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Live the Pacific Fins Experience

The Summer of Monsters!

The last two months have produced great quality fish, starting with yellowfin tuna.

When the topic of yellowfin tuna comes up, people think of Panama or Costa Rica. I have to say… we have our share of tuna as well and not just small fish. “I didn’t know you guys had a tuna fishery?” a question I’ve been asked the past two seasons. Many guests have expressed the joy as they witness the diversity in our waters.

Guatemala is known as the Sailfish Capital of the World and the norm has been everyone is programmed to go after billfish. This is true, but for those anglers that have witnessed when the bite really turns on… Guatemala doesn’t have to envy any other place around the world. Hence why we have such a high repeat of guests.

Second… Dorado aka (mahi-mahi) have really made their presence known. Anglers have been catching a lot big fish. We do expect the dorados to stick around for a while.

For those looking to check off marlin of their bucket list, the man in the blue suit will continue through the summer months and into Fall.

June Fishing Report :

  • June 4th – 29th: Maverick – 95 sailfish raises, 72 bites and 48 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 1 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites, 2 release. Blue marlin Fly: 3 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Dorados: 24. Yellowfin tuna: 5 (one being 219.8 lbs) (16 days of fishing).
  • June 5th – 28th: Knotwork – 68 sailfish raises, 62 bites and 45 releases. Blue Marlin: 8 raises, 5 bites, 5 release. Dorado: 52. Yellowfin tuna: 7. Roosterfish: 1 (15 days of fishing).
  • June 5th – 28th: Chechos – 68 sailfish raises, 54 bites and 37 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 3 bites, 2 releases. Dorado: 14. Yellowfin tuna: 1 (8 days of fishing).
  • May 1st: Gypsy – 6 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 5 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raises, 1 bite, 1 release. (12 days of fishing).

July Fishing Report :

  • July 1st – 31st: Knotwork – 211 sailfish raises, 184 bites and 130 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 33 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 3 releases. Blue marlin: 13 raises, 6 bites, 3 releases. Dorados: 70. Yellowfin tuna: 3 (17 days of fishing).
  • July 2nd – 31st: Gypsy – 145 sailfish raises, 114 bites and 87 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 9 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 1 releases. Dorados: 56. Yellowfin tuna: 1 (17 days of fishing).
  • July 2nd – 31st: Chechos – 239 sailfish raises, 205 bites and 139 releases. Blue marlin: 11 raises, 7 bites and 2 releases. Dorados: 28. Yellowfin tuna: 1 (13 days of fishing).
  • Maverick – Boat Maintenance: Getting ready for the upcoming season.
  • July 9th: Uno Mas – 25 sailfish raises, 20 bites and 15 releases. (1 day of fishing).
  • July 16th: Captain Hook – 12 sailfish raises, 11 bites and 9 releases. Dorado: 8 (1 day of fishing).

A HOT bite and Guy Harvey visits Pacific Fins

Wow! is how to describe this past month. It was a busy one for sure. Two hosted trips; first with Dr. Guy Harvey and the other with George Gozdz of Unfathomed.
It’s no surprise the bite in April was really good. There were days of amazing numbers – which resulted in 1218 sailfish raised. This gave first time visitors to our region the experience of a hot bite. Also during this month, another big group traveled to Guatemala to fly fish. What better opportunity to catch and release billfish on fly than in our waters!
There were 28 blue marlin raises, which we knew April was going to be a better one than March numbers. And of course the supporting cast of yellowfin tunas and dorados were out in full force.

