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Live the Pacific Fins Experience

9th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational

Register to win the most coveted award in Guatemala. Plus, win a spot for the Offshore World Championship in Costa Rica.

Last year’s tournament generated 1534 sailfish raises, 1267 bites, and 764 Sailfish were released. 17 blue marlin raises, 11 blue marlin bites, and 5 released. Countless dorado (201) and 2 big yellowfin tuna. Making this tournament the largest in the history of Guatemala! 

The theme for 2024 is to create awareness for the benefit of conservation of sailfish, being a resource of great importance for the country.

In this event, like the previous ones, we had different celebrities of international stature and personalities that contributed to sport fishing in the region. The tourney will consist of three days of fishing and will have anglers from all over the world.

This tournament allows amateurs and professional anglers to compete to be the team that releases the most sailfish, marlin, and brings in the heaviest dorado and yellowfin tuna.

The prize structure for 2024 has been updated: Top Professional Team (1st, 2nd & 3rd), Top Amateur Team (1st, 2nd, 3rd), Top Captain, Top Pro Lady Angler, Top Amateur Lady Angler, Top Marlin, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna. Plus, everyone’s favorite, a Calcutta for those brave enough to bet on their skills and luck.

Last year’s event was the biggest yet. We had 10 lodging locations at capacity. It’s 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 December.

We started to receive reservations a year in advance, which 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 fun, but competitive tournament.

A Very Fishy March

Look at that report! January and February tallies were awesome, but we also expected March to be strong as well. How strong? you’ll see it shortly.The sailfish bite was out of this world. I know it sounds cliche, but guests had rod-bending action throughout their entire visit. Take long-time repeat guest, Byrd Miller and his family broke their one-day record: 103 sailfish raises, 89 bites, and released 62.

I am going to go out on a limb and say… by far in March, Guatemala was the go-to destination if you wanted to wrangle a blue marlin. Marlin activity was strong and then you throw in striped marlin, and you got yourself a Billfish Grandslam.

Dorado is still here in big numbers. We have seen lots of spinners around, but none marking tunas yet. That will change very soon and you’ll want to be here when it goes off.With so much action offshore, many decided to check out the inshore scene. The beach waters have been clear and with the right tides, Roosterfish greeted everyone.

Planning your visit for March 2025? We highly advise you to lock in your dates, as it’s already filling up.
March Fishing Report :
March 1st – 31st: Chechos – 552 sailfish raises, 435 bites and 270 releases (10 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 11 raised, 6 bite, and 5 released. Striped Marlin: 1 raised, 1 bite, and 1 released. Dorados: 49. Rooster Fish: 2 (26 days of fishing).
March 1st – 31st: Knotwork – 610 sailfish raises, 449 bites and 303 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 3 bites, 3 release. Striped Marlin: 1 Raises, 1 bite, and 1 release. Dorado: 52. (26 days of fishing).
March 1st – 31st: Gypsy – 502 sailfish raises, 378 bites, and 245 releases (9 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 16 raises, 12 bites, and 9 releases. Striped Marlin: 2 raises. 2 bites and 2 releases. Dorado: 67 (1 on FLY!). Rooster Fish 35. (27 days fishing). ONE DAY WITH GRAND SLAM
March 1st – 31st: Maverick – 452 sailfish raises, 408 bites and 244 releases. Blue Marlin: 12 raises, 10 bites, and 2 releases. Striped Marlin 3 raises, 3 bites, and 3 releases. Dorado: 61. Rooster Fish: 32. (26 days of fishing).
March 2nd – 31st: Libertad – 452 sailfish raises, 378 bites and 243 releases. Dorado: 43. (14 days of fishing).
March 1st: Uno Mas – 15 sailfish raises, 10 bites, and 8 releases. (1 day of fishing).
March 1st – 30th: Sirena – 71 sailfish raises, 46 bites, and 21 releases (3 on FLY!). Dorado: 3. (4 days of fishing).
March 1st: Tranquility – 9 Rooster Fish. (1 day of fishing).
March 30th: Mojo – 7 sailfish raises, 5 bites and 4 releases. Dorado: 10. (1 day of fishing).TOTAL MARCH BILLFISH NUMBERS: 2661 Sailfish raises, 2109 Bites, 1038 Releases. 44 Blue Marlin raises, 31 bites, and 19 released. 7 for 7 for Striped Marlin.

