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Sport Fishing - Other Activity Iztapa - Guatemala

Sailfish. The holy grail of deep sea fisherman and found in such numbers off the coast of Iztapa that it is possible to actually get a little bored of them. However, there are also large numbers of blue, black and striped marlin, tuna, dorado and roosterfish to keep the game interesting. The reason for this prime hunting ground is a glorious, bait-rich eddy where the currents from Mexico turn back after hitting the coast of El Salvador. This fantastic gift of nature has turned the coast off Iztapa into the sailfish capital of the world.

Sailfish caught are normally in the 70-90 pound (31-40 kg.) range, but there are regular releases of fish over 100 pounds (45 kg.) as well. A year round average of 15 to 20 bites a day reaches a regular 40 bites in peak season with top boats averaging 2,000 releases per year. All sailfish and marlin are fished on a catch and release basis but the others you are free to keep, within reason.

Weather wise, it is rare that conditions are so bad that it is not possible to put to sea and whilst certain times of the year are better for different fish, sailfish can be caught all year round, including during rainy season which is from late June to September. It only usually rains for a couple of hours each day.

Most of the fishing takes place fifteen to fifty miles off shore so those visitors looking just to take in a day should not be tempted by any promises of local fisherman with a panga. The lodges may have a boat available. Fly fishing is the order of the day and novices are as welcome as the experienced.

Sailfish: 70-120 pounds (30-55 kg.); best time of year is November to May.

Marlin: Pacific blue, black, striped; 250-800 pounds (160-360 kg.); best time of year is October to December.

Yellow Fin Tuna: 15 to 30 pounds (7-14 kg.); best time of year is during the summer months.

Dorado: possible all year but best time is May to September.

Iztapa, Guatemala

Other Activity

Relative price: High End

Travel Skills: intermediate/somewhat difficult.

You Need to Bring:

All gear can be provided or bring your own.

Currencies accepted
US dollar

By Kathryn
Independent and optimistic, I believe in following your dreams and have been doing just that, traveling the world for the last 9 years. British by...
11 May 2010

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