Frequently Asked Questions About Our Guatemala Sport Fishing Vacations.  
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  • Can I tease and hook the fish myself to get the full experience or do the mates do all those things for the angler?

    This is YOUR SPORT FISHING TRIP 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.   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 dorado.  The level of participation is always that of our valued clients.

  • Can anglers bring their own fishing gear for their charter?

    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.    Many avid anglers who fish all over the often bring their gear with them to Guatemala.

  • What beverages are included in the sport fishing packages?

    As part of our all-inclusive packages we include soft drinks, a variety of juices, water, beer, wine, and local liquors.   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.

  • What should I bring to wear on my sport fishing vacation?

    Our recommendation is to bring 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 through their stuff in a backpack as a carry on and check no luggage at all.

  • What airport do we fly in to?

    You will fly in to the Guatemala City International Airport where your will be met by our staff.  Mad Marlin Sport Fishing is roughly 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 Guatemalan mountain scenery.  There are many places to eat along the way to the lodge if clients are hungry.

  • Can we plan non-fishing activities while on our  fishing trip?

    Our primary focus is  offering the best sailfishing in the world, but are glad to facilitate excursions to some of the awesome  treasures and wonders of Guatemala.  Many love to take trips to historic Antigua, tour ancient Mayan ruins, relax at Lake Atillan, 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.

  • Is it safe to travel to Guatemala?

    From the time you are met by our staff upon your arrival in Guatemala 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 security and highly-screened entry protocols.   Many wealthy Guatemalans have built vacation homes in the same neighborhood as Mad Marlin Sport Fishing.

  • What is customary for tipping crews and staff?

    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.  For the fishing crew a tip or "propina" of 15-20% of your cost of the fishing charter portion of your package is typical and should reflect the level of service that you receive.  Drivers, maids, cooks, attendants also should be considered as they depend  heavily on the additional monies for  their lively hood.  Tipping is always voluntary .  Mad Marlin never takes a portion of the tips given to staff.

Mad Marlin  Sport Fishing
Lote 16, Calle Baja Mar

Aldea Buena Vista

Puerto Iztapa
Escuintla, Guatemala

+1 256-962-1335 USA

Available 24/7

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