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Missed the 2 part episode of Unfathomed in Guatemala? Here it is!

What is Unfathomed you may ask… Unfathomed with Captain George Gozdz strives to present the highest quality fishing show that appeals to fisherman and non-fisherman alike through portraying the outdoor lifestyle with cinematic storytelling.  Fishing will serve as the bond to combine unique personalities, exciting destinations, and fishery education to provide an engaging viewer experience. 

Meet Capt. George: 

Throughout his childhood, fishing was George’s true passion.  As a young boy, he fished the waterways of Florida and dreamed of one day becoming a famous fisherman like his television idols.  As a young man, with that dream still in his heart, he entered the field of emergency medicine, but his down time was always spent on the water.  15 years in a high-stress work environment convinced this father of 2 to follow his dreams. After several years operating as a local guide, Captain George became a frequent guest host on a number of popular fishing shows.  In 2010, this exposure and his reputation as an angler’s angler led him to being tapped as the host of one of the most popular fishing shows “Reel Time Florida Sportsman” that has run for 8 seasons.  With over 100 shows, Captain George has garnered an incredible following and proven his loyalty to industry partners. With Captain George as the host, RTFS has had mass appeal due to its innovative approach with use of compelling storytelling based on the outdoors, combined with cutting edge cinematography.

Unfathomed 2019 Episode 2- Guatemala part 1. Join George as he travels to Pacific Fins in Guatemala and experiences the best billfishing in the world. Fishing is only half the lure in this beautiful country. George sets off on an adventure and experiences the volcano Pacaya, the mountain coffee fields, the ancient city of Antigua, and more.

Unfathomed 2019 Episode 3- Guatemala part 2. The journey of discovery continues in Guatemala. Incredible sailfish action is also highlighted by the rich culture of this wonderful country. After multiple sailfish releases including one on a fly rod, George travels to explore the volcano Pacaya. 

Father’s Day: We are celebrating the entire month of June!

Why Not Surprise Dad With A Father’s Day Fishing Adventure This Year

When it comes to dads and husbands don’t we all want to make their day special? If you are looking for some new and different ideas of what to do this year when Father’s Day rolls around on Sunday, June 16, we can surely help! What guy wouldn’t love a fishing adventure out onto the fertile waters off the coast of Guatemala. 

When you book a trip for the month of June, two paying adults – kids are FREE (regardless of age).

Shake up Father’s Day celebration with more…

Instead of driving, how about surprise him with a first class trip to the resort on our private plane? A great way to start the adventure.

How about a local tour? We are certain that once you get to know the hidden beauty our countryside can offer, you will fall in love as well.  Let us recommend a variety of tours and activities that can make your visit to our country memorable. We can help plan, coordinate and book any tour you choose, as we rely on the top tour operators for this segment of your trip. like…

Tikal – El Peten, in northeast Guatemala, represents the largest tropical forest in Central America, containing ruins, great and small, from the ancient Maya civilization.  

Antigua Guatemala – Spanish Heritage

Antigua Guatemala is one of the most idyllic destinations in the world, with painstakingly restored Spanish colonial architecture, manicured parks, stylish hotels, superb international cuisine and a horizon shaped by three spectacular volcanoes.  Walking along cobblestone streets, visitors find high-end art galleries, fascinating museums, luxurious shops with international treasures and traditional markets packed to the rafters with locally made textiles and wood crafts.  With its architecture, culture and unique setting, Antigua Guatemala, quite simply, is the most charming city in all the Americas.

Lake Atitlan – Natural Splendor

Lake Atitlan is a natural marvel like no other, 50 square miles of deep, crystal blue water surrounded by three lofty volcanoes.  Formed by a volcanic cataclysm 100,000 years ago, the lake shimmers in a mountain valley, overlooked by a dozen quaint villages, whose residents proudly wear traditional dress that distinguishes each town from the next. 

If an excursion is not on your radar, our fishery will keep you busy. There is a lot more we offer at Pacific Fins. 

