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.
Sailfish, marlin, dorado and yellowfin tuna are the most common offshore species in Guatemala. But make no mistake, this is the best sailfishing spot in the world! On average you can experience 15 to 20+ bites a day. And during the peak season, from October through May, 40 or more bites a day is not uncommon. So, what about June and July? June is the start of what we call the offseason. That is the transitional period from dry to wet season. But is it really a wet one as some say? I say it’s just like Summer here in the states. Pockets of rain and sunshine. Plus, a great advantage of fishing during June and July that is less crowded and… you can save money with our summer specials – hint, hint. For several years now, we have been seeing some incredible fishing during these months. Is it a fluke? Let the numbers below be the judge of that.
June 6th: Chechos – 11 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 7 releases. 8 dorado and 1 marlin raise.
June 8th: Maverick – 10 rooster raises raises, 7 bites and 5 releases.1 red snapper and 5 mackerel.
June 9th: Chechos – 8 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 5 releases. 3 dorados.
June 11th: Chechos – 9 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 5 releases. 5 dorado.
June 11th: Maverick – 9 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 7 releases. 4 dorados.
June 11th: Knotwork – 3 sailfish raises, 3 bites and 2 releases. 11 dorado.
June 14th: Gypsy – 22 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 15 releases. 1 dorado.
June 19th: Knotwork – 12 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 8 releases.
June 24th: Knotwork – 22 sailfish raises, 22 bites and 13 releases. 3 dorados. 1 blue marlin raise.
June 25th: Knotwork – 30 sailfish raises, 30 bites and 15 releases.
June 27th: Knotwork – 22 rooster raises, 22 bites and 17 releases.1 marlin release, est. 400lbs.
July 4th: Maverick – 34 sailfish raises, 27 bites and 17 releases (conventional). 2 for 3 on Fly and 1 dorado.
July 6th: Maverick – 13 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 7 releases. 2 dorados.
July 6th (Half day Charter): Knotwork – 4 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 3 releases. 2 dorados.
July 7th: Maverick – 22 sailfish raises, 12 bites and 4 releases. 1 blue marlin release, est. 200lbs.
July 8th: Maverick – 9 sailfish raises, 6 bites and 1 releases. 15 yellowfin tunas (conventional) and 1 yellowfin on Fly.
July 8th: Chechos – 9 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 5 releases. 1 striped marlin release, est. 150lbs.
July 9th: Chechos – 7 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 4 releases. 1 ble marlin release, est. 350lbs. 7 yellowfin tunas.
July 10th: Chechos – 5 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 4 releases. 3 yellowfin tuna and 1 blue marlin raise.
July 11th: Gypsy – 9 sailfish raises, 8 bites and 4 releases. 7 dorados.
July 12th: Maverick – 10 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 6 releases. 2 for 3 on blue marlin, est. 250lbs.
July 12th: Gypsy – 12 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 6 releases. 1 dorado.
July 13th: Gypsy – 12 sailfish raises, 10 bites and 9 releases. 1 dorado and 1 roosterfish.
The Billfish Invitational is Back! And with such high anticipation of many anglers, it’s shaping up to be the best one yet. Pacific Fins Ambassadors joining us are; Uncharted Waters – Peter Miller, Unfathomed – George Gozdz, and Into the Blue’s – Scott Walker. We will also name several celebs that will be joining us as in the coming weeks. The 6th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational will take place December 9th – 13th, 2021, at our beautiful Pacific Fins Resort. Well-known anglers from across the globe will compete in this exciting three-day fishing event while raising money to support the Billfish Conservation Project.
This tournament provides a fun twist for participating teams. A daily Calcutta will be on the table for those that want to make things interesting. Teams will have the chance to win daily prizes and battle it out for the ultimate prize (Kingsailfish Mount Trophy). It’s also a unique opportunity to fish the most prolific billfish destination on the planet during 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 9th at the resort with the professional chefs creating a full-on feast for the check-in and opening party. Fishing dates are December 10th, 11th and 12th, with an award’s ceremony taking place the night of the 12th. Guests will depart on December 13th.
The tournament package includes three days of fishing, four nights of 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. Each day of fishing also includes snacks, fruit, lunch and beverages.
Pacific Fins Ambassador and Unfathomed host, Captain George Gozdz, filmed the 5th annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational in 2020. If you want to see part of the excitement that takes place during this time, check out the YouTube video below.
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About Pacific Fins
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.