There are many and varied locations around the world where anglers congregate to target sailfish, both on fly and on conventional tackle and Central America continues to be a sailfish hotspot. This relatively narrow strip of land separating both the mighty Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and North and South America, provides a base for some of the finest bluewater fishing on the planet. From roosterfish, dorado and sailfish to the mighty marlin, this is the place to visit.

Within that the two most consistent destinations for sailfish remain Costa Rica and Guatemala. Not only the scene of excellent fishing but also a plethora of non-fishing activities and eco-exploration, they offer a diverse range of fishing for conventional and fly anglers alike. Like the ecologically rich lands, the seas in this area of the world are filled with small baitfish to the biggest of bluewater species and the offshore fishing can be excellent for both disciplines. The action is often fast and furious as these hunters attack small packs of baitfish along contours close to the beaches and surrounding structure. Sailfish and marlin appear out of the depths, slashing at teasers and casts must be quick and accurate. They flash all shades of electric blue as they charge down your surface lure, their bills cutting through the water in pursuit of the fly. Once hooked the excitement is not over, the searing runs and soaring jumps of sailfish and the brutish power of a marlin will test the anger and skipper to their limits.They are the ultimate gamefish.Sailfish on baitball

Guatemala; once the core of the Mayan civilisation, Guatemala is steeped in history and ecologically rich. Nowhere else in the world can boast the sheer number of sailfish than the Pacific side of Guatemala. On average a boat will raise up to 30 sailfish a day, an average fish weighing in between 60 lbs – 100 lbs and fish up to 120 lbs are not uncommon. The Great Sailfish Co are specialists in fly fishing for billfish and their experienced captains and crews excel in this area. Whilst the name suggests their focus is on fishing, they offer an excellent base for non-fishers and family trips with comfortable accommodation and numerous day trips available.Guatemala, Sailfish, Crocodile Bay, Aardvark McLeod

Costa Rica; quite literally lives up to its name, meaning “Rich Coast”. Its progressive environmental policies have allowed both land and sea to flourish making it one of the finest fishing and eco-tourism destinations in the world. The fishing is hugely varied with most inshore and offshore species being present year round. Located on the Osa Peninsula, Crocodile Bay Lodge is Costa Rica’s finest sport fishing and eco-tourism resort and boasts the largest sport fishing team in Central America. This is a fantastic venue for those looking for an all-round Bluewater experience, whether on fly or on conventional gear. The resort caters for fishers and non-fishers with comfortable rooms and on-site spa facilities. Each day you can explore one of the many eco-tours that run from the resort.Crocodile Bay, Costa Rica, Sailfish, Aardvark McLeod

For more details and to discuss the best time to target sailfish on fly, please contact Peter McLeod or call the office on +44(0)1980 847389.guatemala-2015-sailfish-jumping