Some of our best clients (and best anglers !) come from Canada; Guatemala has been featured quite widely and has deservedly gained a reputation for great fishing as soon as the ground hardens up North. Perhaps therefore it shouldn’t come as a surprise then that we welcomed two groups from Canada concurrently – Dr. Tim Blight and (welcome back !) Kim Graham.
Unfortunately the first group arrived at the tail end of a cold front, and although managing to catch decent numbers (high single digits per day), we found it hard to find good concentrations of bait – having to travel as far as 45 miles from the dock before putting lines in.
The fishing was relatively difficult as we were also faced with unseasonably strong currents combined with wind from the end of the front – combining to whip up the seas. It is a tribute to the skill and concentration of the Blights that they managed a very good hookup ratio under such conditions. The seas did calm down towards the end of their trip – but not before the “Fishing Gods” had wreaked some havoc on our boats – one taking some damage to the trim tabs that caused a “Boat Dollar” and a day to fix (editor note : current exchange rate is 1 Boat_Dollar equals approximately 1000 usd).
As the sun came out and the seas laid down – we were happy to welcome Kim back to Guatemala fishing aboard the “Joint Venture” and “Reel Diver”. They found some good consistent action as well as pleasant seas and a warming breeze – with lines in at 22 miles. Clearly the billfish were happy to find concentrations of bait as well, for once discovered, they stayed around until they had decimated the school – and we hung around as well ! Our boats most days over the week raised low twenties in sailfish and Kim and his fishing teams brought high teens to the transom – some decent dorado and yellowfin tuna for the table made for a satisfying trip for all !!