April Fishing Report :

  • April 1st – 30th: Chechos – 433 sailfish raises, 371 bites and 257 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 20 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 2 releases. Blue Marlin: 12 raises, 5 bites, 4 release. Dorados: 13. Yellowfin tuna: 7 (1-150lbs) (22 days of fishing).
  • April 1st – 30th: Knotwork – 349 sailfish raises, 287 bites and 178 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 7 sailfish raises, 5 bites, 3 release. Blue Marlin: 6 raises, 3 bites, 1 release. Dorado: 8. Yellowfin tuna: 8. Roosterfish: 2. (22 days of fishing).
  • April 1st – 30th: Maverick – 169 sailfish raises, 150 bites and 92 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 52 raises, 19 bites, 11 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 for 5. Dorado: 4. Yellowfin tuna: 18 (1 on Fly). (14 days of fishing).
  • April 1st – 30th: Gypsy – 120 sailfish raises, 88 bites and 55 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 30 raises, 10 bites, 2 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raises, 1 bite, 1 release (on Fly). Dorado: 5. Yellowfin tuna: 9. (12 days of fishing).
  • April 10th – 29th : Sirena – 110 sailfish raises, 84 bites and 70 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 4 raises, 1 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 1 for 1. Dorado: 1. Yellowfin tuna: 1. (Based on 8 days of fishing).

Guy Harvey Expedition Meets all Expectations

On April 19th marked Dr. Guy Harvey’s first ever visit to Pacific Fins Resort and for four days the action was caliente!  

The renowned artist and conservationist brought his posse of Steve Roden, CEO of the Guy Harvey corporation; Fred Garth, Editor of GH magazine; Brian Rowland of Rowland Publishing; and, of course, his daughter Jessica, who holds numerous fishing world records. The GH crew, along with 13 guests who came from far and wide to hang out and fish with Guy and Jessica. 
All the guests were able to fish with Dr. Guy Harvey and Jessica for a unique experience. The 4 boat 3 fishing days expedition manage to raise 144 sailfish, had 119 bites, released 78 sailfish and some dorados and yellowfin tuna action. One of the groups wanted to try out even rooster fish and they released 2 in just 30 minutes. Also had the opportunity for some sailfish on the fly rod. 

During the expedition one of the wildest days, the boats circled a massive school of literally thousands of spinner dolphins as they launched high into the air. Why do they do this? Only they know. What we do know is that the anglers hooked up on lots of tuna.  

An added bonus for everyone was getting to watch Guy himself paint an original piece of art during the trip. Amazingly, Guy was able to finish the painting just before dinner on the last night. Appropriately, he painted a sailfish surrounded by spinner dolphins, an animal behavior interaction Guy has never painted before. The last step was to auction the art to the highest bidder.

When all was said and done the auction raised $18,000 and Guy generously donated the entire proceeds to the local K12 school near the resort. 

As part of this donation during their visit, Billfish Conservation Project members, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, Pacific Fins, and Casa Vieja Lodge joined the school for a kind donation of 10 computers as a startup project to help the local education on Marine Science. Dr. Harvey Foundation will donate the course materials to start education that will help 100% on conservation.  

While this may have been Guy’s first visit, plans are already in the works for another Guy/Jessica trip next year. If you’re interested in fishing and hanging out with Guy and Jessica, call 850-766-2201 or email [email protected]

It’s really nice to witness Dr. Guy Harvey painting an original. Especially a first for Pacific Fins.

To all the GH Expedition participants, form all of us at Pacific Fins, THANK YOU for making it a great trip!

In the end, this is what’s it all about. Pacific Fins, Billfish Conservation Project, and Casa Vieja Lodge donate 10 computers to the school of Santa Marta in Iztapa. To support the education program donated by the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. Everything with the support of the Minister of Education in Guatemala.

