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  1. #89
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Guatemala Fishing on Sale

    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

  2. #88
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Inshore Fishing for Sailfish in Guatemala

    Guatemala Fishing Report February 1st 2011
    At this time of year, anything can happen when fishing in Guatemala. Although we are well established in a pleasant weather pattern, with calm seas and warm days for chasing sailfish, the currents also strengthen and can make for dramatic changes in fishing conditions from one day to the next.
    The fishing in Guatemala has been strong since the middle of the month with our boats raising over 20 billfish most days and so plenty of activity for visiting anglers. Now however we not only have some great fishing, but we also have almost perfect conditions, with great blue water close to shore and flat calm seas almost every day.
    The boats are leaving the dock at a lazy pace this week, as the blue water has pushed in as close asthree miles – a very comfortable 15 minutes from casting lines away to putting (fishing) lines back in the water. The only problem when fishing for sailfish so close to shore is that the coastal waters also carry large populations of aggressive jacks that somehow do not recognize that the carefully prepared ballyhoo are not for them – and insist on destroying the baits.
    Much of the time, they are not fast (or accurate) enough to hook themselves with the circle hooks we are using, so we not only “sacrifice” a perfectly well rigged bait to them, we don’t even get the satisfaction of fighting the fish. Some of these jacks are in the 20lb class, so can fight like a tuna and wear an angler out if we manage to hook up. The hookup ratio however is quite low – one of our charters went through over sixty baits last week on a single day …………. with only 22 bites from sailfish – the rest of the baits were mauled by the marauding jacks!!
    The blue water has been shifting by as much as twelve miles overnight - you can get a closer view of the current sea temperatures that we are fishing in Guatemala by clicking here where you can see “pockets” of cooler blue water within a few miles of shore within the twenty fathom line.
    The MidWest and NorthEast are welcoming up to two feet of snow over the next couple of days – so this is a great time to be thinking of making a fishing trip this season – pick up the phone (877 763 0851) and let’s plan a trip to the Sailfishing Capital of the World !!
    We still have one slot left for our shared (economical !) fishing trip in March – if interested, please send me an email at kevin@Greatsailfishing.com

  3. #87
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Guatemala – Eternal Spring has Arrived

    Guatemala Fishing Report Jan 10th 2011
    You would think that if the spring were eternal, it would have already arrived – but the weather (as in the USA for the last month or so) can be extremely fickle. Over the Xmas period, there was a continuing pattern of low pressure that caused some turmoil for the fishing in Guatemala. The fish would be concentrated one day, but the following day could be scattered over 20 miles – so the fleet could spend a lot of time fishing water that looked great but contained few billfish.
    It is in times like this that another significant benefit of 100% catch&release fishing is apparent – easy and clear cooperation between the Captains and teamwork between the boats to find good concentrations of bait and consistent action with the sailfish.
    There have still been days recently when the boats have only been raising single digit sailfish in a day, but in the last few days this has really improved significantly. Our boats have been raising as many as 35 sailfish per day in the early part of the week – as well as decent numbers of Blue Marlin which have continued to maintain a strong showing all the way through the early season.
    The weather patterns seem to have settle now, as most days are clear with calm seas………so perhaps the Eternal Spring can now be said to have arrived for the season. You can get a closer view of the current sea temperatures that we are fishing in Guatemala by clicking hereWhile taking a break from digging out the snow this week, I heard on the news that 49 of the 50 states now have at least some (snow) precipitation on the ground. I am pleased to report however that there is currently no snow in Guatemala, the temperature this morning in the marina at 7am was 81deg. F and no snow is forecast. If you are either thinking of making a fishing trip this season, or are just tired of the cold and feel like some warm sunshine – pick up the phone (877 763 0851) and let’s plan a trip to the Sailfishing Capital of the World !!
    We still have one slot left for our shared (economical !) fishing tripin March – if interested, please send me an email at kevin@Greatsailfishing.com

  4. #86
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Guatemala Fishing Report March 23rd 2010

