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June 25, 2010

Guatemala Bait-and-Switch

Captains along the Pacific coast have bait-and-switch fishing down to a science...

More: See our Guatemala Offshore Gallery

Top-quality tackle is provided on all boats, but if you want to target sailfish, marlin, tuna or dorado on a specific type of gear, bring it along. In general, the following works best.

Rods: To match the reels outlined below. Fishing in Guatemala is done almost exclusively stand-up style, so bring appropriate harnesses and belts if you prefer to use your own.

Reels: Conventional 30-pound-test reels with large line capacities and smooth drags for sailfish, 50-pound outfits for marlin. Casting or fly reels to suit your desires.
Lures: Mold Craft hookless teasers. Specifically, 4-Eyed Monsters, Wide Ranges and Hookers.

Hooks: 5/0 to 7/0 circle hooks on rigged baits for sailfish, 10/0 to 12/0 circle hooks for marlin.

Casa Vieja means old house in Spanish, and that's what this incredible lodge grew out of. But the original home is hard to recognize after all of the stunning additions owner Jim Turner has built. Casa Vieja's staff pampers you from the moment you arrive, providing an all-inclusive experience that is simply luxurious.

The lodge features a new outdoor bar and restaurant and, since our first trip a few years ago, a new wing of comfortable, air-conditioned guest rooms. After a day of fishing on one of the lodge's fleet of eight custom sport-fishing boats (the fleet of boats comes from a veri- table who's who of custom boatbuilders), you're greeted upon your return from the marina with a cool drink of the day before you make your way to the pool, where hors d'oeuvres are served daily. It adds up to great fishing and great service, a combination you'll find hard to beat.

Casa Vieja Lodge
2550 S. Bayshore Drive
Suite 206
Miami, FL 33133