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Live the Pacific Fins Experience

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.

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 [email protected]

HUK Performance Fishing Partners With Pacific Fins Resort

We are excited to announce our new clothing partnership with HUK Performance Fishing. There are many fishing apparel companies out there, but choosing the correct one is key.

HUK Performance Fishing:

World class fishing and luxury accommodations make Pacific Fins Resort and Marina in Guatemala the perfect partner for Huk Performance Fishing, makers of performance fishing apparel and footwear for all weather conditions. Whether you’re relaxing at the resort after a day on the water or using your double haul to fire a fly at a hot Pacific billfish, Huk has the perfect clothing options to allow you to fish or relax in comfort, even in the Equatorial sunshine.

No one works harder, fishes tougher and makes a better candidate to test our products than the Captains and mates at Pacific Fins Resort and Marina. By outfitting their pros with our ICON X performance shirts and hoodies, Rogue Boots and shorts, we’ll get real time feedback on their comfort, sun protection and durability against the toughest elements in nature.

At Huk, we’re constantly utilizing fishing pros from around the world to test our products and provide feedback to help us improve the fit and quality of all our products. We look at our clothing as tools that make life easier for the angler so they can concentrate on fishing at all times. We view the Captains, mates and anglers at Pacific Fins Resort and Marina as great opportunities to utilize our products and put them through action-packed days on the water.

“Their proximity to the Equator and exceptional and varied fishing options makes Pacific Fins Resort and Marina the optimal proving grounds for our sun protective clothing and rainwear. We manufacture our products to provide comfort and style in all fishing conditions, whether cranking on your 10th sail in the heat or riding out a storm on the way in,” said Al Perkinson, VP Marketing, Huk.

Look for HUK clothing at our gift shop this season.

Fall Fishing Has Begun

Per our last newsletter, we expressed Fall fishing should be on your radar. Well folks, the season is here! The fish are biting and the guests are happy. 

Autumn is the lost season for countless anglers who trade their time on the water for hunting, football and indoor activities from September through December.

Too bad! They are missing out on what could be their most cherished season — if only they would give it a chance!

Here are some numbers of this week’s action:

Beer Group: Fishing four days; aboard Chechos – raised 46 Sailfish, had 43 bites, and released 35. 

Another highlight for the group was the blue marlin wanted to play. They released 3 out of 4 bites with the man in the blue suit.

And for lunch and dinner; 5 Dorado. 

Menedez Group: Fishing 1 day; aboard Chechos – raised 5 Sailfish and had 4 bites. Went 1 for 1 on blue marlin and 6 Dorado.  

Evans Group: Fishing half day; aboard Maverick, 2 for 3 on Sails, 1 for 1 on blue marlin (est. 300 lbs) and 1 Dorado.

If you are planning to join us this Fall or 2020 season, I would highly recommend to contact us soon. Our phones are ringing and our calendar is filling up. 

We look forward to your visit! Give us a call at 888-431-5556 or email us at [email protected]

Fall Fishing in Guatemala, Should Be On Your Radar

Fall is quickly approaching and October starts our peak season.  I may sound like a broken record, but Guatemala’s calm Pacific Coast is hands down one of the greatest billfishing destination in the world. Our waters hold some of the highest concentration of billfish year round.  Guatemala has both the conventional and fly fishing records for most sailfish released in one day.  In addition to sailfish and marlin, yellowfin tuna, and dorado are omnipresent. And if we have another banner season of yellowfin tuna like we are having in 2019, it’s going to be one not to miss.

Your trip will become a lifetime remembering experience, coupled with volcano, mangroves and natural reserves in the background. You are in for a sportfishing experience of a lifetime.

A sight that never gets old…the acrobatic displays of billfish.

Coming in HOT! Nothing gets the blood pumping than a lit up Sail on your bait.

There is no surprise in the fishing industry and internationally, Guatemala is the GO-TO destination – “Anyone looking for high numbers of Pacific sails need look no further than Iztapa and neighboring Puerto Quetzal in Guatemala, where sport-fishing fleets tally two dozen or more releases most days this time of year.” – Saltwater Sportsman Magazine.

September and October are still part of our “Marlin Guarantee” promo.Book our most popular package, 3 days fishing, 4 nights for Sept or Oct and we guarantee your boat will get at least 3 Marlin Bites on conventional tackle over the length of the trip! That’s right… 3 bites by the man in the Blue, Black or Striped suit over 3 days fishing! For more info, contact us. 

I could keep on writing about our fishery, but I would rather not spoil the surprise.

Check out our website at https://pacificfinsresort.com for more information.  Feel free to contact us at 888-431-5556 or [email protected] with any questions. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Bucket list – Hiking on an active volcano and roasting marshmallows

Guatemala has so much to see and offer.  One thing that you must experience while in Guatemala is hiking on an active volcano.  Volcán Pacaya is one of the highest rates of volcanic activity in the world, but don’t expect to see a massive eruption.  The strombolian eruptions and ash eruptions are mild.  Pacaya is a popular hiking destination because the hike isn’t too strenuous and you’re rewarded with great views at the top. On the way you have various rest stops and fruit stands, stop off at gas vents to toast some marshmallows. Have you ever skied?  Volcano Skiing is a whole new experience.  On the way down you slide through lava rubble and ashes.  The lava rock has healing properties.  It grounds you and help you release emotional attachments because of its raw energy.

The Steady Bite Continues

Looking for a summer time of action packed reel screaming fun? If you do… you better hurry, summer will end soon for many. 

We are happy to say that this summer, the fishing has stayed steady. The man in the blue suit, aka blue marlin are around and can make an appearance in the spread any given time. The yellowfin tuna are in the 30-40 mile range in scattered schools of spinner dolphin – ranging from 20-50lbs. But, this summer has already produced some nice ones as well – a few over 100lbs and 150 pounder.

The Dorado, which I am not going to call them Mahi-Mahi (that’s in Hawaii) are almost guaranteed every trip – nothing beats fresh Dorado for lunch on the boat. You can always look forward to Sashimi or an amazing Sandwich, it’s Guatelicious. 

Weather? The sun has been shinning on us most of the days. You might get a shower here of there at night.

The reason why so many come here, Sailfish. The Sailfish action has been good this summer. Double digit raises has been the norm and we are not in the peak season. It’s great to see these many raises, you might think they will be lower numbers, but hey… this is Guatemala, The Sailfish Capital of the World!

If you are interested in doing some inshore, I have to say that the Rooster fishing has been out of this world. We recently had one trip of 52 raises, which had 35 bites. Yes folks, 52!

Here are some highlights of the trips.