Guatemala Fishing at Sailfish Bay Lodge

Florida Sportsman - April 2007


Tropical Sportsman Roundup
By Larry Kinder

Over on the Pacific side, the sailfish bite in Guatemala continues with staggering numbers being caught on most days. Releasing 10 or more sails all weighing about a hundred pounds is pretty typical for sportfishermen out of Iztapa this time of year. Scott Ruprecht, President of Sportfishing Worldwide and Sailfish Bay ( notes, "Sailfish action is still hot in April with 15 to 20 raises a day, along with shots at marlin on many days. In addition, dorado fishing really turns on about this time of year." Scott adds, "Travel to the fishing grounds can be anywhere from 10 to 40 miles as these pelagics are constantly on the move." Charter captains favor a bait-and-switch technique to tease the billfish within 15 feet of transom. Next, the bait is jerked out of the water and a hooked bait or fly is pitched to the lit-up billfish. To add even more excitement, blue marlin regularly rise into a spread of trolled baits, with many of the big blues weighing weighing close to 500 pounds. Talk about close encounters and furious action! Don't try this if you have a weak heart.

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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