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


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


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


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


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



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Iztapa Fishing Forecast

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 42.86% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 24 Sailfish counted.


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 25% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 14 Mahi-mahi counted.


  5. Blue Marlin

  6. Blue Marlin

    There is a 10.71% catch rate for Blue Marlin, based on 6 Blue Marlin counted.


  7. Roosterfish

  8. Roosterfish

    There is a 10.71% catch rate for Roosterfish, based on 6 Roosterfish counted.


  9. Bonito

  10. Bonito

    There is a 3.57% catch rate for Bonito, based on 2 Bonito counted.


  11. Ballyhoo

  12. Ballyhoo

    There is a 1.79% catch rate for Ballyhoo, based on 1 Ballyhoo counted.


  13. Blackfin Tuna

  14. Blackfin Tuna

    There is a 1.79% catch rate for Blackfin Tuna, based on 1 Blackfin Tuna counted.


  15. Bluefish

  16. Bluefish

    There is a 1.79% catch rate for Bluefish, based on 1 Bluefish counted.


  17. Yellowfin Tuna

  18. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 1.79% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 1 Yellowfin Tuna counted.


Recommedations above based on 9 species of fish and 56 fish counted for September around Iztapa.

To date, there are 16 species of fish and a total of 411 fish counted for Iztapa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 3/9/1949 (73 years).

Last Update: 9/24/2022 7:00:20 AM

*** PLEASE NOTE ***
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 the year 1600.

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Latest Iztapa Fishing Reports

  • REELING ‘EM IN THROUGH AUGUST!!
    8/28/2022 10:03:48 PM - SKEWIS GROUP July 24-26th The Skewis brothers Ron and Bob joined us again on Allure II this time with Ron’s daughter Lauren and her husband Chris. A fantastic x 3 days on the


  • The Summer of Monsters!
    8/5/2022 12:33:09 PM - The last two months have produced great quality fish starting with yellowfin tuna. When the topic of yellowfin tuna comes up people think of Panama or Costa Rica. I have to sa


  • AWESOME FISHING THROUGH MID JULY
    7/22/2022 8:34:47 AM - RICH & JACK July 10-13 Fantastic to see another couple of Kiwi fellas make the trek over from NZ to fish with us here in Guatemala. They’re both in the charter fishing indust


  • THE ENDLESS SEASON: AWESOME FISHING THROUGH MID JULY
    7/14/2022 8:41:00 PM - RICH & JACK July 10-13 Fantastic to see another couple of Kiwi fellas make the trek over from NZ to fish with us here in Guatemala. They’re both in the charter fishing indust


  • XXL TUNA BITE!!! JOURNEY OF A FISHERMAN GROUP
    6/29/2022 10:13:00 PM - JOURNEY OF A FISHERMAN GROUP June 21-26 we hosted Tony Orton and his Journey of a Fisherman crew all the way from New Zealand of Hayden Peter and Mike for the week.  We’d had


  • XXL TUNA BITE!!!
    6/29/2022 9:52:26 PM - JOURNEY OF A FISHERMAN GROUP June 21-26 we hosted Tony Orton and his Journey of a Fisherman crew all the way from New Zealand of Hayden Peter and Mike for the week. We’d had


  • Guatemala Fishing Report June 2022 Family- Indiana
    6/16/2022 5:25:09 PM - We are always pushing our spring into the summer months as the variety of speices is what most like. As well as the short runs. This family has great fishing at just 20 miles


  • MAY THROUGH EARLY JUNE FISHING
    6/9/2022 10:18:05 PM - BOBBY & CAROL RICHTER  June 3rd-6th. So good to see Bobby and Carol back here at the Oasis. Fishing was steady for them and with Bobby well he likes to mix it up…. On the Zeb


  • MAY THROUGH EARLY JUNE FISHING
    6/9/2022 10:18:05 PM - BOBBY & CAROL RICHTER  June 3rd-6th. So good to see Bobby and Carol back here at the Oasis. Fishing was steady for them and with Bobby well he likes to mix it up…. On the Zeb


  • A HOT bite and Guy Harvey visits Pacific Fins
    5/24/2022 10:48:15 AM - Wow! is how to describe this past month. It was a busy one for sure. Two hosted trips; first with Dr. Guy Harvey and the other with George Gozdz of Unfathomed.It’s no surprise


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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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