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August 25, 2003.
Malindi, Kenya

Yellow Fin Tuna in Malindi, Kenya

In our annual news letter I wrote about the potential of the Ziwayu catchment area, and how we were looking forward to fishing this area earlier in the season. All expectations for this area were reached on Saturday the 23rd August when Eclare fished by Batian Craig and Richard Moller fishing the Bunson Gamefishing Challenge an annual Tournament out of Malindi left Ngomeni on the first day. They only fished this area for two hours as they had to be back to Malindi for the weigh in on time. In the two hours they managed to clean up the Tournament with an amazing catch of 5 Big Yellowfin they weighed in at 93,92,90,80 and 79 kgs This is an incredible catch by any standards and only done in two hours. Batian caught the biggest of 93kg which is being claimed as a Kenya record on 36 kg line. We do not know how long these big Yellowfin will remain in this area we are hoping into October any one wanting to do battle with one of these amazing fish should try to get here in the near future.

Eclare won the tournament with this amazing catch. SnowGoose came second Thomas Wright released a Bullshark estimated at 230 Kg (500 lbs) Tina came third with a tagged Sailfish and some Wahoo fished by the Holroyd family.

August 18, 2003.

Peacock Bass Fishing In Guri Lake

Mr. John Billy Koonsman from Snyder, Texas along with Alejandro, have been yanking and cranking at the camp for the past twelve days. When the water quit frothing from them ripping Big Game Woodchoppers and they put their rod and reels up, John Billy and Alejandro had managed to boat 126 peacock bass from 10lbs up to 15lbs over a twelve day fishing odyssey. For the last two days of the trip, Luis Negrin, and I joined John Billy and Alejandro. Luis had never used a rod and reel before, but he quickly became a veteran fish catcher with one. Within five minutes of making his first cast in the fast flowing waters of the La Paragua River, Luis hooked up and boated his first big peacock bass, which tipped the scales at a respectable 13lb 8oz. Luis managed to boat another nine fish from 10-12lbs before our two days were up, and he also caught his first ever payara that weighed in at 11lbs 8oz. I would like it noted that I had 32 peacock bass from 10lbs up to a trip winner of 17-1/2lbs in my limited time at the camp. For those of you out there who have dreamed of just catching one peacock bass over ten pounds, imagine the enjoyment of the group when the final numbers were compiled. There were 168 peacock bass from 10lb to 17lbs 8oz. There were also 250+ peacock bass from 8-9lbs, and these are the tackle busting ones that make you think you have latched onto a Tasmanian Devil. There were well over 600 peacock bass caught by John Billy, Alejandro, Luis, and myself, and only a very small amount of them weren’t five pounds or larger. John Billy won the payara prize for the trip with a 22lb toothy battler.

The most productive baits were Big Game Woodchoppers, white-skirted 1/2 ounce spinnerbaits, Gold/black backed Bomber Long A model 15A, and the ever deadly live perch. The 17lb, two of the 15lb, and two of the 14lb fish came on artificial lures for anyone wondering. The white-skirted spinnerbait caught the 17lb monster.
Best Regards,
Humberto Malaspina.

Sailfish Guatemala Fishing Report May 5th &endash; 11th, 2003

Club Nautico Fishing Tournament May 5th &endash; 9th, 2003

The local Guatemalan boat club (Club Nautico) heldit´s annual spring tournament featuring local anglers and some from other countries. Held at Guatemala´s newest and best marina, Marina Pez Vela, the anglers fished on 6 boats for 4 days and produced a fantastic 461 sailfish releases!!! That represented a daily boat average of 19 sailfish! Circle hooks were used and anglers hooked up all sailfish without the assistance of mates. Listed below are the boats involved and daily sailfish release totals. Congratulations to the winning boat “Conga”!

May 5th – 9th Totals

Conga 25 18 33 19

Sirena 22 23 24 17

Bora Bora 32 10 22 17

Full Circle 28 6 20 16

Tranqulity 21 9 20 16

Enterprice 18 13 19 6

Recently , Dr. Carlos Fortuna, president of Club Nautico, participated in a tournament at the new marina in Costa Rica, Los Suenos. The tournament consisted of 30 boats, 90 anglers and the 4 day sailfish release total was less than the tournament in Guatemala!! When we boast Guatemala has the “World´s Best Sailfishing” we aren´t just talking, we have the numbers to prove it. Congratulations to Club Nautico, Marina Pez Vela and Dr. Fortuny for producing an outstanding tournament!

May 8th Sailfish Guatemala welcomed our group from Texas, that included William Walters,Ernest “Rusty” Perry and Bryce Miller. All were interested in trying to hook up a sail on fly. Experienced in fly fishing for other species, the lure of Guatemala´s abundant sailfish population brought them to us. They didn’t have to wait long, within minutes of putting out the lines, a sail ripped into a teaser featuring a hook less ballyhoo and Islander skirt. Rusty was first up and cast his 14 weight just past the charging sail. Spotting the pink and white fly, the sail turned and grabbed it and took off , running out about 200 yards

of line. The sail danced, sounded, danced some more and after a 55 minute battle, Rusty had his first ever sail on fly…a beautiful 90lb sail. Bill followed with his first ever sail on fly and the first day produced 30 sailfish raises, 13 bites and 5 releases….a great start for the trip!

