April News – 2nd Edition – No Sancocho Results

2015 No Sancocho Sailfish Shootout Results Guatemala’s most exciting and prestigious billfish tournament, The 2015 No Sancocho Shootout was held April 16-18 at Casa Vieja Lodge and in 3 days- 7 boats released 217 sailfish, 1 striped marlin, and (drumroll please!) 222 SANCOCHOS for a total of $4,440 ($20/per sancocho).Prior to the tournament, Cummins Engines announced they would match the…

Jake Jordan Invitational Sailfish Fly Challenge Results

We were proud to host the 5th Annual Sailfish Challenge at the Lodge. First Place, Team Intensity: Captain Mike Sheeder, Anglers: Tony Weaver with, (One Striped Marlin and 5 Sailfish), and Joe Seelig, (One Striped Marlin and 4 Sailfish). Second Place, Team Rum Line: Captain Chris Sheeder, Anglers: Don Butler (5 sailfish) and Danny Cline, (8 sailfish). Third Place,Team Spindrift: Captain Nicho Alvarenga, Anglers: Mark Schifrin…

PCCA Wraps up @ Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala

Here are the final standings in the PCCA Guatemala tournament: 1st Place: Tranquilo, 5,400 points 2nd Place: Priority/Intensity, 5,300 points 3rd Place: USA/Capt. Hook, 5,100 points In the Angler Division it was: 1st Place: Bill Easum, 2,100 points 2nd Place: Julio Viega, 1,800 points 3rd Place: Bill Pino, 1,700 points … Costa Grand Champion Team…

Guatemala Delivers Yet Again

Twenty years ago, in 1993, Guatemala hosted the International Light Tackle Tournament Association (ILTTA) tournament, and I got to travel down and cover the event as my first-ever assignment for Marlin magazine. I’d worked there a year, and they were finally letting me out of the building. I met two guys on that trip that I’ve grown…

2012 Seventh Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament

January 21st-27th, 2012 – Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala Final Report: Everyone had a great time at this year’s event!!! The Marimba Band kicked off the festivities on Monday night right after the rules meeting. Chef Juan prepared an incredible five course dinner followed by his world renowned mouth watering desserts. “There’s is nothing like Casa…

November Fishing Report

The month started out very slowly with lots of dirty water from the October storms.  One of our captains took a boat ride out 76 miles, burned 225 gals to find nothing but green water. * Steven Will’s party including Don Belling, Bill Aldridge, Noel Sanchez and Matt Dowling (4-5-6) on the Captain Hook had…

The Presidential Challenge of Guatemala

One day in early November, I was sitting in the office in preparing a presentation and doing some Central American policy work when I received an e-mail from Joan Vernon. Joan, in addition to her position on the Board of Directors of TBF and the numerous angling and tournament honors bestowed upon her, is the…

2011 Sixth Annual Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament

Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala Capt. Chris Sheeder tournament winning streak continues as he takes the top honors by winning the Stu Apte Fly Fishing Sailfish Tournament, January 27-29, 2010. The fleet faced excellent fishing conditions on all three days of competition with the billfish bite only 4 miles from shore. The top team included Capt.…

Casa Vieja Lodge holds on to win PCCA Guatemala

Marina Pez Vela, Guatemala—Tournament sportfishing comes down to consistency, especially in an all-release event. A team may get lucky one day but the winners will find a way to slog through three full days on the water, making the most of the opportunities that are presented. That was the case on the third and final…

The Barta Pacific Masters Official Tournament Rules

This is an ultra-light fun tournament and all participants are expected to fish in a sportsmanlike manner and to follow IGFA Regulations as well as the following additions. Boat: no completely open boats allowed. Comfort and safety of anglers must be considered. Final determination of boat eligibility will be at the discretion of the Tournament…

The Barta Pacific Masters

LIGHT TACKLE TOURNAMENT Who are the best light tackle Billfisherman in the world? The teams from Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Florida, Guatemala, Australia, San Salvador, Costa Rica, California, or Mexico. Well, everyone, it’s our privilege to invite you to prove it. At the Barta Pacific Masters, Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala- this Exclusive Tournament event levels the…