Fishermen are often known for stories bigger than their catch, unless they have a picture to prove it! Let’s take a look inside Captain Chris Sheeder’s greatest catch at Casa Vieja Lodge, and see if the fish measures up to the story!Chris’ best catch was aboard the Release, our 37′ Merritt, on March 11, 2006. He and his crew released a record breaking 57 Sailfish on the fly that day! He had a three-day charter filming American Sportsman with Tony Gonzalez and their plan was to film for 3 days, but at the end of day 2 they had so much footage that they decided to have fun and only fly fish on day 3. Past lodge owner, Jim Turner, along with our Senior Fishing Consultant Herb Rosell jumped on the boat for that historic day 3, and that’s when the magic happened. Their plan was to break the existing record of 27 releases, and they accomplished it by 11:00am! After this, the music got louder, smiles bigger, and they released 30 more! “Guatemala was really showing off that day!” said Sheeder.
When asked about that day Chris grinned with his million dollar smile, “Talk about being at the right place at the right time. We started raising fish as soon as the second teaser hit the water and the action was non-stop. We ended up raising almost 200 Sailfish. I’m proud of that day, not only for the huge numbers that we posted but for the fact that we stayed true to our our conservation practices and took the time to safely remove the hooks on the sailfish.”
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During July we still saw a lot more blue marlin in the spread. In addition, our anglers have had more opportunities with mahi mahi and tuna making for some pretty fresh meals aboard the fleet while fishing! Family trips have been in full force here with the calm and plentiful seas. Here are some fantastic highlights:
From July 7-9th, the A-Fin-ity with Capt. Nicho Alvarenga, had 22 raises, 15 bites, and 14 releases! Plus 4 blue marlin raises and 2 releases all averaging 250-300 pounds. We also had few football sized yellowfin tuna.
On July 11th, a local charter on the Rumline, with Capt. Chris Sheeder, had 6 raises, 1 blue marlin and a few delicious mahi mahi.
From July 12-15th, the Spindrift with Capt. Nicho Alvarenga, had 50 raises, 19 bites, a few football sized yellowfin tuna AND 2 blue marlins all on the fly!
ANGLER APPRECIATION ALERT: Featured in the picture above is Mark Ronald and his family visiting Casa Vieja lodge this past month, we are eagerly awaiting their next visit! Here is what Mark had to say about his trip to Casa Vieja Lodge:“I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much we enjoyed our time at the lodge, and on the water. The staff was excellent and we had an incredible experience. It was a perfect introduction to “Blue water fly-fishing” and already I am plotting my return. The food and accommodations we’re exceptional and as a family we really enjoyed ourselves. There were so many people at the lodge that worked hard to make our stay amazing. Your staff do their jobs exceptionally well and it is clear they enjoy it. We also enjoyed travelling to Tikal and Lago Atilan; we all want to visit Guatemala soon.Thank you so much for making all the arrangements for us . This was an incredible experience that we will never forget.”