These are just some of the words used to describe Nashville, TN based Matt Moore. Moore’s work has garnered critical acclaim as far reaching as the BBC and CBC to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Atlanta Constitution, Chicago Tribune, People, Southern Living, Redbook, Esquire, Men’s Journal, TODAY, CBS, VH1, FOX, Hallmark, The Art of Manliness, and countless others. As a chef, Moore specializes in updated Southern cuisine with Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influences. He’s also a cast-iron and wild game enthusiast with extensive experience working over live fires.
His first book, Have Her Over for Dinner, a Gentleman’s Guide to Classic, Simple Meals was named one of the year’s best cookbooks by The New York Times. His follow-up, A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen (TIME INC Books) was released to wide praise and acclaim in the spring of 2015. His best-selling, The South’s Best Butts (TIME INC BOOKS) was named the #1 cookbook of the year by The National BBQ and Grilling Association in 2018. Moore’s recent work, Serial Griller (HMH 2020), has also enjoyed best-selling status with a focus on live-fire grilling throughout America.
Fast forward to today, Matt is back with a new cookbook “Butcher on the Block”, focusing on butchers across the country to combine the worlds of barbecue and grilling.
When he is not cooking, traveling, or writing, Moore is busy running EastWest Bottlers, a boutique fragrance and apothecary company he founded in 2011. To date, Moore maintains a distribution of over 200 retail specialty stores where his fragrances and books are sold. He has negotiated distribution and license agreements in over 30 countries, including big-box stores such as Belk, Dillards, and Bloomingdales – securing license products for Fortune 500 brands, as well as luxury European brands.
For those who love to grill, which I know the majority of us do, Matt’s new cookbook, “Butcher on the Block” is currently available for purchase online or at your local stores.
The month of April and May produced stellar fishing. Anglers that traveled to Pacific Fins sure had one heck of a time and got to “Live the Pacific Fins Experience”.
Some days we raised 20+ fish and some days close to 60. You know when that happens seasoned anglers and weekend warriors become a little more inspired to try out a sail on fly. With that many shots, why not – bring out the Nautilus reel/Biscayne rod combo!
Marlin activity started to become a norm and it will continue through the summer months (Marlin Season). 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!
With summer around the corner and the subject of where to travel during summer break, traveling to Guatemala is more affordable than many other spots around the world. Guests have expressed after you factor in fuel, hotel, meals, and local charters… traveling to Pacific Fins is a much more affordable vacation.
So, whether it’s for summer or the upcoming season, we highly suggest you book soon. Many have started to reserve into the months ahead and you don’t want to miss out on an experience of a lifetime.
April Fishing Report:
April 1st – 30th: Chechos – 441 sailfish raises, 362 bites and 210 releases. Blue Marlin: 15 raises, 4 bites, 3 release. Dorados: 71 and 14 yellowfin tuna. (26 days of fishing). April 5th – 30th: Knotwork – 272 sailfish raises, 228 bites and 156 releases. April 1st – 3rd Sailfish on Fly: 22 raises, 10 bites, 7 release. Blue Marlin: 17 raises, 11 bites, 7 release. Dorado: 34 and 8 yellowfin tuna. (25 days of fishing). April 1st – 30th: Gypsy – 267 sailfish raises, 199 bites and 112 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 87 Sailfish raises, 27 bites, 5 releases. Blue Marlin on Fly: 4 raises.Dorado: 25, and 7 yellowfin tuna. (21 days of fishing) April 1st and 3rd: Uno Mas – 27 sailfish raises, 22 bites and 12 releases. Dorado: 1 and 2 yellowfin tuna. (2 days of fishing). April 1st – 28th: Sirena – 87 sailfish raises, 73 bites and 51 releases. Blue Marlin: 3 raises, 3 bites, 2 releases. Dorado: 6. (8 days of fishing). April 10th – 29th: Mojo – 156 sailfish raises, 121 bites, 76 releases. Blue Marlin: 2 raises, 2 bites. 12 dorado. 4 yellowfin tuna (9 days of fishing). April 21st: Fresh Catch – 9 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 7 releases. Dorado: 4. (1 day of fishing). April 25th: Danmark – 19 sailfish raises, 15 bites and 19 releases. 2 dorado. (1 day of fishing). April 29th: Tranquility – 5 sailfish raises, 4 bites and 2 releases. Blue Marlin 2 raises, 1 bite, 1 release and 6 yellowfin tuna (1 day of fishing).May Fishing Report : May 1st – 28th: Chechos – 231 sailfish raises, 196 bites and 117 releases conventional plus 34 sailfish raises, 16 bites and 7 released on fly. Blue Marlin: 9 raises, 5 bites, 5 release (INCLUDING A DOUBLE!!!). Dorados: 45 and 1 yellowfin tuna. (20 days of fishing). May 1st – 31st: Knotwork – 186 sailfish raises, 152 bites and 98 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raises, 1 bites, 0 release. Dorado: 28 and 4 yellowfin tuna. (13 days of fishing). May 1st – 31st: Gypsy – 176 sailfish raises, 149 bites and 105 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bites and 2 releases.Dorado: 48. (16 days of fishing) May 5th: Sirena – 26 sailfish raises, 23 bites and 14 releases. Dorado: 3. (1 day of fishing). May 10th-13th: Mojo – 33 sailfish raises, 15 bites and 10 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raise. Dorado: 1. (4 days of fishing).
