New York Yankees CC Sabathia!

We are excited to announce, New New York Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia to participate in this year’s Guatemala Billfish Invitational.

Baseball is his passion, The New York Yankees is his team, but the man loves to fish!

It is no surprise that when you talk baseball or the New York Yankees, the name CC rings a bell. Yes, CC Sabathia… a left handed pitcher that made history through out his career.

One of those history making news; On December 18, 2008, Sabathia signed a seven-year, $161 million contract with the New York Yankees. It was the largest contract for a pitcher in MLB history at the time. 

On March 26, 2009, manager Joe Girardi announced that Sabathia would be the Opening Day starter and the starter for the home opener at the new Yankee Stadium. Sabathia finished the season 19–8 with a 3.37 ERA and 197 strikeouts in 230 innings. His 19 wins were tied for the most in the major leagues that year. He was also awarded the August 2009 AL Pitcher of the Month Award, posting a 5–0 record in 6 starts with a 2.64 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 44 13 innings. The Yankees finished the regular season with a 103–59 record, the best in the Major Leagues. 

Sabathia earned his first career postseason victory with the Yankees in the first game of the 2009 ALDS against the Minnesota Twins. He gave up two runs (one earned) in 6 23 innings with eight strikeouts as the Yankees swept the series in three games. Sabathia also won the American League Championship Series (ALCS) Most Valuable Player Award; in two starts against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, he went 2–0 with a 1.13 ERA in 16 innings. The Yankees beat the Angels in six games to advance to their first World Series since 2003.

Sabathia was effective, posting a 3.29 ERA in 13 23 innings to help lead the Yankees to a series win over the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies in six games. The World Series championship was the Yankees’ 27th, their first in the new Yankee Stadium, their first since 2000, and the first of Sabathia’s career. In five postseason starts, Sabathia went 3–1 with a 1.98 ERA. Sabathia finished fourth in the AL Cy Young Award voting behind Zack Greinke, Félix Hernández, and Justin Verlander. He also received the Warren Spahn Award for the third year in a row.

Want to be a part of this great event? Book early as there is limited space available.

The tournament costs $3,500 per person and includes four night lodging, double occupancy, daily laundry service, a la carte meals, beverages, transportation to and from the airport and three days of fishing. When fishing with Pacific Fins you can expect all of the tackle and gear to be top-notch and the crews to be on their game. During the tournament there will be four anglers per boat. Each day of fishing also includes snacks, fruit, lunch and beverages. 

Last year’s event sold out… so don’t wait till last minute.

Two Big Shows: Meet You There!

For years now, we have entertained the thought of attending trade shows. These events take place in the biggest cities across the country in any industry you can imagine. A gathering of industry experts, enthusiasts, and media under one roof in a setting that promotes business, education, and fun. There is much value in attending a trade show for your industry. In fact, the upside is so great, it would be a shame to miss out.

One of those shows we will be attending is the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show (January 31st – February 1st, 2020).

 The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show, which is held at (Infinite Energy Center) is the largest fly fishing extravaganza in the Southeast. See the newest rods, reels, clothing, accessories, lodges and camps along with non-stop fly-tying and casting demonstrations. 

We will have a booth C9, next to our friends, Nautilus Reels. Come by and say hello, it’s going to be a good one.

Another show that is a biggie, not just for us, but to all in the industry… Safari Club International Convention (SCI). Ask any member who has attended the SCI Convention, and you will likely hear, “Sensational, you have to go! It is the Ultimate Sportsmen’s Market and it’s a knockout!” 

This hunters’ heaven has everything the mind can dream of and occupies over 452,000 square feet of exhibit space. Six continents are under one roof where members come to book hunts, fishing trips, rendezvous with old friends and shop for the latest guns and hunting equipment. That only scratches the surface of products available at SCI’s Annual Hunters’ Convention. Notable authorities of the outdoor sports and shooting industries attend the premier hunting show annually.

