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Old 12-12-2009, 03:04 PM   #1
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Y'all can have winter, I'm already tired of the cold. I'm counting down the days until Feb when I get back to Guatemala. This is the post from last's year trip...maybe some of you guys will enjoy the post again.......

Guatemala (22 Sails, 38 Yellowfin, 27 Dorado)

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class=smalltxt vAlign=top><SPAN id=_ctl1_ctlTopic_ctlPanelBar_ctlTopicsRepeater__c tl1_lblFullMessage>Last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (10/10-12)we fished with Brad Philipps aboard Decisive out of Iztapa Guatemala. This was my fourth trip with Brad and once again, Brad and crew, nor Guatemala dissapointed us. I have now fished 12 days with Brad and our daily billfish average is 14! My group included John Duckworth, Steve Theiss, and Martin Beasley.

Friday - 1hr run in decent seas, no fish after two hours,so weran another hour. Picked up two sails. Martin's first Pacific Sail and Steve's first Sail.The wet season has just endedso we fished near thevarious trees and other debris that we found. At mid day we found a tree holding large Dorado. 4HRS later we had 21 Dorado 20-45 LBS and 7 more sails. At one point, while fighting a double of sails, with one dorado on too, we had a blue show up behind the boat, but were unable to get it to eat.













Saturday - we ran 2 hrs back to where all the debris and trees had been. As expected the debris had moved east, but Brad felt it was better to work the bottom structure in the area rather thansearch foryesterday's debris. Our fishing was on ledges ranging from 200'-400'. Again, about noon, we found a heavy concentration of spinner dolphin, birds, and tuna. 4 hours later, 10 Sails and 29 Yellowfin ranging from 5-50 lbs. Several times we had 4YF on at once. Also, note, we are using 20# tackle. We also had two doubles on Sails.We also caught2 dorado in the 20-25 lbs range.



I had some crap, maybe blood on my lens obsuring thepicture. Note the Volcano in the background. This is a circle hook pitch bait for marlin. It does work, we caught a nice blue last year on this type of rig. We also trolled Islanders and Lures w/ j-hooks for Blue Marlin.











Sharks while rare off the Guatemala coast, must have noticed all the carcasses we were throwing over as the crew has to clean the meat fish as we catch them thanks to limited ice and cooler space.

Sunday - we ran back to where the tunas had been, found them again. In less than two hours we had two sails, 9 YF Tuna, and 3 dorados. I don't know if we were tired but the avg weight of the tuna seemed larger than on Saturday, but none were north of 50 lbs. Brad, said he knewhe was killing usgoing through all the Tuna, so we trolled the rest of the day concentratingonblue marlin. We raised 4more sails and only caught one, ending another highly successful tripin Guatemala.











The 21 Dorado (FRI)and 29 YF (SAT)are the most of these species that Brad has caught in a single day. Obviously, we ate alot of good fish and were happy to be able to feed many of the locals in the Iztapa area.



Many thanks to Brad and his crew, Kennedy and Danilo; Brad's wife Cindy, our host for fabulous service, great eats and plenty of drinks. Thanks to Guatemala and its friendly people. You are an unbelievablelittle fishing hole. To "Duck," Steve, and Martin, lets do it again!

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Old 12-12-2009, 03:17 PM   #2
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wow :clap
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:10 PM   #3
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I was really hoping this was going to be a poor me thread so I could say it snowed last Saturday and today raining an 39 degress. Board as hell and I need to go fishing before my wife kicks me out. Nice pics.
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:42 PM   #4
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Wow I want to go there and bring my Yak.
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Old 12-12-2009, 06:24 PM   #5
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It's not telling what you Yak guys could do down there. One of the days I'm going to try to Rooster Fish while down there. What's wild is seeing the single engine Pangas 50 miles out.
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Old 12-13-2009, 10:15 AM   #6
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Wow great trip. Can you give us an idea of the cost of a trip down there?
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Old 12-13-2009, 05:43 PM   #7
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I go w/ 3 other anglers. It comes out to $4,500 per person for everything. I am sure you could go cheaper, but these guys are one of the top boats and they tend to every detail.

Break down, $2800.00 (lodge, meals, fishing 3 days/4 nights) + $500 tip (deckhands, staff, driver, etc) +/- $700.00 Air + $250.00 Bar Tab + $250.00 dinner in Guatemala City and miscellenous = $4500.00 total.....
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Sweet.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:33 AM   #9
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: #1f5080; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Looks like the best way to spend $4,500 to me. WOW!! :letsdrink<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: #1f5080; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: #1f5080; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; COLOR: #1f5080; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">Unfortunately I don't think the wife would see it that way. :hoppingmad
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