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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.

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

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

  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. 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 76.47% catch rate for Sailfish, based on 39 Sailfish counted.

    Iztapa Sailfish Counts Chart


  3. Mahi-mahi

  4. Mahi-mahi

    There is a 13.73% catch rate for Mahi-mahi, based on 7 Mahi-mahi counted.

    Iztapa Mahi-mahi Counts Chart


  5. Blue Marlin

  6. Blue Marlin

    There is a 5.88% catch rate for Blue Marlin, based on 3 Blue Marlin counted.

    Iztapa Blue Marlin Counts Chart


  7. Bonito

  8. Bonito

    There is a 3.92% catch rate for Bonito, based on 2 Bonito counted.

    Iztapa Bonito Counts Chart


Recommendations above based on 4 species of fish and 51 fish counted for February around Iztapa.

To date, there are 16 species of fish and a total of 410 fish counted for Iztapa and within a 30 mile (48 km) radius since 3/9/1949 (74 years).

Last Update: 2/8/2023 3:10:06 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 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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