There are dozens of informative and educational seminars designed to provide attendees the opportunity to learn new hunting techniques or refine old ones, discover imaginative ways to prepare wild game, or to glean tips on the best care for your equipment and gear. Countless topics that appeal to the hunting sportsman are covered.

Yes, it’s true! SCI’s Convention is the most dynamic and diverse hunting show today. You will find it to be the most powerful buying and selling environment in the outdoor industry. Mark your calendars and join us in the Fishing Village, Booth 784, February 5 – 8, 2020, for the 48th Annual Hunters’ Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Guatemala 2020: Fishing Report

A new year, same forecast… a lot of fish on the radar. 

I have to say, it’s been a little while since our last newsletters. But, it’s not because we are fishing and laying around the pool… it’s because we have been hard at work in making sure YOU will have the best experience during your next visit.

One of the many upgrades we are doing; putting new engines on our luxury boat, Knotwork. Also, on your next trip, you’ll notice a fresh change in our rooms. Since, it’s the busy season, our staff is working diligent around the clock.

Now to the good stuff… what you been waiting to hear… FISHING REPORT!

When our peak season started in October, it started with a bang. Lot’s of action offshore and Inshore (with the Rooster). The sailfish were hungry and so was the blue marlin. The yellowfin tuna was still biting good and plenty of dorado for everyone to go around. 

Fast forward to today, the action has kept strong and steady. Pacific Fins has been busy and so have our boats. One of the recent fishing highlights is the day our fleet released in one day; 177 Sails!!! and 2 blues (Maverick / Gypsy / Chechos). If you ask me… no one had time to eat lunch.

More highlights:

Houston Group: Fishing three days; aboard Maverick with Captain Jimmy, raised 138 Sailfish, had 125 bites, and released 90. Also, 1 for 2 on blue marlin (est. 150lbs), yellowfin tuna and a dorado.

Incredible job by the crew and angler to get this shot, Blue and Sail!

Dillard Group: Fishing four days; aboard Maverick, raised 90 Sailfish, had 69 bites, and released 60. Also, 2 Dorado for the grill. 

When your goal is to release 60 sails on your trip and catch your first blue marlin – Priceless!

Kenyon Group: Fishing three days; aboard Maverick with Captain Jimmy, raised 186 Sailfish, 170 bites, released 120. Also, 1 blue marlin (est. 200lbs). 2 Dorados.

Shulman Group: Fishing four days; aboard Chechos with Captain Carlos, raised 133 Sailfish, 111 bites, and released 87. Went 3 for 3 on blue marlin (est. 300lbs), 1 striped marlin (est. 150). 4 Dorados and 3 yellowfin. 

Sawor Group: Fishing three days; aboard Gypsy with Captain Caluco, raised 99 Sailfish, had 87 bites, and released 67. Also, 4 Dorado. 

Balensiefen Group: Fishing two days; aboard Maverick, raised 42 Sailfish, 34 bites, and released 30. 3 dorado.

Maga Group: Fishing for one day; aboard Chechos, raised 25 Sailfish, 25 bites, and released 17. 

Odom Group: Fishing three days; aboard Maverick, raised 60 Sailfish, 52 bites, and released 30. 6 dorado.

Young Group: Fishing three days; aboard Gypsy, raised 59 Sailfish, 57 bites, and released 48 (conventional gear). Went 3 for 8 on Fly (sailfish). 6 dorado and 1 yellowfin.

Plihal Group: Fishing one day; aboard Chechos, raised 32 Sailfish, 29 bites, and released 17. 4 dorado.

Alvarez Group: Fishing one day; aboard Chechos, raised 9 Sailfish, 8 bites, and released 4. 

Bullmhan Group: Fishing one day; aboard Sirena, raised 12 Sailfish, 12 bites, and released 8. Also, went 1 for 2 on blue marlin (est. 250lbs).  2 dorado.

