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Fish With Us at Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala: May 30 – June 4, 2023

Thank you for your interest in Marlin University! Since the early 1990s when boats discovered a huge concentration of Pacific sails, sport fishing has flourished off Guatemala’s Pacific Coast. Anglers from all over the world have come here to catch thousands and thousands of big, eager Pacific sails. Guatemala’s almost nonstop action makes it the perfect place to get comfortable feeding billfish using a lever-drag reel.


About the Event

Charter boats here frequently release more than 2,000 billfish a year. Sometimes, the billfishing gets crazy out of the small port of Iztapa, with anglers catching 60 to 100 sails a day! Runs here are usually within 25 miles, but sometimes boats travel 40 miles or more to find the main concentrations. On the plus side of those longer runs, the charter boats have started encountering more blue marlin, and several boats recorded blue marlin releases last year.


The itinerary is:

  • Day 1 - Arrival and Welcome Cocktails & Dinner
  • Day 2 - Breakfast - Day One of Fishing & Learning - Dinner
  • Day 3 - Breakfast - Day Two of Fishing & Learning - Dinner
  • Day 4 - Breakfast - Day Three of Fishing & Learning – Dinner
  • Day 5 – Breakfast – Day Four of Fishing & Learning with a mini-tournament - Dinner, Awards & Graduation ceremony
  • Day 6 - Departure Day

Lunch is served on board each day.

Boats here troll circle-hook ballyhoo rigs in conjunction with teasers in a bait-and-switch setup. Boats will run two or four ballyhoo baits in the water, with two or more plastic teasers from the fly-bridge and cockpit. If a marlin comes up on one of the smaller baits or teaser, the angler and crews reach for the big pitch bait they have on standby at all times. Getting used to seeing a billfish in the spread and knowing what to do next only comes through repetition, and that’s why Guatemala makes an excellent addition to our Marlin University class schedule. We plan on getting you a ton of bites and making you good in a hurry.

"Guatemala’s huge numbers of billfish make it impossible to pass up. More than 100 releases in a single day, totaling 300 catches across three days, are a real possibility. Almost nowhere else in the world offers this many shots at billfish, and we make sure you’re there during prime season. Guatemala’s prolific Pacific Coast is a perfect place to learn the bait-and-switch."

Trip Information

Another Central American jewel, Guatemala enjoys the reputation of being the Sailfish Capital of the World. Guatemala shares its main border with Mexico to the north, the Caribbean Sea and Belize to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and Honduras and El Salvador to the south. Guatemala exudes a natural beauty, blanketed by deep rainforests and studded with active volcanoes. The Pacific coast of Guatemala is covered by vast, sprawling beaches of glistening black volcanic sand and small palm trees. We take a one-and-a-half hour scenic drive from Guatemala City to Iztapa and view beautiful farms, forests and active volcanoes safely in the distance.

After an exciting day on the water, we come back to the resort and enjoy a favorite beverage by the pool and an outstanding gourmet meal, specially prepared by the chef. The evenings end with a variety of seminars taught by Marlin University instructors. Students are met at the Guatemala Airport by a Marlin University representative and then travel by group to the Casa Vieja Lodge. This class accommodates 16 students and includes four days of fishing.


At Casa Vieja Lodge, the staff takes exceptional pride to ensure you world-class vessels, run by highly respected captains with day-end returns, as well as the highest-quality accommodations imaginable. The lodge is located less than a mile from the entrance of Marina Pez Vela. After a day on the water, you can be back in the Casa Vieja's pool in five minutes. If calm waters and multiple shots at marlin and sailfish excite you, then the Pacific coast of Guatemala is your paradise.

Charter Boats