Light-Tackle Sailfishing in Guatemala

Salt Water Sportsman headed to Guatemala to target Pacific sailfish on light tackle.

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Pacific sailfish are a lot more fun to catch when using very light line classes.
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The marina at Puerto Quetzal, Guatemala. Notice the active volcanoes in the background.
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Puerto Quetzal is a major shipping port and a naval base, in addition to being a sportfishing marina.
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Pacific sailfish are a lot more fun to catch when using very light line classes.
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Pacific sailfish are a lot more fun to catch when using very light line classes.
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It’s important to begin backing on the fish during the bite, so you can stay close.
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A lit-up sailfish at boat-side.
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A lit-up sailfish at boat-side.
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Hi-speed conventional reels with ultra-smooth drags are necessary for success.
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Aggressive backing helps ensure success.
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The Casa Vieja fleet includes a number of classic wood boats, like this 37 Merritt.
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Sometimes, anglers get wet when chasing the fish!
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Sometimes, anglers get wet when chasing the fish!
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Sometimes, anglers get wet when chasing the fish!
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It’s important to move forward when fish try to duck under the boat.
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Keeping the fish close to the boat helps prevent breakoffs.
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Keeping the fish close to the boat helps prevent breakoffs.
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Keeping the fish close to the boat helps prevent breakoffs.
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Light-tackle billfishing brings a smile to the faces of the crew aboard Makaira.