Sailfish Oasis Lodge - Guatemala
As one of the largest breeding grounds for Pacific sailfish, Guatemala is among the finest sailfishing destinations in the world. Guatemala holds both the conventional and fly fishing records for most sailfish released in one day. Sailfish Oasis Lodge won the Billfish Foundation’s Overall Release category and the Sailfish Release category for the Pacific for 2014.
Sailfish Oasis Lodge Fishing
The Sailfish Oasis fleet often releases 30 sailfish a day during peak season and has a year-round daily average of 15 to 20 releases. While their peak season is from October to June, sailfish are caught year round.
Throughout the year, anglers enjoy calm waters and the benefit of a friendly fishing community, where captains are in constant communication to ensure everyone has an
unforgettable fishing experience. Whether you are new to the sport or an expert fly fisherman, Sailfish Oasis Lodge's experienced captains and mates will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to land a billfish on a fly.
Species and Seasons:
Sailfish: Great year-round, with truly exceptional fishing from late-October through June.
Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin: Are available year-round, however, July and August have seen the largest number of blue marlin. They do raise occasional black and striped marlin, but the waters of Guatemala are predominately inhabited by blue marlin averaging between 200-500 pounds.
Dorado: All year-round, but especially in their rainy season which is May thru September.
Yellowfin Tuna: September thru January.
Roosterfish: December thru February.
Snook: June thru October.
Sailfish Oasis Boats:
Captain Hook is a 43 ft. Willis made famous by Captain Ron Hamlin. The boat is powered by twin Cummins diesels and was built in North Carolina by master boat builders.
Their wooden hulls produce a low rumbling sound notorious for raising billfish. The Captain Hook's ability to raise fish is proven by the many records it has set for numbers of
fish caught in one day and one year.
The Allure II is arguably the finest charter sportfishing vessel in Guatemala. It’s a 1996, 40’ Custom Carolina Capps, with a cruise speed of 23 knots.
Captain “Kiwi” Chris has been fishing the Pacific coast of Guatemala since 2002. It is fully equipped with top of the line Shimano reels, custom rods, a marlin tower, a modern electronics package, and a reputation for excellent food and very cold beer.
The Intensity is a one-of-a-kind 37’ Gamefisherman with Captain Mike Sheeder at the helm. Designed and built specifically for billfishing in Central American waters, she has speed, comfort, and maneuverability, with a cruising speed of up to 30 knots. The Intensity is powered by twin Cummins motors, giving her 900-h.p.
The Makina is a new addition to the fleet. She is a 2001, 36’ Out Island Express powered by Cummins 450HP C-Series motors. With a 26-knot cruise, top of the line tackle, AC in the cabin and the common area and a very experienced and fun Captain Juanga at the wheel.
About Sailfish Lodge
Five minutes from the Marina, Sailfish Oasis Lodge is the perfect place to relax after a long day of fishing. The lodge is situated in a secure, residential, tree-lined development.
This spacious, private property boasts an outdoor area with lush gardens, an inviting pool, and boardwalks to your private, air-conditioned bungalows. In the evenings, guests gather
at the open air bar and restaurant to share fish tales and to dine on delicious food, including prime U.S. beef, grilled jumbo shrimp, ceviche, and yellowfin sashimi.
Guy's Recap of our 2014 Hosted Week:
Day 1: We raised 14, landing 3 on flies and 3 on bait.
Day 2: We raised 36, landing 8 on flies and 9 on bait.
Day 3: We raised 22 and landed 3 on flies and 3 on bait.
Day 4: We raised 18 and landed 3 on flies, 4 on bait, and we also caught 2 large dorados.
Captain “Kiwi” Chris and his crew did an excellent job of teasing the sails to the back of the boat - for an easy cast with a fly rod. It’s very exciting to watch a 50-100 pound fish eat your fly 25 feet from the boat.
The lodge was really nice, and the meals were very good.
I would highly recommend Sailfish Oasis Lodge to a flyrodder or conventional angler.
- Guy Schoenborn
You’ll be met at La Aurora International by a member of the lodge’s staff. He will escort you to your private vehicle. It’s a 90-minute drive (this ground transfer is included in the package) from the airport to Sailfish Oasis Lodge on the Pacific Coast. For an additional fee, a helicopter flight can be arranged that will reduce the travel time to 15 minutes.
Captain Hook, Makina and Intensity Packages:
5-nights and 4-days guided fishing:
2-anglers per boat $5,745.00
3-anglers per boat $4,525.00
4-anglers per boat $3,700.00
5-anglers per boat $3,430.00
6-anglers per boat $2,795.00
The Allure II Package:
2-anglers per boat $6,555.00
3-anglers per boat $4,950.00
4-anglers per boat $4,010.00
5-anglers per boat $3,745.00
Click on link for a PDF of all rates.
Fishing packages include:
Fishing with experienced captain and crew, conventional and fly tackle (one fly), bait, lunch, fruit and snacks, beer and non-alcoholic beverages included on the boat on fishing days, lodging at Sailfish Oasis Lodge, all ground transfers in Guatemala, all meals at the lodge (breakfast, appetizers, and evening meal), and internet use.
Fishing packages do not include:
International airfare to/from Guatemala City, gratuities to staff, boat captains, porters, and guides, personal expenses, beverages (other than soda and beer on fishing days on the boat), any extra flies used (first fly is free), travel insurance (recommended), lunch in Antigua, beverages, room tax, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Fishing Days: Breakfast is served at 6:00 a.m. You’ll then be taken to Marina Pez Vela. You will leave the dock at 7:00 a.m. for a full day of fishing with lunch, snacks, beer and non- alcoholic beverages included. Between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., you’ll return to the dock to be met by your driver who’ll transport you back to the hotel. Appetizers and then dinner follow.