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Why is Guatemala the Billfish Capital of the World?

By Adventure, Fishing

Guatemalan fishing has gained an international reputation as “the Billfish Capital of the World” because of the high number of sailfish and marlin caught year-round.

What makes this area unique? The coast of Guatemala forms a giant bay that has strong currents coming west to east. It’s because of these ocean currents and the specific shape of the seafloor that it creates the perfect environment for the fish that billfish usually eat. This abundance of food is why the coast is home to such a large population of billfish. You can find a catch here any time of year but expect to hookup twice as many November through May.

The most commonly found fish in Guatemala is the Pacific Sailfish, this catch can be 90-110 pounds. You can also find Marlin which is a serious catch you’ll never forget because the average catch is 250 pounds.  Though billfish are catch and release only, there are still plenty of other fish you can keep like dorado or tuna.

The best part is the convenience of lodging only a few minutes away from the dock. This makes it easy to get out on the water in the morning and poolside when you’re back.  If multiple shots at sailfish and marlin excite you, then Big Buoy Fishing is your paradise. Contact us here to book your next fishing adventure.