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Record Breaking Sailfish Fishing | Guatemala


Tour code: GUT001  

Guatemala has built a reputation around the globe for its insane billfishing, with a huge list of IGFA records as long as your arm it has become the go-to place for any serious specimen angler in search of dream fishing. When you team the amazing fishing with one of the best and longest-standing crew teams in Guatemala you will find yourself in complete billfish paradise. The Great Sailfish Company have been running successful fishing charters since back in 2002 and have made so many anglers dream a reality and with their huge amount of knowledge both for fly and conventional fishing, you will find it hard to book a better fishing charter boat and team anywhere in the world.


You will be fishing the fish-filled waters off Guatemala where the Sailfish swim free and are abundant in numbers. These South American waters of the Atlantic Ocean are full of nutrients and this in-turn attracts the many species of fish that you will find there, along with the amazing Sailfish and Marlin bite the sea off Guatemala are teaming with all the other species you would come to expect in such fish-rich waters. Head over to our YouTube channel to see for yourself what a Guatemala fishing holiday is truly like.

Off-Shore Guatemala fishing

We all know that nothing is ever guaranteed in fishing, but this is about as close as you can get to perfection. Ever dreamt of teasing lit up Sailfish to within 20ft of the stern, multiple hook-ups and constant action? Then dream no more, as this is a true saltwater anglers dream location. The reason for the outstanding action is the vast amount of baitfish all year round and put this together with warm eddies, makes the ideal habitat for huge pods of Sailfish that are present year-round.

With the large abundance of billfish available, pacific Sailfish, in particular, Guatemala fishing holidays have become a magnet to many fly fishermen both experienced and new to the sport. Even though the ration of raises to hook-ups is much greater with conventional tackle compared to fly tackle it still remains the perfect place to tick off this sort after action for any travelling fly angler due to the sheer amount of chances per day. The waters surrounding Guatemala in the main sport fishing season are normally very calm and with the strong currents being pushed up from Mexico makes the Sailfish feed very aggressively.

When the Sailfish is running you can expect to raise up to twenty billfish to the stern of the boat making it an ideal destination to learn the technique of casting a fly to a Sailfish and experiencing the thrill of a hundred pound plus fish dancing on the end of your rod. If you choose to fly fish then before the boat leaves the marina you will get a short instruction explaining the procedure in detail of how to time the cast and more importantly the signals and directions that you will be given from the captain in the flybridge. Fly fishing for any billfish is a team event and the instructions from the captain will need to be listened to as this will determine a successful day on the water.

In-Shore Guatemala fishing

If you fancy a break from the Sailfish, then the Dorado and Tuna action is also world-class and are the perfect species to target, if you wish to bring something home for the table. In addition to the Sailfish, the Marlin bite is red hot at certain times of the year and you can expect to raise two or three of these huge Marlin each day. The Inshore fishing is often overlooked in Guatemala due to how exceptionally excellent the Offshore bite is, but let us inform you that you simply must set aside at least one day to try and tempt some of the huge Roosters that get caught every day, the Cubera Snapper fishing is also off the scale and both these species can be caught either by trolling baits or why not throw big splashing poppers as the take from either of these species will feel like a steam train hitting your lure. Along with these two very popular species, you will catch Jacks and lots of other snappers that live in and around the reefs.

The fishing grounds start pretty much as you leave the breakwater and can be as far out as 50 miles, although it is more common to find the fish in what we term as “The pocket” a deep-water canyon that has huge drop-offs ranging from 1000ft – 5000ft. The Sailfish at this destination in Guatemala are renowned speedsters and will leave you grinning from ear to ear as they scream off at a rate of knots. You will be holding on for dear life as you do battle with these stunning fish in the clear blue waters in the Sailfish capital of the world.


Your guides on this holiday are all experienced skippers and deckhands and have all been fishing these waters for a long time, meaning that you get the best possible fishing experience available. Whether you choose to fly fish or the more traditional trolling then the captain and deckhands will be more than happy to help in any way you need. If you are choosing to target the billfish on fly tackle then you will be given full instructions before you leave the marina, it is very important that you all work as a team when fly fishing as instructions will be given from the captain on when to cast and more importantly when to set the hook and great communication is key to success.

