April/May Report 2016

Connie Turner, Clarence “Lucky” Shawver and Rick Shawver arrived for their first visit to Pacific Fins.  Fishing on Gypsy for 3 days they had 33 raises, 29 bites and 18 releases. They also raised 1 marlin.

Rachel Booker, Mike Flowers and Brian Booker arrived for a 1 day charter. Fishing on Maverick the raised 25, had 18 bites and 8 releases. They also had 1 marlin bite.

The David Barnes group returned after fishing with us in August 2015.  David, Glen Chaves, Charles Mixon and Niel McTague fished 4 days on Gypsy and Maverick raising 164 sails, had 112 bites and released 77.  Also releasing 2 marlin and catching 3 dorado!

Stacey and Johnny Mack Powers fished Chechos for 1 day raising 15 sails, had 13 bites, and released 9. They also caught 6 dorado.

We knew it was going to be good, we didn’t know it would be this good!

On Monday, we finished The 1st Annual Guatemala Billfish Invitational held at Pacific Fins and we are still on Cloud 9.  The purpose of the tournament was to raise awareness for the conservation efforts by The Sailfish Commission in Guatemala. In the last 2 years we have made huge strides protecting billfish in our region.

Anglers raised 501 sailfish, had 383 bites and released 179!

With the tournament being such a huge success we already have dates for 2017!

Arrive: April 28

Fish: 29, 30, May 1 (3 days fishing, 4 nights)

Depart: May 2

Anglers are starting to confirm for next year’s tournament already and we suggest looking into this soon. DEMAND WILL BE HIGH. Call us at 888-700-3467 or email us.

In addition to the celebrities and clients who joined us, the local media was present, our tourism board – INGUAT, the head of The United Nations in Guatemala attended, along with the Vice Minister of Fisheries and other Government officials!

The kind words from everyone were humbling:

“Some trips stick with you, this one will.”Captain Wild Bill Wichrowski, Deadliest Catch, Discovery Channel

“Thank you so much for the opportunity to come down and support such a wonderful cause. I am honored to be able to work with you to make a difference in such a special place.”Rob Kramer, President, IGFA

“Rocked the tournament to 1st place, great job by all involved, looking forward to the 2nd annual!Doug Shenk, Client

“So great to be a part of this movement.”Peter Miller, Host, NBC Sports “Bass2Billfish”

“Thank you for the trip of a lifetime!”Capt Scott Walker, TV Show, “Into The Blue”

“I had a wonderful experience of food, fellowship and fishing!” Dr. Chris Stearns, Client

“What an epic trip at Pacific Fins. It gets better and better each time.”Ozzy Delgado, Guy Harvey Magazine

“A unique experience. To see the local fishery and also to understand the conservation efforts that are going on here. We expect to see a lot of sailfish here for years to come.”Mat Jackson, Grundens, Sponsor

“This is my 3rd trip to Pacific Fins. This place has truly touched my heart.”Terry French, Extreme Chef, Food Network

“The hospitality at Pacific Fins is wonderful.” Cory Lowe, Backbone Media

“The 1st Annual Billfish Invitational at Pacific Fins was fabulous. The best of everything, the host Niels, fishing, food and hands on service by the captains and staff. But the most important part of it all was that it benefits the Guatemalan Sailfish. We have already signed up for next year.” – Stacey & Johnny Mack Powers, Clients.”

The Hinman group fished 1 day on Chechos raising 19, with 16 bites and releasing 12 sails.

The Erichsen group also fished a day on Chechos raising 10 sails, with 7 bites and released 5.

For their first visit to Pacific Fins Dr. Michelle Flemmings and husband Dr. Ralph Battels fishing 3 days on Chechos raised 65 sailfish, had 45 bites and released 39.  They caught 4 dorado, raised 2 marlin, had 2 bites and released 1!

Lewis and Mariann Scherer arrived for their first visit and fished on Gypsy for 3 days. They had 81 raises, 69 bites and 42 releases. Plus 1 marlin!

