Guatemala Fishing - Catching Sailfish is Virtually Guaranteed!Guatemala fishing has gained an international reputation as having one of the highest concentrations of billfish, in particular Pacific Sailfish - year round. In addition to our prolific sailfishing we raise and release Marlin each month of the year and have immense populations of dorado, yellowfin tuna, roosterfish and other inshore species.
Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records with most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish Bay records include 70 sailfish releases in one day on conventional gear by the Buck Nichols Group on March 13, 2006. They also released 235 sailfish in 3 days of fishing aboard "Maverick" and "Gypsy" March 13, 14, and 15. Our fly fishing record for one day is 22 releases (2 anglers - Michael Barnett & James Yates) on February 14, 2004.
Guatemala's Pacific Coast is Billfish Heaven!The coast here in Guatemala forms a giant bay. Strong currents coming west to east from the Mexican coast turn back after hitting the coast of El Salvador and create an enormous, natural occurring eddy, rich in bait and pelagic fish where billfish and many other sport fishing species are found in great numbers. Your trip will provide memories for a lifetime.
Scientists who have studied the large numbers of sailfish off the coast of Guatemala have concluded this might be the largest breeding ground for Pacific Sailfish in the world. While we call our prime season November thru May, Sailfish are caught year round in Guatemala. We have an amazing fishery. We protect it by practicing catch and release and using circle hooks.
In addition to the always abundant billfish population, you may also have the opportunity to hook dorado, tuna, Blue, Black and Striped marlin. Our productive inshore fishing offers shots at roosterfish, jack crevalle, snappers and more. The best opportunities for these species is a high tide and clear water.
Fishing pressure? What fishing pressure? The sport fishing fleet here is small - unlike most other bluewater destinations.
Species & SeasonsSailfish, which range from 80 - 120 pounds, can be taken year-round. The peak time for sails is Nov - April. The summer months produce good numbers of sails. May - September is considered the rainy season, but it usually just rains at night for an hour or two and our fishing is still superb. Our summer season is better then many other bluewater destinations prime time.
Marlin (Pacific Blue, Black and Striped) can be taken year-round. Marlin in Guatemala generally range from 200 to 500 lbs. Our lodge record is a 650 lb. Blue marlin released May 28, 2009 by Brandon Fisher (Son of NFL Head Coach Jeff Fisher of The Tennessee Titans).
Yellowfin Tuna (15 - 30 lb average) is best in the summer months through November. We can get them each month as well.
Dorado is very good all year with the peak time being May - August. May is an outstanding month for "numbers" and we seem to get our biggest dorado of the season in October.
Roosterfish, Jacks and other Inshore species - The inshore fishing in our area can be outstanding. We just need a high tide and clear water for it to be most productive.