“This is my 3rd trip to Pacific Fins, and as expected, it was amazing. Each trip has had its own unique features, but there is always the common thread, which is an epic experience. Transportation to and from is always with great ease and clearly organized. When you arrive at the resort, it is obvious how much care and attention goes into it. The grounds are always manicured and the entire resort including the rooms are very clean. The service is absolutely first class and the food rivals any top rated restaurant. And of course there is the fishing, which is top notch. The Captains and Mates are very knowledgeable, professional, and polite. They will accommodate the most experienced person to the beginner, and will let you be as much involved as you want with the fishing experience. I highly recommend this resort to everyone looking for a first class fishing experience and at first class resort! I have already booked a return trip, this time with my family.” – Will Crook.
What an amazing trip hosted by Pacific Fins Ambassador, George Gozdz. We had a mixed group of guys that were veterans of the blue water and others who wanted to have a taste of what Guatemala’s fishery is like. For those seasoned anglers and even those weekend warriors, Guatemala has a reputation for making dreams come true.
Sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna were the main attraction. Everyone enjoyed a hot sailfish bite, big dorados, and yellowfin tuna.
After three rod bending days at Pacific Fins, it was time to move to the next step on the itinerary. The nice thing about how George’s trips are setup, the ladder part of it involves the chance to unwind and relax our muscles at the beautiful hotel, Casa Santo Domingo in Antigua. So on the last day… breakfast at Pacific Fins and a short drive to the ancient city.
When catching lots of fish is not enough… you get pampered by flying into Pacific Fins to start the party faster.
First timers catching billfish get the plunge.
“They Keep getting better! Our hosted trip to Pacific Fins was nothing short of amazing. We had a great group of guests that were welcomed with incredible fishing, food, sight seeing, and all around good time. Bucket list items were checked off with impressive catches of dorado, sailfish, and yellowfin tuna. Topping the trip off was time well spent in the old city of Antigua. We experienced the rich culture of Guatemala. ” – George Gozdz
In Guatemala there is a demonym called “Chapin” and it’s not offensive. We can start to call George a Chapin for the many times he has traveled to Guatemala. From all of us George, CONGRATS again on your success!
It’s no surprise these trips book in record time and this is why we are announcing Fall 2023 Unfathomed hosted trip.
Our next adventure which has only 6 spots left, October 10th – 15th, 2023.
This is an all-inclusive adventure with 5 nights and 3 full days of offshore/inshore during prime fishing. 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: $3900 per person (includes night in Casa Santo Domingo)
Due to limited space and demand, we highly recommend to secure your spot!
January is a great time of year to fish our waters. Though, this past January mother nature decided to throw us a fastball. Not a curveball… a fast ball! What do I mean? abnormal strong currents did not allow bait to concentrate in one particular area for a long period of time, which resulted in subpar fishing.
About 7 years ago, we had the same isolated currents wreak havoc by pushing the bait further from our zones. One day you mark fish and the other day you end up scratching your head on where did they go. The currents were so strong that in a 24 hour window bait got pushed 20 to 30+ miles away.
Now, with all this going on, we still had very good fishing days. We caught plenty of sailfish, dorado, yellowfin tuna, blue marlin, and striped marlin. It was just the second half of the month that this came to develop.
The good news is everything’s back to normal. Keep your eyes out for the next newsletter, as you will see March reports get RED HOT.
Looking to put Pacific Fins in your travel plans? we highly suggest to lock in those dates as soon as possible. Fall 2023 dates are filling up fast and so is the 2024 season!
