For those seeking the ultimate sailfish on the fly experience, this is the place. The finest boats tackle, captains and facilities are found at Casa Vieja in Guatemala. With experienced captains, well-appointed boats, and daily releases averaging 12 fish per boat per day, this is truly the finest operation for serious anglers in search of Pacific sailfish on the fly. Tasteful accommodations and fine dining complete the high-end saltwater experience. Due to very high return rates, spaces are in high demand and advance reservations are typically required.
Location: Casa Vieja Lodge is located near Puerto San Jose, Guatemala, less than one mile from Marina Pez Vela.
Fishing Program: The offshore waters immediately outside of Puerto San Jose/Puerto Iztapa Guatemala are without question the most sailfish rich waters in the world. For anglers looking for maximum number of shots, this is the place. Most of the fishing occurs in an offshore bowl that begins roughly fifteen miles offshore and terminates roughly forty miles offshore. The region’s sailfish typically run from 70-120 pounds and are known to be willing takers of both flies and baits. While the fish are in the region year round, prime time is considered November through mid April as this is the time when the seas and weather are most agreeable.
Anglers fish 1-4 per boat and rates vary depending on the number anglers and the length of the boat. Fly anglers will troll hook-less teasers to “raise” the fish and then the mates will attempt to tease the fish in close to the transom. When the fish is roughly 20 feet away the teaser is yanked from the water and the fly angler ties to immediate lay his or her fly in its place. If the bait and switch works, the fish will pick up the fly (often a large popper floating on the surface) and head away from the boat with it. The rest is mayhem!
Accommodations and Meals:
Indulging anglers from around the globe in unequaled comfort is Casa Vieja Lodge, a classically styled sportsman’s retreat surrounded by landscaped gardens and tropical foliage providing the ultimate in privacy. The bedrooms feature luxurious linens and pillows, with either one King size bed or two Queen. The bathrooms feature step in showers and spa type bath products. Meals include fresh eggs, fruit and juice for breakfast with toast and cereal choices. Lunch on board the boats consists of grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers, fruit, potato salad, chips, etc. If someone catches a mahi or tuna they can also have some sushi or take it back to the lodge later for appetizers or for dinner. Dinners consist of steak, chicken, shrimp, mahi, tuna, side salads and gourmet desserts, and features a full bar and decent wine selection.
Day 1: Arrive Guatemala City, transfer to lodge.
Days 2-4: Full days of guided fishing
Day 5: Depart lodge for Guatemala City and points beyond.
Typical Daily Schedule:
6:00 AM - Breakfast
6:45 AM - Pick up
7:00 AM - Depart the marina
5:00 PM - Return to dock
6:00 PM - Hors d'oeuvres
7:30 PM - Dinner
2018 Rates: $2,500-$3,550 per person for a 4 night/3 day fishing package
Included: Accommodations and meals at the lodge, airport reception and round-trip transfers to/from Guatemala City, domestic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, lunch and bottled water/soft drinks on the boat, daily lodge-marina transfers, guided fishing, all trolling, spin and fly tackle, bait, lures and flies.
Not Included: Airfare, beer and alcohol, room tax of $28 per night, laundry services, meals/drinks/touring outside the lodge, staff and guide gratuities, items of a personal nature.
Species: Sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna
Season: Year-round with prime dry time October to June
Capacity: 35 anglers
Map: Puerto San Jose, Guatemala
Time: UTC/GMT -6 hours