2018 Annual Billfish Report The numbers were tailed for the 2018 Casa Vieja Lodge Annual billfish report and we are proud to announce the grand total of 28,027 Raises, 21,235 Bites, 12,404 Releases. This report is a total of the CVL Fleet that fished during the 9-month season, and keep in mind there were many rest days, and…Details
Santa Visits Santa’s been so busy this holiday season that he was looking for a quick, warm getaway, and Ernesto, the CVL Elf on the Shelf, told him about Casa Vieja Lodge Guatemala! Mr. and Mrs. Claus took a few days to relax, fish, and warm-up in anticipation of Christmas Eve. They were impressed with the 5-Star Angling Experience…Details
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…Details
Kicking Plastic Join the movement and Kick Plastic with us! This fall we are entering our third phase of the #KickPlastic Campaign pioneered by Costa del Mar. Casa Vieja Lodge will become a plastic-free campus by eliminating all single-use plastic bottles both at the lodge, and aboard our 10-boat fleet. All anglers will receive a YETI 18oz Rambler…Details
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…Details
Dave Salazar, owner of Casa Vieja Lodge, invites Ali and Rush down to his place for some relaxation and fishing. While enjoying great sailfish fishing, the guys learn about the vision and journey of how Dave built the lodge and marina into one of the best fishing destinations in the world. This is just the…Details
Rationing Water is a Thing of the Past for Remote Charter Fishing Fleet
Pick up your copy of Sport Fishing Magazine and see how the Predator PDL Kayak landed a handful of our Guatemalan Sailfish. If you are looking for that extra dose of craziness’ read about it first in Single-Handed Sailfish, by Doug Olander. CLICK HERE to read the PDF.Details
Casa Vieja Lodge is all over the February 2017 issue of Marlin Magazine. Below are the stories: Captain Chris Sheeder nailed another cover this time on the 2017 February Issue of Marlin Magazine! To see the PDF of the cover in higher-res CLICK HERE. Read more about our 2016 No Sancocho Sailfish Shootout in the Editor’s…Details
If you’re still unsure about this fantastic trip, here is a complete breakdown, including pictures, of what to expect on your entire trip down to Casa Vieja Lodge. Very well said by BD Outdoors. Click on the link below to read more! https://www.bdoutdoors.com/the-race-to-guatemala-good-as-it-gets/Details
Captain Chris Sheeder gets another Cover Photo, this time of his majestic beauty in the 2017 Travel Planner Issue of Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine. “If history holds true this next season will be an above average one, and an ‘above average’ Guatemalan season is damn good,” said Capt. Chris Sheeder as he discussed what it’s been like…Details
Capt. Chris Sheeder with another Cover for Marlin Magazine- Dec/Jan Issue. This summer, at the helm of the Finest Kind Sheeder fished the sea mounts off of Costa Rica, and managed to get a few great shots. HERE you can see the cover. Pick up your issue to and read more about the fish mounts!Details
One of the 10 blue marlin released aboard the Rum Line captured by Captain Chris Sheeder! Check out the Hot Shot HEREDetails
Check out Captain Chris Sheeder sharing his experiences fishing with light tackle on the Rum Line, in Voyages de Pêche Magazine. Read the Article (PDF)Details
Get to know Capt. David Salazar, in the September 2016 issue of Marlin Magazine, Before the Strike. In an interview with Sam White, Capt. Salazar shares his stories about being a captain, pilot and father all while running the beautiful Casa Vieja Lodge! Check out the article below: Before the StrikeDetails
2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence! Big thanks to all of our anglers for allowing us to receive the 2016 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for the second year in a row!! If it wasn’t for all of the amazing reviews from our clients it wouldn’t be possible. We hold ourselves to the highest standards and enjoy…Details
Learn more about our paradise in the July 2016 Issue of Power & MotoryachtMagazine, Guatemala Is An Angler’s Paradise, by John Brownlee. In the article Brownlee gives you a glimpse of the extraordinary fishing and accommodations the lodge has to offer. Check out the article below. Guatemala Is an Angler’s Paradise (PDF)Details
Watch Captain Jason Brice, our very own Marlin Whisperer, talks the talks with Captain Rick Murphy and Miss Florida Brie Gabrielle below! Season 12, Episode 14Details
Roland Martin comes down to Guatemala for his FIRST Sailfish on the Fly. Watch this fishing legend in this episode of Fishing with Roland Martin at Casa Vieja Lodge.
