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February 09, 2011

15 Great Sailfish Spots

Whether you want triple-digit trophies, double-digit-release days or both, here are 15 great sailfish spots in three oceans where you can make it happen

Guatemala, Iztapa

No spot in the world is as renowned for its sailfishing as is Guatemala. That's not surprising when, for example, one angler in one day enjoyed 82 shots and released 52 sails.

Why You Should Go: On a typical day, you can expect at least 20 shots and on a good day, many more. And these are big fish - running 80 to 105 pounds for the most part. But wait, there's more: Most of the time, the Pacific here is flat. Travel costs from the states will set you back neither an arm nor a leg. Outstanding boats and crews, great for light-tackle and fly-rod bait/switch action.

But... Expectations can run too high; even here there are no guarantees, and off days do happen. The run to find fish might be quite close but at times could be 20 to 30 miles, or even more.

Contact: Jim Turner at Casa Vieja Lodge, www.casaviejalodge.com.