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"Decisive" - 40ft gamefisherman

"Decisive" - 40ft gamefisherman, with Capt. Brad Philipps

Capt. Brad Philipps's new vessel, ‘Decisive’, is a recently refitted 40ft Gamefisherman, and is the finest boat available for charter in Guatemalan waters. She spent previous years fishing privately in Costa Rica during which time she amassed an amazing 37 light tackle world records for her renowned owners. Her fish-raising ability is unquestionable.

Her uncompromising sea handling capabilities, immaculate finishes and layout, twin 450HP Cummins diesel power (newly installed in Aug 2008), generator with twin air-conditioning, lavish array of electronics and outstanding selection of the finest tackle make her the fleet favourite.

With her proven track record, superb features and her experienced captain and crew at her attendance, she is the perfect boat to maximize on the superb sailfishing Guatemala has to offer.

The spacious bridge is equipped with a captains chair forward of center, with large cushioned bench seats either side for anglers to partake in the comforts, added view, and joys of riding up top. She is equipped with a VHS radio, MF/HF (SSB) radio, Robertson Autopilot, North Star GPS Chart Navigator, Furuno GPS, Furuno Sounder, and brand new Furuno Navnet Radar for tracking those distant birds.

Her brand new Lugger/Northern Lights 6kw generator, with twin air-conditioning systems and twin salon blowers make for the coolest of comfort on those hot tropical days. A grilling plate and microwave mean freshly prepared hot boat lunches, with galley refrigeration and freezer allowing for easy storage of those optional extra’s.

With clients having the advantage of spending nights in our luxury accommodations back on land, the optimum boat for this area is one built specifically with this in mind. “ Decisive” has the perfect day boat style layout, with an open aft salon bulkhead, which Gamefisherman yachts have so popularized. Roll down see-through Isinglass curtains, allow anglers to enjoy the air-conditioned comfort and spacious seating of the salon while still being able to be a part of the action in the cockpit. Her comfortable cockpit seating, atop of the large tackle station and built-in drinks cooler under the large fly-bridge overhang makes for the perfect shade protected spot for the serious angler choosing not to leave the action of the cockpit but still needing the shade and comfort of these features. Just forward of the salon, down the companion way are two large separate bunks for those wishing to really relax or take a nap on the ride home.

The large cockpit has a teak covered non-slip deck, favored on most sportsfishing boats. The cockpit is very large for a 40ft sportsfisherman, and ideally suits our multiple hookup style of fishing, as well as teasing and fly-fishing, giving anglers and crew plenty of space to capitalize on every situation. Salt water and fresh water wash-downs in the cockpit keep things clean and functional, together with below deck fish hatches and live-bait well, making for safe storage of freshly caught dorado or tuna while keeping for an uncluttered fishing platform so anglers can enjoy the job at hand.

A life raft, EPIRB, flares, life preservers, Halon and handheld extinguishers, and additional safety features are standard on board.

She caters to a maximum of 5 anglers, and even with this number on board there is no limitation of space in either the cockpit while fighting those multiples or in finding a comfortable place to relax during the day or on the ride home. Your charters aboard the vessel are all inclusive of everything, except tip, and include hot lunches, cold refreshments, beer, seafood sashimi or ceviches, and an uncompromising crew to ensure you are able to capitalize on every opportunity.

Alutecnos Tackle

‘Decisive’ is equipped with the finest array of tackle. We are proudly an “Alutecnos Pro-Team Boat”, being outfitted with the ultimate in big-game equipment.
20lb high-speed "Veloce" lever drag reels and matching standup rods are the standard, making for a perfect match on our acrobatic sailfish and slammer dorado. Two-speed, Alutecnos, 30#’s or 50#’s are at the ready to pitch to the ever-aggressive blue marlin or larger tuna. 20lb spinning rods make for great sport on dorado, or aid young or inexperienced anglers in their drop-back-hookup technique on the sailfish.
An array of fly-fishing tackle is carried for fly-fishing enthusiasts or those wishing to give this dynamic aspect of the sport a try for the first time. 14 and 16 weight fly rods are perfectly matched to #12 Alutecnos direct drive fly reels and also Billy Pate Bluefin anti-reverse reels for those requiring the extra arbor of these monsters.

Your captain and crew are highly experienced at whatever style of fishing you choose, whether is be conventional lever drag angling, flyfishing, a combo of the two or even some much lighter test tackle. They play this game on an almost daily basis and are some of the best in the world, highly apt at every aspect and always willing to share their knowledge and ensure anglers are constantly improving on their abilities. Our mates are amongst the best riggers to be seen and should you wish to bring an outfit of your own with you or choose for them to expertly rig your flies, they will happily oblige to your every need.

Billfish Conservation and Eagle Claw Circle Hooks

Guatemala has over the past years maintained a leading edge and placed a high priority on billfish conservation. The circle hook trend was started here and sailfish are a protected species in these water, with no commercial fishing for the species being allowed. Eagle Claw Circle hooks on baits and an all release policy on billfish make this the unbeatable fishery of today and also of tomorrow.
Capt. Brad Philipps has long been an ardent supporter of billfish conservation and member of The Billfish Foundation, being a past multi-recipient of its prestigious Release Captain of the Year Award, and Sailfish Release Award.

We book a variety of top boats,

Although 'Decisive' is our flagship we book a variety of top boats in Guatemala. Our "Billfish Inn" can cater to a group as large as 10 people, or two totally exclusive groups of up to 5 people. We are therefore able to tailor make a package to suit any needs with these other boats.

Fishing on one of the other boats we book, comes along with the same care and professionalism as we do our own boat, as they are operated under our strict supervision ensuring the same high standard in service, efficiency and client satisfaction. We have years of tried and tested experince in the Guatemalan sportfishing field, so guarentee the best out of your billfishing adventure.

Please contact us, we will have a boat availble for the dates you would like to fish!!!

Additional Boats,

A Guatemala Grander released on Jan '07 aboard DECISIVE

The Billfish Foundation Awards

Big blue marlin on fly

Sweet Ride!

Big blue marlin

Colorful sailfish

Happy Double headers on fly!

Flat seas

Tease, tease, tease!

Slammer dorado!

3 Marlin in 1 Day!

Marina Pez Vela - Guatemala!

1st. Mate - Kennedy Hernandez!