Fishing Report & 7th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational

It’s been non-stop since the start of the 2022 season, hence why I need to apologize for the delay in newsletters. Back to back hunting/sportfishing trade shows in Dallas, Vegas, and then the Miami Boat Show.
There is no denying that people are out in full force traveling. We all can agree that we want to get back to normalcy. Our staff has been hard at work with lots of visitors and we don’t see slowing down any time soon. Hint-Hint… this is why you should be securing your travel dates soon.
The fishing: Sails in March had better days than others. There were days of amazing numbers and others days where they were hard to find. Still with 1212 sailfish raises during the month, anglers went home with smiles on their faces. March was a great month for big dorados. So was for yellowfin tuna… just see below the Maverick crew with a 245.9lb monster!
There were 15 blue marlin raises, a little slower than normal. I’m optimistic those numbers will get better shortly. April started on the right foot and we will have those numbers for you very soon.
March Fishing Report :
March 1st – 31st: Knotwork – 268 sailfish raises, 226 bites and 154 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 35 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 3 releases. Blue Marlin: 3 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Striped Marlin: 1 for 1. Dorados: 16. Wahoo: 1. Yellowfin tuna: 1. (21 days of fishing).
March 2nd – 31st: Chechos – 416 sailfish raises, 325 bites and 211 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Dorado: 19. (24 days of fishing).
March 1st – 31st: Maverick – 274 sailfish raises, 243 bites and 160 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 for 1. Dorado: 14. Yellowfin tuna: 1 (245.9lbs). (20 days of fishing).
March 1st – 31st: Gypsy – 224 sailfish raises, 163 bites and 119 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites, 2 releases. Dorado: 13. Yellowfin tuna 2. (17 days of fishing).
March 11th – 29th : Sirena – 30 sailfish raises, 24 bites and 15 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 10 raises, 4 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 1 for 1. Dorado: 4. (Based on 4 days of fishing).

What an impressive catch by Larry Olsen and his grandson. This is a trip they will never forget. Congrats to the crew of Maverick. 245.9lbs!!!

IT’S BACK AND BIGGER THAN EVER! – 7TH ANNUAL GUATEMALA BILLFISH INVITATIONAL

The 2021 Guatemala Billfish Invitational was the biggest yet, we had three lodging locations at capacity. It was no surprise with such high anticipation that always builds throughout the year. So, if you think last year’s event was one for the record books… just wait till this year.
We started to receive reservations and we highly recommend for those that want to participate in this year’s event, to contact us and secure your spot. Due to limited capacity, you don’t want to be left out of this amazing fun, but competitive tournament. If you want to see part of the excitement that takes place during this time, check out the Uncharted Waters teaser video below which will air this weekend.
Tune in Saturday (April 16th, 7:30Am) for episode 1 of 2, on Discovery Channel. Peter travels to Pacific Fins for the 6th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational. Peter and his team try to stay focused on day 1, in hopes in bringing home the first-place trophy.

Come see us at the Magic City

Welcome to Miami! home to white-sand beaches, warm climate, delicious cuisines, Latin-American influences, and the most popular drink all tourist/locals must have… Cafe Cubano!
It’s back and it’s back at it’s original location, The Miami Beach Convention Center. We will have a booth (Booth MB6016) upstairs in the retail pavilion.
Come by and let’s talk fishing!

MIAMI BOAT SHOW SCHEDULE
Address: 1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Wednesday, Feb. 16th | 10 AM – 6 PM (Prime Time Preview)Thursday, Feb. 17th | 10 AM – 6 PMFriday, Feb. 18th | 10 AM – 7 PMSaturday, Feb. 19th | 10 AM – 7 PMSunday, Feb. 20th | 10 AM – 5 PM

Heavy Traffic To Start The Year

It’s been non-stop since the start of the new year. Back to back hunting/sportfishing trade shows in Dallas and in Vegas. Now… preparing for the Miami International Boat Show. We are so excited to see and hear from so many that are looking forward to traveling in 2022. Hence why our calendar has been filling up so fast.

The fishing: THANKS TO YOU! our fleet is non-stop as well. Look below and see how busy January was for us. Sails in January were just like the stock market, up and down. Though, the man in the blue suite (aka blue marlin) and striped marlin made up for those slower days. Talk about slow days, where else around the world can you get this many raises/bites per day? only in Guatemala!

