It’s got friendly folks, perfect weather and so many sailfish you can even land ’em on a fly rod
There are world-class sportfishing lodges, captains and crews
Although Guatemala isn’t as well known among Canuck anglers as it should be, serious big-game anglers have been coming to the country’s Pacific coast long enough that there’s an excellent sportfishing infrastructure, with several world-class lodges, all operating safe, comfortable boats with experienced, professional, English-speaking crews. And all the gear you need is on the boat, for both trolling and fly fishing. Pictured above is our awesome crew from the KnotWork, a 35-foot Luhrs Flybridge. Left to right, that’s captain Carlos Alvarenga Alverez, me, my fishing compadre Phil Shook, and mates Alex Montenegro Fajardo and Jose Alvarenga Alverez (the skipper’s brother).
For my adventure, I chose the all-inclusive Pacific Fins (above), in the town of Iztapa, about 90 minutes drive from Guatemala City’s international airport. Pacific Fins is right on the water, with air-conditioned villas and suites, all with sundecks facing the ocean. I’ve been to enough fishing lodges over the years to recognize when a place is well run, and this one is a gem. It offered outstanding fishing and lodging, including incredible local table fare (especially the seafood), and a pool, bar and cabana that looked a lot like a tropical poster I used to have in my university dorm room.