The port of Iztapa, Guatemala remains the undisputed sailfish capital of the world. During peak months of November through May, boats are averaging 18 - 25 sailfish raises per day, and during hot bites, 30 - 40 or more sails released in a single day is not uncommon! Dorado (dolphin fish) are abundant and at times both the blue marlin and the yellowfin tuna fishing can be excellent.
The best two operations are Casa Vieja Lodge and Pacific Fins. Both lodges offer 5-star accommodations, great food and superb boats and captains.

Costa Rica has been one of the most popular saltwater fishing destinations for the past 25 years, due both to the quality of the fishery and the warm hospitality of the "Ticos". It is the most "user friendly" country in Latin America. And conservation laws passed in recent years to protect the sport fishery are already paying dividends in stronger catches of both billfish and inshore species.

The southern Pacific area of
Golfo Dulce offers the best inshore fishing with a laundry list of species including roosterfish, a dozen different species of snappers, bluefin trevally, African pompano, grouper and a myriad of others. From November through April, the offshore waters host strong runs of sailfish, blue marlin, dorado, tuna and wahoo. For anglers looking for variety fishing, this is one of the best choices in the world.

There are two excellent lodge operations on
Golfo Dulce. Crocodile Bay Lodge is larger, with a large fleet ranging from 23 foot center consoles to 36 foot Strikes. It is more upscale and offers a wonderful ecotour program for any non-fishing family members. Across the bay, Zancudo Lodge also offers great accommodations and food and an excellent stable of veteran captains.

Further north, the port of
Quepos is "Sailfish Central". This friendly village features great hotels and restaurants, world class beaches, and access to Costa Rica's most consistent sailfishing from January through April. JP Sportfishing has been taking great care of our clients for over 20 years.

Still further north, the beach resort town of Tamarindo is where you want to be for marlin during the winter months, especially January & February. We work with a number of operators, but our favorite is Capt. Randy Wilson of Tamarindo Sportfishing. Randy has skippered in northern Costa Rica for over 30 years and is widely considered the best marlin guy in the country.

Baja Peninsula, Mexico
For light tackle and fly enthusiasts, a great option is Capt. Grant Hartman's Baja Anglers. The Baja skippers fish from very sea worthy 26 foot Glacier Bay catamarans, and specialize in both inshore and offshore light tackle and fly fishing techniques.


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