Fishing Report :

  • January 1st: Knotwork – 5 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 5 releases, and 2 dorado.
  • January 2nd: Chechos – 7 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 6 releases. 2 dorados, 1 yellowfin tuna.
  • January 3rd: Knotwork – 10 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 7 releases. 1 yellowfin tuna, and 2 dorados.
  • January 3rd: Maverick – 5 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 3 releases. 4 dorado, and 1 yellowfin tuna.
  • January 4th: Knotwork – 16 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 12 releases. 7 dorados.
  • January 5th: Maverick – 9 sailfish raises, 8 bites, and 5 releases.
  • January 5th: Knotwork – 5 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 3 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 7th: Maverick – 16 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 10 releases. 4 yellowfin tuna, and 3 dorados.
  • January 7th: Chechos – 13 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 5 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 7th: Gypsy – 16 sailfish raises, 12 bites and 5 releases. 3 dorados.
  • January 8th: Sirena – 12 sailfish raises, 9 bites, and 7 releases.
  • January 8th: Maverick – 10 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 6 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 8th: Chechos – 18 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 9 releases.
  • January 8th: Gypsy – 14 sailfish raises, 11 bites and 10 releases. 2 dorado.
  • January 8th: Knotwork (Fly Fishing) – 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 1 striped marlin.
  • January 9th: Maverick – 15 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 9 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 9th: Chechos – 10 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 3 releases.
  • January 9th: Gypsy – 13 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 5 releases. 11 dorados, 2 yellowfin tunas.
  • January 9th: Knotwork – 2 sailfish raises, 2 bites and 2 releases. 1 striped marlin on Fly and 1 striped marlin on spinning gear.
  • January 10th: Gypsy – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 2 releases. 3 dorados.
  • January 10th: Maverick – 6 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 5 releases. 3 dorados.
  • January 11th: Maverick – 12 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 8 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 13th: Chechos – 10 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 5 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 13th: Maverick – 6 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 4 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 13th: Gypsy – 10 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 6 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 14th: Gypsy – 6 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 4 releases. 4 dorados. 1 striped marlin.
  • January 14th: Maverick – 17 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 9 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 15th: Gypsy – 7 sailfish raises, 2 bites and 1 releases.
  • January 15th: Maverick – 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 1 dorado. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 16th: Maverick – 3 sailfish raises, 2 bites and 1 releases.
  • January 17th: Knotwork – 6 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 1 releases.
  • January 18th: Chechos – 12 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 6 releases. 4 dorados.
  • January 18th: Knotwork – 5 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 4 releases. 3 dorados.
  • January 20th: Gypsy – 12 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 8 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 20th: Chechos – 9 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 5 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 21st: Knotwork – 10 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 8 releases. 2 yellowfin tunas and 1 blue marlin.
  • January 21st: Chechos – 8 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 4 releases. 2 blue marlin.
  • January 22nd: Chechos – 17 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 8 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 22nd: Gypsy – 3 sailfish raises, 1 bites and 1 releases. 2 for 1 on FLY and 1 dorados.
  • January 22nd: Knotwork – 17 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 6 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 22nd: Maverick – 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 1 for 2 on Fly. 3 dorados.
  • January 22nd: Sirena – 10 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 7 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 23rd: Chechos – 17 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 10 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 23rd: Maverick – 8 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 6 releases Conventional. 6 for 8 on Fly. 3 dorados.
  • January 23rd: Gypsy – 20 sailfish raises, 18 bites and 13 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 23rd: Knotwork – 13 sailfish raises, 12 bites and 11 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 24th: Maverick – 7 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 4 releases Conventional. 2 for 5 on Fly1 blue marlin.
  • January 24th: Knotwork – 21 sailfish raises, 20 bites and 15 releases.
  • January 24th: Sirena – 18 sailfish raises, 15 bites and 9 releases. 1 dorado and 1 yellowfin tuna.
  • January 24th: Gypsy – 9 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 4 releases. 3 dorados and 1 blue marlin.
  • January 24th: Uno Mas – 10 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 6 releases. 1 dorado.
  • January 25th: Maverick – 16 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 8 releases.
  • January 25th: Knotwork – 21 sailfish raises, 18 bites and 14 releases.
  • January 25th: Chechos (Fly Fishing) – 16 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 2 releases. 1 striped marlin.
  • January 25th: Gypsy – 15 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 8 releases.
  • January 25th: Uno Mas – 18 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 10 releases. (GRANDSLAM DAY) 1 blue marlin and 1 striped marlin.
  • January 26th: Chechos (Fly Fishing) – 14 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 3 releases.
  • January 26th: Maverick – 24 sailfish raises, 21 bites and 14 releases. 3 for 5 on Fly.
  • January 26th: Knotwork (Fly Fishing) – 9 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 3 releases. 3 yellowfin tuna and 1 dorado.
  • January 26th: Uno Mas – 12 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 5 releases.
  • January 28th: Maverick – 8 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 5 releases. 2 dorados.
  • January 28th: Chechos – 4 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 3 releases.
  • January 28th: Gypsy – 6 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 2 releases.
  • January 28th: Knotwork – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 4 releases. 3 dorados.
  • January 29th: Maverick – 12 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 7 releases. 1 dorado and 1 for 4 on Fly.
  • January 29th: Knotwork – 26 sailfish raises, 21 bites and 15 releases. 1 blue marlin.
  • January 30th: Knotwork – 17 sailfish raises, 15 bites and 10 releases. 4 dorados.
  • January 30th: Maverick – 9 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 4 releases. 2 for 2 on blue marlin and 1 dorado.
  • January 30th: Chechos – 21 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 11 releases. 2 for 4 on blue marlin. 1 dorado.
Congratulations to Tom Hughes (pictured above) for a great accomplishment – Billfish Grandslam. A “Grand Slam” is defined by an individual angler catching at least three of the eligible species within a category, per IGFA International Angling Rules. All catches must be made within one calendar day. In our case, it was a sailfish, striped marlin and blue marlin.

