A combination of favorable winds and currents, an abundance of baitfish and consistent temperatures make Guatemalan waters the fertile big-game fishing grounds that they are. The country’s geographic location and steady winds blowing through Mexico’s Tehuantepec practically guarantee pretty calm seas and the right temperature all year.
In addition, the region’s underwater topography and the strong Equatorial Counter Current, which flows west to east, set the stage for an astonishing offshore jackpot with sailfish, marlin (blue, black and striped), tuna, and dorado filling the starring roles. And not only do the top game boats here report 20, 30 or more daily releases with some regularity, they also amass more than 2,000 billfish catches most years.
Guatemala offers terrific year-round angling, and Blue Bayou’s boats frequently raise more than 20 billfish per day. While October through June is considered peak season, the truth is that rainy season (usually mid-July through September) slows travel to the area, resulting in fewer fishing trips and lesser release numbers, but the fish are still there for anglers willing to deal with sporadic showers, which captains can frequently maneuver around fairly easily.
A little before 7:00am, anglers head to Marina Pez Vela (a 5-minute drive) to board their boat in Blue Bayou’s air-conditioned van, which will be waiting to take them back to the lodge when they return to port at about 4:30pm, after a full day on the water.
The lodge has a pair of time-proven, sportfishing boats, both well maintained, rigged specifically for big-game angling, and fully equipped with topnotch gear:
Sails Call: This 35-foot Bertram boasts a spacious cockpit with ample fishing room, comfortable seating, an air-conditioned cabin with private head, and a sun cover that provides welcome shade and easily retracts when the bite is on. The renowned hull design of this Bertram provides a stable fishing platform and ensures a smooth, comfy ride to and from the fishing grounds in any conditions. And, powered by twin Cummins diesels, the boat cruises easily at 21 knots.
Sails Pitch: This 28-foot Carolina Classic incorporates a surprisingly roomy cockpit in a functional layout that, along with the boat’s maneuverability, make it a superb fish-fighting machine. Comforts include seating to port and starboard, an electric head and a covered area under the helm station. Powered by twin 240 hp Yanmars, this boat cruises efficiently at speeds of up to 22 knots.
Blue Bayou’s boats carry a selection of flies and fly outfits from top brands, rigged specifically for offshore big-game, however, visiting anglers are welcome to bring their own gear and enlist the experienced crews to help with proper rigging.