Great Sailfish Company

About the Fishing

While there are many places in the world that claim to be the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” there is no place that can rival Guatemala when it comes to the consistent numbers of rises, bites and releases. Any brief search of the internet, numerous fishing magazines, or articles will provide figures that say pretty much the same thing: raises of over 25 sailfish per day are common, double and triple hookups are common, and - on average - between 15 and 22 sailfish are caught and released per boat, per day on conventional gear, 10-20 on the fly. There is also the possibility of raising a blue marlin any time of the year! During the 2005/06 season there were new records set for the number of sailfish caught in a single day by one boat: 122 on conventional, 57 on the fly.

About the Lodging

The Great Sailfishing Company packages include two different options for lodging and accommodations. Whether you prefer the luxury of a private villa staffed with your own personal chef, maid and waitress, or the larger resort atmosphere of the Villas Del Pacifico, we will completely customize your accommodations to best meet your needs. Villas Del Pacifico Resort is a large beach-front hotel offering angler and non-anglers a large variety of amenities and activities, including two large swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar,) a full gym, weekend disco and club, tennis, pool tables, and much more. For larger groups or for those preferring a more personal, private experience, there is also the option of a private villa. These beautiful private homes are located in the Villas Del Pacifico complex and include a private chef, waitress and maid. All have either a private or semi-private pool as well. Both complexes feature 24-hour security personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

Price

2008 rates 6 days 7 nights $4,100.00 per person 4 to a boat.
This lodge can be booked for a shorter number of days with many pricing options available.

 

Location

Marina Pez Vela - Iztapa, Guatemala

Season

November through mid-May

Capacity

Each private villa can accommodate groups of up to 8 comfortably; larger groups may be accommodated in adjacent properties within the same complex. Special pricing extended to groups of 12 and larger

Species

Sailfish, dorado, blue and striped marlin, roosterfish, tuna

General Information

The Great Sailfishing Company has been providing economical all-inclusive sportfishing trips in Guatemala for many years. Each package is customized to make sure your overall Guatemalan experience is the best it can be.

Fishing & General Information

LENGTH OF STAY
Standard packages last between 3 to 7 days, although trips of any length can be arranged.

THE FISHING
While there are many places in the world that claim to be the “Sailfish Capital of the World,” there is no place that can rival Guatemala when it comes to the consistent numbers of rises, bites and releases. Any brief search of the internet, numerous fishing magazines, or articles will provide figures that say pretty much the same thing: raises of over 25 sailfish per day are common, double and triple hookups are common, and - on average - between 15 and 22 sailfish are caught and released per boat, per day on conventional gear, 10-20 on the fly. There is also the possibility of raising a blue marlin any time of the year! During the 2005/06 season there were new records set for the number of sailfish caught in a single day by one boat: 122 on conventional, 57 on the fly.

Guatemala is still relatively unknown for big sailfish tournaments and fancy beachfront resorts, and it is overall a relatively new destination in the world of billfishing. The attraction, however, lies in the large numbers of fish. What is it about the waters of Guatemala that attracts so many sailfish? The shape of the sea bottom, the flow of ocean currents, water temperature, sea life, and an amazing amount of food and baitfish all contribute to creating a habitat in which Pacific Sailfish thrive. In fact some say Guatemala is the world’s most fertile Pacific Sailfish breeding grounds. The Guatemalan Government and local fishermen have also played their part by adopting a catch and release policy for billfish and mandating the use of circle hooks.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT OFFERED
G.S.F.C. offers top quality boats ranging from 28 to 38 feet, including their newest acquisition, a 35ft Bertram Sportfisher - the M/V "Reel Diver". All vessels at G.S.F.C. undergo routine servicing to allow you to experience the best sailfishing in the world. Conventional tackle includes Shimano, Penn and Okuma mated to stand-up. Fly tackle from 9 through 16 weights includes Cam Siegler rods and Billy Pate reels. All of the captains and mates are well experienced in both conventional and fly-fishing tackle.

Accommodations

THE LODGING
The Great Sailfishing Company packages include two different options for lodging and accommodations. Whether you prefer the luxury of a private villa staffed with your own personal chef, maid and waitress, or the larger resort atmosphere of the Villas Del Pacifico, we will completely customize your accommodations to best meet your needs.

Villas Del Pacifico Resort is a large beach-front hotel offering angler and non-anglers a large variety of amenities and activities, including two large swimming pools (one with a swim-up bar,) a full gym, weekend disco and club, tennis, pool tables, and much more. For larger groups or for those preferring a more personal, private experience, there is also the option of a private villa. These beautiful private homes are located in the Villas Del Pacifico complex and include a private chef, waitress and maid. All have either a private or semi-private pool as well. Both complexes feature 24-hour security personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay.

Travel Specifics

HOW TO GET THERE
Fly from your home city to Guatemala City, Guatemala. After processing through immigrations and customs, you will walk outside the arrival lobby where a representative from The Great Sailfishing Company will meet you. You will then be transferred to either the Villas Del Pacifico Resort or to a private villa in Iztapa, a trip that takes approximately 2 hours.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED
A valid passport is required for all visitors to Guatemala and must be valid for at least six (6) months beyond the duration of your stay. Citizens of the U.S., the British Commonwealth, and Canada are NOT required to have Visas.

Non-Angling Activities

For non-anglers Guatemala is an interesting and diverse country. Side trips can be arranged to the town of Antigua, the ruins of Tikal, and the Lake Atitlan region. These areas offer national parks, biosphere reserves, incredible wildlife viewing, Mayan temples, shopping, horseback riding, golf, and much more.

Other Information / Testimonials

OTHER INFORMATION
To accommodate early flight departures, clients will typically spend their final night at the Hotel Real Inter-Continental in Guatemala City. This is a true 5-star hotel located in the heart of Guatemala City's most popular restaurant and nightlife district. Located ten minutes from the airport, this is among Guatemala's finest hotels.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrive in Guatemala City. Reception by a Great Sailfishing English speaking staff or owner. Transfer to either the Villas Del Pacifico Resort or to a private villa in Iztapa. Ride takes about two hours, and drinks are served.

Days 2, 3 and 4 - Full fishing days. You and your party will be served a full American breakfast before transfer to the marina. Typical fishing day is 7:00 AM until 4:30 PM. Lunch and beverages will be served on board the sportfishing boats. In addition to the abundant sailfish population, you will have the opportunity to catch blue/black marlin, yellowfin tuna, dorado, roosterfish and wahoo.

Day 4 - If your flight back home leaves before 10:30 AM, your last night will be spent at one of the quality hotels in the viva zone of Guatemala City. If your departure leaves after 10:30 AM, then you will have your choice of last night stay.

Day 5 - Depart for USA.

TESTIMONIALS
"We caught over 50 sailfish and several Mahi Mahi in the three days of fishing! Everything went extremely well - the food, accomodations, boat, crew, airport pickup, etc. were all first rate. We would recommend this trip to anyone interested."
- Rich K.