Wilburn Group: Fishing two days; aboard Chechos, raised 54 Sailfish, 47 bites, and released 34. 3 dorado.

Blaine Group: Fishing four days; aboard Gypsy, raised 42 Sailfish, 34 bites, and released 30. 3 dorado.

Wish I can post more pics to get you excited, but you can do that by following us on our online social platforms.

There’s a reason why Guatemala is one of the world’s top destinations for saltwater anglers. Actually, there are multiple reasons, such as impeccable fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna. Even if you aren’t an avid angler, odds are you’ve heard about the volcano excursions, Lake Atitlan, Antigua and Tikal – to name a few. 

Whether you’re aiming to beat your personal best or you’re casting lines for the very first time, we are here to help you land the catch of a lifetime!

I echo what National Geographic says about Guatemala: List of Best Trips to take in 2020. 

Mark Your Calendar!

Last year’s event was a huge success and this year’s invitational is shaping up to be one for the books!  

The 5th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational will take place April 23rd – 27th, at our beautiful Pacific Fins Resort. Well-known anglers from across the globe will compete in this exciting three-day event while raising money to support Guatemala’s conservation efforts.

This tournament provides a unique opportunity to fish the most prolific billfish destination on the planet in prime time, while you network with fellow anglers, celebrity guests, and potentially earn bragging rights for the next 12 months! The tournament will kick off on April 23rd at the lodge with the professional chefs creating a full-on feast for the check-in and opening party. Fishing dates are April 24th, 25th and 26th, with an award’s ceremony taking place the night of the 26th. Guests will depart on April 27th.

The tournament costs $3,500 per person and includes four night lodging, double occupancy, daily laundry service, a la carte meals, beverages, transportation to and from the airport and three days of fishing. When fishing with Pacific Fins you can expect all of the tackle and gear to be top-notch and the crews to be on their game. During the tournament there will be four anglers per boat. Each day of fishing also includes snacks, fruit, lunch and beverages. The experienced captain and crew will always do everything in their power to keep you on the fish.

One advice we can give… last year’s event sold out… so don’t wait till last minute.

Pacific Fins Resort & Marina is Guatemala fishing at its best. The boutique hotel offers private villas and suites and is located in the world’s most productive billfishing destination. The world-class chefs offer Á la Carte dining, open bar and personalized concierge service. The setting on the water and attention to detail is unmatched. For more information contact Ozzy Delgado at 888-431-5556 or ozzy@pacificfinsresort.com. You can also visit PacificFinsResort.com.

Retiring in Style

Is there a better time to discover the world than after retirement? With today’s busy life, not everyone has the luxury to spend a lot time out of the office. 

Travel after retirement is clearly the most popular and desired pursuit for this phase of life. Retirement should be the time for you to do things you have always dreamed of doing. Imagine retiring and to celebrate the thing you like the most… FISHING. How about 10 Consecutive days on the flat calm pacific waters of Guatemala? Yes, you read correctly… 10 days! To some it may sound crazy, but others seem to think is the perfect gift for yourself.

Our guest, Mr. Nigel Sowerby on his 10 day adventure at Pacific Fins:

“I recently returned from Pacific Fins. I’ve been fortunate to fish with them the last several years. As I am back at home reviewing my numbers it confirms why I choose Guatemala as my retirement gift to myself. 74 sails released conventional,

21 on fly, 4 marlin, 3 mahi and 2 tuna over the course of my trip. The fishing is always superb, but I believe it goes beyond that for me. The staff is first-class. The captains and mates are attentive and fine teachers of the sport. The great thrill

of releasing sailfish on fly during this trip I won’t forget and to fight and add 4 marlin into the mix!

My non-angling friends who joined me got to see whales, turtles, rays and and dolphin. They loved the resort and found Guatemala to be a special place. The whole experience was relaxing with lots of excitement out at sea in beautiful weather.

