5,000 The Hard Way

Capt. Chris Sheeder caught 5,000 billfish on a fly in Casa Vieja, Guatemala

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As most do, one such sailfish takes off on a spectacular run. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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Capt. Chris Sheeder is one of the very best at catching billfish on fly rods. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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Optimal hook placement is at the base of the bill. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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Sheeder constantly watches the teasers. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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John Frazier puts the heat to a sailfish that’s dogging him deep. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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Poppy Brownlee fights her first sailfish caught on a fly. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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A sail raises its dorsal before release. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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Poppy Brownlee and Sheeder celebrate his remarkable accomplishment. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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Pink-and-white Cam Sigler tube flies are the fly of choice, but Sheeder says a well-teased billfish will bite any color fly. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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Ballyhoo are rigged hookless and cast as teaser baits to lure sails close to the boat. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
Sailfish Fishing Photo
Sailfish Fishing Photo
The mates on the Rum Line get set to tag a sailfish before releasing it. Photo by John BrownleeJohn Brownlee
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The bite happens right behind the transom. Photo by John Brownleeohn Brownlee
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Sail catching air, doing what they do. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier
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A side trip to the ancient city of Antigua is a must. Photo by John FrazierJohn Frazier