    It’s UP and DOWN in Guatemala
    If you know how to time it, and the rest of the variables that the “Fishing Gods” refer to when deciding whether to make your fishing trip to Guatemala something to remember, then the past few weeks have served you well. Kim Graham and party came down once again and hit the billfish hard – they reported passing landing their 1000th sailfish in Guatemala, so they are both doing it right and timing it well (and of course keeping count accurately!!).
    Sure enough, they turned up again just as the moon was turning and had several fun filled days of pretty much nonstop fishing action with fish in the teasers consistently throughout the day. They also managed to hook and release a good sized marlin – which have been noticeable so far only by their absence this season until very recently.
    The “UPs and DOWNs” refer to both the volatility of the fishing, but also to the weather. In conversations with other Captains and visitors, all have commented on the strange weather patterns and currents that have been prolific in most places this year from as far away as Ecuador to Mexico Mazatlan. Whereas we are normally blessed with warm and calm consistent weather patterns from November until May, we have been besieged this year with a series of small cold fronts (not to mention earthquakes !) that have travelled through the region. We have also had our weather influenced by some of the significant storms that have been hanging out in the Gulf of Mexico – and we are 800 miles and at least 2 good sized mountain (volcano) ranges away.
    We had one of the “Shared Angler” trips down this past week also, which went well as far as the anglers were concerned – although the first and last fishing days they were faced with a strong 4 foot chop going out with seas that refused to lay down until early in the afternoon. This also coincided with the bite – as when fish were to be found, it happened mostly after lunch – but even then with a cautious bite that lacked aggressiveness and commitment on the part of the sailfish, making it very difficult for the fly anglers in particular to hook up consistently.
    The trophy fish for the shared trip clearly went to Rob Sekely who struggled mightily with a Blue Marlin in the 300lb range. Unlike the sails that we had been seeing, this marlin was committed as soon as the belly bait was in the water and the scent permeated sufficiently for him to hunt it down. It is always a thrilling sound when you hear the International 50 zinging out line as the Captain kicks the boat into full throttle to ensure a good hookset. This marlin clearly got the message early on, and it only took one good look at the stern of the boat for it to hurtle off porpoising in the direction of Mexico. Rob was having none of it, and clamping down with the drag held on and turned the fish. Danillo the mate on the Reel Diver graciously brought over water for Rob, but at the Captain’s direction poured it instead over the reel to try and stop the bearings from melting – and then passed the remainder onto Rob to drink. First things first.
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  5. Default Charter Captains Go Free To Guatemala

    CHARTER CAPTAINS GO FREE TO GUATEMALA
    As I returned from my trip to Guatemala, I knew when I got to Louisiana I had to go and convince Capt. Gary that we have got to come up with a way to get licensed captains to Guatemala for FREE! I enjoyed my trip so much that I felt every person that works in the charter boat industry day in and day out would surely appreciate a trip like this to Guatemala.

    Here is what I did::::: I went down to do a little work on the Strike Zone. Which ended up a vacation. The temperatures there were so much different from the winter snow and ice storm that we are expecting to get in Louisiana over the next few days. I arrived to ninety degree weather and all the sunshine that you could ever want. Needless to say I am sun burned and having to suffer through it now.
    I worked on the boat the afternoon I arrived and that evening sat around with my new friends and had a few gallo's (cold beers) and just hung with the crews of the boats. And then on Thursday, I just had to go on a sea trial! Well my idea of sea trial is different than most, I ended up with dolphin jumping on the left long and two rooster fish being released. we were only 30 yards from the beach. We fished for about a hour and then headed in for a bite to eat and to get the boat ready for the tournament that was the next day. Then I had the opportunity to fish with the crew and anglers that were fishing the National Tournament. The group of anglers and the crew of the Strike Zone have previously won the first leg of the tournament the weekend before. We stayed up that evening rigging baits and making sure all the tackle was ready. Friday morning we set out to see how many sailfish we could catch. I was all excited cause I have only been able to watch the wind blow and make sure the pilings didn't float away for the past few months in Louisiana. So a chance to be on a boat that get to fish in warm weather and calm seas in February I was in! Out we set to find the sails. We ran only 23 miles, we shut down at 8:30am and put the teasers out and at 8:35am we released the first one. I just knew it was going to be like popcorn popping with these sail jumping out of the water all day , but I was wrong, we went through a little lull. Which is enough time to rig more baits and get ready for another flurry. During the trip we ran across a school of tuna and boy did the small part of Louisiana Coon Ass come straight out of me in a hurry. I jumped down in the cockpit and began to chum these fish and all anglers had yellow fins on and a box full soon proceeded. After having our fill of catching, we got back to the sails. Capt. Hercules decided to make a little run to the north about five miles to get into some more action. The move was a good call, we only had three releases prior to the move. We fished until lines out at three o'clock and finished the day with 12 sailfish being released on the first day of the tournament and it was considered a very,very slow day. Later that evening we ate tuna and hung out on the dock and talked about the day. We found out that we were in second for the tournament and that we were only two fish out of first. On Saturday as the anglers were arriving to the boat I was taking my bags off the boat and getting ready to return to Guatemala City and head back home. I had to sit on the dock and watch as my boat left the dock without me on it, and knowing what we just did yesterday I was heart broken that I couldn't go too. Once back in the states, I found out that the Strike Zone had taken over the first place position and had won the tournament two weekends in a row. Congrats goes out to the crew of the Strike Zone and Capt. Hercules. We still have two more weekends in the tournament, but I know Capt. Hercules will be on top.