Dr. Bo Whitehead, his wife Brandi Whitehead and Dr. John Boon arrived again for the 3rd year for a day charter fishing with their group of doctors and nurses – Esteban Arredondo, Linnea Bowman, Sara Halfmann, Sylvia Diaz, Don Griffith, David Boswell and Candice Daniels after finishing their mission work. They fished on Chechos and Sirena and raised 39, had 28 bites and released 5 sails. They released 1 marlin too!

Mission workers Mike Humphrey, Lauren Lepper, Stephanie Frey and Kunal Patel spent a day relaxing and fishing a half day on Maverick. They raised 8, had 6 bites and released 4 sailfish.

Dave Clendening, Charles Frees, Chad Garland and Robert Hunt arrived for their first visit to Pacific Fins.  Fishing 4 days on Maverick they raised 139 sails, had 116 bites and released 71.  Also releasing 1 marlin and catching 15 dorado!

Stacey and Johnny Mack Powers returned once again fishing on Chechos for 3 days. They raised 50, had 43 bites and released 35 sailfish.

The Zane Christopher group arrived for their 6th year. Fishing for 3 days on Gypsy, Maverick and Chechos – Zane, Graham Pereira, Raymond Knotts, Vasilica Bitere, Larry Ennis, Felix Buta, Stewart Gambrell, Tim Hattaway, Michael Melton, Jim Hughes, Michael Sweeney and Eric Yarbrough raised a total of 112, had 89 bites, and released 61 sailfish!  They also caught 18 dorado.

March 2016 – Fishing Report

The Father and Sons team of Ricardo, Eduardo and Ricard Sola arrived from Ecuador for 3 days fishing on Chechos. They raised 214 sailfish, had 175 bites and released 95 on light tackle!

The Barillas Family fishing 1 day on Aguardiente raised 22 sailfish, had 16 bites and released 12.

Aggeo Ribeiro, Nelson Noquiera and Italo Gaetani arrived from Brazil for the 4th time. Fishing 3 days on Maverick they raised 95 sailfish, had 80 bites and released 61.

Greg Morris and Charles Pulley arrived for 2 days fishing on Maverick. They raised 149 sailfish, had 116 bites, released 84 conventional and 2 on FLY! They also raised 2 marlin and released 1.

Kurt & Ann Forsberg arrived from Sweden. Fishing 2 days on Sirena they raised 127 sailfish, had 101 bites and released 68. They also caught 1 Blue marlin.

Pat and John Silvernail and Michael Davis arrived for the 3rd year in a row. Fishing on Chechos for 3 days they raised 204 sailfish, had 162 bites, released 102 conventional and 5 on FLY!!

Jean-Marc Frey and Marc Cuevas arrived from France for 5 days fishing on Aguardiente. They raised 197 sailfish, had 91 bites and released 36 on FLY + 1 500 lb marlin!

Brad Courvelle arrived for 4th time. This time joined by his son Adam. In 2 days fishing on Maverick they raised 131 sailfish, had 103 bites and released 79. They also caught 1 Blue marlin.

The TaxSlayer Group arrived for the 8th time and the group consisted of Richard Marshall, Tony Farrell, Tommy Brumlow, Bill Fletcher, Joseph Gazzo, Chris Overton, Paul Schaller and Jamie Slatton.  In 3 days fishing on Sirena and Chechos they raised 234 sailfish, had 176 bites, released 107 conventional and 21 on FLY! They also raised 7 marlin, had 5 bites and released 2 Blues. One was 400 lbs!

Byrd Miller and his family of Byrd IV, Eliza and Cate arrived for the 5th time. Fishing on Maverick for 3 days they raised 174 sailfish, had 159 bites and released 108. They also raised 1 marlin and caught 3 yellowfin tuna.

The Stigliano Group arrived for the 4th time consisting of Rick, Randy Dean and Dick Stigliano, Gary Garrett, Gary Hanson, Perry Schweiss, Ed Yasechko, Bill Bianco and Sandy Naples. Fishing on Chechos, Maverick and Danmark in 3 days they raised 343 sailfish, had 249 bites, released 46 on FLY and 111 conventional! They also raised 7 marlin, had 2 bites and released 1 along with 3 yellowfin tuna.

