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March 10, 2008

Pacific Fins - Guatemala - Fishing Report March 10, 2008

Guatemala Billfish Bite Is Still HOT

Capt. Ron Hamlin - Pacific Fins Resort - Guatemala Fishing Report - March 9, 2008

The famous sailfish bite in Guatemala continues to be very hot and marlin are still part of the mix. In fact, Captain Tito on the Fishy Business released a nice Black Marlin last week. The past two weeks the weather has been great, apart from a couple of windy days. The temperatures have been in the 80's and the seas have been calm. There has been an abundance of bait in the area and when that happens the sailfish tend to be less aggressive. But make no mistake, the fish are here in huge numbers. On best day was on February 19th when my first mate and relief Captain Sammy was at the helm and they raised over 80 sails and had 44 releases.

February 15th through 17th we had Dan Clark, Vince Sr., Vince Jr., Kevin Della, and Rick McKenna, all from Florida, fishing with Capt. Eddie Bairez aboard the Circle Hook. This was their first trip to Guatemala. In three days we raised 109 Sails, had 78 bites and released 52 sailfish. They really had a great time!! Who wouldn't with this kind of action?

On February 18th an old friend S.E. Ellender and Duke Gallager, and a couple of his friends fished on the Circle Hook. They returned to Guatemala after 5 years. They had a great day with most of the action coming in the afternoon, ending up with 18 releases out of 33 bites, raising 36 Sails total!

On February 19th the crew from the Outdoor Channel's hottest fishing show was at the resort filming "World Class Sport Fishing." Captain Eddie Bairez had the privilege of fishing with Capt. Peter Wright, Show Host Sue Vermilion, Producer Guest Tony Gillham from Alaska, and the terrific cameraman Rick Whetphal.

They got some great underwater footage of bait balls, birds, and of course the great Guatemalan fishing! After an 18 mile run in nice flat calm waters, the group had double sails come up before the second outrigger could even be lowered. The morning continued with fairly steady action but the afternoon was a white hot bite with singles, to doubles, and triples. Sue was watching Tony catching sails, but she had to get in the action helping with multiple hook ups, and even Peter Wright had to reel one in from the bridge! The group ended up with, 25 Sails released out of 35 Bites, raising 59!!!!!!! Tony caught his first Sailfish, and become really good at pitching baits on the short teasers. It was an awesome time.

The week of March 1st, the Hooked Up with Captain Haron Valdez fished with Larry Ekey, Robert Marini, Dennis Radloff, and John Speilberger . This group wanted to mix it up a bit so we fished for Sails, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna and Dorado. Over the three days we managed to catch 38 Sailhish, 8 Yellowfin Tuna from 25 to 35 pounds, and several Dorado over 35 pounds with the largest being 47 pounds.

The first week of March saw some great action aboard the Captain Hook as well. Pope Langdale and his fishing buddy Harold were here as first-time fly fisherman. They learned fast, and had very good hand-eye coordination. We fished 1 bait in the rigger with a hook as the fish were somewhat finicky. We raised 73, had 19 bites and caught 5 on the one bait. The last 2 days they caught another 13 on the bait and also got it going on the fly releasing 7 out of 12.

On the 5th and 6th we had Steve Sody's group and he brought along a special guest Greg Pindely. Greg is an angler who converted to being a captain. We fished St. Thomas and Venezeula together back in the early 80's. We raised 57 sailfish, had 48 bites and released 24.

We still have a few dates available for the next couple of months and don't' forget that May usually starts our best season for Marlin. Summer rates with big discounts start June 1st as well, so call Rick Hazelwood at (888) 700-3467 today to book your trip.

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