January Fishing Report:
January 2nd – 31st: Chechos – 207 sailfish raises, 170 bites and 117 releases. Black Marlin: 1 raises, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorados: 57 and 6 yellowfin tuna. (18 days of fishing). January 2nd – 23rd: Knotwork – 169 sailfish raises, 148 bites and 109 releases. Blue Marlin: 4 raises, 3 bites, 1 release. Dorado: 69 and 17 yellowfin tuna. (20 days of fishing). January 3rd – 31st: Gypsy – 147 sailfish raises, 118 bites and 72 releases. Dorado: 43, and 1 yellowfin tuna. (15 days of fishing) January 5th – 20th: Maverick – 55 sailfish raises, 38 bites and 25 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 13 raises, 12 bites, 5 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 4 bites, 4 releases. Dorado: 16. Yellowfin tuna: 2. (8 days of fishing). January 3rd: Mijooo – 31 sailfish raises, 24 bites, 19 releases. 2 dorado. (1 day of fishing) January 5th – 20th: Sirena – 72 sailfish raises, 63 bites and 51 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Striped Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 10. (6 days of fishing). January 5th – 20th: Sirena – 72 sailfish raises, 63 bites and 51 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Striped Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 10. (6 days of fishing). January 1st – 5th: Uno Mas – 70 sailfish raises, 61 bites and 42 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorado: 8, Yellowfin Tuna: 1. (6 days of fishing).
February Fishing Report :
February 1st – 28th: Chechos – 227 sailfish raises, 192 bites and 120 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 11 raises, 6 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin: 11 raises, 8 bite, 1 release. Striped Marlin: 4 raises, 3 bites, 1 release. Dorados: 51 and 5 yellowfin tuna. (23 days of fishing). February 1st – 28th: Gypsy – 131 sailfish raises, 109 bites and 72 releases. Sailfish on Fly: 17 raises, 6 bites, 5 releases. Blue Marlin: 7 raises, 2 bites, 1 release. Blue Marlin on Fly: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Dorados: 42. (22 days of fishing). February 1st – 28th: Knotwork – 226 sailfish raises, 190 bites and 133 releases. Blue Marlin: 8 raises, 4 bite, 1 release. Dorados: 59 and 5 yellowfin tuna. (26 days of fishing). February 1st – 28th: Sirena – 56 sailfish raises, 47 bites and 32 releases. Dorados: 12 and 3 yellowfin tuna. (8 days of fishing). February 1st – 28th: Uno Mas – 34 sailfish raises, 17 bites and 7 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 2 bite, 1 release. Dorados: 13. (7 days of fishing). February 10th – 21st: Animo – 58 sailfish raises, 44 bites and 29 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Yellowfin Tuna: 6. Dorados: 22. (7 days of fishing). February 10th – 21st: Ecsta-Sea – 44 sailfish raises, 41 bites and 20 releases. (3 days of fishing) February 14th – 24th: Mijooo – 58 sailfish raises, 44 bites and 29 releases. Blue Marlin: 1 raise, 1 bite, 1 release. Yellowfin Tuna: 6. Dorados: 22. (3 days of fishing). February 14th – 26th: Captain Hook – 45 sailfish raises, 38 bites and 19 releases. Dorados: 2. (4 days of fishing).
Checked off your bucket list. Congrats to Mr. Cirar for releasing a blue marlin on Fly!
“This was our first hosted trip to Pacific Fins and it’s going to be a tough one to top. The staff at the resort did a phenomenal job accommodating each guest. The Captains and crew put us on more fish than we can count. Each boat caught double digit mahi everyday, plenty of sailfish and some marlin too! After two days of fishing half our group enjoyed the the town of Antigua and the other half hiked the active volcano, Pacaya. We even roasted marshmallows and baked a pizza. All in all was trip of a lifetime.” – Amanda and Emily Gale.
This past November, The Gale Force Twins, Amanda and Emily Gale, hosted their first ever trip to Pacific Fins. Twenty ladies took over the whole resort and couldn’t wait to hit the water. They had a mixed group of ladies that were veterans of the blue water and others who wanted to catch their first ever sailfish. For those seasoned anglers and even those weekend warriors, Guatemala has a reputation for making dreams come true. And on this trip… all the ladies experienced that.
Blue marlin, sailfish, dorado, and yellowfin tuna were the main attraction. Everyone enjoyed double digit sailfish releases, blue marlin, big dorados, and yellowfin tuna.
We love to hear all their stories once they returned from a day out on the water. Our Sailfish Pool and Marlin Bar are a popular spot where stories are exchanged by many.
After two rod bending days, it was time to move to the next step in our itinerary. The nice thing about how this trip is setup, the ladder part of it involves the chance to unwind and experience the many things Guatemala has to offer. Some elected to tour the ancient city of Antigua and others to hike volcano Pacaya. Pictures below will show some of the trip highlights.
Congratulations to Amanda and Emily Gale for organizing a remarkable trip with amazing people.
