Hilton's and Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures sponsored & shot 1st show with Capt. Brad Philipps and Legend Bass Jimmy Houston billfishing aboard 'Decisive' back in Jan 29th, 30th, 31st of 2019, along with 'Lets Take It Outside host Misty Wells & Marlin Magzine editor Sam White. The 1st show will be airing the week of Jan 13th on Jimmy Houston Outdoors
The show is on Discovery Network, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network (WFN) and CBS Sports.
Have Fun These Holidays!!!
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year 2020 !!!
While Another great year is right around the corner, we are thankful, honored & very grateful to have been chosen to host many special groups of dedicated anglers coming from all parts of the world.
We at Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures are able to cherish the very finest of sportfishing with Capt. Brad Philipps who has captained in Guatemalan waters longer than anyone! With over 38,000 billfish releases to his credit and counting, this is yet to be another amazing season. Those 38k are a testament to his dedication and passion to mantain consistently performing at the highest level of sport fishing, day after day.
Visit Guatemala and fulfill your fishing dreams, catching up with Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures. We are fortunate to witness some amazing fishing action. If you hadn't had our past newsletters, visit here. We offer you the best of your Billfishing holidays.
Thank you to all our anglers that have fished with us this Year, and all those that have got it on their bucket list!!!
Christmas is not a time nor a season but a state of mind, to cherish peace, goodwill and travel to good places with your loved ones.
We wish you a healthy & Safe Festive season,
Brad and Cindy Philipps,
Darren and Lyndsey
the entire Team at Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures!
Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures - Fishing Report – Nov #2, 2019
The fishing the past few weeks has been very steady, with both good numbers of blue marlin and sailfish around. With as many as 40 plus sailfish bites and 4 or more blues up in a day! If you missed out on 1st issue this November then you can find it out here. Anglers from far a wide travelled to fish with in Guatemala, New Zealanders, Australians, Father and Sons, young and old.
Most importantly, the blue water and fish are pushing inshore. Boats found good numbers of sailfish and blue marlin in the bottom of the pocket at 10miles.
Two Anglers coming from Australia and New Zealand - Strap On that Friendship (18th Nov – 23rd Nov)
Team of two anglers Brian Luecke & Dr. Rex Pyne from Australia & NZ respectively booked 6 days of fishing with Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures. Aboard the Decisive with Capt. Brad Philipps they were on the fish swiftly and the action never stopped. They got 21 Sailfish releases and a 500 plus blue on their first day & 20 more sails the following day.
Dr. Rex Pyne & Brian Luecke went 1 from 2 on blue marlin with 9 sailfish releases on the third day & went on to release another 400 pound blue while also raising another nice one together going 18 from 30 bites on sailfish on the following day.
Their last day saw them going 22 from 40 sails.
We also had Capt. Alex Holden of ‘Constellation’ fame from Costa Rica riding with us to get some first-hand knowledge of our remarkable fishery.
They summed up an extraordinary & happy total of 100 Billfish releases in 6 days. We also got to capture non-stop action and adventure & exuberant beauty of the vast Pacific on this fleet.
After fishing, they went to explore Lake Atitlan and the Mayan Ruins adding 3 more nights of adventures.
Scott Henley and his son Jacob with Brother Chris – Got in for Pre-Thanksgiving (24th to 26th Nov)
A family squad of father-son duo & brother headed to us for an amazing 3-day adventure booked 3 days of fishing on 24th, 25th & 26th November with Capt. Brad Philipps to experience the best spot for sportfishing Guatemala. They went on to release 16 Sails from 30 bites on their 1st day as well as a 120-pound yellowfin!!! Making most of the action they fished around many tuna busting schools over the next days with huge schools of spinner dolphins. The good sailfishing continued, a few marlin were raised but lazy on the bite. Their total numbers for the trip 38 Sailfish, 4 Tuna and raised 4 Blue Marlin.