A big CONGRATULATIONS to anglers, William Brookshire and David Rembert II for releasing a Billfish Grandslam (Sailfish, Striped Marlin & Blue Marlin). Congrats to team Gypsy for a job well done.

Great time for Preston McElheney and his entire group of 16. There is nothing more important than spending a fishing excursion with family and friends. The group had the time of their lives. Their numbers were 457 sailfish raises, 385 bites, and released 240.

Once in a Lifetime Catch

January’s fishing report was nothing short of stellar. Is February going to be the same? You better believe it!For those who love Fly fishing, there were plenty of shots this month. Captain Jimmy on Gypsy racked up the numbers and so did other Captains in our fleet.Marlin activity started to heat up and it will continue through Spring. I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word marlin, it gets my full attention. Compared to last year, striped marlin has shown up in better numbers. This gives many anglers the variety and opportunity for a Billfish Grandslam (Sailfish, Striped Marlin, & Blue Marlin).The tasty dorado is still chomping on the bit and keeping anglers busy. Yellowfin tuna have been around as well, but no big ones yet. That will change very soon.If the fishing is this good, what will March surprise us with? It’s to be an action-packed report.
February Fishing Report :
February 1st – 29th: Maverick – 297 sailfish raises, 268 bites and 189 releases (1 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 1 raised, 1 bite, and 1 released. Striped Marlin: 1 raised, 1 bite, and 1 released. Dorados: 30. Yellowfin Tuna: 8 (21 days of fishing).
February 2nd – 29th: Chechos – 364 sailfish raises, 301 bites and 182 releases (2 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Striped Marlin: 3 Raises, 3 bites and 3 releases. Dorado: 47. Yellowfin Tuna 3. (26 days of fishing).
February 2nd – 29th: Gypsy – 198 sailfish raises, 149 bites, and 80 releases (23 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 3 raises, 2 bites, and 1 release. Dorado: 16. (11 days fishing)
February 2nd – 29th: Knotwork – 133 sailfish raises, 97 bites and 66 releases. Blue Marlin: 3 raises. Dorado: 25. Yellowfin Tuna: 3. (11 days of fishing).
February 1st – 29th: Libertad – 138 sailfish raises, 111 bites and 72 releases. Dorado: 14. (8 days of fishing).
February 2nd – 24th: Uno Mas – 152 sailfish raises, 123 bites and 91 releases. Blue Marlin: 4 raises. Striped Marlin: 1 Raise, 1 bite, and 1 release. Dorado: 15. (12 days of fishing).
February 2nd – 28th: Sirena – 134 sailfish raises, 102 bites, and 66 releases (6 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 5 raises. Dorado: 21. (10 days of fishing).
February 2nd – 29th: Tranquility – 92 sailfish raises, 81 bites and 56 releases. Dorado: 23. Yellowfin Tuna 2. (7 days of fishing).
February 5th: Mijooo – 13 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 2 releases (2 on FLY!). Yellowfin Tuna 3. (1 day of fishing).
February 21st: Mojo – 9 sailfish raises, 7 bites and 4 releases. Dorado: 2. (1 day of fishing).
The Billfish Unicorn, one in a million, or an albino sailfish? Whatever you want to call it, it’s a sight you will never forget. Big day for guests, Paul Renfro and his group for releasing a rare “leucistic” sailfish (proper scientific name). Mr. Renfro and his group were fishing on our new boat, Libertad (40′ G&S).

A HOT January Bite

It’s been non-stop since the start of the new year. Back-to-back trade shows in Dallas and Nashville. Now… preparing for the Miami International Boat Show, February 14th through the 18th (Booth # MB5022).

January’s bite was as it was supposed to be this time of year, awesome! The sails came to play and so did a lot of the guests. With that many numbers around, many brought out the Fly rods.

We also had our share of blue marlin bites. Dorado keeps on being strong and yellowfin tuna was hit or miss.

