Iztapa Fishing

Iztapa Fishing

Iztapa, Guatemala is the Sailfish Capital of the World, and I doubt anyone would be willing to argue differently. Since the 1980’s Guatemalan fishing boats average 15 to 20 Sailfish per day. There are also several records, including Capt. Ron Hamlin’s 124 Sailfish released in a single day on the Captain Hook boat. Also, 57 Sailfish were caught fly fishing in one day on Capt. Chris Scheeder’s boat. It’s these kind of numbers that attract anglers from around the globe to Iztapa.

Offshore fishing Iztapa frequently delivers 20 – 50 Sailfish bites a day during the prime season of December through April. While the average weight is 80 to 90 pounds, many large ones are caught that weigh well over 100 pounds. There are also many Blue Marlin, Dorado (Dolphinfish), Wahoo, and Yellowfin Tuna caught as well.

Closer to shore you can expect to catch Cero Mackeral, Rosterfish, and Snook. Bottom fishing will produce many different Grouper and Snapper species, as well as Jack Crevalle.

Top Iztapa Fishing Spots

  1. Iztapa el Abismo de Monte
    1/27/2016 2:42:16 PM - Iztapa Canyon

  2. El Conacaste Colina
    1/27/2016 2:28:22 PM - Nice deep water hump.

  3. El Pumpo Agujero
    1/27/2016 2:35:16 PM - El Pumpo Agujero

  4. Monterrico Repisa
    1/27/2016 2:31:25 PM - Deep water ledge

  5. Buena Vista Repisa
    1/26/2016 3:56:50 PM - A nice ledge off of Buena Vista.

  6. Iztapa Banco
    1/27/2016 2:26:12 PM - Iztapa Banco

  7. Puerto San Jose Colina
    1/27/2016 2:16:09 PM - Puerto San Jose Colina

  8. Iztapa Colina
    1/27/2016 2:22:59 PM - Iztapa Colina

  9. Chulimar Colina
    1/27/2016 2:07:34 PM - Chulimar Colina

  10. Puerto Quetzal el Malecon
    1/26/2016 4:25:31 PM - This jetty is a good place to fish from shore or water.

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Iztapa Fishing Prediction

Target Species of Fish

Based on historical data for fishing Iztapa, you should target one of the following species for this time of year:
  1. Sailfish

  2. Sailfish

    There is a 49.06% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 26 Sailfish counted.

  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 24.53% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 13 Mahi-mahi counted.

  5. Blue Marlin

  6. Blue Marlin

    There is a 11.32% catch rate for Blue Marlin, based on 6 Blue Marlin counted.

  7. Roosterfish

  8. Roosterfish

    There is a 9.43% catch rate for Roosterfish, based on 5 Roosterfish counted.

  9. Wahoo

  10. Wahoo

    There is a 3.77% catch rate for Wahoo, based on 2 Wahoo counted.

  11. Yellowfin Tuna

  12. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 1.89% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 1 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

Recommedations above based on 6 species of fish and 53 fish counted for May around Iztapa.

To date, there are 14 species of fish and a total of 359 fish counted for Iztapa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius.

Please check local, state/province, and federal laws before fishing for any species found on this site. All data is based on historical data found for this area, and in some cases as far back as 1939..

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Latest Iztapa Fishing Reports

  • Guatemala May 15th 2022 Fishing Report
    5/15/2022 2:20:32 PM - May 13th 2022- HOT BITE ALERT!! These brothers had themselves a day! This would be the most billfish caught in one day for the 2021-22 season. That's something you can hang y

    4/28/2022 12:47:37 AM - LUNA DE MIEL April 4th had the above group coming down from Antigua for a day of offshore fishing. The fish of the previous day were gone though we caught up with a new bunch

  • Guatemala Fishing Report April 27 2022
    4/27/2022 3:45:05 PM - April 26th 2022 - Fly Fishing. Alot of fish around. Bait guys are seeing 30-40 shots! Calm ocean good blue water at less than 10 miles! Better fishing around 25-30 miles offs

  • Semana Santa + Fishing
    4/16/2022 7:37:04 PM - Today the ocean was rough but who was born to fish this is daily bread. Today we released 4 sailfish out of 6 that we raised...

  • Fishing Report & 7th Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational
    4/16/2022 11:37:39 AM - It’s been non-stop since the start of the 2022 season hence why I need to apologize for the delay in newsletters. Back to back hunting/sportfishing trade shows in Dallas Vegas

  • #GrandSlam - Guatemala
    4/14/2022 9:07:41 PM - As expected Guatemala gave us the Surprise that we had been waiting for We released a Blue Marlin of 250 or 300 LBS 4 Sailfish of 10...

  • Billfishing Guatemala
    4/12/2022 9:52:14 PM - Visiting the Country of Eternal Spring Yesterday we had an incredible first day we raised 14 candles and released 6 and also brought 4...

  • Captain Sergio left today and his new destination is Mexico
    4/3/2022 1:17:14 PM - Buena Vista SportFishing Resort congratulates Captain Sergio Davi for the journey from Italy to Los Angeles California Which started...

  • Guatemala April 2 2022 Fishing Report- HOT BITE!
    3/30/2022 12:43:00 AM - 3/30/2022 25-18-12 Sailfish 8-4-4 Tuna (Couple in the 80 lb range) 4/1/2022 39-32-14 Sailfish 4/2/2022 31-26-18 Sailfish Last couple days we were fishing a local tournament a

  • NO Vaccination REQUIRED! Let’s Go Catching!!
    3/18/2022 5:19:00 PM - BREAKING NEWS: ALL ANGLERS ARE WELCOMED TO GUATEMALA REGARDLESS OFVACCINATION STATUS!!All travelers entering Guatemala have to be either fully vaccinated OR have a negative c

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Top Iztapa Fishing Charters & Guides

  1. Casa Vieja Lodge
    ailfish are abundant year round, since 1994, the fleet has averaged raising more than 20 billfish per day per boat – YEAR ROUND! Our rainy season of mid-July through September coincide with the slower travel period of our typical client, with October

  2. Mad Marlin Lodge
    Guatemala's Mad Marlin Lodge offers all-inclusive sportfishing packages and day charters targeting sailfish, marlin, dorado, yellowfin tuna on the fly as well as conventional and spinning tackle. We also help our non-fishing clients arrange to to

  3. Blue Bayou Sport Fishing
    Efficient and fully equiped fleet and crew, we have the knowledge and professional background to provide you with world class sport fishing in Guatemala: the Sailfish Capital of the World!

  4. Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge
    Buena Vista Sportfishing Lodge located on the water in Iztapa, Guatemala offers excellent boats and crews, first-class accommodations and a relaxed family-friendly environment. Our clients during high season average over a dozen sailfish releases per

  5. Sailfish Oasis Lodge
    The team at Sailfish Oasis Lodge is dedicated to ensuring our clients have the sportfishing experience of a lifetime from the moment you arrive in Guatemala until you return home. From expert captains and crew, to enthusiastic trip coordinators, to p

  6. Pacific Fins Guatemala
    Pacific Fins Resort & Marina offers avid anglers the only five star accommodations in Guatemala and the newest, most luxurious & fastest fleet of yachts for a great fishing experience. Guatemala is known as the top destination for Sailfish.

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Top Iztapa Marinas

  1. Pacific Fins Guatemala
    Pacific Fins Resort & Marina offers avid anglers the only five star accommodations in Guatemala and the newest, most luxurious & fastest fleet of yachts for a great fishing experience. Guatemala is known as the top destination for Sailfish.

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