Fly Fishing Guatemala
Located at the northern end of the Central American isthmus, Guatemala’s volatile topography is a mountainous and forested jumble of volcanoes, jungle and rugged Pacific coastline. The western highlands have over 30 volcanoes, several of which are still active and still cast a red glow at night. And while Guatemala has become known as a volatile and volcanic country, it has also earned the reputation as the billfish capital of the world. Guatemala has such strong bluewater fishing because of the Equatorial Counter Current, a well-defined west-to-east ocean flow that creates a type of “billfish highway” which gathers most of the billfish just off of Guatemala's coast. With numbers like “85 sailfish released in a single day” and “35 on the fly in one day,” it's hard for any other region in the world to compete with this year-round bite. In addition to the great sailfishing, the area is also home to impressive numbers of blue, black and striped marlin, Dorado, roosterfish, tuna and more.
Pelagic and migratory, the sailfish found in the waters of Guatemala usually travel alone or in small groups, average 70 to 100 pounds in size. They can be taken year-round, although the recommended season for sails is usually November through May. Marlin, ranging in size from 200 to over 500 pounds, can also be taken year-round in the waters of Guatemala, although they show up most reliably in the fall from October through December. Both sailfish and marlin grow to incredible sizes in the waters of Guatemala, and are without a doubt the alpha predators among all pelagic fish species in the region.