January Fishing Report :
January 16th – 31st: Maverick – 204 sailfish raises, 188 bites and 128 releases. Dorados: 72. (14 days of fishing).
January 4th – 28th: Chechos – 482 sailfish raises, 406 bites and 260 releases (1 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites, 0 releases. Dorado: 114. (21 days of fishing).
January 2nd – 28th: Gypsy – 502 sailfish raises, 438 bites and 278 releases (15 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 3 raises, 1 bites and 0 releases. Dorado: 89. (19 days fishing)
January 2nd – 27th: Knotwork – 523 sailfish raises, 429 bites and 309 releases (2 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 2 raises, 1 bite and 1 release. Dorado: 31. (21 days of fishing).
January 5th – 20th: Sirena – 137 sailfish raises, 103 bites and 56 releases (12 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 1 raise, 0 bite and 0 release. Dorado: 13 (3 on FLY!). (9 Days of fishing).
January 12th – 15th: Mojo – 64 sailfish raises, 52 bites and 31 releases. Dorado: 10. (3 Days of fishing).
January 7th: Tranquility – 19 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 13 releases. Dorado: 3. (1 Day of fishing).
January 12th: Mijooo – 37 sailfish raises, 30 bites and 22 releases. Dorado: 2. (1 Day of fishing).

A December to Remember

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and a Happy New Year. We are still on a high from last month’s Guatemala Billfish Invitational.

December was one for the books for sure. We are now prepping for the hunting/sportfishing trade show season and Dallas, Texas is first. If you are in the area, please visit us at the DSC Convention, January 11th – 14th, Booth #355. We are excited to see and hear from so many who are looking forward to traveling in 2024.

THANKS TO YOU! Our fleet has been non-stop. The blue marlin bite has also been good. Anglers who never had the opportunity to check off from their bucket list got to experience it. Always a great sight to see the excitement in their faces releasing their first fish.

There was no shortage of Dorado during December. I always make a joke about it, as during the Invitational, anglers were trying to break off 20-30lb fish, so they could concentrate on the sails. Where else around the world do you hear that?

The tournament in 3 days generated 1534 sailfish raises, 1267 bites, and 764 Sailfish releases. 17 blue marlin raises, 11 blue marlin bites, and 5 released. The fishing report below does not include these numbers. So this shows you how good the numbers in December were.

December Fishing Report :
December 2nd – 7th: Maverick – 90 sailfish raises, 69 bites and 49 releases. Dorados: 51. (5 days of fishing).
December 2nd – 31st: Chechos – 464 sailfish raises, 417 bites and 259 releases. Blue Marlin: 4 raises, 2 bites, 0 releases. Dorado: 173. (26 days of fishing).
December 2nd – 31st: Gypsy – 402 sailfish raises, 440 bites and 235 releases (4 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 6 raises, 5 bites and 4 releases. Dorado: 211 and 3 Rooster fish. (23 days fishing)
December 2nd – 31st: Knotwork – 302 sailfish raises, 219 bites and 164 releases (6 on FLY!). Blue Marlin: 4 raises, 3 bites and 1 release. Dorado: 118 and 1 on FLY!. (18 days of fishing).

Dorado Overload Fishing Report

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. One thing is for certain, the meat fish was not in short supply. The dorado were so thick that at times they wouldn’t let the sails get to the bait. There were yellowfin tuna and dorado to go around for guests to take home fresh filets.Fall is known as a good blue marlin month and the numbers proved once again, that this is the time of year to keep in your fishing plans for 2024.

This past month the Gale Force Twins hosted their second all-ladies fishing trip and now they are getting ready for their first all-ladies fishing tournament on May 3rd, 2024. Ladies, contact us for more info.We want to give congratulations to the crew of Gypsy for putting guests Lynn Adkins and his twin brother on their first-ever blue marlin.
October Fishing Report :
October 7th – 21st: Knotwork – 42 sailfish raises, 38 bites and 28 releases. Blue Marlin: 3 raises, 1 bites, 0 releases. Dorados: 86 and 2 yellowfin tuna. (7 days of fishing).
October 2nd – 23rd: Gypsy – 119 sailfish raises, 104 bites and 65 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 3 bites, 2 releases. Dorado: 185. (12 days of fishing).
October 7th – 24th: Maverick – 53 sailfish raises, 50 bites and 39 releasesDorado: 90. (7 days fishing)
October 1st – 21st: Chechos – 37 sailfish raises, 30 bites and 18 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 4 raises, 1 bite, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 2 raises, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 55. (6 days of fishing).
October 1st – 21st: Tranquility – 59 sailfish raises, 51 bites and 37 releases. Blue Marlin: 2 raises, 2 bites, 2 releases. Dorado: 35. (3 days of fishing).

