GUATEMALA FISHING VACATION GUATEMALA SPORTFISHING AND FLY FISHING
fISH SPECIES
MARLIN

MARLIN FISHING IN GUATEMALA

The best season is considered to be in the months of November and April, but just like any species and fishery, yearly fluctuations do occur. Many major tournaments targeting Blue Marlin take place in October and Novembe

Long established as the premier destination for Sailfish, Guatemala is fast building a reputation also for Blue Marlin as well as Black Marlin and (rarely or less frequently) striped marlin.
The productive and bait-rich waters and currents off the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, coming down from Mexico and pushing towards Panama  already hold records for numbers of billfish – including most in a day on conventional (124) and on the fly (57)….as well as most in a season. The same factors that attract such numbers of Sailfish also contribute to the catch rates of Blue Marlin interspersed with Black Marlin at times.
The fishery is primarily known for the prolific numbers of sailfish and remains  largely undeveloped for Marlin, as the fleet has always focused attention and tactics that target Sailfish – but even with the smaller baits and slower trolling speeds we have seen a consistent trend of improving raises for Blues that average 350-400lbs.   
The season overlaps with the sailfish season, with most marlin raises occurring during the months of December and April - but  because the fleet have not regularly targeted the Marlin, it is largely unknown as to the full potential – but we do have experience over past seasons of most boats raising at least one fish per day when the runs have been on.

Our sense is that if we direct our efforts towards Marlin tactics, these statistics can only improve, and we anticipate the fishery becoming a significant Bluewater destination for all pelagics over the coming seasons.

It is therefore a pioneering investment that is required – but the opportunity exists to be among the first to “discover” a new Marlin fishery, with the worst case outcome being to switch tactics and catch Sailfish either on conventional or fly until your arms fall off !

We have the boats, crews, equipment and gear – we just need some anglers with a pioneering spirit and a sense of adventure to accompany us. We will work with you to adjust our tactics to yours to make it a thrilling adventure for all of us !

 

Pacific Blue Marlin

Pacific Blue Marlin make their homes all across the Pacific, including the warm blue waters of Guatemala. The best season is considered to be in the months of November and April, but just like any species and fishery, yearly fluctuations do occur. Many major tournaments targeting Blue Marlin take place in October and November when most anglers feel the highest populations exist.

The Pacific Blue Marlin is considered by many to be sportfishing's ultimate prize. Growing as large as 2000 pounds (the largest caught on rod and reel was 1,805 pounds in Hawaii in 1970), and often seen in Mexican waters from 300-600 pounds in season, the fish is as acrobatic as it is powerful. Alive, the Pacific Blue tends to make colossal runs - like times trial on a liquid dragstrip - and perform aerial shows that give even non-anglers the opportunity to witness their majestic beauty. The Blue Marlin is truly a treat to catch.

Anglers like to troll artificial plugs, but when conditions dictate, live and dead baiting techniques are used extensively. Drop-backs are often employed, using Ballyhoo or similar fish as baits. When using live bait such as a skipjack tuna (7-15 pounds is a good size), the bait will exhibit certain behaviors while attached to the line. It will become nervous when a larger fish is near and a strike is impending, and this is where the angler's and the boat driver's skills must work in unison. Although many claim the right approach is to count to 10 or more after the initial strike, Marlin open their mouths wide and engulf the entire bait with a vacuum-like force, and the hook is often safely set about 3 to 5 seconds after the taking of the bait. Any longer and the fish tends to have swallowed the bait making for a less enjoyable fight and a higher chance of mortality caused by gut-hooking.

Though many biological characteristics distinguish the Blue Marlin from the Black, the easiest way to tell is from the pectoral fins. On a Blue Marlin, the pecs are hinged and will retract close into the body, whereas a Black Marlin's pectorals are fixed.

The current IGFA record for Pacific Blue Marlin is 1,376 pounds, and this fish was caught in Hawaii in 1982.

 

Black Marlin

To four and a half metres. This is a heavy, thick set marlin of warm Indo-Pacific oceans which reaches our northern coasts in summer months wandering in the waters off Guatemala. The short, thick spear, low dorsal lobe and fixed pectoral fin are features which immediately distinguish this species from the more abundant striped marlin. Colour is blue-black above, greyish-white below, and an overall bronze flush is sometimes present. Stripes are often present but may fade quickly after capture. Any other fishes are taken as food. Black marlin are most regularly encountered around shallow reef structures. Captures of this species have dwindled in recent years, largely because of the swing towards lure fishing. Specialists targeting black marlin with large live-baits continue to have success

 

For more information or questions contact us
International:
1-336 655 0541

Guatemala:
Office: 00(502) 7934-62-20
Cell: 5966-4528 or 4065-1179

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