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October 31, 2013

Guatemala: April 6- 11, 2014

We’re going back to this Guatemalan fishing destination to take advantage of the area’s huge number of billfish. With numbers like 124 releases in a single day by one boat, 300 releases in three days on conventional tackle, 57 in a single day fly-fishing and an overall annual release rate of a dozen billfish per day per boat, it's clear that Guatemala's Pacific coast is the perfect place to learn the intricacies of the bait-and-switch.


April 6 – 11, 2014


Iztapa, Guatemala


Casa Vieja Lodge –

At Casa Vieja Lodge, they take exceptional pride in assuring you world-class vessels, run by highly respected captains with day-end returns, and the highest-quality accommodations imaginable. The lodge is located less than a mile from the entrance of Marina Pez Vela. After a day on the water, you can be back in the Casa Vieja's pool in five minutes. If calm waters and multiple shots at marlin and sailfish excite you, then the Pacific coast of Guatemala is your paradise.

Fishing In Guatemala

Since the early 1990s when boats discovered a huge concentration of Pacific sails, sport fishing has flourished off Guatemala’s Pacific coast. Anglers from all over the world have come here to catch thousands and thousands of big, eager Pacific sails. Guatemala’s almost nonstop action makes it the perfect place for getting comfortable with feeding billfish using a lever-drag reel.    

Charter boats here frequently release more than 2,000 billfish a year. Sometimes, the billfishing gets crazy out of the small port of Iztapa, with anglers catching more than 60 sails a day! Runs here are usually within 25 miles, but sometimes boats travel 40 miles or more to find the main concentrations. On the plus side of those longer runs, the charter boats have started encountering more and more blue marlin, and several boats had record blue marlin releases last year. 

Boats here troll circle-hook ballyhoo rigs in conjunction with teasers in a bait-and-switch setup. Boats will run two or four ballyhoo baits in the water with two or more plastic teasers from the flybridge and cockpit If a marlin comes up on one of the smaller baits or a teaser, the angler and crews reach for the big pitch bait they have on standby at all times. Getting used to seeing a billfish in the spread and knowing what to do next only comes through repetition, and that’s why Guatemala makes an excellent addition to our Marlin U class schedule. We plan on getting you a ton of bites and making you good in a hurry.


Read about fishing in Guatemala in Marlin Magazine:
A Trip to Casa Vieja



Trip Information

Another Central American jewel, Guatemala enjoys the reputation of being the “Sailfish Capital of the World.” Guatemala shares its main border with Mexico to the north, the Caribbean Sea and Belize to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Honduras and El Salvador to the south. Guatemala exudes a natural beauty, blanketed by deep rainforests and studded with active volcanoes. The Pacific coast of Guatemala is covered by vast, sprawling beaches of glistening black volcanic sand and small palm trees. We take a 1½-hour scenic drive from Guatemala City to Iztapa and view beautiful farms, forests and active volcanoes safely in the distance.

After an exciting day on the water, we come back to the resort and enjoy a favorite beverage by the pool and an outstanding gourmet meal, specially prepared by the chef. The evenings end with a variety of seminars taught by Marlin University instructors. Students are met at the Guatemala Airport by a Marlin University representative and then travel by group to the Casa Vieja Lodge. This class accommodates 16 students and includes four days of fishing.


For more information please email
or call 1-888-281-5720, ext 4606 or direct (407)-571-4606.