We want to give a huge CONGRATS to Zach and Jett Miller for an amazing catch. This father/son trip is one they will never forget. A huge 227.8lb yellowfin tuna on Maverick with Captain Nestor Garcia. Their arms were sore, but it was worth it. It took them an hour and forty five minute fight.
“Pacific Fins is “THE” premier fishing resort in Guatemala. I have been coming to this resort for 2 years and will continue to keep coming back. The resort staff, manager, captains, and deck hands are all top notch. I have fished all over the world and by far this is my favorite place to go. I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with 2 trophy fish here. A 50lb Bull Mahi and a 227lb yellowfin tuna. This place does not disappoint! – Zach Miller.”

Guatemala Billfish Invitational – Best One Yet!

Guatemala Billfish Invitational Recap

A HUGE congrats to everyone involved. What an event!


The 6th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational was not only sold out, we had three lodging locations at capacity. It was no surprise with such high anticipation that built throughout the year.


The event week started Thursday night with a Captains meeting at Pacific Fins. It was a nice time for all anglers to get acquainted and teams got to spend sometime with their boat Captains.

Saturday night was a night that all anglers were looking forward to. Celebrity Chef, Serial Griller, Matt Moore cooked up an amazing feast for all to enjoy.
Whether you were Pro or an Amateur team, The 6th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational was a nail biter from the start. On the Pro class, the highlight were Rumline and Chechos team. They both entered the tournament not looking for a second place trophy.

Day one; Rumline and Chechos finished the day tied with 1300 points. Rumline managed to win the daily by 11 minutes.
Day two; It was a mirror of day one, but at the end of the day, Chechos took the lead by 3 fish and managed to win the daily.
Day three; It was a thriller of a final day as claiming the top spot came down to the wire! With minutes left before lines out, team Chechos was in the lead, when second place Rumline, hooked up a double in the final moments…almost inching a comeback to overtake the top spot. What a way to end the 6th annual of competition for team Chechos! 