    I have been holding on to this report and convincing Capt Gary to send licensed captains on a vacation for free before posting and I want to be the first to invite all charter fishing captains all over the states to come on a vacation!

    Call Capt. Kevin Aderhold (504) 382-2108 or Capt. Gary Bonanno (225) 279-3800


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  6. Default Guatemala Offshore Fishing Report with Strike Zone Char

    I just wanted to share this email with my fishing friends:::::



    From: Scott Hartley (mscotthartley@sbcglobal.net)
    Sent: Wed 1/13/10 2:55 PM
    To: 'Gary Bonanno' (strikezonecharter@hotmail.com)
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    Gary and Edgar,



    I wanted to thank you for the great trip to Guatemala last week. As you know, we released 54 sailfish over three days, with two days with over 20 releases each. This is by far the best trip in terms of numbers that I have had in Guatemala. I know they can be much higher, but this was among the top in the fleet for this particular period, and was certainly plenty for us. However, the service provided by the Strike Zone Crew made it a special trip in addition to releasing a lot of fish. Some examples include:



    - The captain and crew were quite solid. As I mentioned, I believe we were among the top few boats in the fleet on at least two of the three days, and if we were not on the third day it was due to angler error. More significantly, they were able to handle a diverse group of anglers ranging from very experienced to first time ever saltwater fishing of any kind. They fully supported our request to bait and hook the fish, even with the less experienced anglers that may not have been as fast to the rod.

    - The food was very good, both at the house and on the boat. The casa was quite nice, as was the service there.

    - The 40’ boat came in handy on the last day, when we had unusually rough seas for Guatemala. We were among the last to return to the marina that day. I presume most other boats came in early, and the smaller boats in the fleet may not have gone out.

    - We have never done anything much but fish on our trips. The last night and morning in Antigua was very “easy” to do, and it was an extraordinary end to an already good trip.

    - The small touches Strike Zone and Fish 4 Reel provides including providing two local cell phones to allow for cost effective calls home, providing Internet access, handling my advance request for cigars, and providing details on what to expect, customary tips, etc. are much appreciated, and help to distinguish you from most of the operations we have fished with over the years.



    Thanks again. The only thing I would change is to have a few marlin around in the mix, but they just were not there for the entire fleet this trip. Maybe next time!



    Sincerely,

    Scott, Ashok, E.B., and Steve


    Scott took some awesome pictures that I will share with you.....


    This will get you fired UP...I can't say enough about Guatemala.....IT IS GREAT~~~~Thanks SCOTT and CREW


    STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS LOUISIANA & GUATEMALA ~~~~~225~279~3800


    CELEBRATING OVER 21 YEARS IN THE CHARTER BUSINESS


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    Offshore Fishing Reports from Venice and Guatemala

    Venice: Capt Kevin Aderhold had a day trip last Friday but had to run all over the Gulf to find good water with NO SHARKS....They had two Yellowfin and one Blackfin Tuna. The sharks gave them hell, but they had a good group from south Florida and they will be back for a 24hr trip in June on the 55' Strike Zone Too. We guaranteed them a lot of Yellowfin.