Muscles or back a little sore from an action packed day on the water? How about a 60 minute massage session that will make you feel brand new for the next day.  

Relax Poolside with apps and drinks of your choice…

Whatever your package preferences are, we can make your loved ones trip one he will never forget! 

Tim Choate – Awarded Special Recognition at 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational

Pioneering angler Tim Choate was hooked on fishing from boyhood. Following a very brief career as a lawyer, his wanderlust took him to where the big fish roamed, including five seasons on the Great Barrier Reef. In 1982, he and Capt. Peter B. Wright boated the largest black marlin of the season. It weighed more than 1,200 pounds.

In the 1980’s, when Venezuela was not a well-known hot spot, Choate helped put it on the map. He was part of the Hank and Gretchen Manley team that caught the first double super grand slam: a sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, and swordfish. Choate was also present during the Manleys’ quest to catch 1,000 billfish in a calendar year. They finished the 1983 season with 1,108.

Choate eventually built a small charter fleet in Costa Rica, before moving on to help explore Guatemala’s big-game fishery with his famous Fins & Feathers Resort. He has also developed charter-fishing operations in Brazil and the Galapagos Islands.

A strong conservationist, Choate helped create, and was the first director of, The Billfish Foundation. He has also worked with political leaders in Central and South America to protect billfish and encourage catch-and-release fishing.

Today, the Choate name is still synonymous with conservation and the love for Billfish. An IGFA Hall of Famer for his contributions, Choate has been recognized for his work in Guatemala and takes home some powerful awards.

Today, the Choate name is still synonymous with conservation and the love for Billfish. An IGFA Hall of Famer for his contributions, Choate has been recognized for his work in Guatemala and takes home some powerful awards.

The 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational – A Big Success!

The 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational was by all accounts an overwhelming success. When we started to put this year’s tournament together, we knew that it was going to be a good one. Competitive anglers from the US and neighboring countries made the journey to Guatemala wanting to be a part of it. 

Tournament highlights included celebrity guests; Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Wade Boggs, Uncharted Waters Peter Miller, Into the Blue Scott Walker, and Unfathomed George Gozdz. 

The week’s festivities kicked off with Pacific Fins hosting the first night’s event – the welcome party. Anglers got the opportunity to get educated by Dr. Nelson Ehrhardt and Bruce Pohlot of the University of Miami. 

“When Dr. Ehrhardt speaks…all pay attention”. Guests in attendance got a lesson in Billfish conservation and also the satellite tagging results – 8 out of 10 tags that were deployed in the 2018 tournament generated valid data. 

Team King & I, wins The 4th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational

With 4400 overall points, team King & I took top honors with 107 Sailfish raises, 92 bites and 44 releases. 

2nd Place Team, Sirena with 4200 points.

3rd Place Team, Fishy Business with 3700 points. 

1st Place Marlin goes to Dan Bernstein on boat Knotwork.

Biggest Dorado goes to team Makina

The tournament in 3 days, with a fleet of 15 boats generated a total of 1163 Sailfish raises, 915 bites, 446 releases and 3 Blue marlin releases. Niels Erichsen and his staff did an amazing job in making the tournament run smoothly. The overall first place winners of this event, will have their names added to the Guatemala Billfish Invitational Perpetual Champions trophy by Kingsailfish Mounts (pictured below). 

We want to THANK all our participating anglers for making this the best one yet. We were happy to see all having a great time, meeting and making new friends. From the kick-off party and Poolside Celebration to the neighboring lodges who took part in the Invitational, to the awards presentation at the final dinner and all the parties and fishing in between, this is definitely a tournament that any novice or serious angler needs to be a part of. We are pleased to support the Sailfish Commission and the week-long festivities that generate much needed funds for a worthy cause. 

In addition, we are going to be posting on our social pages pictures that were taken during the event. Keep in eye out for next weeks newsletter, which will have next year’s event dates – YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!