Calling All Lady Anglers!

First Annual Gale Force Ladies Fishing Tournament

We are hosting our first women’s fishing tournament. The goal of this tournament is to bring lady anglers together to catch fish, but most importantly have fun on the water! Get your friends together and enter as a team (4 anglers) or enter as an individual and meet new anglers. Each boat will include a captain and two mates. No experience is required. 

Blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna will be the main attraction.

Ladies will be competing for beautiful hardware from our friends at Kingsailfish Mounts.

Awards:

Top Billfish Release Team (1st, 2nd, 3rd)

Top Billfish Release Angler 

Top Dorado

Top Yellowfin Tuna

May 3rd – 6th, 2023. This is an all-inclusive package with 3 nights and 2 full days of offshore fishing during prime time.

Price: $3225 per person

Due to limited space and high demand, we highly recommend to secure your spot!

For more info, you can contact us at: 888-431-5556 or Ozzy Delgado at [email protected]

Cast & Blast in Guatemala

A frequently asked question we get from hunters is, Is there any hunting in Guatemala?

Yes, it is possible to fish and hunt in Guatemala and what makes it even better is the geographical distance from our resort – 45 minutes. Our region offer opportunities for both activities, allowing individuals to enjoy a diverse outdoor experience. Some may call it “Cast & Blast”, but we call it “Live the Pacific Fins Experience”.

Guatemala is the most incredible and exotic place for duck and dove hunting. It’s widely known for its beautiful virgin landscapes and outstanding flora and fauna sightseeing. Worldwide hunters will be in love with the different types of hunts we can offer (duck hunting and dove hunting), and the variety of species they’ll find. You can see Blue and Green-winged Teal, Gadwall, Whistlers, Shovelers, etc. The tours take place on the South coast of Guatemala, near the BEST PLACE in the whole world for Billfishing.

The hunting areas provided have been very well scouted and guarantee a great hunt. There are different hunting tours with experienced hunters who will be by your side, top-of-the-line services, and awesome hospitality; everything to make sure you have the best of times and a trip you will never forget.

Guatemala hunting includes generous duck bag limits which are strictly abided. Limits are 25 ducks per day. Duck Hunting season is from November to February, and Dove Hunting season is from May to December.

The Duck Hunting tours take place in private freshwater ponds with amazing scenic views of the volcanos. On the other hand, in the Dove Hunting tours, you can gaze at the beautiful local agricultural cropping lands.

The properties where you will hunt are amongst the very best in the region.

We provide water transport, decoys placed by field staff, Berretta shotguns, water boys, and blinds. Depending on the tour you choose, hunters will be placed in different strategic spots, all provided with cold drinks, snacks, and an emergency kit.

The Duck hunting tour is from 4:00 am to 2:00 pm, and the Dove Hunting tour is from 5:00 am to 2:00 am. After the hunt is over, the hunters and the team will enjoy our delicious local foods and drinks to recharge and get to know a little bit more of our culture, and the wonderful hospitality of our people and listen to the team’s stories.

We want to make this the best hunting experience you ever imagined by mixing a great hunting adventure and all our country has to offer as well as its unique landscapes and wonderful weather. These tours were created by two extremely passionate Guatemalan hunters with the purpose of sharing their love for hunting and the beauties their country has to offer you.

WHAT TO BRING

Packing for this Guatemala South Coast duck hunting combo is very simple. The weather is practically the same the whole season (78-90F).

–      Breathable pants for hot weather, light shirts (long or short sleeves), cap, hiking or rubber boots.

–      Light – weight clothing in camo or earth tones, ball cap and sunglasses, hearing and eye protection, and sunscreen are musts.

–      If taking trophies home, bring 2-gallon zip-locks, pen or marker, and tags for properly labeling your trophies. Contact your USDA-approved taxidermist prior to travel to discuss taxidermy and import.

For more information, please contact us:

888-431-5556 or [email protected]

8th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational (SOLD OUT)

We realize many anglers focus on freshwater destinations – places like Alaska, Canada, and the American West during the summer months. But what many don’t realize this region hosts good numbers of blue marlin, plenty of dorados, and yellowfin tuna during the so-called “Off Season” (summer and early fall).