The Ruano Group fishing on Tranquility for 1 day raised 41 sailfish, had 36 bites and released 21. They also raised 3 marlin, had 3 bites and released 1.

Todd Bazemore fishing on Aguardiente for 3 days raised 138 sailfish, had 103 bites and released 69 conventional + 6 on FLY. He also raised 1 marlin and caught 1 yellowfin.

George Hnat arrived for the 5th time with his group of Ed Scott, Richard Watkins, Kevin McClean and Andy McCoy. Fishing 3 days on Sirena they raised 148 sailfish, had 130 bites and released 116!
Brad & Liz Peters in 3 days on Sirena raised 90 sailfish, had 69 bites, released 41 conventional and 7 on Fly.

The Elias Group from Puerto Rico who visited for the 2nd time in 2 months raised 232 sailfish, had 214 bites and released 145! They also raised 3 marlin, had 2 bites and released 2 Blues!

Bill & Bill Buckley, a Father/Son Team who have visited 7 times raised 209 sailfish, had 178 bites and released 142 in 3 days on Maverick!

Cary & Julie Gosselin Group on Aguardiente in 3 days fishing raised 171 sailfish, had 137 bites and released 105.

Ben White’s group of 19 anglers spent his bachelor party fishing out of Pacific Fins. Ben was joined by Brian Cooney, John Rogers, Bj Jones, Trey Allen, Robert Paine, John Lairsen, Shawn Walker, Sean Casey, Barry Haydon, Reagan Smith, Matt Warren, Don Pendergras, Scott Bain, Hunter Jones, Gordon Muir, Zach Wassmuth, Christopher Thomposon and Brian Patek.  In 2 days fishing on Chechos, Sirena, Maverick and Danmark they raised 250 sailfish, had 201 bites and released 138 conventional, 2 on fly, 6 yellowfin and 1 marlin. They also caught 4 Roosterfish inshore.

Feb 2016 – Fishing Report

Geoff Begnaud, Paige Melancon, Keith Duplantis, Michael Moore, Richard Hargett, Lee Serrati, Michael Hamilton, James Edwards, Tory Gundersen and Travis Haskins arrived for 3 days fishing on Maverick, Sirena and Mijo.  They raised 375 sailfish, had 297 bites and released 219!!  They also raised 5 marlin, had 2 bites and released 1 + 6 yellowfin tuna.

Eric Dressler, Kevin Rowley, Stephen Smith and Walter Norman arrived for 3 days fishing. On Chechos they raised 152 sailfish, had 135 bites and released 73 conventional and 5 on FLY.

We were excited to welcome a group from SMITH Optics to Pacific Fins. SMITH chose Pacific Fins to shoot footage for their upcoming magazine ads, commercials and videos!! They also spent a day filming in Antigua absorbing the local culture and touring the jade museum, local ruins and more.  The group included Shon Lassiter, Ozzy Delgado, Mike Gleason, John Hechtkopf, Bryan Holeman and Tal Roberts.  In 3 days fishing on Chechos they raised 82 sailfish, had 75 bites and released 43 + 1 on fly.

Andrew Dupps arrived for the 2nd time.  He rewarded key employees Dennis Hensley, Tom Murray and Matthew Mannion with a trip to Pacific Fins. In 3 days fishing on Sirena they raised 82 sailfish, had 70 bites and released 50.

Bill Milligan, John Camp, Don Carpenter and Trace Devanny arrived for 3 days fishing on Maverick. They raised 82 sailfish, had 70 bites and released 52 + 3 dorado.

Don Phillips and Mary Sue Sanborn arrived for 3 days fishing on Sirena. They raised 100 sailfish, had 86 bites and released 97.

Steve Weaver and Brian Holtzinger returned for the 2nd time. Fishing on Maverick they raised 124 sailfish, had 106 bites, released 63 conventional and 8 on FLY!

Roland MacKenzie and Jim Forsythe returned for the 5th time. Fishing on Chechos for 3 days they raised 153 sailfish, had 132 bites and released 97! They also released 2 marlin, 1 Black that was 400 lbs.