    Guatemala: I just got back from a wonderful trip to Antigua, Guatemala. My wife is a nurse anesthetist and she goes to Antigua as part of the Knoxville Medical Mission every year. This year the group helped about 60 people get needed operations. My son Christopher and I escorted her and I managed to slip out on Wednesday to fish with a group of guys that were in Guatemala for a wedding. What a bunch of nice guys from Alabama. Justin Schilling, Mike Harlan, Brandon Harlan and a friend. When we got down to the marina the wind was blowing about 25 kts....I didn't think we were going to make the trip...But our new captain, Joel/Hercules said let's go....and off we went.....we were leading the pack of charter boats out of the marina....most of the boats were hugging the coast but our Captain elected to go right into the seas on the Strike Zone.... As we looked back, five boats out of the fleet were heading back...He, like the American captains, just love to fish that boat. It catches a lot of billfish and takes the sea very well. We dropped our lines when we were 15 miles out and after 20 minutes we had our first Sail...The guys could not believe the fight and show that Sailfish preformed for us....We were in nonstop action all day...we ended up going 14 for 19 on Sails and three Bull Dolphin....three times we had two Sails on at one time and one time we had a triple. The group with Scott Hartley had fished the day before for three days on the Strike Zone and they had a total of 58 Sails in three days... Total Sails in four days was 72....The Strike Zone has been out catching the fleet in Guatemala when it is out fishing.

    Seth Holl ,the mate on the Strike Zone Too in Venice is heading down to Guatemala for the next few months to mate. He will help a lot knowing a lot of our customers that will be fishing in Guatemala. He doesn't know spanish but he will be sleeping with this fine chic, Rosetta Stone on a regular basis.

    I have trips going every month to Guatemala that we can add one to four anglers to the group, or you can get your own group....This is the ultimate fishing trip and adventure of a life time....

    Come fish with STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS IN LOUISIANA & GUATEMALA

    Celebrating 21 years in the charter business

    225-279-3800
    www.strikezonecharters.net

  8. Default Guatemala Offshore Fishing Report with Strike Zone Char

    Offshore Fishing Reports from Venice and Guatemala

    Venice: Capt Kevin Aderhold had a day trip last Friday but had to run all over the Gulf to find good water with NO SHARKS....They had two Yellowfin and one Blackfin Tuna. The sharks gave them hell, but they had a good group from south Florida and they will be back for a 24hr trip in June on the 55' Strike Zone Too. We guaranteed them a lot of Yellowfin.

    Guatemala: I just got back from a wonderful trip to Antigua, Guatemala. My wife is a nurse anesthetist and she goes to Antigua as part of the Knoxville Medical Mission every year. This year the group helped about 60 people get needed operations. My son Christopher and I escorted her and I managed to slip out on Wednesday to fish with a group of guys that were in Guatemala for a wedding. What a bunch of nice guys from Alabama. Justin Schilling, Mike Harlan, Brandon Harlan and a friend. When we got down to the marina the wind was blowing about 25 kts....I didn't think we were going to make the trip...But our new captain, Joel/Hercules said let's go....and off we went.....we were leading the pack of charter boats out of the marina....most of the boats were hugging the coast but our Captain elected to go right into the seas on the Strike Zone.... As we looked back, five boats out of the fleet were heading back...He, like the American captains, just love to fish that boat. It catches a lot of billfish and takes the sea very well. We dropped our lines when we were 15 miles out and after 20 minutes we had our first Sail...The guys could not believe the fight and show that Sailfish preformed for us....We were in nonstop action all day...we ended up going 14 for 19 on Sails and three Bull Dolphin....three times we had two Sails on at one time and one time we had a triple. The group with Scott Hartley had fished the day before for three days on the Strike Zone and they had a total of 58 Sails in three days... Total Sails in four days was 72....The Strike Zone has been out catching the fleet in Guatemala when it is out fishing.

    Seth Holl ,the mate on the Strike Zone Too in Venice is heading down to Guatemala for the next few months to mate. He will help a lot knowing a lot of our customers that will be fishing in Guatemala. He doesn't know spanish but he will be sleeping with this fine chic, Rosetta Stone on a regular basis.

    I have trips going every month to Guatemala that we can add one to four anglers to the group, or you can get your own group....This is the ultimate fishing trip and adventure of a life time....

    Come fish with STRIKE ZONE CHARTERS IN LOUISIANA & GUATEMALA

    Celebrating 21 years in the charter business

    225-279-3800
    www.strikezonecharters.net

  9. #81
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Merry Christmas from all at GreatSailfishing

    Guatemala Fishing Report – December 21st 2009


    'Tis the Season


    For many things - but most of all 'tis the season to be grateful for what we have : family, friends, health - and of course outstanding fishing in Guatemala !!