Tournament Results

1st Place Pro Team for a total of 4100 points, team Chechos.
Anglers: Ozzy Delgado, Juan Manuel Cobar, Josh Greene, and Peter Miller. Captain Carlos Diaz. Team won day 2 calcutta and overall prize money.
2nd Place Pro Team for a total of 4000 points, team Rumline.
Anglers: Dell Dembosky, Mary Dembosky, Ken Cofer, Amanda Cofer. Captain Terry Brennan. Team won day 1 calcutta. Congrats to Captain Terry and his crew for putting up a great fight to the end.
3rd Place Pro Team for a total of 3700 points, team Makina.
Anglers: Ed Secke, Mark Anstine, Austin Collins, and Carey Riel. Captain Luis Wicho Ramirez. Team won day 3 calcutta.
1st Place Amateur Team for a total of 3100 points, team Piragua.
Anglers: Hugo Mayorga, Alexander Alonso, Nelson Duarte, Jaret Williams.
1st Place Marlin with 2 blue marlin releases, team Captain Hook.
Anglers: Kris Mohandie, Fran Gough, Kyle Sowell, Fran Gough, and Matt Moore.
1st Place Dorado for a total of 127.4 pounds, team Uno Mas.
Anglers: George Plihal, Albert Guzman, Mike Russell, and George Gozdz. Captain Justin Royal.
Another amazing highlight during the Invitational, to have Rivers Rutherford’s presence at Pacific Fins. With a name like Rivers Rutherford, it’s no surprise this soulful storyteller and recent Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Famer was destined to become one of music’s most talented and accomplished singer-songwriters.
Guests at the Invitational had front row seats as David Lee Murphy performed several songs. David is an American country music singer and songwriter. He is best known for his #1 country hits “Dust on the Bottle” and “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”, as well as the hit songs “Party Crowd”, “Out with a Bang”, “Every Time I Get Around You”, “The Road You Leave Behind”, and “Loco”. Oh and by the way… Congrats to David for releasing his first blue marlin!

The tournament in 3 days, generated a total of 545 sailfish raises, 480 bites and 348 Sailfish releases. 8 blue marlin and 2 striped marlin.
We want to THANK all our participating anglers for making this a special 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 resorts (Casa Vieja Lodge, The Hook, Sailfish Oasis, and Aeroclub) 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 Billfish Conservation Project and the week-long festivities that generate much needed funds for a worthy cause – A total of $18,000 was collected.
In addition, we are going to be posting on our social pages pictures that were taken during the event. 2022 dates will be: December 8th through the 12th. Trust me… YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS IT!

A Special Award For A Special Person

A lot happens behind the scenes that people don’t see or hear. Much hard work and preparation goes into these events. It can be stressful at times, but in the end, the results are all worth it.


It is with great pleasure that we present Niels Erichsen with a special award. We want to recognize the person whose work has had a truly outstanding impact in conservation and in the lives of many. 


We THANK YOU Niels Erichsen! 

TO ALL ANGLERS AND SPONSORS, CHEERS TO YOU FOR MAKING IT A SUCCESFUL ONE!

Unfathomed Host Trip – Exceeding all expectations!

Another sold out Unfathomed hosted trip becomes one for the books!
“Our trip to Pacific Fins on the hosted Unfathomed trip with George Gozdz and Ozzy Delgado was an experience that far exceeded all expectations” – Adam Kurtin.

It’s been six long months since the last Unfathomed trip. I can tell you during those months, there was a lot anticipation for this one.

This trip was a little different from the last one. Instead of just making a stop in the town of Antigua, it was a straight shot to Pacific Fins for three days of rod bending action.
Blue marlin, striped marlin, sailfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, and grouper were the main attraction during the three days. Got to see the excitement on everyone’s faces once they returned to Pacific Fins from a day out on the water. Lot’s of guests got thrown into the sailfish pool for earning their stripes by releasing their first billfish.

After three amazing days at Pacific Fins, it was time to move to the next step adventure in our itinerary, Casa Santo Domingo. Breakfast at PF and a short drive to the ancient city. Since, we were early to check in at the hotel, we all left our bags and hit the town. A quick stop at the Casa del Ron (House of Rum) is a must when visiting Antigua.