May 9th Their second day started off slower, the sailfish were seen swimming but didn´t seem hungrey. Bill landed the first of the day. Boat totals for the day were 11 raises, 5 bites and 3 releases. Still a great day of fly fishing!

May 10th Friend Bryce Miller joined in the action and was first up. Again action was quick and after an hour battle, Bryce landed his first ever sail, a 100lb

beauty! The sail put on a great show with multiple dances and jumps. This is a big sail to catch on fly! The days numbers continued on the slow side for us (yes we are spoiled by large number of sails here), the day finished with 15 raises, 6 grabbed at the flies and 2 were released.

May 11th The day started quick, right after lines were put in… finally the sails were ggressive again! The boat raised over 40 sails, 18 bit and our guys released a trip high 10! Four days of fishing produced 20 sailfish releases on fly! “A great, great trip”, all said. (Already rebooked for next March)

Lake El Salto, Mexico. For April 1st to 15th, 2003


Air Temp: 75-90°F
Water Temp: 76-82°F
Average number of bass per boat per day: 20-40
Largest bass caught: 13 lbs

Popular lures used this week:
1. Storm & Optimum Swimbaits 4″-6″ – Golden Mullet Pearl Shad, Pinfish.
2. 8″ Lizards and 10″ worms- Black with Blue tail, Black with Chartreuse tail, Blue flake, Watermelon with red flake, Green pumpkin.
3. Rattletrap- 1/2 oz. & 3/4 oz.- Silver/ with Blue back, silver/ with Black back.
4. Soft plastic jerkbaits 6″- Senkos, Kinami Flashes, Culprit, Bass Assassins- White, Baby bass, Blue Flake, Watermelon, Green Pumpkin
5. Spinnerbait- 1/2 & 3 / 4 &endash; White, White / Chartreuse, Chartreuse, Shad. Double silver willow blades.
6. Rapala & Fat Free Shad- Medium & Deep diver- Parrot, Citrus Shad, Blue Gill, Green tiger
7. Spoons &endash; 1 oz. to 1-1/2 oz. &endash; Silver, Chrome.
8. Jigs- 1/2 oz. To 3/4 oz. &endash; Black & Blue, Watermelon, Green pumpkin with trailers.

It’s starting to get a little warmer down here which should put the fishing onto the next level. Usually when the lake gets warmer a lot big fish start to

come in off deep points, flats and releases. Now the bait of choice has to be swimbaits. Storm and Optimum have been producing the best. The best

color for the Storms is golden mullet, pinfish and shad. The Optimum best color is pearl shad. We are fishing these baits in about 15-30 feet of water

and working them real slow on the bottom. The 4-6 inch swimbaits have been producing the best. Plastic worms and lizards have been the runner up

bait of choice in back with a blue tail and also black with a chartreuse tail. Most of the clients prefer Texas rigging their worms and lizards over

Carolina rigs. The both work well but the amount of structure in the lake doesn’t allow everybody to throw a Carolina rig. The level of the lake is down

quite a bit which makes the fishing better because the fish are more concentrated. Deep diving crankbaits are still producing some nice quality bass.

When our people are finding the shad busting on top of the water, a silver / blue Rattletrap has been working well. Spoons and jigs are coming on deep

in the trees and jigging them up and down with a trailer on the jig. There is a little topwater bite early in the morning and late in the afternoon.

Sailfish Guatemala Fishing Report to March 22nd, 2003.

March 12 We welcomed our returning client Ed Opler from Jackson Hole Wyoming and this year he brought legendary fly fishing casting champion Joan Wulffe and husband Ed Rogowski. Joan wanted to catch sailfish on fly and the first day fishing was successful for all! Fishing was out at 40-50 miles, a long run out, but sails were aggressive. Ed was up first and nailed a nice 80 lb sail. Ed followed and released another 80-85 lb sail. Joan watched the action and then caught her second sail in her career! Fishing on only 12 lb tippet, we hoped a new women’s world record could be set but the sail was under the current 86 lb record. Ed followed with another nice sail to end their day. March 13 The next day out was similar with the run being out to 43 miles. We encountered several large groups of spinner dolphins and then Ted started off the days fishing with a great 90-95 lb sail on fly. Joan followed quickly but still under the 86 lb mark. Ed followed with his and Ted released another, his second of the day. All used Cam Sigler flies and Joan offered fly casting lessons to Robert. A great day aboard Maverick and for dinner we served fresh dorado at our Casa del Mar.

