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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.

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

May Recipe: Sailfish, Blue Marlin, Dorado, Tuna, Roosterfish, & Cubera

The month of May produced some great fishing. One of the many highlights was to witness our friend and Pacific Fins Ambassador, Captain George Gozdz releasing his first blue marlin – after 48 years. How about Maverick having a banner day; 65 sailfish raises, 55 bites, 32 releases and 4 dorados! How about Gypsy with an inshore day; 32 Rooster fish raises, 23 bites and 12 releases.
Marlin activity started to become a norm and it will continue through the summer months. The supporting cast: dorado and yellowfin tuna have been plentiful. Don’t expect for yellowfin tuna and BIG dorado to disappear anytime soon. They will be here waiting for you! This folks is why people travel to Guatemala.
With Summer around the corner and the subject of COVID becoming smaller in the rear view mirror, many started to plan their family vacation.
So, whether is for summer or the upcoming season, we highly suggest you book soon. More and more people have started to reserve into the months ahead and you don’t want to miss out on an experience of a lifetime. Live the Pacific Fins Experience!

Visit from Peter Miller

It’s always a pleasure to have Peter Miller at Pacific Fins. We want to THANK him for returning to one of his favorite places and film a show.
This time Peter was accompanied with his girlfriend, Alessia Andrade. They got to experience great fishing and one of the highlights was having Alessia catch her first Pacific Sailfish. I’m not going to ruin the surprise, you’ll have to tune in to Discovery Channel this weekend and see for yourself all the action.
Discovery Channel: Saturday, June 12th, 7:30AM and Saturday, June 19th, 7:30AM

A Trip to Remember

“Hello Ozzy,
The experience at Pacific Fin’s was beyond my expectations. You really have something amazing there. The fishing , your staff and the crew on Knot Work were the best. An unforgettable trip. The fishing was amazing, 70 sails day one, WOW”. – Thanks for an amazing trip, Harry Aguero.


A highly anticipated trip, which began planning in March 2019, five Cuban-Americans set a fishing trip for August 2019. Unfortunately, that trip was postponed last minute due to a hurricane heading towards Miami and then again in April 2020 due to Covid travel restrictions.


Talk about bad luck… but as they say… third time is the charm and it was worth the wait!
We have to THANK Ralph, Harry, Robert, Joel, and Mandy for doing a very nice thing for Pacific Fins. They got together and created a website about their trip to Guatemala. Check out their website which highlights all of their experience from day one – plus… they have some great videos.

Website: Pacific Fins Guatemala Trip

The sails are Back!

No more roller coaster rides! For a couple of weeks, the fishing was like visiting an amusement park – up and down, up and down. I’m happy to say, our fishery has gained back the status of “Sailfish Capital of the World”.
For a while there, we were scratching our heads on what was going on. On the positive side, when the sailfishing was not up to par, a mixed bag of yellowfin tuna and BIG dorado made up for slow time. What better way to release a few sails and still catch sushi grade tuna and dorado.
Overall, the numbers on our fishing report illustrates how April started. Dorado and yellowfin tuna are still there and we expect it to last through the summer.
If you are planning a trip in the near future, I highly suggest to book soon. More and more people have started to look into the months ahead and you don’t want to miss out on an adventure of a lifetime. Live the Pacific Fins Experience!

FISHING REPORT:

  • April 1st: Gypsy – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 4 releases.
  • April 1st: Knotwork – 7 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 3 releases.
  • April 2nd: Chechos – 20 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 13 releases. 2 Yellowfin tuna, 2 dorado.
  • April 2nd: Maverick (Flyfishing) – 31 sailfish raises, 11 bites and 4 releases.
  • April 3rd: Maverick (Flyfishing) – 11 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 2 releases.
  • April 3rd: Chechos – 12 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 7 releases.
  • April 3rd: Gypsy – 15 sailfish raises, 12 bites and 8 releases. 2 dorados.
  • April 4th: Knotwork – 14 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 6 releases. 1 dorado.
  • April 5th: Maverick (Flyfishing) – 6 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 1 releases.
  • April 8th: Maverick – 6 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 5 releases.5 yellowfin tuna.
  • April 9th: Gypsy – 22 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 12 releases.
  • April 9th: Sirena – 28 sailfish raises, 25 bites and 17 releases.
  • April 9th: Knotwork – 30 sailfish raises, 25 bites and 17 releases. 1 dorado (40lbs).
  • April 9th: Maverick – 18 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 8 releases.
  • April 9th: Chechos – 23 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 7 releases.
  • April 10th: Gypsy – 25 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 8 releases. 1 for 4 on Fly.
  • April 10th: Knotwork – 32 sailfish raises, 28 bites and 24 releases.
  • April 10th: Chechos – 20 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 4 releases.
  • April 10th: Maverick – 28 sailfish raises, 25 bites and 18 releases.
  • April 10th: Knotwork – 30 sailfish raises, 24 bites and 18 releases. 1 dorado (35lbs).
  • April 11th: Chechos – 24 sailfish raises, 18 bites and 8 releases.
  • April 11th: Maverick (Flyfishing) – 18 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 1 releases.
  • April 11th: Knotwork – 6 sailfish raises, 4 bites, 1 release (Flyfishing). 9 sailfish raises, 7 bites, 6 releases (Conventional).
  • April 11th: Gypsy: 28 sailfish raises, 19 bites, 11 releases.
  • April 12th: Knotwork: 14 sailfish raises, 13 bites, 7 releases. 1 dorado and 2 yellowfin tuna.
  • April 12th: Chechos: 10 sailfish raises, 6 bites, 6 releases.
  • April 13th: Chechos: 25 sailfish raises, 22 bites, 15 releases.
  • April 13th: Knotwork: 22 sailfish raises, 18 bites, 9 releases.
  • April 14th: Chechos: 19 sailfish raises, 18 bites, 11 releases. 2 dorado.
  • April 16th: Chechos: 17 sailfish raises, 15 bites, 8 releases. 1 blue marlin (est. 250lbs).

