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 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 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, 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 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 around Guatemala.
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.
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 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.
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.