Other Amenities

Our Guatemala fishing packages are all-inclusive; we will take care of you from the moment you land in Guatemala until we return you either to your fishing lodge/hotel the evening prior to departure or to the airport on the day of departure. If you would prefer the luxury and privacy of a villa staffed with a personal chef, maid, and waitress we will be happy to work with you to ensure that you enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Great Sailfish Company and their Big Game Fishing Trips, contact our expert team. They will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure. Looking for something else? Why not explore all our Big Game Fishing Holidays in Guatemala.




Soleil Resort

Soleil Resort is a true escape that is wonderfully secluded on Guatemala’s Pacific coast and is set amongst scenic cattle farms, rolling fields of cotton and the huge plantations of sugar cane. Find your own piece of tropical paradise within their stunning landscaped gardens that are manicured each day by the dedicated team of gardeners.

Surrounded by beautiful black volcanic sandy beaches, this beach fronted resort has everything to ensure your stay with them is peaceful and tranquil whilst you settle into a lifestyle by the sea.


The resort is mainly owned by locals on a timeshare, so you will soon find yourself in relative solitude in the week and you may also be the only people at dinner or the only one swimming in the pool during the week which really adds to the excellence of this resort. The pace sometimes picks up at the weekends though and this is when you will find most of the entertainment is scheduled for.

Hotel Soleil Pacifico offers 128 stylish rooms and suites that overlook the stunning Pacific Ocean. Take pleasure in relaxing leisure activities, including three outdoor pools, massage treatments on the beach, some fine onsite restaurants, a supervised kids club and then for the more active guests, you will find tennis and volleyball courts all surrounded by swaying palm trees and exotic plants.

Enjoy modern comforts like Wi-Fi internet and cable televisions, while still giving yourself time to relax and unwind with room service, hot baths and delicious complimentary breakfasts each morning. When the sun begins to set over the Pacific Ocean, a glass of wine and the breathtaking view from your balcony might be all the comfort you need.

With capacity for up to three people, standard rooms at the Soleil Pacifico Hotel have a single king bed or two double beds, private bathroom, a table with chairs and a balcony overlooking our tropical gardens.

Food & Drink

The meals at the restaurant are served from fresh local produce from local farms and range from local Guatemala dishes to more international dishes. The menu’s vary each day and there is always something new to tempt your taste buds. At the resort you will find the Los Caracoles restaurant where the main meals are served, this has been very carefully decorated to ensure the relaxation is carried from outdoors to inside. If you fancy some snacks in the day time you will find El Ancla snack bar serving some tasty snacks to see you through the day. Pez Vela bar serves amazing freshly made cocktails, local beers and international liquors.

On Location

At this stunning all-inclusive resort, there are lots of activities to keep you busy from a stylish Thai Spa resort which offers the best of two cultures at the edge of the beach for total relaxation. With treatments designed to offer you a unique experience of relaxation where you will find balance and harmony. The resort also features three beautifully landscaped pools encircled by comfortable chaise lounges. Relax by our two large adult pools or make a splash with the kids in the children’s pool. The hotel also has two bubbling Jacuzzis overlooking the ocean. There’s always something fun to do at Hotel Soleil Pacifico. They host regular entertainment for guests in the impressive 800-seat theatre, and a talented animation staff is available to perform during group activities and events.

If you would like to know more about Soleil Resort, please feel free to contact our experienced team who will be happy to answer any queries you have. Alternatively, you can request a free brochure.


Board: Full Board
Rooms: Single and double rooms
Telephone: In Room
Internet: In main lobby
Laundry: Chargeable
Power: 120 Volts
Air Conditioning: Throughout resort
Meals: Restaurant
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Fly fishing equipment
Shop: Gift Shop
Cards Accepted: Debit & Credit cards
Cash Accepted: American Dollar
Species Information
Season: October to May
Peak: January to March
Weight: 40lb to 180lb
Average Weight: 90lb
Blue Marlin
Season: November to April
Peak: April
Weight: 200lb to 800lb
Average Weight: 350lb
Black Marlin
Season: December to March
Peak: March
Weight: 200lb to 950lb
Average Weight: 400lb
Season: April to October
Peak: August
Weight: 5lb to 60lb
Average Weight: 15lb
Yellowfin Tuna
Season: November to June
Peak: April to May
Weight: 5lb to 120lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Season: All Year
Peak: August
Weight: 10lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 30lb
Season: All Year
Peak: August
Weight: 5lb to 100lb
Average Weight: 20lb


The below itinerary is only a suggested one as we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to extend your stay with either more fishing days or free days, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Houston.

