Why Guatemala is the #1 place in the world for Canadian anglers to catch a billfish

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Guatemala: A tropical fishing paradise

It’s got friendly folks, perfect weather and so many sailfish you can even land ’em on a fly rod

Scott Gardner
Scott Gardner

I’ve recently returned from one of the most exciting and dramatic fishing adventures of my life: Pacific sailfish off the coast of Guatemala. I’ve never experienced anything like the visceral thrill of seeing the aerial acrobatics and raw power of these enormous fish. And there’s no question that today, Guatemala is the best place in the word to catch a sailfish, with boats consistently hitting 10 to 15 fish per day.

When travelling over the years, I’ve learned to manage expectations, but this trip, to Pacfic Fins Resort and Marina, exceeded anything I imagined. The full story will appear in December, in Outdoor Canada’s Ice Fishing issue. But for now, here’s why I found Guatemala to be such a great destination.

Scott Gardner

Scott Gardner

Outdoor Canada associate editor and fly-fishing columnist Scott Gardner is happiest when he's on the water fishing (especially from his kayak) or just surrounded by trees, preferably out of cell phone range. Since joining Outdoor Canada in 2010, Scott has won nine National Communication Awards from the Outdoor Writers of Canada for his adventure travel and fly fishing articles, and been nominated for five National Magazine Awards.

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