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May 09, 2011

By Andy Hahn

Since Artmarina began its operation in Guatemala in 1993, the waters off Iztapa have produced a steady stream of high-number records: most sailfish released in a year by a boat/captain (2,126 in 1995), most sailfish released by a boat in a single day (71), most sailfish released by one angler in one day (48)...
While listening to guests at the Fins n' Feathers Inn describe their Guatemalan fishing experiences, the phrase I heard most frequently was "dream trip." "I've been hearing about this place for years. I finally got a group together for this trip, and we've had a great time," Patrick Crump of Memphis, Tennessee, told me. Such a great time, in fact, that Crump and his friend, Steve Turner, took advantage of an open boat in the lodge┬┐' schedule, juggled airline reservations and stayed for an extra day of fishing. An obviously stoked Turner said," I never caught a sailfish before.
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When you should use a landing net and why.
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Year-round availability of a variety of species for both inshore and offshore anglers, not to mention ease of access, means there's no excuse for not visiting Florida's New Smyrna Beach.Situated on Route 44 near the junction of Interstates 4 and 95, New Smyrna Beach lies about an hour's drive from Orlando and 25 minutes from Daytona Beach (both cities have international airports).Need a place to stay? Lodging ranges from high-rise beachfront condos to hotels, motels, bed-and-breakfasts and campgrounds. Local restaurants run the gamut from fast-food to elegant dining.
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Pardon my french, but New Smyrna Beach offers year-round angling variety.
Capt. Mike Hakala904-428-8530www.floridaysfishing.com Capt. Joe Porcelli904-228-0941Cookie Cutter Charters904-304-0006The Fishin Store904-427-4514www.fishinstore.com For a complete list of area guides, charter boats, tackle shops and marinas call 800-541-9621 or stop by the New Smyrna Beach Visitor Center at 115 Canal Street.
Built for smoothness and stopping power, drag systems must perform under pressure.