I plan on visiting 2 more times in 2020 and again in 2021. I can’t wait to return!” – Nigel Sowerby

Time to Burn Those Calories…

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving break with family and friends. Now is time to burn some of those calories and Guatemala is the perfect diet plan.

The holiday its self is reserved for turkey and football like most families, but rest assure, after the break is for catching fish!

As we move into December, the fishing reports have been great. Guests have had double digit releases of sailfish and blue marlin are here. The Dorado bite has been sporadic. One day you’ll find them and others you don’t see them. Same goes for Yellowfin tuna, but the reports indicate that there are few around – hence, it’s not the season yet…

If past December fishing reports indicate, this is the month to be here… I wouldn’t sleep on it.  

Recent fishing highlights:

We had the pleasure to welcome back Peter Miller of Uncharted Waters. He was here to film his second season of Uncharted Waters and we look forward to watching it on Discovery Channel.

If you like Nascar racing, we also had the pleasure to have visit us, Tab Boyd, spotter for Hendrick Motorsports driver, William Byron.

Tab Boyd (right) posing with a double with longtime friend, Frank Bolter.

Fishing Reports:

Gibson Group: Fishing 3 days; aboard Maverick – raised 72 Sailfish, had 67 bites and released 47. Went 1 for 4 on Rooster fish and 4 dorados. 

Rizek Group: Fishing 3 days; aboard Maverick – raised 112 Sailfish, 98 bites and released 67. And 2 dorados.   

Castaneda Group: Fishing 1 day; aboard Gypsy – raised 33 Sailfish, 27 bites and released 19. 1 dorado.

Nicolarsen Group: Fishing 2 days; aboard Gypsy – raised 49 Sailfish, had 37 bites and released 27.

Balensiefen Group: Fishing 2 days; aboard Maverick – raised 41 Sailfish, had 35 bites and released 28. 8 dorados.  

Bolter Group: Fishing 2 days; aboard Chechos – raised 72 Sailfish, had 67 bites and released 47. Went 1 for 4 on Rooster fish and 4 dorados.

Adamiec Group: Fishing 3 days; aboard Chechos – raised 40 Sailfish, had 34 bites and released 30. 

As you can see, the fishing is good and we expect it to keep on. If you haven’t made any plans to visit Guatemala soon, make sure you book early as we have started to get lots of inquiries. 

Maverick Wins Again!

It’s no surprise, we take pride in our fishing fleet. Every new guest that visits us, fall head over heels on their experience. That is why returning guests request the team they first fished with.

Our boat Maverick with Captain Jimmy Fajardo and crew, win the XVI Annual Club Nautico International Tournament, held in Guatemala.

Teams from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, South Africa and the United States, battled for the coveted first place trophy.

The team stats on for the 3 day tourney: 112 sailfish raises, 98 bites and released 71. We are so excited to have such a great crew represent Pacific Fins. 

At this very moment, we have our boat Chechos, with Captain Carlos, on the way to the El Salvador International Tournament. Good luck to our team!

October: Great Start to the Season

The month of October, which is the start of our peak season, was just epic for all species; Blue Marlin, Sailfish, Stripe Marlin, Yellowfin tuna, Dorado and Roosterfish.

The hot Dorado bite we saw all Summer doesn’t seem to slow down. They just got bigger in size!

Mr. Mackinnon showing off his big Dorado

The Sailfish has been consistent through this period and the numbers of raises are ranging anywhere from 18 to 35 – and sometimes more. Doubles and triples are starting to be common.

Offshore, if you run into the Yellowfin tuna, the bite has been productive. Our average size tunas are in the 40-60-pound range. But, recently we got to witness a 184lb beast hit the dock.

The man in the blue suit, the blue marlin has reign supreme this month. Watching a blue marlin come into the spread and crash the party is a site like no other. Everyone’s heart rate goes into overdrive witnessing how it can swallow a 5-pound bonito like nothing. If that doesn’t get your attention, once hooked, you will see a spectacular jumping ability and power it possesses. All our groups have been raising anywhere from 2-3 fish per trip.