THANK YOU!

Since the start of the global pandemic last year, the travel industry has been turned upside down. And although we don’t know exactly when we will get back to normal, we know that we can’t do it without you.
Today we’d like to share a genuine THANK YOU to you, our guests.
We want to take the opportunity to express our gratitude for all of your support. We know that traveling during these times is not always an easy experience, although you make it seem so effortless – So, thank you!
Thank you for your dedication. Thank you for introducing Pacific Fins to friends and family. For the long travels, for the late night travels, for the long calls, for the longer email chains… for the passions stirred, for the experiences created.
Thank you for working with us. We know it’s been a challenging time for the entire travel industry, but please accept our sincere appreciation for your continued support, kindness, and understanding. It may be difficult now, but we know that together we will get through this – stronger than ever.
We can’t wait to continue making your fishing dreams a reality, together. In the meantime, we are never more than a call or email away!
From your friends at Pacific Fins, THANK YOU and look forward to your visit.

“The Smorgasbord Season”

You can’t say “Spring Break” without thinking of a fishing trip. We are aware you are tired of the cold and miserable Winter. So, now it’s time to start planning a fishing trip to Pacific Fins, where you will get thawed out.
Our peak season is October through May, but… now comes the time of year many love. I call it “The Smorgasbord Season”. This is when not only you get intense sailfish action, its when blue marlin start to be more abundant. Yellowfin tuna will be active around spinner dolphin, and dorado will be in the larger class. Plus, you can’t never rule out a striped marlin in the spread and wahoo.
March through May is a great time to be here. It’s also the time that books fast. We have limited space available, want to be part of an epic season? Grab your passports, call your fishing partners, pack your bags, and head to Guatemala!

Fishing Report

Uncharacteristic for this region, due to a mix of strong cold fronts and green water making it’s way into the fishing grounds, it has been a slow February. As you can see the fishing reports, there has been better days than others.
The good news, blue water started to make its way into the grounds which has resulted in better action. The blue marlin bite has picked up and reports of yellowfin tuna has sushi lovers very happy!

  • February 6th: Chechos (Captain Nestor) – 4 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 1 for 2 on blue marlin and 2 dorados.
  • February 9th: Knotwork (Captain Caluco) – 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 3 releases. 1 yelowfin tuna.
  • February 12th: Gypsy (Captain Jorge) – 11 sailfish raises, 11 bites and 10 releases. 1 dorado.
  • February 13th: Gypsy – 5 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 11 dorados.
  • February 14th: Gypsy – 9 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 4 releases. .
  • February 15th: Knotwork – 6 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 5 releases. 2 dorados.
  • February 15th: Chechos – 8 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 7 releases. 2 dorados.
  • February 16th: Chechos – 31 sailfish raises, 29 bites and 25 releases. 1 dorado.
  • February 16th: Knotwork – 25 sailfish raises, 18 bites and 11 releases.
  • February 17th: Knotwork – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 3 releases.
  • February 17th: Chechos – 14 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 12 releases.
  • February 19th: Maverick – 13 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 6 releases. 1 dorado and 1 for 2 on blue marlin.
  • February 19th: Knotwork – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 1 releases. 1 for 2 blue marlin.
  • February 19th: Chechos – 6 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 2 releases.
  • February 19th: Gypsy – 15 sailfish raises, 11 bites and 7 releases.
  • February 20th: Maverick – 6 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 4 releases. 1 blue marlin and 3 yellowfin tuna.
  • February 20th: Knotwork – 5 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 4 releases.
  • February 21st: Gypsy – 10 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 4 releases. 1 yellowfin tuna.

SOLD OUT! We knew this was going to happen. The first Unfathomed hosted trip with Captain George Gozdz booked in record time.
This is an all-inclusive adventure with 4 nights/5 days accommodations and 3 full days of offshore fishing on May 13th – May 17th, 2021. In addition to the fishing we have added an afternoon of sightseeing in the old capital city of Antigua on the day we arrive.
Due to limited space and demand, we will be adding a second Unfathomed hosted trip soon. Stay tune to social media and our weekly news letters for the next date. You don’t want to miss out on one heck of a time.