Pacific Sailfish

Guatemala is famous for its prolific population of acrobatic Sailfish. They are common the offshore fishing waters within 20 miles of the Guatemalan shore all year around, although they concentrate most in the months of October through May. A terrific light tackle opponent, the sailfish is known for its schooling, multiple hook-up tendencies and aerial acrobatics. The Pacific variety are significantly larger than their Atlantic cousins - with an avergae fish being in the 80-100lb range - and much larger fish in the 120lb class common. All fishing for sailfish and other bollfish in Guatemala is catch and release.

Caught by trolling, teasing, and drop-back baiting methods for those paying close attention to when they arrive in the lure pattern behind a boat, schooling Sailfish are the target of tournament anglers from Baja to Peru on the Pacific side and Florida to Brazil on the Atlantic side, with places such as Panama and Guatemala considered prime.

Sail fishing off the Pacific coast of Guatemala, the northern most country of Central America, offers anglers a once in a lifetime international sports fishing experience. Anglers return home with many memories that will last forever. Sailfish are great fighters; upon being hooked they first leap high above the waterline while shaking their head, then dive deep making the anglers reel hiss, hiss and hiss some more! It is extremely important to have a reel with a very smooth drag and anti-reversing feature (keeps your knuckles and fingers in good shape).

Sailfish truly are hardy fighters leaping and diving many times before becoming totally exhausted and giving in to the angler. When the angler finally brings their sail in along side the boat and looks deeply into it's large translucent eyes, he will never forget the experience. Even better, the sailfish is brought onboard for a photograph on the angler’s lap after which it is returned to the water, where it is held by one of the mates until it recuperates its strength and swims away to fight another day. The Great Sailfishing Company supports and promotes catch and release for all billfish. It comes as a surprise to some anglers that sailfish are smooth, with no scales and covered in “sailfish goo” which makes them slippery to the touch. This is a protective coating that guards the fish against parasites so the less it is handled the better.

Sailfish are found in tropical and subtropical waters worldwide and are related to the Spearfish and Marlin families. Females may spawn several times a year in the warm waters off the Pacific shores of Guatemala, Central America each releasing over one million eggs at a time, which are promptly fertilized by a male. Once fertilized, the eggs hatch in a day and a half and give birth to larvae that live near the surface making them easy prey to a large variety of predators. Of the over one million eggs released by the female, less than a half a dozen will actually become adult sailfish. The larvae turn into small sailfish and from about one inch they can grow to 4 or 5 feet long in a year. When adults they can reach over nine feet in length and weight up to 140 lbs, the female generally the larger fish. However, the average catch is between 70 to 100lbs and 6 to 7 feet in length. The record is 141lbs. Once adults, sailfish only have to worry about big adult Mako sharks, their natural predators, which are scarce in this part of the Pacific Ocean. Experts say sailfish can live up to 10 years but they usually average 4 or 5. Guatemalan law states that all billfish must be released once caught. The lack of natural predators, that females spawn several times a year, the fishing policies promoted by the Government of Guatemala and that local fishermen follow those policies, as a whole, are in great part the reason why there are so many sailfish near the coasts of Guatemala making this country the best place in the world to fish for sailfish.





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