March 14 Fun continued aboard Maverick with more sails released on fly. Our group released 4 more today. At night we welcomed another group visiting from Kansas City. Headed by Outdoor Connection’s Marc Glades, we welcomed Bill Maas, former All Pro with the KC Chiefs and now Fox Sports Prime Time Football Announcer. Along with Marc and Bill, they brought friend Jim Bell to catch some sails for their first trip to Guatemala. March 15 Action started quickly for Bill Maas fishing on Man O War when in the morning he hooked up on a 400lb plus blue marlin! The battle lasted for 1-* hours before Bill successfully gained a release! Meanwhile on Maverick, our fly fishing group continued their success while releasing more sails. Ed ended the day and their trip, releasing a 110lb sail on fly with a battle lasting about 1 hour and 15 minutes! The sail came close to the boat 3 times before heading to deeper water! It was a struggle and caught on 12 lb tippet. If Joan had taken her turn (she passed this one to Ed), we would have had a new world women’s record! Thanks for the great time Joan, Ted and Ed! We look forward to the return trip! March 16 Our group with Bill Maas, Marc Glades and Jim Bell slammed some sails starting in the late morning. Action was steady for the afternoon and they ended with 28 sail releases! Our guests using circle hooks hooked all up! This was their first experience with circle hooks and they saw first hand how successful this works on billfish. Guatemala has proven to the industry that circle hooks are more successful with billfish than j hooks and are much safer. There is no reason not to switch, it only takes a little time to learn the method and the sails are not harmed and clients are happier!

March 17 Action aboard Maverick started quickly for our guys. Robert worked on their technique using circle hooks and by late morning they had released 10 sails. Then the guys asked if we could teach them fly fishing. We pulled out our fly equipment and began practicing the cast and hook up method. Bill was first up and the first sail we teased up he hooked. After a 15 minute run, the sail finally threw the hook on a leap completely out of the water. Bill was disappointed but we assured him he would have another chance. Jim went second and after several misses, successfully released his first ever sail on fly! Weighing about 80 lbs, the sail gave several dramatic tail walking exhibitions. Marc was up next and hooked a large sail and the battle was on! Lasting about 45 minutes, Marc too released his first sail on fly, weighing about 110lbs, this sail proved to be a challenge with jumps, deep dives and furious headshakes! Now it was Bill’s turn…. Our mates teased up another big sail, and it aggressively attacked Bill’s pink and white Cam Sigler fly. The fight was on…. First running out about 200 yards, the sail leaped, danced, dove deep and proved a formable challenge to our former All Pro. The battle lasted almost 1 1/2 hours before Bill was able to land it! Another first time sail on fly! About his trip with us, Bill remarked, “This was the most awesome fishing trip ever! A 400 lb blue marlin, lots of sails and a sail on fly. It doesn’t get any better!”

March 19 We welcomed 3 students on spring break from the University of Georgia, Heath Norman, StephenGreene and Preston Kimbrel. Rather than the beaches of Ft. Lauderdale, they decided to come fishing in Guatemala, catch some sails and see if they could catch one on fly. The first day out was rough! Seas were 3-6 ft and the wind was blowing at 40knots. Unusual for Guatemala, nevertheless, sails were still active and they released 16 sails on conventional for their first day. March 20 Weather continued to be rough, effects of the full moon?? Fishing proved slower and 8 sails were released on conventional. Other boats reported the same slower action. When you fish out of Guatemala you leave almost due south and the boats move either SW or SE. Today boats began fishing in different directions to try and find a hot spot.

March 21 Our clients decided to switch to fly fishing since the weather had settled down. We decided to run out to about 40 miles along with several other boats. Action was definitely slow for all and when flyfishing, boats raise less fish because of fewer lines. Heath was up first and took advantage of the firstsail aggressively teased in, he cast perfectly and the sail smashed his fly. The fight lasted about 45 minutes and Heath successfully released his first ever sail on fly. Stephen was up next and slammed the first sail up! Sails were not particularly aggressive or hungry and other boats fishing conventional reported the same. Next up was Preston….we teased another sail up after he dropped off our teaser lines two times. Our mates and captain worked hard on this fish and finally Preston was able to cast…. The sail, now very angry, inhaled the fly and after an hour, Preston had caught his first sail on fly! We had 3 bites and 3 releases, these guys took advantage of their shots!

March 22 Fishing was incredibly slow all day. We had 3 come up and play with the teasers early on but simply disappeared. They were not hungry at all. The day continued this way, sails would come up and swim away with no interest. Boats fishing conventional reported the same, there was very little interest in the bait. We ended the day with only 8 up and no bites. Several times we observed sails lying on the water and showed no interest in our lines. The water is excellent color right now but apparently filled with bait. Sometimes even in Guatemala it’s slow……..

Iztapa, Guatemala, Feb. 12th, 2003. Another record for the most billfish released in a day with fly gear was posted by yet another vessel in the Artmarina fleet. Taking full advantage of a huge concentration of sailfish that had moved into the waters off the southern coast of Guatemala, anglers visiting from the Sarasota-Clearwater area in South Florida released a total of 24 using fly tackle and IGFA rules while fishing aboard the MAGIC, in the country’s southern port town of Iztapa.

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