The month of October, which is the start of our peak season, is an epic time for all species; blue marlin, sailfish, stripe marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado and roosterfish. With the news that Guatemala will open soon, our phones and emails have started to get busy. The thirst for travel to fish is at an all time high, the same goes for local charters. The local clientele started to fish as relaxed restrictions make things easier to travel to the coast. It’s only the beginning of September and the bite has started to get good, our boats have had double digit releases of sails and shots at blue marlin and dorado.
Unfathomed with George GozdzGuatemala 2020 Part 1
A New Partnership
Pacific Fins is pleased to announce the partnership with one of the best hook manufacturers on the planet, Eagle Claw. Founded in Denver, Colorado in 1925, the Wright & McGill Co. is solely owned by Lee McGill. They continue to manufacture all of our world famous fishhooks in Denver, Colorado. The only brand of fishhooks “Made In The USA!” They are proud stewards of an 90+ year American legacy and the most recognizable brand name in all of fishing.
On Friday, September 18, La Aurora International Airport will be fully operational again, informed the Presidency of Guatemala. Passengers entering national territory must present proof that they do not have Covid-19.
The Director of Civil Aeronautics, Francis Argueta, told the press: “We are ready to open in a safe way. We are ready for economic reactivation through aviation.”
He explained that passengers who wish to enter and who do not have the Covid-19 test, will be offered to perform it at the Health Center that will be installed in the air terminal, or they will be asked to be in quarantine under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health.
“The negative Covid-19 test will be required for people who enter Guatemala. As soon as they board a flight to Guatemala, they must present the proof and if they do not have it, they will be give the option to be quarantined”
The 5th Annual Guatemala Invitational was to take place on April 23rd. But, due to the pandemic, we had to postpone. The great news is we re-scheduled to December. Flights will be cheap, fun atmosphere, great people, delicious food, and same amazing fishing.
Last year’s event was one for the books and this one will mirror it. The celebs joining us are, New York Yankees pitcher, CC Sabathia and Host of Bravo TV’s Top Chef, Tom Colicchio. Other guests include: Uncharted Waters – Peter Miller, Unfathomed – George Gozdz, and Into the Blue’s – Scott Walker.
The 5th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational will take place December 10th – 14th, 2020, 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 December 10th at the lodge with the professional chefs creating a full-on feast for the check-in and opening party. Fishing dates are December 11th, 12th and 13th, with an award’s ceremony taking place the night of the 13th. Guests will depart on December 14th.
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 form 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.
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 [email protected].
Recognizing all health care workers on the frontlines of COVID-19
Pacific Fins is honoring health care heroes from all over the country. American professionals are putting their lives on the line to help others, it’s time to show them our gratitude.
These workers have shown extraordinary care to their communities and hospitals hit hardest by the crisis in the U.S. We want to give these men and women a complimentary vacation, once they’re able to take time for themselves.
We have teamed up with HUK Apparel, YO-ZURI, Rodriguez Cigars, Eastern Title, King Sailfish Mounts, Biscayne Rod, and Maui Jim Sunglasses, to give a special THANK YOU to these amazing people.
One Guest Pay and One frontline worker can join them for FREE! That’s right. One angler pays the two per boat “Luxury Package” rate and the Frontline worker is on us!
Package: 3 days fishing, 4 nights. (Can be customized, call for details).
Target species: Sailfish, Dorado, Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, and Marlin.
What is included?
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 with an English-speaking driver to and from the airport
Full a-la-carte breakfast
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
**Newsletter Picture – Jessica Stark (Left) in NY doing what she does best. Daughter of one PF’s friends**
Help us say thank you to those keeping us safe every day.
With the extraordinary headlines that we are waking up to each day, most businesses have lost sight of simple common courtesies and the power of saying THANK-YOU. Like you, we’ve received many calls and emails expressing their concerns about our staff. So, we are writing to you today to say a simple thank-you for your support for Pacific Fins – We truly value and appreciate your support, especially in a time like this. Once this situation is behind us and once the world returns to normality (and it will), it will be back to business releasing big numbers of Sails!
Please be patient with everyone during these unprecedented times. Nobody knows with any certainty when travel will return to normal and millions of passengers can once again enjoy carefree sunny days, it WILL resume and w e will be there to welcome you back with open arms.
We promise you, that everyone at Pacific Fins are looking forward to ensure that you prosper in the weeks and months ahead.
So, another big thank-you from us and everyone at Pacific Fins.
We are excited to welcome to the 5th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational, James Beard award–winning chef, Tom Colicchio.
If you are a fan of watching reality food competition on Food Network or other networks, like Bravo TV’s Top Chef… then you should not miss out on this opportunity to fish along side one heck of a Chef.
Host of Bravo’s Top Chef; Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio & Gail Simmons
Colicchio has been involved with Top Chef since its beginning in 2006, where he has served as head judge. He is also the main consulting producer on Bravo’s Top Chef spin-off series entitled Top Chef Masters. He also won an Emmy Award in 2010 for Outstanding Reality-Competition Programming as an executive producer of Top Chef, on which he appears.
These days, Colicchio is busy as ever. When not filming, he has to manage his restaurants, but would love to have more time out on the water.
Colicchio was the host of the reality series Best New Restaurant (an adaptation of the British reality show Ramsay’s Best Restaurant) in 2015. Colicchio appeared in the fifth episode of the first season of HBO’s Treme as himself along with fellow chefs Eric Ripert, David Chang and Wylie Dufresne. He made another cameo in Season 2 alongside Ripert. In 2011, he made cameos in the Season 23 premiere episode of The Simpsons, “The Falcon and the D’ohman,” and The Smurfs.
This is your chance to mingle with a cool guy and other celebs. Want to learn more about the 5th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational, give us a call: 888-431-5556 or email me; [email protected]
Now available at Pacific Fins gift shop, our fleet will have their own standout artwork on long-sleeve UPF (ultraviolet protection factor) performance shirts, hooded and non-hooded. Other items that you can look forward to finding at our new and improved gift shop: sunglasses, sun masks, hats, and much more.
So, don’t forget to check out our gift shop before leaving the resort so you too can always have something to look back on for that great experience you shared with friends and/or family.
Take a souvenir from your home away from home and support your favorite boat crew.
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 1⁄3 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 2⁄3 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 2⁄3 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.
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.
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.
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.
Pacific Fins Resort & Marina is Guatemala Fishing at its best. Our boutique hotel with private villas and suites is located in the world’s most productive billfishing destination. We offer all-inclusive fishing packages with a la carte dining, open bar, and custom, personalized service. Our setting on the water and attention to detail is unmatched in Guatemala.
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