Guatemala Fishing report April 28th 2008 - (When is) Enough is Enough !
This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending
April 28th 2008 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company
operating out of the new Pez Vela
Overall, we have had a great spell over the last few weeks of
consistently strong numbers of billfish raised day after day.
The only downside has been that the blue water has been
consistent as well - hovering between 40 and 50 miles
offshore. This makes for a long run in the early morning and
evening, but a small sacrifice to have to make for the great
fishing to be enjoyed.
We have had a few exciting episodes over the last couple of weeks;
mixed in with the concentrations of Sailfish have been good numbers
of Marlin, some as large as we have seen in Guatemalan
waters. Steve Robinson came down with his group, one of whom
had never caught a saltwater fish, never mind a billfish !
First day John (that angler !) easily made that hurdle, catching
and releasing a feisty Sailfish early in the day. Now he could
relax ? Not so……second day out, lines in the water, a marlin
bite on the flatline and John was in the seat. A good hookup, and
the captain estimated a good fish in the 500lb class – unfortunately
it had chosen to bite on the 25lb class gear, and was now firmly
attached to a Shimano TLD and 450yds of backing !
Over the course of the next 51/2 hours (yes 51/2 hours !), the captain
pitched his experience and skill in boat maneuvering against the fish,
while John tried to gain line at every opportunity. As time wore on,
and the Captain managed a couple of glimpses of the Blue – he
raised the stakes several times, until his final estimate at the boat
of a Blue Marlin of 850-900lbs. After all this time, it was important to
achieve a quick release at the boat, so a touch of the leader and
the huge fish swam away – not sure now who was the most grateful
that the fight was done ! Congratulations to John on what was truly
a world-class angling performance – 850lb Blue Marlin on 25lb gear.
Soon after this escapade, we welcomed pro angler Mark Maus down
to fish a couple of days and film a show with us for The Outdoor Channel.
You know…..the thing about fishing, is…You just never know……so
we were under some pressure to find Billfish in sufficient numbers to
accommodate all the camera angles, shots, perspectives, underwater film
etc etc required nowadays of a professional show.
Fortunately, it was lines in – and 4 minutes later Mark and I had a feisty double
underway…..while Jason our cameraman worked like crazy trying to get the
appropriate batteries in the appropriate microphones, lenses on cameras etc
This pattern continued over the next days fishing as well – and by lunch
on day 2 we pretty much had it “in the can”.
Mark – as a pro-fisherman, had an interesting perspective on the fishing
in Guatemala, that while “I have traveled all over the world billfishing and making
shows – from Costa Rica to Baja to Panama – this is BY FAR, the BEST
BILLFISHING THAT I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED” , he also commented
however, that as a (primarily) “Traveling Anglers’ Destination”…..when is
“Enough is Enough” ????
He calculated that we had raised a billfish every 6 minutes while we were
trolling to raise fish for the show – which while ideal for us filming for TV,
may in fact be too much action for a group of guys fishing for fun or a
family just getting together. Good Point……Nice Problem to have I replied !
Finally, CONGRATULATIONS to Sheri Larkin who fished
With us earlier in the year, and submitted one of her pics
of a particularly acrobatic bull Dorado to Sportfishing Mag
for their photo competition and promptly secured an
excellent third place ! You can see the winning pics here.
We are booking strongly already for some of the popular dates next
year, so don’t wait, give us a call at 1-877-763-0851 or 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:
“Fishing is such great fun, I have often felt, that
It really ought to be done in bed”
~ John Voelker
Les, Carlos, Kevin and Jim
The GreatSailfishing Company