2007/08 Guatemala Fishing Report December 2nd 2007

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Blue Marlin Fishing in Guatemala


This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending December 2nd 2007 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina .

Sometimes the requests for Santa are fairly straight forward - a new reel, a traveling rod case, a splendid GreatSailfishing tshirt - sometimes however, they can be a bit of a challenge.

We had an inquiry from the North Pole that had been relayed on from Russia - Sergey Ilinykh really, REALLY wanted to hook up to a Blue Marlin that would challenge his technique as well as his equipment.
He had been monitoring our fishing reports from Guatemala, and had browsed the claims on our site that has been promoting the remarkable Marlin bite over the last couple of seasons at - and he figured this was the place to make his bet.

Although he didn't have to visit the North Pole before arriving in Guatemala - he did have to fly through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, which can be a challenge to his technique all by itself. Sure enough, some weather and flight delays caused him to miss his connection, and inevitably he would arrive a day later than planned. Now the decision - sacrifice a days fishing, or curtail the Tikal trip by a day ? Approximately 3 seconds later, he relayed the message to us in Guatemala - pickup at the airport, head straight for the coast.

The fishing has been great the last couple of weeks, as reported in our prior reports; lines in at 10 miles, a strong and steady Sailfish bite. Raises in the 20+ have been consistent day after day. One of our groups last week raised over 50 Sailfish in a day - out came the fly gear, and Mr. Schafferius successfully also added his first billfish on the fly to his (considerable) list of achievements.

With this knowledge, Sergey boarded the Joint Venture with an air of optimism.

It didn't take long until the first Sailfish were in the boat - but it was clearly Marlin that he was after. Midday .... sailfish bashing the left teaser....when the Cap'n calls out "Marlin on left rigger" - and sure enough there was the long shadow looming under the bait. Francisco (aka Guapo) handles the reel as his 25 years of experience have taught, and carefully guides the bait towards the transom. The marlin follows, the shadow becomes less grey, lights up and chases, he yanks at the last minute... Hermano pitches the belly-bait on the Penn 50W - and they are hooked up to a magnificent, and very large Blue Marlin.

The weight estimates continued to increase as the fight bore on - first it was the "regular" 350lbs....then it became 500lbs....the fight wore on. The original hookup was at 19 miles, but she was eventually brought to the boat at 27 miles 4 hours later. The cap'n estimated the weight at over 700lbs - too large to be brought in for pictures, so the effort moved instantly to revive and release. It took some time, but eventually she shook her massive bill and slipped off into the deep blue water.

Santa always does his best.

More days, more fishing and more Blue Marlin have followed. To be updated in next weeks report.

A strong Marlin bite, good numbers of Sailfish raise and caught - and
even food for the table....things are definitely looking up 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 :

"Be patient and calm - for no one can catch fish in anger"
~ Herbert Hoover   




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