For those who missed out on this trip, we have great news! The Twins are announcing their second adventure at Pacific Fins.
Be part of the adventure, October 5th – 9th, 2023. This is an all-inclusive package (Ladies Only) with 4 nights and 2 full days of offshore fishing during prime time. In addition to Pacific Fins, Emily and Amanda have added a sightseeing in the old capital city of Antigua or hike volcano Pacaya – where you can roast marshmallows or bake your pizza!
Price: $3400 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]
The newsletter we have been waiting for… The 7th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational Tournament was recently organized from December 8th to the 12th, 2022. We are still on a high… WHAT AN EVENT!
Guatemala is a country that over the years has proven to have the best sailfish fishery in the world. It’s the perfect destination for many anglers to obtain multiple shots in one day and this event proved such statement.
Our main 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 consisted of three days of fishing with 102 participants 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.
Among the celebrities who attended:
• Alex Avila: Former Major League Baseball Player.
•George Gozdz: Host of the Outdoor Channel and Sportsman Channel television show, Unfathomed and also a professional guide.
• Peter Miller, Host of Uncharted Water (Discovery Channel TV) professional fisherman and 3-time world sailfish champion.
• Matt Moore: World renowned chef and host of his show on the Food Network.
• Bob Dipiero: Renowned composer and singer of country music. He has composed songs that have been in the top 20 and 15 songs in the USA.
• Gary Burr: Member of the country music hall of fame in the USA and composer of songs for artists such as: Cristina Aguilera, Ricky Martin, LeAnn Rimes and Ringo Starr; among others.
The tournament in 3 days, generated a record 2023 sailfish raises, 1725 bites and 1078 Sailfish releases. 11 blue marlin raises, 5 bites and 4 released. 1 striped marlin, countless dorado and yellowfin tuna. Making this tournament the largest in the history of Guatemala!
We want to give THANKS to all our participating anglers for making this an amazing event. We are 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; (The Hook, Sailfish Oasis, Aeroclub, Intensity Sportfishing, Casa Del Rio, and several private rental homes) who took part in the Invitational. To the awards presentation at the awards 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 generated much needed funds for a worthy cause – A total of $35,000 was collected.
In addition, we are going to be posting on our social media pages pictures that were taken during the event. Get ready as 2023 dates are: December 7th through the 11th, 2023. Trust me… we already have teams booked. Call or email us to be a part of this history making event. You don’t want to miss it in 2023!
TO ALL ANGLERS AND SPONSORS, CHEERS TO YOU FOR MAKING THE BIGGEST TOURNAMENT IN GUATEMALA!
If we compare October 2021 numbers to 2022’s you will find that fishing was slower than expected – sailfish that is. 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 a lot of yellowfin tuna and dorado to go around for guests to take home fresh filets.
October is known as a good blue marlin month and the numbers proved once again, this is the time of year to be in Guatemala.We want to give a HUGE CONGRATS to the crew of Maverick for an impressive catch. Anglers Greg Wagner and Shawn Slocum from Minnesota battled a 250lb yellowfin tuna and prevailed.Looking to visit us? we highly suggest to lock in those dates as soon as possible, as many remaining 2023 dates are filling up fast!
October Fishing Report :
October 1st – 29th: Knotwork – 93 sailfish raises, 86 bites and 70 releases. Blue Marlin: 10 raises, 8 bites, 4 releases. Dorados: 74 and 18 yellowfin tuna. (12 days of fishing). October 2nd – 29th: Chechos – 101 sailfish raises, 88 bites and 61 releases. Blue Marlin: 19 raises, 11 bites, 6 releases. Dorado: 55 and 6 yellowfin tuna. (11 days of fishing). October 16th – 25th: Maverick – 11 sailfish raises, 9 bites and 8 releases. Dorado: 8, and 6 yellowfin tuna – one being a beast (250.4lbs) (3 days fishing) October 4th – 31st: Gypsy – 82 sailfish raises, 66 bites and 52 releases. Blue Marlin: 5 raises, 4 bites, 4 releases. Dorado: 38. Yellowfin tuna: 4. (12 days of fishing).
Get ready anglers! The 7th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational is the biggest yet. We have six lodging locations at capacity and a private home. It’s no surprise we have this turnout. Last year’s event was our largest and the vibe after that one indicated that 2022’s event will surpass it.This year we have included a woman’s division. Yes… we will have several ladies competing for a beautiful trophy from Kingsailfish Mounts and prizes. In the coming weeks, we will announce 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!
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).
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]
To all the GH Expedition participants, form all of us at Pacific Fins, THANK YOU for making it a great trip!
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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.