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Can anyone recommend a charter in Gutemala?

Old 02-01-2011, 02:03 PM
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Default Can anyone recommend a charter in Gutemala?

Will be there with my family and hoping to do some fishing as well..

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Old 02-01-2011, 03:06 PM
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I went to Pacific Fins couple years ago-- incredible. Almost wrecked fishing because it made fishing elsewhere seem so unproductive and actionless in comparison (I'm not kidding).

Went out 3 days in a row. Typical day was ~ 20-35 sails raised and 1/3-1/2 of those landed (trolled for them then would free spool the baits back when they lifted their bills to eat-- hard to get them to commit to swallowing ) I believe we raised 58 sails in 2 1/2 days. So many we even threw the fly at em (teased em up then switched in a fly). Went down there with a group of friends... the other boat in our group had similar stats plus caught a ~600-700 lbs Blue Marlin.

It's only for fishing though... you drive a couple hours into the middle of no where (Iztapa) and stay at the small Pacific Fins resort (armed guards patrolling the small resort 24/7 and we had an armed guard with us at all times when we left the resort).

The IGFA stats back-up the stats as Guat being by far the best place in the world to catch Sails (more than double the raise rate than Costa Rica).

Epic experience. I think we paid something like $2500-$3000 per person for 3 days of fishing plus flights, transfers and tips.

UPDATE... I just looked it up and not sure its still in biz... but look up Fins and Feathers or Pacific Fins, or any charter out of Iztapa -- that's the port area where the best fishing is.
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Old 02-01-2011, 03:22 PM
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Ron Hamlin at Casa Vieja Lodge, and Fins and Feathers Lodge, run by Tim choate.They are outstanding lodges, offering some of the best sailfishing anywhere. Ron Hamlin has released more than 15,000 sailfish.

Two of the best to choose from.
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Originally Posted by keysbearfl View Post
Ron Hamlin at Casa Vieja Lodge, and Fins and Feathers Lodge, run by Tim choate.They are outstanding lodges, offering some of the best sailfishing anywhere. Ron Hamlin has released more than 15,000 sailfish.

Two of the best to choose from.
2X Casa Vieja, going again next week.


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A sailboater was shot and killed recently in Rio Dulce while his 19 year old daughter watched. As reported in Lattitude 38. Be carefull.
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Originally Posted by 805gregg View Post
A sailboater was shot and killed recently in Rio Dulce while his 19 year old daughter watched. As reported in Lattitude 38. Be carefull.
Happens daily throughtout the world ... USA included.
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Buena Vista is an excellent choice as well. They have 2 center consoles and the Capt's/crew are great (Capt Marciel). Small place as well all inclusive and the meals were excellent. As soon as you step off the boat each day they greet you with a platter of finger food and margaritas next stop is the swimming pool then its dinner time. The owners were great host's and took us sightseeing etc several times.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:43 AM
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Very helpful guys. Thank you.
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:24 AM
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I am in Guatemala right now and will be here for the next few months. Fin and Feathers is out of business. There are multiple options available here for you to choose from. Not listing them in any order other than as I think of them.

Casa Vieja - Largest operation, All English speaking captains, quality boats and great service, package deal(boat,transfers,lodge), boats from 36 to 40ft

Pacific Fins - newest boat(35 Cabo express), very nice lodge, great service, package deal(boat,transfers,lodge), captains only some English.

Capt Brad Phillips - single boat operation with package deal(private house) or just boat charter, 40ft gamefisher boat, may be hard to find a day to charter. he told me last night that he has no open days in the next 6 weeks.

The Great sailfish company - middle priced operation, 35 to 38ft boats, captains speak some English, boat or package deal but do not own the lodging.

Buena Vista - as said above outboard boats, captains speak some English, Don't know about their lodging.

Sailfish bay - Lodge on the Island, little harder to get to and from the boats every day, captains speak some English, package deal(boat,transfers,lodge), 31 to 35 ft boats.

Many local charter boats that are just a boat and no transfers or lodging. Range from 25ft outboard to 31 Bertram's and a few larger.

The crew quality here is far above most other locations in the world. Boat quality does vary from fair to Good and the Pacific Fins Cabo is the only Newer boat here. Seldom do I see boats returning from fishing because of mechanical problems. fishing can be close or far, 5 to 40 miles. For the past 4 -5 days it has been close and that bite is starting to fall apart.

Let me know what you are looking for and I will try and lead you in a direction that fits your needs. Guatemala has great fishing but is not a family oriented location. If you are looking for your family to stay ashore and have other things to do when you are out fishing that may be a problem.

Disclaimer: I live in the Marina here but do not charter my boat. I have fished Guatemala from my boat for 8 seasons and lived in the marina all of them. I know everyone that fishes here as i also own the local tackle shop. They area all my clients.
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Old 02-02-2011, 11:32 AM
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Check out http://www.tropicalfishing.com/guatemala.html for info about fishing in Guatemala. Most offerings are packages, but a day boat is doable. It is about an hour and a half from Guatemala city or Antigua to the marina.
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