Dr. Alberto Ramirez (Dad), Dr. Alberto Ramirez (Son), Edgar Stokes, Hector Reyes, Luis Gonzales, Manolo Chavez, Rafael Perez (Dad), Rafael Perez (Son) and Jorge Perez arrived for the 8th time.

The Ramirez Group 1 on Chechos in 3 days fishing raised 136 sailfish, had 119 bites and released 65.

The Ramirez Group 2 on Maverick in 3 days fishing raised 134 sailfish, had 117 bites and released 95.

The Perez Group on Canaso 2 in 3 days fishing raised 113 sailfish, had 100 bites and released 76.

The Portillo Group on Sirena in 3 days fishing raised 102 sailfish, had 80 bites and released 49 and 1 on FLY.

Tom Tomfohdre arrived for the 13th time. Joining Tom were Rick and Lynn Tomfohdre, Merry Harlacher, Richard Sauers, Larry Bentley and Judy McLaughlin. In 4 days fishing on Chechos and Maverick they raised 104 sailfish, had 82 bites and released 57. They also raised 6 marlin, had 2 bites and released 2 and caught 8 yellowfin.

The Font Group on Aguardiente in 1 day fishing raised 31 sailfish, had 17 bites, released 6 on light tackle and 1 on FLY.

The Paramo Group on Knotwork in 2 days fishing raised 44 sailfish, had 38 bites and released 27 conventional and caught 2 dorado.

John and Stacey Powers arrived for the 9th time. Fishing on Sirena for 3 days they raised 28 sailfish, had 24 bites and released 15. They also raised 3 marlin, had 3 bites and released 1 and caught 2 yellowfin tuna.

A Cold Front moved in and slowed the sailfishing down for about 7 days.

Patrice Garziglia, Maxime Garziglia and Fabbri Jardens arrived from France for 4 days fishing. On Aguardiente they raised 22 sailfish, had 19 bites and released 11. They also raised 22 roosterfish, hooked 14 and released 2.  And for additional variety they caught 4 Jacks, 2 dorado and 6 yellowfin tuna.

The Massarelli Brothers arrived. Joe, John and Mike. Joining them were Margie Massarelli and sons Mikey, Joseph and Jack.  Fishing 4 days – Chechos raised 22 sailfish, had 19 bites and released 14. Also raised 2 marlin and had 1 bite. And finally 1 dorado and 4 yellowfin. Canaso 2 raised 7 sailfish, had 6 bites and released 5.  Also raised 3 marlin, had 2 bites, released 1 Striped and 1 Blue. And finally 4 yellowfin.  Danmark raised 15 sailfish, had 14 bites and released 10 along with 6 yellowfin tuna.

The Elias Group from Puerto Rico on Maverick in 3 days fishing raised 8 sails, had 5 bites and released 3. They also raised 3 marlin, had 2 bites and released 2.

David Schofield arrived for the 2nd time in the last 3 years.  Joining David were Stacey Schofield, Michael Packwood and Patty Sholar. Fishing on Aguardiente for 2 days they raised 8 sailfish, had 7 bites and released 6.

John and Claudia Faris arrived for 3 days fishing on Maverick. They raised 19 sailfish, had 14 bites and released 12. They also raised 1 marlin and caught 1 dorado.

The Oscar group on Sirena raised 4 sails, had 4 bites and released 2 in 1 day fishing.

Chris Jones entertaining key clients arrived for the 4th year in row. Joining Chris were Jakob Anthony, Anders Jensen, Georgios Vourlidis, Jacob Christensen, Gregg Plunkett, Manny Zavlas, Court Smith, Daniel Mulligan, Mike Fogarty and Benjie Halsell. Fishing on Sirena, Chechos and Maverick for 2 days they raised 135 sailfish, had 112 bites, released 55 conventional and 8 on FLY. They also raised 4 marlin, had 3 bites, released 1 along with 2 dorado and 2 yellowfin tuna.

Stan Shoemaker on Maverick closed out his 2 days with 54 raises, 34 bites and 23 released on FLY!

Ansgar Hehenkamp in 3 days fishing on Aguardiente raised 111 sailfish, had 55 bites and released 24 on light tackle and 5 on FLY.

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