Depart Houston, Arrive Guatemala.

Once you have arrived and collected your luggage, you will make your way to the arrivals hall where there will be Great Sailfish Company representative waiting to transfer you to your hotel. The transfer takes approx. 1.5 hours but there will be drinks available. Once you have checked in to the resort the rest of the evening will be yours to relax around explore the resort.

Overnight accommodation: Soleil Resort (Twin room) F/B

Days 2 to 4: Fishing Days

Over your next 5 days fishing, you will be served a full American breakfast before your transfer to the marina. The typical fishing day is 7 am until 4 or 4:30 pm. Depending on how you wish to target the fish, a briefing will be given before heading out. It is important at this time that everyone works together and listens to instructions given by the captain and deckhands. Lunch and beverages will be served on board the sportfishing boats.

Overnight accommodation: Soleil Resort (Twin room) F/B

Days 5 & 6: Fishing Days

In addition to the abundant Sailfish population, you will have the opportunity to catch Blue/Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, Roosterfish and Wahoo. We strongly advise spending at least one day’s inshore fishing as the Rooster and Cubera snapper fishing is extremely good. You can either troll live baits or try your hand at some popper fishing. When you are fishing offshore the boat will troll with teasers to raise the fish then the deckhand will tease the billfish within twenty foot of the boat so you can carefully cast your fly, make sure you listen to the captain who will shout instructions on when to cast and more importantly when to set the hook. He has a great advantage point up in the bridge and he will be able to see further into the water than you.

Overnight accommodation: Soleil Resort (Twin room) F/B

Day 7:

At a prearranged time the hotel will arrange your transfer to take you back to Guatemala airport for your return flights.

Depart Guatemala, Arrive Houston

Depart Houston

Day 8:

Arrive UK


Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
06/09/2021 06/12/2021 8 7 5 £3,641 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2022 30/04/2022 8 7 5 £3,756 On Request Sold Out N/A
01/05/2022 30/06/2022 8 7 5 £3,756 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2022 05/09/2022 8 7 5 £3,756 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/09/2022 06/12/2022 8 7 5 £3,756 On Request Sold Out N/A
01/01/2023 30/04/2023 8 7 5 £3,794 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2023 30/06/2023 8 7 5 £3,794 On Request Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2023 05/09/2023 8 7 5 £3,794 On Request Enquire Now N/A
06/09/2023 06/12/2023 8 7 5 £3,794 On Request Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on four adults sharing transfers, fishing and two adults in twin rooms for accommodation (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All necessary ground transportation.
  • Accommodation in Soleil Pacifico Beach Resort
  • All-inclusive/all meals, open bar National drinks.
  • Weekend entertainment and disco at the resort.
  • International liquors served.
  • Guided fishing (Captain and two mates) with conventional tackle, ballyhoo and lures.
  • Lunch, snacks and beverages on the boat.
  • English to Spanish pocket dictionary.

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Local Tips
  • Airport departure tax
  • Personal expenses and any drinks/meals when staying in Guatemala City


  • World Traveler Plus upgrades

  • Business Class upgrades
  • First Class upgrades
  • Boat upgrades
  • Quality fly fishing gear available for a nominal daily charge
  • Upgrade to private Villa (Private villas come with your own chef, waitress and maid)

Price Supplements

  • If your group size is smaller than 4 people then please contact a member of the Sportquest Holidays team for an up to date price

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes


A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry is required. No visa for UK citizens required.

Note: Because your flight involves travelling through the USA, you will be required before travel to complete an Electronic System Travel Authorisation (ESTA) online, which is compulsory for all USA Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) travellers before boarding an air or sea carrier to the USA.