    The East coast of the US got cold-blasted this past week; record snowfall in Virginia and Washington, freezing cold and a couple of feet of snow further north in New York and Boston. It makes a beautiful landscape for those festive pictures, but once that novelty has worn off and you have to face the reality of shovelling and the ritual laying down of chemicals to break apart the ice............your mind is likely to wander to a tropical topic such as............"Wouldn't it be nice to be drinking a cold beer at the dock in Guatemala about now, having had a busy day reeling in a bunch of fish..........."

    Now that's my kind of festive landscape

    From here, the season (the fishing season that is) really gets into full swing. The fishing the last couple of onths has ranged from great (the Collard party raised 35 sailfish in a day 2 weeks ago) to slow going - as in a half dozen billfish raised in a day. But history says that as we move into January and February, the bite not only heats up significantly for both sailfish and marlin, it also becomes much more predictable and consistent from day to day.

    With the assistance of satellite imagery (courtesy of Terrafin), we were at least able to pinpoint the most productive areas to fish - around the temperature breaks and low chlorophyl. Unfortunately recent days have been hampered by a good deal of cloud cover when the satellite has passed over, so detail and broad coverage images have been hard to come by. To see more detail of the latest SST image from Guatemala, CLICK HERE.

    These areas of opportunity shifted dramatically from day to day - by as much as 35 miles - but we followed the science and generally had reasonable fishing when it was to be had. Sometimes the best water was as close as 9 miles from the dock - which makes for a nice short run and maximises the time the lines are in the water. Other times (and more often) it was lines in at `5-18 miles with the bite consistently between 20-25 miles out.

    Most excitement on the dock the last week or so had been reserved for the marlin bite, which had been slow up until now - but the blue water moving in seems to have triggered the bite, with boats raising Blues most days now.

    So while you are shoveling that snow, or putting on the 4th layer of clothing, think of us and consider that now is a great time to book in for a fishing trip to the calm waters and sunshine of Guatemala while we still have dates available !

  10. #80
    marlinkjs Guest

    Default Guatemala Fishing Report – Greatsailfishing ! December

    La Quema del Diablo
    This is a time of year that hopefully everyone is in good spirits as we approach the festive season. There are few peoples that enjoy a good celebration than the indigenous Guatemaltecos – and why stop at one ?? La Quema del Diablo (The burning of the devil) is a day that dates back as far as the 18th century, and is a combination of the pragmatic (take out household detritus and burn it) and culture whereby the act of burning represents the purging of evil. It is centered in Antigua in front of the Convent of Conception as locals erect an effigy of Lucifer and set it ablaze…………accompanied by fireworks that start around 6pm and continue pretty much uninterrupted all night as the crowds move from the North of the city to the “Old Capital” just outside Antigua proper.
    It is not a coincidence that the Fiesta immediately precedes the Fiesta de La Virgen de Inmaculada Concepción Fas it also represents the struggle of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception with the devil throughout her life. The Virgin is a very special saint for Guatemala - she was declared patron Saint of Guatemala City as early as 1738, and patron Saint of the Americas by Charles III in 1756. From the start of December until Semana Santa (Holy Week), there is no shortage of festivities to observe if you care to take a break from fishing for a day.
    The Collard group arrived from the snow of Rhode Island a little apprehensive as they were to start fishing immediately after the full moon. Many anglers (and Captains) hold the opinion that during the full moon phase, the predatory fish are able to pursue their quarry during the night and hence are less aggressive for an easy meal during the day. Certainly the day did start out a little slow – and the fish that rose to the teasers were lazy and picky. You could feel the billfish hitting the bait with their bill as to play with it rather than to consume it. Timing was everything.
    It took considerable skill and feel to determine when the sailfish had tired of playing and was ready to eat ……..and so to set the hook. On the positive side, this play provided plenty of practice (they raised 27 sailfish that day) without necessarily enduring the fight on every occasion.
    See the SST report here
    There has been a steady improvement in the marlin bite over the course of the last week, with fish raised most days. Even better, the blue water – while moving quickly and changing sometimes dramatically from day to day has remained mostly close in – lines in at about 15 miles and most action occurring at less than 20 miles from the dock. Just enough time to finish the coffee before the action starts !
    The snow has started to fall and stay on the ground in the Northern US States - so now is a great time to book in for a fishing trip to the calm waters and sunshine of Guatemala while we still have dates available ! Get our FREE Angling Guide to Guatemala

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