This past Friday April 23rd we took out one of our funniest groups yet.  I was contacted by a volunteering group of Doctors from Texas, mostly from the Houston's practicing region hospitals.  They were all down here on a type of mission that involved several serious surgery´s for impoverished Guatemala´s that had no way of accessing such medical attention.  Most days they completed around 60 operations while working out of Antigua´s Hermano Pedro (Church/Hospital in Antigua). Such operations included implants for elderly folks needing replacement hip, joints, etc.  So to say I was happy to take such great people out fishing was an understatement.  Since the group was rather large I captained the Fat Cat.  This boat is a larger 30 foot hydro cat.  The day was incredible, we reached blue water at just about 10 miles which is ideal.  We put the lines down at about 15 miles and it wasn´t long before we had out first one on.  The fishing from that point pretty much dropped off to nothing for a long time.  We had gotten lots of chatting from the locals that were involved in a local tournament telling us that their were sails all over the place at about 20 miles, but they were not biting.  I guess there was too much bait fish concentrated in one area.  We headed to the hot spot to find that what was being said was in fact true.  I was spotting birds, dolphin's, and even whales working a 1 mile by 1 mile pocket.  I was even more surprised to see that from the tower I was spotting schools of 5 to a dozen Sail fish just picking at the top of the surface with their sails exposed.  I did everything in my power to get them to bite and nothing was happening.  Very strange!!!  This was a prefect day for live bait, but in Guatemala 100% of folks use dead bollyhoo.  The end result was 2 for 4 bites with sail fish, and a couple of very close calls with some humpback whales near the boat for great pictures.  Lots of life, time to start thinking about a bubblier for the rest of the fleet.  Our newest boat for next year will have such equipment.  Great group and we thank faith in practice for joining us in the sail fish Capital and helping out local Guatemalans in need.

Capt Starrs

Sunday I took the picasso out for a run after getting it serviced.  We decided to do some inshore fishing due to the fact that the rooster fishing had been pretty good.  Since we got a late jump on the morning I think with the tide changes we just missed the prime hours.  After 1 hour of trolling and only having my outriggers popped once, i decided to troll around some shrimp boats I saw fishing by the port.  Good decision because the Jacks were averaging 15 pounds and biting good.  We took 3 home and a nice size Spanish Mack.  All were caught on 12 lb spinning reels.  I have never had a rod bent over so much until now.  Great fun.


Capt Starrs

15 to 20 lb Jack Crevalle behind shrimp boats are almost certain!




While fishing last week, the trends of the productive blue water heading from 15 miles out to 30 miles remains the same.  Having three days this past week to fish on the 11th, 12th, and 13th we were able to hook lots of fish.  Bill fish were slow to bite, but with the help of shared information over the radio and at the docks we were able to get several bites for our group from Michigan.  There was some nice Tuna action as well.  A few nice size yellow fine mixed things up each day.  Around the 25 lb range.  We found hundreds of smaller spinning Dolphins that helped us find the fish most days, and we even got to see a hump back whale about 15 yards of the bow.  Very exciting time here in Guatemala.

Capt Starrs
Sorry for the delayed fishing reports!!!!  Too much Fishing!!!

Well the end of January and the beginning of Feburary goes like this:  With the father and son repeat group from Michigan, from last year we were able to slam the sails.  Last year this time we also did pretty well.  Releasing at least 12 sails a day for 15 to 18 bites in a 6 hour time period.  This year was a bit different.  For starters each time we raised a Sail, we would have at least a double or triple no matter what.  They were schooling for sure, vs hitting one at a time.  So that was a change for the better.  The results were pretty much the same, but I would say at least 20 bites for 2 of the 3 days we were out.  Secondly, the weather was less forgiving.  While Guatemala is known for extremely calm seas, we got rocked each day.  6 foot rollers is tough to handle but the bite was not affected.  This strong wind over that week actually blew the productive blue water from 20 miles to 15 miles in 2 days, and then 8 miles just a few days later.  At the moment we are currently fishing at only 8 miles with calm seas and at least 20 to 30 raised sails as a result.   We have some spots open this March which is my favorite time, hope to see you soon.

Capt Starrs

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Humidity: 79%

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