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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.

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 86.39% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 165 Sailfish counted.

    Iztapa Sailfish Counts Chart


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 5.76% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 11 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Iztapa Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  5. Blue Marlin

  6. Blue Marlin

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Blue Marlin, based on 5 Blue Marlin counted.

    Iztapa Blue Marlin Counts Chart


  7. Yellowfin Tuna

  8. Yellowfin Tuna

    There is a 2.62% catch rate for Yellowfin Tuna, based on 5 Yellowfin Tuna counted.

    Iztapa Yellowfin Tuna Counts Chart


  9. Striped Marlin

  10. Striped Marlin

    There is a 1.05% catch rate for Striped Marlin, based on 2 Striped Marlin counted.

    Iztapa Striped Marlin Counts Chart


  11. Cubera Snapper

  12. Cubera Snapper

    There is a 0.52% catch rate for Cubera Snapper, based on 1 Cubera Snapper counted.

    Iztapa Cubera Snapper Counts Chart


  13. Roosterfish

  14. Roosterfish

    There is a 0.52% catch rate for Roosterfish, based on 1 Roosterfish counted.

    Iztapa Roosterfish Counts Chart


  15. White Mullet

  16. White Mullet

    There is a 0.52% catch rate for White Mullet, based on 1 White Mullet counted.

    Iztapa White Mullet Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 8 species of fish and 191 fish counted for June around Iztapa.

To date, there are 32 species of fish and a total of 2761 fish counted for Iztapa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 3/9/1949 (74 years).

Last Update: 6/5/2023 5:45:30 AM

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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Top Iztapa Fishing Spots

The Top 10 Fishing Spots for Iztapa are the following:

  1. Iztapa el Abismo de Monte
    Iztapa Canyon

  2. El Conacaste Colina
    Nice deep water hump.

  3. El Pumpo Agujero
    El Pumpo Agujero

  4. Buena Vista Repisa
    A nice ledge off of Buena Vista.

  5. Monterrico Repisa
    Deep water ledge

  6. Iztapa Banco
    Iztapa Banco

  7. Puerto San Jose Colina
    Puerto San Jose Colina

  8. Iztapa Colina
    Iztapa Colina

  9. Puerto Quetzal el Malecon
    This jetty is a good place to fish from shore or water.

  10. Chulimar Colina
    Chulimar Colina

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Latest Iztapa Fishing Reports

  • Unfathomed hosted trips – Just Awesome!
    “This is my 3rd trip to Pacific Fins and as expected it was amazing. Each trip has had its own unique features but there is always the common thread which is an epic experienc

    CJ Ron & Mike April 24-25. Good to see ‘El Jefe’ Craig Johnson back with mates Mike and Ron. They released 22 sailfish from 41 bites on conventional tackle Mike went 1 for 1

  • March Madness – Fishing Report
    You can’t mention “Spring Break” without thinking of a fishing trip. Guests who traveled to Pacific Fins in March were greeted with really good numbers.This is the time of yea

  • Legacy
    then be a day of fishing legacy coming home

  • Fishing Report
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  • January / February Fishing Report
    January is a great time of year to fish our waters. Though this past January mother nature decided to throw us a fastball. Not a curveball… a fast ball! What do I mean? abnorm

  • with God's blessing.

  • Reeling in Memories March at Sailfish Oasis
    As the season unfolds Sailfish Oasis in Guatemala boasts a red-hot sailfish bite. Guests are thrilled raising multiple sailfish daily. Amidst this excitement we invite you to

  • Sailfish are coming Back
    Lots of Sailfish and Dorado in the Pacific Ocean of Guatemala Buena Vista Sport Fishing Resort has them for you.

    BUCKLEY GROUP February 25-26th. It’s been a few years so it was great to see the Buckley crew Rihl George and John back here at the Sailfish Oasis fishing aboard Allure II wi

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Top Iztapa Bait & Tackle Stores

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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. 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

  4. 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!

  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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