Guatemala Fishing Report Feb 20th 2011
If you have been waiting for an economic reason to try the fishing in Guatemala, this could be a great opportunity for a last minute trip while the fishing (and the weather) is still HOT !!
American Airlines announced a quick-fire sale for flights to Latin America that must be booked THIS WEEK – out of several convenient gateways. Happily the travel dates coincide with dates in April when the fishing is still great, the sailfish are still hungry, the weather is warm and we have availability in one of our luxurious Guatemala Fishing Beach Villas.
The peak of the fishing season in Guatemala for billfish is in January and February – as this is when most anglers have seen just about enough of the continuous cold fronts up North – and hanker after some warm weather and outstanding fishing. Guatemala fits all of these criteria, and so prime dates in these months tend to be booked up to a year in advance.
In April however, not only do we usually see continued concentrations of sailfish, with the boats typically raising 15 or so each day – it is also the time of year when we may begin to see large numbers of juvenile yellowfin tuna turn up – often shadowed by huge schools of spinner dolphin and other predators, making it relatively easy to spot them from a good distance away. This time of year therefore has it all ! Many of our regular clients prefer to come down late in the season as they know that the sailfishing is still great, but the variety of species is even better!!
We have had a great fishing season so far, with a strong bite all the way through the month………..except for a drop at the end of last month, when strong current brought in ugly green water to the area. One day the water was clean and the fish were concentrated and biting – the next day it had all disappeared. Our crews went out as far as 60 miles in search of good blue water and fished hard………but were unsuccessful. Going out any further is really not productive, as the travel-time overhead just becomes too much relative to the amount of time with “lines-in” and so we worked any temperature breaks or pools we could find closer in. The pace of fishing diminished greatly – raising only a couple of sailfish per boat for a couple of days.
Thankfully the blue water returned and while the fishing was still not up to its usual standards, it improved markedly – our boats raising about 10 billfish per day – and continues to improve each day back to the “norm”.
If you are interested in taking advantage of the America Airlines flight deals, and would like to try the great fishing in April – give us a call at 877 763 0851………….you only have until Friday to take advantage of the flight offers !
We still have one slot left for our shared (economical !) fishing tripin March – if interested, please send me an email at kevin@Greatsailfishing.com