Sailfish Bay Lodge

Lodge Report

You will not find finer, more experienced Guatemalan crews than the ones on the boats of Sailfish Bay. Captain Lan Melendez has been sport fishing in Guatemala for 13 years, and the head mate Tito Mora is also a licensed captain with more than 15 years of experience. Both are considered among the best in Guatemala and are experts at both conventional and fly fishing. They carry a variety of signature-series fly equipment, and lightweight conventional tackle is available onboard as well. Since our operators first started in business, they claim that not one client has failed to release a sailfish! To protect this amazing fishery, they practice catch-and-release and use only circle hooks (Guatemala is the first country to mandate the use of circle hooks and catch-and-release for billfish.) Their two primary boats, the “Maverick” and "Gypsy", are stocked with bottled water, sodas, beer, and fresh fruit. A hot lunch, including hamburgers and chicken breast sandwiches, is served daily, and the crews will be happy to cook fresh-caught dorado or tuna. Corporate outings, packages, and special events can easily be arranged for larger groups, as our operators have relationships established with several other boats and crews.

Lodge Details

The newly built lodge is located on a barrier island between the Chiquimulia Canal and the Pacific Ocean. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the lodge is situated close to colonial Spain's first Central America seaport, Puerto Ixtapa - a mere five-minute boat ride along the canal. The overall complex includes two, two-story bungalows with a total of eight beachfront air-conditioned bedrooms. The spacious rooms were done with a contemporary design and all rooms have a private bath and shower. There is an outdoor bar and lounge area, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, large restaurant and dining area, a gift and tackle shop, and a central office building. The pool, bar and Jacuzzi are located at the top of the property, all with a magnificent view of the ocean. The restaurant is set at the bottom of the property overlooking the bay. As many accolades as the lodge receives on the fishing, they receive an equal number on the food and the overall service. You will enjoy breakfasts consisting of fresh fruit, cereal, pancakes and eggs cooked to order, fresh roasted Guatemalan coffee and freshly squeezed orange or pineapple juice. In the evening, the lodge's chef will prepare fresh fish on the grill, jumbo shrimp, lobster, and delicious seafood soups. The open bar features several local beers, national liquors and a great selection of Chilean wines. With 24-hour security personnel you are able to relax at the end of the day in a secluded, safe and comfortable environment.

 

Price

2009 rates Winter Season $5,026.001 6 days 7 nights per person 4 per boat

Location

Iztapa, Guatemala

Season

Year-round

Capacity

Maximum of sixteen fishing guests per week

Species

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

General Information

Guatemala has gained an international reputation as having one of the highest year-round concentrations of billfish, particularly Pacific sailfish. In fact, scientists who have studied the large numbers of sailfish off the coast of Guatemala have concluded this region may be the largest breeding ground for Pacific sailfish in the world.

Fishing & General Information

LENGTH OF STAY
Standard packages last between 3 to 7 days.

THE FISHING
You will not find finer, more experienced Guatemalan crews than the ones on the boats of Sailfish Bay. They carry a variety of signature-series fly equipment, and lightweight conventional tackle is available onboard as well. Since our operators first started in business, they claim that not one client has failed to release a sailfish! To protect this amazing fishery, they practice catch-and-release and use only circle hooks (Guatemala is the first country to mandate the use of circle hooks and catch-and-release for billfish.) Their three primary boats, the “Maverick”, "Sirena", and "Gypsy", are stocked with bottled water, sodas, beer, and fresh fruit. A hot lunch, including hamburgers and chicken breast sandwiches, is served daily, and the crews will be happy to cook fresh-caught dorado or tuna. Corporate outings, packages, and special events can easily be arranged for larger groups, as our operators have relationships established with several other boats and crews.

BOATS AND EQUIPMENT OFFERED
The three primary boats are twin 32-foot Blackfin named "Maverick" and "Gypsy" and a 35-foot Viking named "Sirena." All of Sailfish Bay's crews are among the finest in all of Guatemala. For conventional gear, they feature Penn reels, Star and Outer Banks rods. They also carry Stu Apte Signature Series Diamondback rods and Abel fly rods and reels. "Maverick" is equipped with GPS and radio. Because the fishing community is small and friendly, captains in Guatemala regularly talk with each other during the day ensuring all clients have the best fishing available.

Accommodations

THE LODGING
The newly built lodge is located on a barrier island between the Chiquimulia Canal and the Pacific Ocean. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the lodge is situated close to colonial Spain's first Central America seaport, Puerto Ixtapa - a mere five-minute boat ride along the canal. The overall complex includes two, two-story bungalows with a total of eight beachfront air-conditioned bedrooms. The spacious rooms were done with a contemporary design and all rooms have a private bath and shower. There is an outdoor bar and lounge area, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, large restaurant and dining area, a gift and tackle shop, and a central office building. The pool, bar and Jacuzzi are located at the top of the property, all with a magnificent view of the ocean.

The restaurant is set at the bottom of the property overlooking the bay.
As many accolades as the lodge receives on the fishing, they receive an equal number on the food and the overall service. You will enjoy breakfasts consisting of fresh fruit, cereal, pancakes and eggs cooked to order, fresh roasted Guatemalan coffee and freshly squeezed orange or pineapple juice. In the evening, the lodge's chef will prepare fresh fish on the grill, jumbo shrimp, and delicious seafood soups. The open bar features several local beers, national liquors and a great selection of Chilean wines. With 24-hour security personnel you are able to relax at the end of the day in a secluded, safe and comfortable environment.

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 Sailfish Bay Lodge representative will meet you. You will then be transferred to the lodge, 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 Antigua, Tikal, and the Lake Atitlan region. These areas offer national parks, biosphere reserves, incredible wildlife viewing, Mayan temples, shopping, horse back riding, and much more.

Other Information / Testimonials

OTHER INFORMATION
To accommodate early flight departures, our clients spend their final night at the Radisson Hotel 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.

PRIVATE PLANE AND HELICOPTER OPTION
Sailfish Bay Lodge also has the capability to schedule those clients wishing to fly out to the coast via private plane or helicopter. You would fly into a private airplane club on the coast, The Aero Club, of which the lodge is a member. The Aero Club is right across the canal from the resort and the runway is 1 KM (3281 Feet). Please call for details.

TESTIMONIALS

"Thank you for creating a father and son vacation that was a dream come true. We will carry those memories with us for the rest of our lives".
- Jack S.
Florida