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January 18, 2013

Guatemala Captain Releases 20,000th Sailfish

Captain Chris Sheeder, of Casa Vieja Lodge, is one of only three captains to reach the record.

When you've released as many sailfish as Capt. Chris Sheeder, it's a wonder billfish still bite the hooks he baits. 

This week, Casa Vieja Lodge’s Sheeder hit a sailfish milestone that most of us can only daydream about.  

Aboard the Rum Line, based out of Guatemala, he released his 20,000 sailfish. Yes, that's three zeroes behind that twenty.  

Sheeder is one of three captains to have reached this record in sport fishing, and he's the youngest captain to do it.

“We know there will be many more to come," commented Jim Turner, Casa Vieja's proprietor.

Chris grew up fishing out of Honolulu, Hawaii and has fished and guided some of the world's top anglers to record fish throughout legendary waters such as Midway, Costa Rica, the Canary Islands and Guatemala. 

For the past 12 years, Capt. Sheeder has called the Pacific Coast of Guatemala his home.  "It's a true testament to this unbelievable fishery here in Guatemala. There's no other place in the world where you can expect to release an average of 15-plus billfish a day,” says Sheeder. 

Sheeder currently captains out of Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. Casa Vieja Lodge is one of the world’s premier sportfishing lodges in the Western Hemisphere.