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Find answers to some the most common questions that clients have with regard to Guatemala sport fishing charters and all inclusive vacation packages in Guatemala. We are sure that you will have many other questions for us, so please email, phone or fill out out contact form and get the answers that you need. We are quick to respond but often we return calls in the evening once we return from a charter fishing trip. Click on the questions. (Click the question).
You will fly in to the Guatemala City International Airport where you will be met by our staff. Mad Marlin Lodge is only about 90 miles from the airport. The drive is quite beautiful. Along the 4 lane highway will see 5 volcanoes in the distance and take in and beautiful Guatemala mountain scenery. There are many places to eat along the way to the lodge if you are hungry from your travels.
We recommend bringing 4 or 5 sets of t-shirts and shorts, tennis or deck shoes, fishing hat, sun screen, mosquito repellant, Avon skin-so-soft (for mosquitos), a few changes of underwear, toothbrush, toothpaste and not much more. Our lodges offers free daily laundry service so there is no need for many changes of clothes. Most people simply throw their stuff in a backpack as a carry on and check no luggage at all.
Certainly!!! You can bring any of you own fishing equipment, rods, reels, lures, flies, etc. Anything you want. We have state of the art Penn International, Avet, and Shimano rods and reels and teasers and lures proven to produce. Avid anglers who fish all over the often bring their gear with them to Guatemala. Our Avet high-speed reels and custom rods are perfect for our big game fishing in Guatemala, but your tackle and gear is always welcome. We stress again that it is your trip so you get to do exactly what you want.
This is YOUR sport fishing vacation and you can do as much or as little of the process as you want. Many charter crews forget this and think only about getting a fish in the boat. We always ask our anglers how they prefer the fishing to go and how much they wish to participate in the process.
Our crew will have even novice sailfish anglers trained in the bait and switch technique in no time. Some anglers do absolutely everything including billing, unhooking and releasing their sailfish, marlin, or dora (mahi mahi). The choice of the level of participation is always that of our valued clients.
As part of our all-inclusive packages we include soft drinks, a variety of juices, water, beer, wine, and local liquors at the lodge. The pool bar and villa is stocked with a great selection of drinks and our friendly staff is there to serve you. Our clients do not receive a bar tab when you stay with Mad Marlin so there are not big bad surprises at the end of your stay with us. When booking a fishing trip to Guatemala, you should definitely ask about the terms of you fishing package. Every provider of fishing services have their own terms and conditions as to what is included and some do not include adult beverages.
Our primary focus is to provide the best sail fishing in the world, but are glad to facilitate excursions to some of the awesome treasures and wonders of Guatemala. Many take trips to historic Antigua, tour ancient Mayan ruins, relax at Lake Atitlan, or play a round of golf. These as well as a host of other activities can be arranged upon request but are optional. Guatemala offers a wealth of non-fishing activities and night-life as well.
From the time you are met by our staff upon your arrival at the airport in Guatemala City until your depart for home we see that you are always in a secure environment. The drive from the airport is on a major four-lane highway and is very secure. Some sectors of Guatemala city are dangerous very similar to the dangers faced in any major metropolitan city. Our clients will never be exposed to such areas. The fishing lodge is located in an extremely safe, secure, affluent area and has superb 24/7 security and highly-screened entry protocols. Many wealthy Guatemalans have built vacation homes in the same neighborhood as Mad Marlin Lodge.
This is a common question and is one of the most difficult to answer. The best rule of thumb is to treat your trip tipping policy much like you would if you dine at a nice restaurant. Tipping is not mandatory but should basically reflect the level of service that you receive. Drivers, maids, cooks, attendants do depend heavily on the additional monies for their lively hood. Mad Marlin never takes a portion of the tips given to staff so we prefer, that if you choose to offer a tip, that you give it to each of the individuals directly.
What clothing should I bring for our fishing tip?
Can I bring my own rods, reels, and other sport fishing gear with me?
Can I hook the fish myself for the full fishing experience?