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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)

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