No Sancocho Raises Over $40k and 672 Sailfish!

Rum Line is Back The distinguished Rum Line completed a 1.5-year overhaul in the Casa Vieja Marine Services Boat Yard and debuted on October 25th. Casa Vieja Lodge selected to repower the Rum Line with twin Cummins QSC 8.3 Engines (500hp), replacing the previous mechanical version. “With these newer electronic engines she won’t blow black smoke while you are backing down on a big one, be much more fuel efficient, have a higher cruising speed of 25…

November Issue of Saltwater Sportsman Magazine

Have you read the November Issue of Saltwater Sportsman? Casa Vieja Lodge hosted Saltwater Sportsman’s annual editorial retreat and they couldn’t have picked a better place to work, fish, and relax! CLICK HERE to read the PDF.

A Grand Ol’ Time

  The 2017 February Issue of Marlin Magazine, Before the Strike: A Grand Ol’ Time, a collage of tournament fun Read the Article (PDF) See the Marlin Magazine Online Version HERE

A Different Kind of Tournament – Marlin Mag

John Brownlee of Marlin Mag writes about his experience fishing Casa Vieja Lodge’s “No Sancocho” tournament in 2015 with his wife Poppy and friends aboard the Makaira with Capt Jason Bice. Read the Article (PDF)

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…