Captain Chris Sheeder of the Rum Line has the opportunity to get some great images while he is out on the water. This one is his latest cover model on Marlin Magazine- March 2016. Pick up your copy and have him autograph on your trip down to the lodge! Read the Article (PDF)Details
The Local Knowledge Crew visits Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala and has an epic offshore experience. Tons of sailfish and blue marlin too, keep the crew bait and switching. Witness incredible underwater footage of sailfish swatting the teaser and taking the bait. Dorado and tuna round out the catch, but the billfish are the wide open guests…Details
The fishing trip of a life time! Captain Rick Murphy heads to Casa Vieja Lodge, Guatemala and fishes Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish with Captain David Salazar, owner of Casa Vieja Lodge. On this episode, Captain Salazar catches a feisty Blue Marlin that gets into a smack down with his Contender boat. Step into this…Details
Antigua is an historic city in Guatemala, with beautiful architecture, great food, and quaint courtyards. The first capital of the Kingdom of Guatemala, for more than 200 years it served as the seat of the military governor of the Spanish colony of Guatemala, a large region that included almost all of present-day Central America and…Details
In a media trip sponsored by the Guatemalan Tourism board INGUAT, writer Justin Goldman was able to experience Casa Vieja Lodge and a day of fishing. Read this great story of his take of Three Perfect Days in Guatemala. Published in October 2015. CLICK HERE to read the PDF.Details
The unique oceanographic conditions of the eastern tropical Pacific make the area one of the best sports in the world for big game anglers to hook billfish. But intense pressures from commercial fishing operations have taken their toll on the numbers of sailfish and marlin in the region. Researchers are studying the animals to provide…Details
An article from 2015 Cummins Sustainability Report. Read the Article (PDF)Details
Cummins Inc, today announced that Casa Vieja Lodge, a top billftshing destination in Guatemala, has selected Cummins engines for two important reposer projects. Release, a 37-foot Merritt, and Makaira, a 37-foot Rybovich, will both be refit with new Cummins QSB6.7 engines, making the Casa Vieja Lodge’s entire six-boat bleed Powered by Cummins. Read the…Details
Catch a great story of Marlin University’s trip to Casa Vieja Lodge by Dave Ferrell in the latest issue of Marlin Magazine. Click HERE, but trust us it’s much better in print!
We are honored to be featured on the November 2013 cover of Salt Water Sportsman Magazine. Noted film producer Jon Landau (left), of Titanic and Avatar fame, caught and released this beautiful Pacific sailfish while fishing out of Casa Vieja Lodge. Photo by Richard Gibson.
We are proud to be Featured in Marlin Magazine and take great pride in being associated with such a great conservation program.
Casa Vieja Captain Chris Sheeder has been named to the Saltwater Sportsman’s List of 50 Top Fishing Charter Captains. Here is a little about Chris: Since growing up fishing the Hawaiian Islands, Chris has been at the helm in some of the world’s best locations: Hawaii, Midway, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Canary Islands and Guatemala. He’s…Details
A legendary Pacific sailfish spot pays off once again by Dave Ferrell The sailfish cooperated very well on a Guatemala trip to Casa Vieja. I think we caught 18 on the last fishing day to win a little mini tournament we had going! We also had quite a few good dorado to keep us full…Details
Captain Ron Hamlin named one of the most influential people in the sport of billfishing by Marlin Magazine
Congratulations to Captain Ron Hamlin, named one of the most influential people in the sport of billfishing by Marlin Magazine, “30 years of Marlin The People” by Skip Smith. Ron’s ability to work with novice and the most experience anglers make him one of the worlds most sought after charter captains, with over 28,000 thousand billfish releases…Details
By Patrick Mansell Capt Ron Hamlin is one of the most influential, highly regarded and successful skippers in the history of gamefishing. He has guided his clients to more than 27,000 billfish catches. Ron has enjoyed the highs of exceptional achievement, but he’s also endured the lows of a disturbing period that almost claimed his…Details
By Mike Mazur As Capt. Chris Sheeder quartered Rum Line into the choppy Pacific swells that warm April morning, I focused on my plan. If a sailfish appeared in the spread, I’d take it. If by chance a marlin showed, I’d relinquish it to my host and fishing partner, Jake Jordan. After all, he was…Details
By Captain Lawrence Euteneier Blind Fishing Boat .Com Never being one to turn down a challenge, I jumped at the chance to take part in the production of an episode of the “Best and Worst of Tred Barta”. Tred was curious whether my claim to be able to catch any fish using my sense of…Details
Casa Vieja Lodge was featured in September’s issue of Playboy. To view the article please click on the image below. Playboy September 2010 ArticleDetails
Switch & Catch: Captains along Guatemala’s Pacific coast have the bait-and-switch down to a science.
From SaltWaterSportsMan.com Text by John Brown Lee. Photos by Richard Gibson It’s late March in Guatemala, and I’m standing next to Capt. Ron Hamlin on the flybridge of the classic 40-foot Whiticar Finest Kind, doing one of my favorite things — bait-and-switch trolling for Pacific sailfish. Hamlin has tagged and released over 10,000 billfish during…Details