Medical Requirements

Yellow fever, Malaria and Typhoid

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is a $30 USD additional departure tax payable upon leaving Guatemala however this is normally included in your flight ticket. If unsure please check at the airport when departing Guatemala

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Houston (approx 9 hours)
Houston – Guatemala (approx 3 hours)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Guatemala airport – Resort (approx 90 minutes)

Questions & Answers


Guatemala is located in Central America. Guatemala is bordered by the Gulf of Honduras (Caribbean Sea) and the Pacific Ocean, Mexico to the north and west, and Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador to the east.


The fishing grounds start pretty much as you leave the breakwater and can be as far out as 50 miles, although it is more common to find the fish in what we term as “The pocket” a deep-water canyon that has huge drop-offs ranging from 1000ft – 5000ft. The blue water can start from 2 miles out up to 50 miles and the length of time needed to get top the fishing grounds will change each day.


The main target in Guatemala will, of course, be the billfish. You will see Sailfish, Blue Marlin and Black Marlin and these will be the main target of your holiday. You have also got the inshore fishing where you can target Roosters and Cubera Snapper along with many other different types of snapper.


Depending on the time of year you can travel, we would of course always recommend travelling in peak times for your chosen species. If you were to travel in the peak times for the billfish run then you should expect to raise at least 20 billfish each day it is then down to you on how many you can get to stick on the hook. There are always other pelagic species to target if you fancy a change


There are two main methods practised when targeting the billfish in Guatemala. The first and most commonly used practice will be fishing with conventional tackle, trolling artificial lures and baits. Then a very quickly growing method is to fly fish, and this is due to the sheer amount of opportunities you will have each day and once you have hooked a fish in excess of a hundred pounds on your fly rod you will never go back to standard rod and reels.


The natural language in Guatemala is Spanish but the captains and deckhands all speak very good English. The captains speak better English so if you are struggling to get something over to the deckhands then simply speak with your captain and he will pass on the message


This destination is suited to the more active angler as the more effort you put in the more action you will get. As there are so many Billfish at this destination it really is more suited to people looking for numbers of fish.


As there are a couple of different methods for these billfish, there is no skill level required as the captains and deckhands are more than used to people with little to no experience and will adjust the fishing methods to suit your knowledge. Some knowledge of being on a boat is advisable but not necessary. All trolling and bait fishing equipment is included free of charge, if you wish to use their fly fishing equipment then you will be charged for this per day.


If you choose to troll with conventional tackle then it is fairly easy, but be prepared for short battles with the billfish. These can last anything from 10 minutes to over an hour so being healthy is advisable. When you want to target the billfish on the fly we recommend and advise that this can be fairly strenuous as most of the time you will have to stand up to fight your fish.


The main season is from October to May with January to March being the peak time. This is when you will see on average twenty or so billfish raised per day. The inshore fishing is pretty stable year-round.


At present there are no direct flights into Guatemala, this means from the UK you will have to transit through the states. Normally through Houston is the most direct and shortest route.


The resort is mainly owned by locals on a timeshare, so you will soon find yourself in relative solitude in the week and you may also be the only people at dinner or the only one swimming in the pool during the week which really adds to the excellence of this resort. The pace sometimes picks up at the weekends though and this is when you will find most of the entertainment is scheduled for.


With space for up to 1,000 people, our Los Caracoles restaurant offers a delightful selection of seafood, exotic drinks, a hearty breakfast buffet and cuisine from Guatemala and beyond. international cuisine


When you decide to use conventional tackle, for example trolling, then yes this is all included and is of a very high standard. The boat does own lots of top quality fly fishing tackle but there will be a daily charge to hire this equipment. We can provide a list of what fly tackle is used and of course, you can take your own if you so wish.


There is a good phone signal all around Guatemala and the WIFI at the resort is free to use around the whole resort.


There are many non-fishing related land-based activities which can be organized by the hotel staff. A full list of activities can be sent you, just a member of the Sportquest Team who will be more than happy to help and assist.


We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all prices and availability click the “Dates & Prices” tab above.

Alternatively, if you wish to arrange all your own travel arrangements we can book just the resort and fishing for you.




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Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Ken, what else do we need to say...... Well done Ken on the amazing fishing you had and look forward to helping you in the near future

All the best



I can not fault the holiday, we had a great time. The fishing was fantastic, we had 26 sailfish and a 200LB Blue Marlin in ONE day! The accommodation was excellent also the staff and food.

