The Billfish are kicking in the New Year in Guatemala !!
Happy New Year – Feliz Navidad !!
This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending
January 4th 2009 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company
operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina.
It’s great !! It’s awesome……………it’s warm down in Guatemala !!!!
While we poor folks up North have been trying to work off the Christmas excess by shoveling snow, raking roves and cracking ice – the fortunate few have been down well South of the Mason-Dixie experiencing lots of bluewater action.
We welcomed the Britt party over the Christmas period and quickly showed them just how good the fishing down here can be. There had been a brief cold front just before their arrival – which is often a trigger for the fish to really start feeding. Their first day out saw the blue water at 40 miles – but raising plenty of billfish – their second day the warmer currents had moved closer inshore – and so it was lines in at 20 miles or so.
Plenty of action ensued, and over the course of a couple of days, they managed to bring 23 sailfish to the boat, 10 decent sized Dorado – and 2 Blue Marlin raised, with one hooked up and a 2 ˝ hour fight…………now that’s good fishing !!
One of the great things about fishing this time of year is just the variety of fish – we see everything from the staple of sailfish to huge schools of raging yellowfin tuna to plenty of bull dolphin to cast a fly to – and all in the sunshine, calm seas and warm breeze of Guatemala……………I was reading just today that on the same day on a bone-chilling day of 15 degrees in 2006, 71-year-old Wisconsin angler Tom Gelb, a field editor for Musky Hunter magazine, was rowing a lure across a favorite lake in Vilas County when the pole slumped with a strike. It was the last day of the muskie season, and Gelb was hoping for a big one. He got what he wanted and then some. The 51-pound 2-ounce muskie was the largest caught in Wisconsin in twenty-seven years and the first 50-pounder landed in Vilas County since 1975. It was also Gelb’s first-ever 50-pound muskie.
Of course Muskies are nice – as all of our friends from Canada can attest – but to me, it doesn’t beat a 100lb raging Sailfish on the longwand !
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:
"The gods do not deduct from man's allotted span the hours spent in fishing."
~ Babylonian proverb
Les, Carlos, Kevin and Jim
The GreatSailfishing Company