Not just billfishing in Guatemala
Although the main attraction for anglers in Guatemala is the huge numbers of aggressive Pacific Sailfish that are present all year round - there are also
good opportunities for many other species of gamefish in the calm blue waters off the coast.
In fact inshore fishing can be a perfect day that offers the prospect of sub-tropical saltwater fish as well as what would be normally considered
bluewater only billfishing.
At times the warm ocean eddies can push in as close as two miles from the dock in Guatemala, so while your main quarry may be aggressive
amberjacks in nearshore waters, it is possible at the same time to come across the sail of a billfish languishing on the surface within plain view of the
Most inshore fishing is done from local pangas or centre console boats in the 17-23ft class, as light tackle or fly tackle is generally the order of the day.
Close to the harbour entrance any early morning you will also see local fishermen dropping handlines baited with squid trying to catch snapper (or
pargo as they are called in the Pacific) for the table or market.
Inshore waters offer the prospect of the much sought after Roosterfish. Although the immediate coastline does not provide ideal conditions for fishing
for these gamefish, they can be found usually trolling around areas of strong current within a few miles of the Pez Vela marina.
Typically Roosterfish are pursued with either livebait or soft imitations cast around hard structure or rock formations. As we don't have any significant
outcroppings or high reef for bait to concentrate close to shore, we resort to trolling either ballyhoo or rapala lures and aim to cover more ground.
This results in lower reported catch rates than other locales - but the Roosters are around, and can be caught - it does offer a less expensive option for
a charter day or "rest day" (or half day), with a chance of bagging another trophy. Like most other members of the Jack family, it is not considered to
be a good eating fish. Another e