The Blue Marlin, something about them that will make everyone SMILE

Mixed in with the Sailfish, our clients have had their share of releasing striped marlin, which have produced Billfish Grandslams – a bucket list accomplishment many anglers want to achieve.

Rooster fishing… has been nothing short of amazing. When the waters near shore are clear, look out… these aggressive feeders are not just beautiful, they also pack a good fight.

Johnny Mac with 2 of 33 Roosters released during his 30th trip to Pacific Fins. I’d say that’s one heck of a day!

If October was a sign of things to come, we suggest booking early. You don’t want to miss what this season has in stored.

Give us a call at 888-431-5556 or email us at ozzy@pacificfinsresort.com

The Powers make history on their 30th trip!

It’s no secret, people love Pacific Fins. Since its inception in 2006, we have strive for excellence. Yes, the fishing has a lot to do with it, but it’s much more. One of those assets is the people who work for us. Not all resorts/lodges are equal. PF is unique in dedicating the amenities and options for our guests away from their home. 

Our repeat clientele is very high, Why? Our staff are the friendliest and warmest around. You become part of the family and that sets us apart from everyone else. It’s a bold statement, but don’t let us tell you, this can be echoed by those clients and the reviews on many online platforms. 

Here is a great example by Mr. And Mrs. Powers:

“Who knew on our thirtieth trip we would break the resorts record on Rooster Fish 33 in one day. Then to follow up the next three days 24 Dorado up to 60 lbs , and 15 Sailfish. Pacific Fins Resort, has excellent food, order off a menu, the staff and service are five star. The resort has become our home away from home. The fantastic fishing, conventional or fly is always outstanding, after all Guatemala is the Sailfish Capital of the World. You never know what you are going to catch, Blue, Black or Striped Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Dorado, and the world famous Sailfish. Pacific Fins Resort will have its fourth annual fun fishing tournament in April 23rd through the 27th, 2020. Come and join us or anytime. Who knows we might be there!” – Johnny Mack AKA Mr. Maraca and Stacey Powers

The Powers at the 2nd Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational with Uncharted Waters host, Peter Miller. 

Johnny Mac with his famous maracas – his lucky charm.

The Powers have done it all here, from winning the Guatemala Billfish Invitational (picture above) to having their names on a plaque on their favorite Suite. We want to THANK them for their loyalty and friendship through the years. Johnny/Stacey be careful, there are other clients behind you trying to take away that prize.

Two-for-One Special

Husbands bring your wife. Dads bring your son. Moms bring your daughter. Friends bring your closest friend, or even bring the grandparents. Whatever combo you desire. Heck, you can even bring one of your in-laws…

One Pay and One go for FREE! That’s right. One angler pays the 2 per boat “Performance Package” rate and the fishing partner goes for free of charge from December 15 – December 24, 2019. 

Package: 3 days fishing, 4 nights.

Target species: Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, and Marlin.

What is included? 

ALL-INCLUSIVE 

Fishing:

Captain & 2 mates

All fishing tackle and natural bait, either for conventional and/or fly fishing

Beer, rum/vodka, sodas, Gatorade, and bottled water

Fresh fruit and snacks

Hot lunch prepared fresh on board by our mates

Lodging & transportation:

Transportation in a Luxury Van with an English-speaking driver to and from the airport

Full a-la-carte breakfasts

Gourmet dinners with an international a-la-carte menu for your culinary delight (Recommended globally by TOP chefs)

Beer, wine, and spirits included while at the Resort 

Included in the package:

Laundry service daily

Wi-Fi Internet service throughout the Resort

International calls to the US via Vonage Phone Service

Sky TV Satellite Service with English Programming

Flat Screen TV’s in each Villa

For availability or questions, call us at 888-431-5556 or email us at ozzy@pacificfinsresort.com