We all had the opportunity to taste Guatemala’s rum of choice, Zacapa Rum. After our power lunch at the Rum House, we ventured into the streets of Antigua so that everyone can witness first hand old ruins, hotels, restaurants, stores, and a collection of ancient Mayan sculptures and other artifacts.
Say cheese! The second Unfathomed group with volcano Fuego in the background.
Making memories that last forever. Host George Gozdz with his father as dad got to release his first pacific blue marlin.
If you are a fan of an old fashioned drink, Casa del Ron (House of Rum) has a smoked cocktail that will blow your taste buds.

“There is no denying that Guatemala is one of my favorite destinations in the world. I have grown to love it so much that I keep on coming back for more. Pacific Fins has become a home away from home. The incredible people; Niels Erichsen, Ozzy Delgado, Joel Lima, Captains, mates, and the entire staff. And let’s not forget the food, the location, and of course… the fishing!” – George Gozdz

We want congratulate our host George Gozdz for a job well done, and by organizing a remarkable trip with amazing people. For him to fish alongside his old man and get to witness his father release his first Pacific blue marlin (picture above) is priceless. From all of us George, CONGRATS!


George’s father was not the only one to make history, a lot of guests made their own history by releasing their first bucket list fish too.
It’s no surprise this trip booked in record time and this is why we are announcing the date for the third Unfathomed hosted trip.


This is an all-inclusive adventure with 5 nights and 3 full days of offshore/inshore during prime fishing. April 23rd – April 28th, 2022. In addition to Pacific Fins, we have added a night stay/sightseeing in the old capital city of Antigua on the day we arrive. We will be lodging at one of the best hotels in town, Casa Santo Domingo.
Price: $3799 pp (includes night in Casa Santo Domingo)
Due to limited space and demand, we highly recommend to book fast! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on one heck of a time.
For more info, you can contact us at: 888-431-5556 / 772-284-5922 or [email protected] / [email protected]

October Fishing Frenzy

The start of our season has been nothing short of spectacular. Groups have been raising double digit numbers of sails, enough dorado for lunch and dinner, and yellowfin tuna from 60lbs to an impressive 176lb beast. Plus, we are not surprised the main attraction has been the blue marlin presence.

When a guest calls us, one of their question is… “when is the best time to fish Guatemala?”. You can ask many and get different answers. It’s hard to answer because Guatemala’s fishery is phenomenal year round.
I’ve always been a firm believer that October is the month to be in Guatemala. It kicks off the season with lots of action and variety.

Fishing Report :
October 8th: Knotwork – 9 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 2 releases. 2 yellowfin tuna, and 1 dorado.
October 8th: Chechos – 20 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 12 releases.1 for 2 on blue marlin (est. 200lbs). 2 dorados, 1 wahoo.
October 9th: Knotwork – 25 sailfish raises, 20 bites and 11 releases. 1 for 1 on blue marlin, est. 250lbs and 1 dorado.
October 10th: Chechos – 43 sailfish raises, 35 bites and 28 releases. 8 dorado, and 1 yellowfin tuna.
October 10th: Knotwork – 46 sailfish raises, 39 bites and 21 releases. 4 dorados.
October 10th: Sirena – 28 sailfish raises, 26 bites, and 24 releases.
October 11th: Knotwork – 43 sailfish raises, 35 bites and 24 releases. 2 dorado.
October 12th: Knotwork – 21 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 10 releases. 4 yellowfin tuna, and 3 dorados.
October 12th: Chechos – 13 sailfish raises, 12 bites and 5 releases. 1 blue marlin, 2 dorados, and 6 yellowfin tunas.
October 12th: Gypsy – 22 sailfish raises, 19 bites and 13 releases. 3 dorados.
October 12th: Sirena – 20 sailfish raises, 17 bites, and 14 releases.
October 13th: Knotwork – 15 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 10 releases. yellowfin tuna, and 3 dorados.
October 13th: Gypsy – 14 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 9 releases. 2 dorados.
October 14th: Gypsy – 28 sailfish raises, 25 bites, 18 releases, 1 dorado.
October 14th: Chechos – 29 sailfish raises, 26 bites, 20 releases.
October 14th: Knotwork – 5 sailfish raises, 4 bites, and 4 releases. 12 yellowfin tunas (1 -176lbs!!!)
October 15th: Gypsy – 9 sailfish raises, 8 bites, 5 releases, 2 dorados and 1 blue marlin (est. 250lbs).
October 16th: Knotwork – 25 sailfish raises, 22 bites, 11 releases, 2 dorados and 1 blue marlin (est. 200lbs).
October 16th: Gypsy – 29 sailfish raises, 19 bites, 11 releases, 3 dorado.
October 16th: Chechos – 11 sailfish raises, 9 bites, 6 releases, 1 yellowfin tuna and 2 blue marlin (Est. 250lbs and 400+lbs).October 17th: Gypsy – 22 sailfish raises, 15 bites, 4 releases, 3 dorado.

