Watch Out World
The Gaddy’s are one of our favorite families. Fin and his twin boys, Brown and Charles, joined Casa Vieja Lodge during Thanksgiving this past year, and made it back again in February right before the boys birthday. Now at the fresh age of 9 they have managed to hook and release many of their own fish, and more than many grown men! During their stay they totaled 96 raises, 86 bites, and 49 releases, along with the consumption of numerous amounts of the deliciously sweet, fresh pineapple!
Of course we couldn’t let them leave without a pre-birthday celebration, Casa Vieja Lodge style! Complete with a piñata, balloons, and a delicious cake, the excitement on their faces was priceless! We encourage parents to bring their children with them to Casa Vieja Lodge. There is no better place in the world to truly learn how to hook your own billfish! With the amount of billfish we have in our waters, children need not be afraid of missing one, two, three or four, there are enough billfish in the water for everyone on board to learn! And parents let our patient captains and crews teach your children how to hook one, and get ready for the camera when you see their faces light up!
Pick up the March Issue of In the Bite Magazine and read about “Child’s Play: An Expert’s Approach to Fishing With Kids.” CLICK HERE to see the video produced by Scott Kerrigan on this trip with the Gaddy’s, fishing aboard the Rum Line with Capt. Chris Sheeder.
This is a Reality
For many clients Casa Vieja Lodge is their annual billfishing getaway. For others it’s a once in a lifetime trip; exactly what angler Cole Coscino would hope he win, but didn’t really think it was possible.
This is was BD Outdoors has to say about that dream:
“Just before the holidays, whisked away our Race to Guatemala winner, Cole Coscino to Casa Vieja Lodge for some epic offshore sailfish action. Each year for the last five years, BD Outdoors has run its most popular contest, The Race To Somewhere. We take the winner of our random online drawing to experience a bucket-list fishing trip; all expenses paid. Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala definitely lived up to their reputation. The fishing grounds were epic and we raised and caught more sailfish than we thought possible. After long days of fishing, the five-star hospitality really topped off the trip as we enjoyed tasty cuisine, and luxury accommodations. “
A short Youtube Video can be seen HERE
A full soup to nuts review can be read HERE.
Cole, we are glad you got to experience the authenticity of Casa Vieja Lodge!
Live, and Let Live
Casa Vieja Lodge has been at the forefront of billfish conservation efforts and would like to take a moment to help spread the word with photo techniques we have been embracing over the last few years. We are strongly encouraging all anglers away from the trophy fish or the “dead fish” photo referred to in the industry. This technique was popular years ago which consisted of the mate removing the billfish from the water for an onboard photo opportunity. This method unfortunately deprives the billfish of oxygen, which is much needed after the tough battle of being reeled in. At the same time, you capture a photo of a dark brown billfish, and not the illustrious blue/purple colors it showcases when it’s healthy.
With advancements in technology it’s much easier to get a fantastic and better quality photo with a GoPro. We invite you to bring your GoPro, as all of our boats have a camera stick to attached the camera too, or bring your memory stick, or use your captains! You will get your pictures back much faster if you use your own device, otherwise we’ll do our best to get them to you in a timely matter.
Please join us in supporting the modern release techniques so future generations can enjoy the same fantastic fishery that we all take pride in.
We are springing into March with daily double digit raises and delicious Mahi-mahi! The weather has been warm and the fishing has been HOT. There are only a few dates left in April and May, so make sure to book your trip to the lodge before it’s too late! Call the Miami Office at (800) 882-4665 to reserve your spot.
We are the only fishing lodge in the world to post our daily Fishing Reports which you can find on our website HERE. Below are just a few of the highlights:
- March 1st-5th, the Pez Raton (35’ ST Contender) with Capt. Franz Hoffman (also known as our inshore fishing specialist), had 94 raises, 81 bites, and 36 sailfish releases! They also had 4 marlin raises, 1 marlin bite, and ROOSTERFISH!
- March 1st-7th, the Spindrift (38’ Stolper) with Capt. Nicho Alvarenga, had 141 raises, 120 bites, & 70 sailfish releases. PLUS 2 marlin raises, 1 bite, 1 marlin release, and mahi-mahi!
- March 1st-7th, the Afinity (39’ Billy Knowles) with Capt. Chico Alvarenga, had 107 raises, 49 bites, 29 sailfish releases, AND 5 marlin raises.
- March 1st-7th, the Intensity (37’ Gamefisherman) with Capt. Mike Sheeder, had 139 raises, 113 bites, and 72 sailfish releases! Plus 3 marlin raises, 1 marlin bite and 5 Mahi-mahi!
- March 1st-7th, the El Cadejo (35’ ST Contender) with Capt. Efrain Rizzo, had 83 raises, 71 bites, 48 sailfish releases and 1 Mahi-mahi!
- March 2nd-7th, the Makaira (37’ Rybovich) with Capt. Jason Brice, had 78 raises, 75 bites, and 47 sailfish releases. They also had 4 marlin raises, 3 marlin bites, and 2 marlin releases!
- March 2nd-7th, the Finest Kind (40’ Whiticar), with Capt. David Salazar, had 127 raises, 106 bites, and 59 sailfish releases! Plus 3 marlin raises!
- March 2nd-7th, the Rum Line (40’ Gamefisherman) with Capt. Chris Sheeder, had 147 raises, 110 bites, and 58 releases! Plus 7 marlin raises, 4 marlin bites and 2 marlin releases!
“Spring is here. Make ’em dance!