Blue Marlin Fishing in Guatemala

Long established as the premier destination for Sailfish, Guatemala is fast building a reputation also for Blue Marlin.

The same deep blue water that attracts and holds bait in vast quantities, also attracts predators – and as you move up that food chain, in the end you get to one of the most efficient predators in the oceans – the Blue Marlin.

The productive waters already hold records for numbers of billfish – including most in a day on conventional (124) and on the fly (57)….as well as most in a season. The same factors that attract such numbers of Sailfish also contribute to the catch rates of Blue Marlin interspersed with Black Marlin at times.

The fishery is largely undeveloped for Marlin, as the fleet is relatively small and the charter operations to date have always focused attention and tactics that target Sailfish – but even with the smaller baits and slower trolling speeds we have seen a consistent trend of improving raises for Blues that average 350-400lbs.

Certainly the deep waters hold large Blue Marlin as well – pelagics up to a thousand pounds have been recorded, but it does seem that the area predominantly holds juveniles in the 400-500lb range. Interspersed with the Blues are Black marlin as well ‘that tend to be larger on average, but the numbers tend to be fewer – perhaps only one in twenty marlin raised in Guatemala are Blacks.

Because the fleet have not regularly targeted the Marlin, it is largely unknown as to the full potential – but we do have experience over past seasons of most boats raising at least one fish per day when the runs have been on.

This trend has only been improving in recent years – perhaps we are more “tuned in” to the fish and so more alert to spot them, perhaps the interest has in itself driven better reporting – or possibly we just have more anglers coming down to Guatemala for fishing – and more days on the water inevitable drives more fish raised and so more marlin observed.

Whatever the cause – the fact is that more and more visiting anglers are now regarding Guatemala not just as the premier sailfish destination in the world, but also the home of a strong and developing marlin fishery.

Our sense is that if we direct our efforts towards Marlin tactics, these statistics can only improve, and we anticipate the fishery becoming a significant Bluewater destination for all pelagics over the coming seasons.

There are several notable but largely unexplored deep water canyons over 1000ft that are likely to hold good concentrations of large marlin – as they are known to favour deep drop offs and deep blue water. The closest of these locations is approximately fifty miles from the dock – and so really requires a dedicated run to fish that area and away from the rest of the fleet.

It is therefore a pioneering investment that is required – but the opportunity exists to be among the first to “discover” a new Marlin fishery, with the worst case outcome being to switch tactics and catch Sailfish either on conventional or fly until your arms fall off !

We have the boats, crews, equipment and gear – we just need some anglers with a pioneering spirit and a sense of adventure to accompany us. We will work with you to adjust our tactics to yours to make it a thrilling adventure for all of us !

About the Author

The Greatsailfishing Company owns and operates its own fleet of Bertram sportfishing boats and private villas for fishing trips in Guatemala. We have just completed our 8th successful season in The Sailfish Capital of the World.For more information on this remarkable fishery – and to receive a FREE eBook with 16 information filled chapters about fishing and travelling in Guatemala click here =>