A personal record! 400+lb Pacific Blue Marlin

Happy 75th birthday Mr. Braslow!
Congrats to the Johnson’s on their blue marlin
An impressive 176lb yellowfin tuna for Mr. Mackinnon!
All smiles for the Reiter group
Double the excitement for the Woods

Go Billfishing with Guy Harvey

Meet Dr. Guy Harvey:

Guy Harvey is the man behind the Guy Harvey world. A man that doesn’t need introduction, known all over the world for his amazing conservation work. Guy is a unique blend of artist, scientist, diver, angler, conservationist and explorer, fiercely devoted to his family and his love of the sea.

“Dear Fellow Anglers:
I am excited to announce that the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation is sponsoring a series of Blue Water Fishing Expeditions at the world famous Pacific Fins Resort in Guatemala. I will be there along with one of our marine research scientists.

Each expedition is limited to 18 anglers and will encompass three days of fishing in Eastern Tropical Pacific waters. Every angler will fish with me on my boat at least one day.
As you may know, Pacific Fins Resort has access to some of the world’s most prolific offshore and inshore fishing, which is why it’s one of my favorite fishing holes in the world! We will be fishing for blue marlin, dorados, roosterfish, yellowfin tuna, cubera snapper and other species running during your visit.

After a great day of fishing we’ll all be dining together as well as having two private cocktail parties. I will be painting an original to be auctioned off on our last night together.
Please review the attached flyer and consider joining me for this incredible fishing adventure, which will double as a GHOF research mission. Our tagging of billfish, dorados and roosterfish has taught us a great deal about these magnificent fish and is helping us to protect them. Your participation in these conservation efforts will be filmed as part of a documentary we’re producing.

Please know that by investing in what I promise will be a trip of a lifetime, you will further the marine conservation efforts of the GHOF, a 501c-3 nonprofit organization.

For more details, contact Brian Rowland: [email protected] I look forward to meeting you. Fair winds and tight lines!” Expetion Link & Flyer

Attention Cigar Aficionados!

On our last newsletter, we started to announce all of the special guests and sponsors that will take part in this year’s event. First, we announced Serial Griller, Matt Moore. And now… for all of you “Cigar Aficionados”, we are happy to welcome Rodriguez Cigars to the 6th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational.
“This year for the 2021 Guatemala Billfish Invitational, the Rodriguez Cigar Company, will be providing the anglers with an exclusive rum and cigar tasting experience! We will be pairing exquisite rum with vintage cigars from the Rodriguez family collection. Also, during the event, Rodriguez Cigar will be making an exclusive product release”. – Danny Difabio, Owner Rodriguez Cigar.
In 1947, the Rodriguez family began the masterful art of cultivating tobacco on their private plantation in the town of Siguaney. The tobacco plantation was called, La Finca De Carmencita. Located in the villas province of Cuba. La Finca De Carmencita specialized in growing, aging, and curing filler tobacco leaves for numerous manufacturers throughout Cuba.
By 1952, La Finca De Carmencita employed over 20 workers and grew over 120,000 pounds of tobacco annually.
Eight years later, the Cuban government nationalized the private plantation and the Rodriguez family was forced to immigrate to the Unites States.
In 1971, the Rodriguez family found a new beginning on the beautiful island of Key West and established the Rodriguez Cigar Factory.