During this time of year, our blue-water fishery becomes more diverse. Water temperatures heat up, but our climate remains pleasant. We consider the summer (June – September) to be prime time for Dorado and Yellowfin tuna. You can catch these species many days until your arms completely falls off. To hear guests return to the dock catching 25 Dorado and 15 Yellowfin plus several sailfish in a given day is pretty normal in the Guatemalan summer months. And let’s not forget about Marlin. The summer is a great time for our blue marlin fishery, also.

Summertime is superb for family fishing, a father-son/trip, or a corporate excursion. The calm Guatemalan waters offer a wonderful time to take that trip and experience what this country has to offer.

We are always open to guests that can’t make a trip during other months.

June Fishing Report :

  • June 1st – 30th: Gypsy – 116 sailfish raises, 95 bites and 69 releases. Blue Marlin: 4 raise, 3 bite, 3 releases. Dorados: 39. (14 days of fishing).
  • June 2nd – 30th: Chechos – 207 sailfish raises, 170 bites and 114 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 4 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 3 bite, 3 releases. Dorados: 41. (15 days of fishing).
  • June 1st – 28th: Knotwork – 39 sailfish raises, 34 bites and 27 releases. Blue Marlin: 2 raises, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorados: 8. (5 days of fishing).
  • June 1st – 20th: Sirena – 39 sailfish raises, 34 bites, 26 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 12. Yellowfin Tuna: 1. Wahoo: 1. (5 days of fishing)
  • June 23rd – 30th: Uno Mas – 28 sailfish raises, 21 bites, 12 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 3. (2 days of fishing)
  • June 1st – 30th: Maverick – (Boat Maintenance).

July Fishing Report :

  • July 2nd – 23rd: Gypsy – 69 sailfish raises, 58 bites and 37 releases. Dorados: 19 and 17 yellowfin tuna. (6 days of fishing).
  • July 21st: Chechos – 15 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 9 releases. Dorados: 1. (1 day of fishing).
  • July 15th – 30th: Knotwork – 69 sailfish raises, 54 bites and 37 releases. Dorados: 4 and 14 yellowfin tuna. (7 days of fishing).
  • July 9th – 21st: Sirena – 15 sailfish raises, 14 bites and 17 releases. Dorados: 5. (2 days of fishing).
  • July 22nd: Intensity – 9 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 6 releases. Dorados: 3. (1 day of fishing).
  • July 1st – 31st: Maverick – (Boat Maintenance).

8th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational
Get ready anglers! The 8th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational just got bigger. Which means is shaping up to be the biggest in Guatemala’s history. It’s no surprise we have this turnout. Last year’s event was our largest and the vibe after that one indicated that 2023’s event will surpass it.As last year, we will have a woman’s division. Yes… we will have several ladies competing for a beautiful trophy from Kingsailfish Mounts.In the coming weeks, we will be making announcements about the tournament and the special guests that will be part of this year’s event. So, if you think last year’s tournament was one for the record books… we can’t wait for this one!

“Reel in the Fun – 8th Annual billfish Invitational”

The newsletter you’ve been waiting for! The 8th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational Tournament.

The 7th annual tournament generated a record 2023 sailfish raises, 1725 bites and 1078 Sailfish releases. 11 blue marlin raises, 1 striped marlin, countless dorado and yellowfin tuna. Making the tournament the largest in the history of Guatemala! 

The objective for this tournament is to create awareness for the benefit of conservation of sailfish, being a resource of great importance for the country. In this event, like the previous ones, we had different celebrities of international stature and personalities that contribute to sport fishing in the region.  There was 35 brands and entities supporting sport fishing in the country, as well endorsed by the National Fisheries Association in Guatemala.  The tournament will consist of three days of fishing and will have anglers from the US, Canada, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and Guatemala. This tournament gives the opportunity for amateurs and professional anglers to compete to be the team that releases the most sailfish, marlin, dorado and yellowfin tuna.Awards: Top Professional Team (1st, 2nd & 3rd), Top Amateur Team, Top Captain, Top Pro Lady Angler, Top Amateur Lady Angler, Top Marlin, Dorado and Yellowfin Tuna.Plus, a crowd favorite, a calcutta for those brave enough to bet on their skills and luck.

The 2022 Guatemala Billfish Invitational was the biggest yet. We had 8 lodging locations at capacity. It’s 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 December.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.
Tournament dates: December 7th – 11th, 2023.
For more information, please contact us at 1-888-431-5556 or [email protected]