Fishing Reports

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Pacific Coast of Guatemala - February 23rd, 2007
  • Recorded:
  • Hot
  • 86 ° F 
  • Fishing: Fair
   The only bad thing about spending a week during the month of February fly fishing for Sailfish in 82 degree ocean water and 85 degree daily air temperature, is getting off the plane to be welcomed by a 34 degree temperature and a stiff breeze.
   Traveled to Guatemala last week with a group from bend to fly fish for Sailfish and Marlin out of the town of Iztapa. The weather was great with sun filled days and temps in the mid 80’s. The ocean was nice and flat for us and the blue water (warm water) was only 10 miles offshore which made for short boat rides to the fishing grounds. The fishing was a lot slower than the last time I was there, only raising around 10 Sailfish a day. Normally this time of year yields the highest concentration of Sailfish in the world, and it’s not uncommon to see 50 or 60 Sailfish behind the boat each day.
   The first day was a learning day getting everyone up to speed on the nuances of teasing billfish up, the bait and switch and hook setting techniques needed to catch these magnificent fish on the fly. We would take turns on deck, changing every time the angler on deck would get a shot at a fish. We had a few missed fish at first, but soon everyone was developing the confidence and skills needed to get the job done. Bruce Schafer was the first to hook and land a Sailfish on our trip. It was the energizer Sailfish that came out of the water like a missile and grey hounded toward the horizon, and it kept going, and going, and going. Finally Bruce turned the fish and after a half an hour of reeling in close to 200yds of line with an 8 ft fish on the other end, the Captain grabbed the bill and pulled the Sailfish in the boat for some quick photo’s. I think every time we brought a Sailfish onboard the stocks for film and digital photo companies around the world, would go up a few percent. Hans Eriksson was up next and we only had the teasers in the water for a couple of minutes before a Sail crashed the spread, Hans made a nice cast and the fish shot over and tried to grab his fly. The hot Sail missed the dual 6/0 hooks and disappeared for a second or two, only to come out of nowhere and hammer the fly on a dead run and this time it was a solid hook-up. Hans did a great job during the fight and soon had the fish next to the boat for the release. Graig Martini may have been last to land his first fish, but he certainly wasn’t the least. Graig, even being the new guy to the saltwater fly fishing world, ended up the top rod on our trip with more hook-ups than anyone else. Overall it was a great trip, everyone caught Sailfish on the fly, we shared the water every day with Dolphins, Whales and Sea Turtles and the best part was enjoying the experience with a great group of guys.

The Patient Angler
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