Guatemala Fishing at Sailfish Bay Lodge

November 14 - November 17, 2003


Our boat "Maverick" wins 3rd place in Presidential Challenge of Central America Tournament held here in Guatemala Nov 14-16, 2003!

On Nov 14, the Presidential Challenge of Central America Tournament came to Guatemala. This tournament is held yearly in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama and operates under IGFA rules. Our boat "Maverick" was entered this year and we had an outstanding tournament record for our first year. The first day we welcomed our first three contestants and action was excellent. Top angler for our first day was Gwen Hahn from Florida who recorded 9 sailfish releases. Our boat total for the day was 16. The next day, wind came up and fishing was slower but our anglers still had double figures with 10 releases. The final day action exploded quick! Fishing only 17 miles out, we had a quick triple hook up and release with our anglers Capt Mick Childs a charter boat captain from Hawaii, Franz Hoffman, a friend and local boat owner, and completing the group was renowned marine artist Cary Chen. Our boat was among the hottest all day and these guys were on fire. They completed 2 triples and many double releases. Our boat raised between 50 and 60 sailfish and our anglers released a fantastic 34 sailfish! When the tournament results were released "Maverick" was in third place for the boat category only 5 behind the winning boat "Magic". Franz Hoffman placed second in the angler category and Cary Chen's team "Bamboo" placed second for the tournament. Both Franz (individual angler) and "Bamboo"(team) lost by only one sailfish each. Fishing aboard "Maverick" for the tournament we had the first and second place winners and two members of the winning team. Final Totals for the Tournament: 30 anglers released 553 sailfish and 2 blue marlin in only 3 days! Winning Angler: Paul Pfaff
Second Place: Franz Hoffman

Winning Team : "Picapletes" (2 of their anglers fished aboard "Maverick")
Second Place Team: "Bamboo" (2 of their anglers also fished aboard "Maverick") And unofficially "Maverick" was voted as having the best food and drinks on board. We have some openings for December 2003. Fishing is usually excellent for both sailfish and marlin in Dec. Call or email for dates. 1-800-638-7405

Sailfish Bay Lodge
955 Pavilion St. | Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel: 513-984-8611 or 800-638-7405 | Fax: 513-984-0831
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