area can be outstanding. It only requires a high tide and clear water to be most productive For those interested fly fishing for their sails, there is no better place on the planet than Sailfsih Bay.

All the necessary equipment can be rented for $20 a day. The lodge features mainly Cam Sigler fly rods, and the reels are either Abel, Ted Jurascik "Pacific", or the Billy Pate "Marlin" reels. Lightweight conventional tackle is available onboard as well. Depending upon water conditions, fishing can be as close as 8 miles, and up to 50 miles away from, shore. The boats are stocked with bottled water, sodas, beer, and fresh fruit. A hot lunch is also provided onboard.


Trip Information

Documents Required

American, Canadian and EU members must have a passport valid for 3 months beyond intended stay. Additionally, return tickets and documents for return or onward travel are required. There are no visa requirements for stays of less than 90 days.

Boats and Equipment

The Sailfish Bay fleet consists of a Viking 35, two 32 foot Blackfins, a 39 foot Bertram, a 40 foot Pacemaker, and a 36 foot Pacemaker. Each boat is professionally outfitted with top of the line conventional gear as well as fly fishing equipment

Species

sailfish, tuna, dorado, jack crevelle, blue marlin, black marlin

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Season

Year-round (Peak season is November through April)

Capacity

12 anglers

Accommodations

Sailfish Bay is Guatemala's only beachfront fishing lodge. The lodge is located on a barrier island between the Chiquimulia canal and the Pacific Ocean. The accommodations at Sailfish Bay lodge consist of two 2-story bungalows (housing 16 to 18 anglers) The two 2-story bungalows each have four rooms - two on the top floor and two on the bottom floor. The spacious rooms are designed with a contemporary theme, and all feature private bath and shower. There are also 8 beachfront air-conditioned bedrooms with private bath. The outdoor bar, swimming pool, and jacuzzi are situated at the top of the property and overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

The luxurious restaurant/dining area is located at the bottom of the property and overlooks the bay. The meals at Sailfish Bay are outstanding, beginning with breakfast each day. Breakfast consists of fresh fruit, cereal, pancakes and eggs cooked to order, fresh roasted Guatemalan coffee and freshly squeezed orange or pineapple juice. In the evening, your chef will prepare fresh fish on the grill, jumbo shrimp, and delicious soups. Beef and chicken dishes are also offered and prepared to the same high standards as the seafood. The open bar features several local beers, national liquors and wine.

By design, none of the casitas have phones, television or radio. Meals are served in the cocina (kitchen in Spanish), which overlooks a large cove. Meals are delicious, but simple in keeping with the traditional Panamanian style, which favors chicken, fish, fruits, vegetables and other fresh locally sourced seasonal delights. Meals can also be delivered to your casita with one-hour advance notice. To make this island retreat all the more luxurious, enjoy a relaxing massage and pamper yourself with a professional spa service.

Getting There

Guests will fly to Guatemala City, then be transferred by land for 90 minutes to Iztapa, and then take a 15 minute boat-ride to the small island where the lodge is located. You must arrive in Guatemala City by 7 pm, or an extra overnight there will be necessary. By air, Guatemala City is 2 hours from Miami, 3 hours from Atlanta and Dallas, and 4 hours and 30 minutes from Los Angeles. To accommodate early flight departures, guests will spend their final night at The Radisson in Guatemala City. This hotel offers superb accommodations, and is located in the heart of Guatemala City's most popular restaurant and nightlife district. The Radisson is only a 10 minute drive from the airport, making for an easy commute on departure day.

What's included

  • Being met as soon as you clear customs in Guatemala City
  • Round trip ground transfers between Guatemala City and Sailfish Bay
  • Number of nights accommodations as specified in booking
  • Number of days guided fishing as specified in booking
  • All meals and local beers & spirits at the lodge
  • Private charter fishing including captain and crew, use of conventional tackle and lures
  • Last night accommodations at The Radisson in Guatemala City

What's not included

  • Round trip airfare to Guatemala City
  • Rental fly fishing equipment
  • Meals, bar tabs and personal expenses in Guatemala City
  • Gratuities to captains/mates, staff, drivers and hotel nights in Guatemala City caused by late arriving flights

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