2007/08 Guatemala Fishing Report September 9th 2007



Raing on the fishing for sailfish


This Guatemala fishing report is for the two weeks ending September 9th 2007 and is prepared by The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela Marina . 

It’s times like this that we are glad to have a mountain range and substantial land mass between our boats nestled in the Pez Vela Marina and the warm currents of the Caribbean . First Dean decided to make an appearance, but thankfully stayed on a true ENE track – but then Felix called and said he wanted to visit. We knew from experience that by the time the storm made it to the volcanoes guarding the coast, the winds would have subsided – but several inches of rain over the highlands can become a torrent as they flow down to the coast and can easily overwhelm the flood infrastructure and cause devastation.

The town of Puerto San Jose next to the marina was battered by heavy rain for 6 hours, and many of the culverts were quickly overwhelmed – but the multiple inlets cut into the town absorbed the bulk of the flood and directed it into the floodplain and from there out to sea.

No serious injuries, minor damage – but tons of debris being washed miles out to sea. This quickly became a sanctuary for smaller fish to hide below – and so the food chain took over. This was apparent as soon as the boats headed out after the storm. A minimum of two pairs of eyes were needed on the flybridge to look out for “floaters” (almost a misnomer as they are large logs that actually float just below the surface) that may lurk and can rip a hole through even the heaviest of hulls.

Beneath almost every log however, the Dorado schooled – and so provided sport and dinner for all. In my opinion, casting a 9wt to a 15lb dolphin is at least as much fun as swinging to a 13wt to a 100lb sailfish. You have the spectacle of the aerobatic fight, but frequently get to sight cast to a targeted fish 60ft away and really flyfish. This is the time of year when almost all species can be found in the bait rich water. One day fishing brought 10+ sailfish to the boat as well as a full complement of dorado and tuna – the only thing missing was a Marlin…..maybe this week !

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week :

"Scholars have long known that fishing eventually turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a philosopher’s salary”   
~ Patrick F. McManus  





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