Transition from Mate to Boat Captain- Marlin Mag- July 2018

Read about what it takes to make the transition from Mate to Boat Captain. Our own Captain Nico Melendez of the Afinity spent years as a mate under the watchful eye of Captain Chris Sheeder, and released more than 40,0000 billfish before he even jumped up into the official role of captain in 2018. As…

1,138 Sailfish & 55 Marlin Releases in May; 502 Mahi & 180 Tuna!

Dave’s House In April the all-star team from Local Knowledge filmed the episode Dave’s House and had a blast catching loads of mahi, sailfish, and even visited the Casa Vieja Lodge Marine Services boatyard. In its third season, Local Knowledge explores the people, places, and species that make up the culture of fishing. In Episode 4, Dave…

May is for Mamas, Mahi & Marlin

First Timers   Casa Vieja Lodge hosted the prestigious Marlin University of Marlin Magazine from April 23-28th. Marlin University gives anglers hand-on, personalized, side-by-side instruction in actual blue-water conditions! Joining us in Guatemala were top billfish instructors Dave Ferrell, Fly Navarro, George Sawley, and Bo Jenyns. A MU instructor is on each boat which gives the anglers the coaching…

Looking For an Excuse to go Fishing?

Pick Me, Pick Me   Looking for excuses to plan a fishing trip? Look no further, we got you covered! Celebrate the long Memorial Day Weekend fishing on a beautifully maintained sport fisher, lake-like seas, 88 degree weather, with loads of sailfish and more chances at HUGE mahi mahi, tuna, and blue marlin! You could…

April Forecast Calls for Sailfish Showers

On The Hunt We hope everyone had a fantastic Easter and Spring Break, albeit at Casa Vieja Lodge it was a tad bit better! There was an intense Easter egg hunt, accompanied of course with a rabbit piñata for the children. Adults took time to see Semana Santa (Holy Week) processions in Antigua which is the second largest celebration…

Check Your Calendar, Is Casa Vieja Smiling Back at You?

2018 Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy   Attention all fathers, dads, papas, old guy, daddy, whatever you’ve been responding to all these years please join us June 15-17th for our 2018 Father’s Day Fishing Frenzy, back by popular demand! Teams of four anglers will have a blast releasing sailfish with friends and family. Teams may consist of grandfathers, fathers,…

1,500 Sailfish Releases Since February 1st!

Miami International Boat Show     Our last Trade Show stop is tomorrow February 15- 19 at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. Come and visit us at Tent D-316, next to Capt Harry’s Fishing Supply. Sign-up for show specials, and talk with our famed captains. See the usual suspects joining us below! Friday 3-5pm: Capt. Chris Sheeder, Rum Line & Capt. David Salazar, Poco Loco Saturday &…

Double-digit Raises AND Releases!

2018 Jake Jordan Invitational Sailfish Fly Challenge   The ninth annual Jake Jordan Invitational Sailfish Fly Challenge tournament took place on January 7 (practice day) 8, 9, 10, (tournament dates), at the world-class Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala. This time for the first time ever, the fishing was slow for Guatemala standards, seems like some cold…

2017 CVL Billfish Season: 28,051 Raises, 23,535 Bites & 13,949 Releases

2017 CVL Billfish Season The reports have been tailed for the 2017 Casa Vieja Lodge Billfish Season: 22,351 Raises 17,208 Bites 10,464 Releases If you were one of the many anglers that helped contribute to this number, stand proud! Congrats to all anglers for helping us achieve this! All of these numbers can be found on our…

Stress-Free Holidays at Casa Vieja Lodge

Stepping up to the Helm Capt. Nico Melendrez began his career in the sportfishing industry in 1994. Previously a local artesianal fisherman, he was trained by Tim Choate in a handful of mate schools to launch the sportfishing industry in Guatemala. Nico has been the first mate aboard the Rum Line for close to 10 years. He is one of…

Marlin & Mahi? Muy Bueno!

Costa Holiday Catch   During the holiday season you are always on the hunt for deals. Look no further than the Costa Holiday Catch Sweepstakes where you can enter to win one of two fishing trips. Adventure one, a trip to Casa Vieja Lodge or Adventure 2, the Florida Keys. Two lucky anglers will be guided by Costa Pro Captains and spend…

Thankful for Sancochos & Sailfish!

Happy Turkey Day   Casa Vieja Lodge would like to wish all of our friends and family a Happy Thanksgiving and we wish you were here celebrating with us! We are very grateful for your friendship and time you spend with us in Guatemala. While you are perusing through this newsletter between flying, basting the…

480 Sailfish RELEASES in 8 Days!

Rick Murphy and CCA Team Visit   Captain Rick Murphy of Sportsman’s Adventures hosted a trip October 26-30th of Casa Vieja Lodge Rookies from the likes of CCA Texas, CCA Florida, and Building Conservation Trust (CCA’s National Habitat Program). With Tropical Storm Selma lurking on the pacific, it made for not so ideal conditions, but that didn’t stop these tried and true…

WITCH Boat Are You Fishing On this Season?

The Queen is Back Finally, she has been released from Casa Vieja Lodge Marine Services and had her maiden voyage this past weekend during the 15th Annual Club Nautico de Guatemala Tournament. The Release, a 37’ Merritt, has completed a 2-year overhaul and reclaimed her reign as queen of the Casa Vieja Lodge fleet. Originally built in 1961,…

Ready to Start Fallin’ for Billfish

Support Hurricane Relief Efforts The Southeastern United States has been hit hard with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Thankfully all of our clients survived the storms and are in the rebuilding process but will be back stronger than before! Casa Vieja Lodge donated 100% of proceeds from our online shop sales to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, and personally thanked…

Summertime Sailfish Strong

Look Out! CVL Hits the Road! ICAST 2017 CVL will be putting up its booth at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) July 12-14, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. ICAST is the biggest and best sportfishing trade show in the world. Come and meet two of our famous Captains: Chris Sheeder of the Rum Line, and David…

Cure Your Summertime Blues!

Catch Us at ICAST For the first time, CVL will be putting up its booth at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) July 10-13, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. ICAST is the biggest and best sportfishing trade show in the world. Come and meet two of our famous Captains: Chris Sheeder of the Rum Line, and David…

May the Marlin be with You

Success Occurs When Strangers Become Friends Casa Vieja Lodge hosted the prestigious Marlin University of Marlin Magazine from May 4-7th. Marlin University gives anglers hand-on, personalized, side-by-side instruction in actual blue-water conditions! Joining us in Guatemala were top billfish instructors Charles Perry, Fly Navarro, George Sawley, and Bo Jenyns. With an MU instructor on each boat…

Mucho Marlin- Muchas Gracias!

Summer Fishing Plans Summer is so close we can feel the heat! Secure your summer vacation plans at Casa Vieja Lodge and grab an extra 15% off during June and July. Our “people season” is slowing down, but definitely not the fishing! With the extra time during summer plan to explore more of the hidden…