Thanks Ron.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hello Ron, thank you for your feedback. Sounds like you guys had a great time. I was following you on Facebook whilst I was out in Costa Rica. Guatemala is one of the best places in the world for Sailfish and you having 26 Sailfish and a Marlin in one day..... surely you can not ask more than that!

All the best Ron


Somedays we only had to travel a short distance but on others the boat journey was quite long.

The organisation of the complete operation is a real credit to you all, fantastic holiday so thank you.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks for talking to me and the feedback. As discussed on someday you have to travel further to find the current lines which change on a daily basis. As you experienced it is well worth the journey as your catches proved.

Hope to talk to you again soon.

Tight lines Peter


The staff and crew on our holiday were out of this world. The fishing was incredible have never seen action big game fishing like this in our lives.

We raised so many fishing on a daily basis, at times the boat was complete chaos with us running around while others in the group were playing fish. At one point we had a triple hook up. We would love to return just need to start saving up fast.


Reply from Sportquest Holidays


Ha ha I did warn you what this place is like, go at the right time of year with the correct moon phase and its going to be an amazing trip. I would have loved to have seen the triple hook up, next time take some video for us to share.

Regards Paul


Caught my first Sailfish on the fly and then ended up having 6 more all in 3 days fishing. Simply the best Sailfish fishing destination, great service, great guides and boats. Well worth the journey.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Dave, congratulations on the sailfish on the fly. I can also remember my first one as if it was only yesterday. What next shall we look at a destination for Roosterfish next time. Cheers Peter


It was just mad from the time our lures hit the water, we had pods of Sailfish all over our baits. We will never forget it; what a trip. All we have left to say is a big thank you.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Peter, thanks for the feedback and I am glad you boys had a blast. Thanks again and look forward in seeing you again.

Mr Pearl

Peter I know Mr Blacker is sending you a detailed report with some pictures. I just wanted to add my hughe thanks to your staff and all the crew. We had one of the best trips of our lives. I also think it will be hard to beat this.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi, Yes I did receive Mr Blacker's report and all your pictures all I can say ios wow. I wish I had been on that trip with you guys.

Regards Peter


Hi Peter just a few lines to let you know how much we enjoyed our fishing trip to Guatemala from the minute we landed we were looked after by the rep who called himself jeremy so we would remember his name. To the time we were dropped back at the airport a week later.

The holiday surpassed our expectations the food the hotel & the weather. But the fishing was out of this world between the two of us we had 58 sailfish from about 80 pounds upto about 150 pounds & we had approx 25 to 30 Doradro up to about 28 pounds. we had a quick work out of the figures & that works out at 1 Sailfish every 30 minutes over the 5 days fishing not including the Dorado which were great fun & would have been good sport on light tackle. All the boats & there crew were fantastic & we left the marina bang on time every day so we got as much fishing as possible.

Thanks H Blacker

Ps we are saving our pennies for the next time.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Wow thanks for the feedback and all the pictures, yes you boys did get into all the fish. One sailfish every 30 mins is just amazing. Save hard and we will see you again next year. Regards Peter


Great lodge
Super guides and staff
Food and drink in abundance.
Some of the very best boat fly fishing in the world

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ryan, thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback. I am so happy that both you and Mike had a great trip. Also thanks for all the pictures, what an amazing trip.

Kind Regards Peter


Peter just got back from my trip and just wanted to let you know how sore my back is, it was not from the long off road drive but from playing too many fish. Must say a great trip just wish we could get a helicopter to fly us in.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Dr White, thanks for the feedback and the great pictures, i have added them all to our website. Also thank you for your continued business.

Kind Regards Peter


Only complaint was on the flight over Alcohol was for purchase only by plastic only no cash accepted. Fishing in the mornings was full on, but for some reason the afternoon bite was quite. We all had a great holiday thank you.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Neil, thats strange in relation to the drinks on the flights. You flew with united we will make sure we get this added to peoples pre departure to make sure anyone travelling is carrying a credit card. Long flight with no alcohol is not joke. Glad you all got plenty of action with the sailfish, in relation to the bite being quite in the afternoon these things can happen, it can also be the other way around. Glad that you all enjoyed the holiday and look forward to seeing your pictures. Regards Mel

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