This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending
January 14th 2008 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company
operating out of the new Pez Vela
The New Year has continued at the same pace as we
left the old one behind. Plenty of billfish being raised and
caught consistently from 12-35 miles from the dock.
I am writing this report from Boston as we prepare for the
fly-fishing show this week – and it is hard to imagine the
completely different world of sunny skies, calm seas and
aggressive billfish from here. We have just enjoyed our
first Nor’easter of the year (but not the first of the season), and
as I was digging my way out this morning, my mind easily
wandered to the Pez Vela Marina in Guatemala.
It is quite a contrast from the snow boots and shovel to the
amble down the dock to the waiting boat. The sun waking from long
shadows on the deck, the crew preparing the baits – the gently
rumble of the exhaust as the boat kicks into gear.
About the only thing we have in common this morning is
our concern about ice……..albeit for slightly different reasons.
We have welcomed several groups down over the New Year
period, and they have all enjoyed a strong and consistent bite.
Mark Weekes and family came to visit all the way from Tokyo, and
fished for eight days straight. You have to admire the stamina.
They had a great variety of fishing, from big bull Dorado, to light
tackle and flyfishing for schools of splashing Bonita.
The highlight however was hooking up to his first marlin on the fly.
The Blue took the fly close to the end of day, but it was a good size
fish even on a 15wt., and Mark settled in for a long fight.
The cap’n was unsure exactly how large the marlin was, and so played
the fish, the boat and Mark quite gently until he got a good eye on it.
He estimated the Blue at 250lbs., and started working the boat towards
the fish which had sounded hard. The sun was setting, and there was still
little purchase – all Mark could do was to keep good pressure on the
fish and try to raise its head. Eventually almost 3 hours later, the fish
was at the boat and revived to swim away.
The Joint Venture returned to the dock in the dark, only a few stragglers
remained to see the marlin release flag flying – but we had the pictures
and the memory locked away.
A strong Marlin
bite, 20+ raises per day being the norm at the moment – and even
food for the table……….things are fishing well in the
rich fishing grounds off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala.
The boats are ready, the crews are primed – come down and enjoy
the buildup to what we hope is going to be a great season
fishing with The Great Sailfishing Company
We still have availability for some of the popular dates, so don’t
wait, give us a call at 1-877-763-0851 or send us an email (below)
to check on dates – we would look forward to welcoming you to
some of the finest fishing anywhere.
Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:
“ Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal
relationship of man”
~ Herbert Hoover
Les, Carlos, Kevin and Jim
The GreatSailfishing Company