Aboard the Release with Capt. Erik Lorentzen:
14th - Monti party - 16 raised, 14 bites, 8 released
15th - Monti party - 6 raised, 5 bites, 4 released
16th - 39 raised, 33 bites, 23 released
17th - 23 raised, 11 bites, 9 released
18th - 14 raised, 11 bites, 9 released
Aboard the Finest Kind with Capt. Chis Sheeder:
14th - 15 raised, 4 bites, 3 released
15th - 16 raised, 5 bites, 3 released
16th - 35 raised, 6 bites, 4 released
17th - Kroeger party - 14 raised, 13 bites, 5 released
18th - Kroeger party - 14 raised, 12 bites, 5 released
Aboard the Spindrift with Capt. Nicho Alvarenga:
14th - Mitchell party - 24 raised, 16 bites, 11 released
15th - Mitchell party - 30 raised, 24 bites, 17 released
16th - 60 raised, 40 bites, 26 released
17th - 34 raised, 24 bites, 15 released
18th - 32 raised, 24 bites, 14 released
Aboard the Intensity with Capt. Mike Sheeder:
14th - McClean party - 26 raised, 21 bites, 17 released
15th - McClean party - 13 raised, 7 bites, 1 Blue marlin released
16th - 48 raised, 41 bites, 24 released
17th - 23 raised, 21 bites, 13 released
18th - 17 raised, 14 bites, 12 released
Aboard the Cañaso/Affinity with Capt. Jason Brice:
14th - Cañaso out for repairs; Jason moved over to the Affinity
15th - 6 raised, 5 bites, 4 released
16th - 31 raised, 27 bites, 16 released
17th - 27 raised, 25 bites, 14 released
18th - off day
Al "Legend" Schaefer
available for consultation
MARCH MADNESS - 1456 Billfish Released .... AWESOME
"Captain Nicho Alvarenga leads the Casa Vieja fleet raising 856 billfish and releasing 385 in 25 days of fishing. That is just over 15 fish per day! While his regular boat, the Nany, is out being totally restored, Captain Nicho hasn't missed a beat at the helm of the Spindrift. Captain Nicho has fished these waters all his life, with his brothers Chico and Carlos in the cockpit they make up one of Casa Vieja's favorite crews. Everyone has a good time fishing with these guys. Of course it doesn't hurt that they catch a lot of fish! Captain Nicho is here all summer and so are the fish.
Captain Mike Sheeder on Guatemala's famous Intensity released 304 billfish out of 708 raises. Capt. Mike and his crew have consistently been among the top boats at the dock. Capt. Mike has been nominated for Marlin Magazine's Captain of The Year. Clients like his enthusiasm and professionalism and always have a good time aboard the Intensity. In just his second full season in Guatemala Captain Mike Sheeder has done it all, 70 sailfish in a day, 4 marlin in a day, hosting Jake Jordan's Flyfishing School and releasing a sailfish caught on 2 lb. tippet - something that has only been done by two others in the world! Mike has a few openings left this season and his calendar for next year is filling up with repeat clients.
FINALLY is all Captain Chris Sheeder can say! After waiting since July for the Release to be repowered, he took delivery on February 20 of one of Florida's top tournament boats, the Finest Kind. The 40' 1982 Whiticar that many remember as the Bone Shaker is right at home in the calm fish filled waters of Guatemala. In his first full month at the helm, Capt Chris released 271 sails in 723 raises. With Capt. Chris holding just about every record there is for billfish on the fly it's no surprise that 45% of the days on Finest Kind are spent tossing feathers at lit up sailfish at the transom. With his many recent appearances on ESPN2, Fox Sports and the VS Network, it's no wonder he is one of the most sought after captains in Guatemala.
Captain Jason Brice, The skipper of the Cañaso had a great March. With 232 releases out of 462 raises in just 18 days on the water that give him a 13 fish per day average for March. In his second year and first full season in Guatemala, Captain Jason has become a cornerstone of the Casa Vieja fleet. After taking over the new and improved Cañaso in November he has proven to be both a fish catcher and crowd pleaser with anglers from Sweden to Australia. After having fished many of the world’s exotic billfish destinations, Captain Jason will be testing his metal in the icy waters of the North Atlantic this summer. He is sure to have some great stories when he gets back next fall - not everyone get the chance to fish on a commercial swordfish boat off the cost of Greenland.
FINALLY is all the Casa Vieja team can say about Captain Erik Lorentzen. The long time Fins 'N Feathers captain is back after 3+ years of chasing Redfish on Florida's Gulf Coast the call of the deep blue proved more than he could bare. In late February Erik found his way back to Guatemala - although he must have taken a few wrong turns because Columbus found the New World in less time than it took Erik to drive to Guatemala. If you're wondering if he remembers how to fish, how do 211 releases out of 455 raises in just 22 day of fishing sound? Captain Erik will be running the newly repowered Release for the remainder of the season until the Pelagian is delivered from Florida. Erik has some days available still this spring. Next month he will be filming a show with IGFA Hall of Famer Mark Sosin. For over 20 years, Mark has been the producer and on-camera host of Mark Sosin's Saltwater Journal which is broadcast to 50 states and several foreign countries on The Outdoor Channel. More than 3,000 of Mark's articles have been published in major magazines and he has written 28 books on outdoor topics. As a leading educator, Mark Sosin teaches outdoor techniques through seminars and clinics, serves as a hands on consultant to national companies, and shares his expertise with government agencies and conservation groups. Mark will be hosting informal Q&A sessions in the evening at Casa Vieja, so come down and fish with the fleet and meet Mark and pick up some pointers!"
We have dates available for the next couple of months and don’t forget that last year’s summer Marlin run heated up in April. Summer rates with big discounts start July 1st and go thru October. As an example, the regular season rate for four anglers (two rooms) on the Release or Spindrift is $2,395 per angler. The Summer Blue's Special are now $1,440 per angler. That folks is for three days fishing on either of these two boats, four nights accommodation and meals and airport transfers! Give me a call if you're interested in some great Blue Marlin fishing this Summer 1-800-882-4665 or 011-305-854-4665
Al "Legend" Schaefer
available for consultation