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September 10, 2007

Dean and Felix come to Guatemala

Two hurricanes - but the fish don't seem to mind

This Guatemala fishing report is for the week ending
September 9th 2007 and is prepared by
The Great Sailfishing Company operating out of the new Pez Vela

It's times like this that we are glad to have a mountain range
and substantial land mass between our boats nestled in the
Pez Vela Marina and the warm currents of the Caribbean.
First Dean decided to make an appearance, but thankfully
stayed on a true ENE track - but then Felix called and said
he wanted to visit. We knew from experience that by the time
the storm made it to the volcanoes guarding the coast, the
winds would have subsided - but several inches of rain over
the highlands can become a torrent as they flow down to the
coast and can easily overwhelm the flood infrastructure and cause

The town of Puerto San Jose next to the marina was battered
by heavy rain for 6 hours, and many of the culverts were quickly
overwhelmed - but the multiple inlets cut into the town absorbed
the bulk of the flood and directed it into the floodplain and from there
out to sea.

No serious injuries, minor damage - but tons of debris being
washed miles out to sea. This quickly became a sanctuary for
smaller fish to hide below - and so the food chain took over.

This was apparent as soon as the boats headed out after the
storm. A minimum of two pairs of eyes were needed on the
flybridge to look out for "floaters" (almost a misnomer as they
are large logs that actually float just below the surface) that may
lurk and can rip a hole through even the heaviest of hulls.
Beneath almost every log however, the Dorado schooled - and
so provided sport and dinner for all. In my opinion, casting a
9wt to a 15lb dolphin is at least as much fun as swinging to
a 13wt to a 100lb sailfish. You have the spectacle of the
aerobatic fight, but frequently get to sight cast to a targeted
fish 60ft away and really flyfish.

This is the time of year when almost all species can be found
in the bait rich water. One day fishing brought 10+ sailfish to the
boat as well as a full complement of dorado and tuna - the only
thing missing was a Marlin?..maybe this week !

GreatMarlinFishing day !

Our Favorite Fishing Quote for the week:

" Scholars have long known that fishing eventually
turns men into philosophers. Unfortunately, it is
almost impossible to buy decent tackle on a
philosopher's salary"

~ Patrick F. McManus

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