Dr. Dave Cordes & Ann Marie Davies – Delegating #GBA for a Thanksgiving 2019 (27th Nov – 2nd Dec)
Catching blue marlin on the fly never gets old, no matter how old you may be!!! We had aboard with us Dr. Dave Cordes and Ann Marie Davies who are regular visitors each year. They booked 5 days of fishing on the fly with Capt. Brad Philipps to celebrate a unique Thanksgiving down in Guatemala together with their family.
The fishing was steady, with Dave seeing blues in the spread every day, casting at 4 and releasing a 225# blue marlin on his second day together with up to 7 sailfish a day on the long wand!
Happy Thanksgiving To All Game Fishing Lovers !!!
We are Highly Thankful for all of you!!!
Stay Tuned !!! We are scheduled up ahead with more exciting adventures for the further seasons, while the bookings are open and you can visit our site to check the availability of the best boats to charter & superb packages all designed as per your needs.
Open Dates :
Dec 27-29, with Capt. Brad
A true Billfish Grand Slam Release on Fly! Capt. Brad has accomplished such a feat, it certainly ranks high in his career highlights.
Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures - Fishing Report – Nov #1, 2019
The beginning of our Fishing Season lured excellent opportunities, passionate anglers, and prominent personalities in the fishing industry to Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures. We had aboard with us Mark Hatter, who was here to document all the events from Nov 4th to Nov 10th for more than three magazines, which added to the thrill. The fishing has been outstanding with Decisive averaging a blue marlin release a day as well as double-digit sailfish releases every day. The highlights have been as many as 10 blue marlins raised in a day, 4 blues released in a day on light tackle while tournament fishing and a Billfish Grand Slam on Fly.
Team of three anglers from South Africa, Edwin Freeman, Marius de Vos and Francois Bezuindehout joined Capt. Brad Philipps on this season’s first day, and with 26 Sailfish releases from 34 bites, to get things rolling. They chartered the Decisive for 2 days of practice and the Intensity for the 3 day International Sailfish Guatemala 2019 Tournament and released 72 sails in 5 days fishing. We had the privilege of hosting them were honoured to have this amazing team aboard together.
Six Anglers & Catch and Release Numbers For Jorge Mederos from Puerto Rico: (4th Nov to Nov 6th)
The Decisive &The Intensity was chartered by a team of six anglers from Puerto Rico, Jorge Mederos and his friends Jose Suarez, Jason Borschow, Mario Somoza, Alejandro Uriarte & Miguel Lopez. The anglers released 20 sails, 1 blue marlin released aboard the Intensity & 17 sails released and missed a good blue marlin off the bridge teaser aboard the Decisive.
Team Bamboo from Miami, aboard the Decisive with Capt. Brad Philipps, each one of the three days of the ‘No Sancocho’ yielded great numbers and high excitement for all, with them the team in the lead position from start to finish!!!
To gain more points teams have the option to catch billfish on FLY during the No Sancocho Sailfish Shootout, and marlin on lighter line.
From day one of this annual charity tournament, we had the Decisive geared up for Team Bamboo to defend their 2018 winning title. This Team of 4 anglers Bill Canida, Marcos Azar, Johnny White and Chris Kavalir with Capt Brad Philipps started off great and were way up after releasing 2 Blue Marlin and 16 Sailfish, all on our Alutecnos 20’s on day one.
They levelled up higher on Day 2 with 2 marlins and 12 sailfish. On the third day, Team Decisive had a whooping 4 Blue Marlin releases on their light tackle which got their total tournament blues to 8 which secured a resounding first place position along with their total of 43 sailfish.
Rum Line held 2nd position with the Finest Kind in 3rd position.
The three-day tournament had an overall 650 raises, 538 bites, 385 billfish releases, along with 35 Dorado, and a grand total of 163 SANCOCHOS with a total of 10 teams competing!
This Charity tournament collected $7390 donations overall which will go to local schools in Puerto San Jose.
The Marshall’s – 60th Birthday Fishing Bliss (Nov 9th to 14th)
We hosted Alex and Sarah Marshall for 4 Days of fishing Nov 10, 11, 12, 13th, who were here to celebrate Alex’s 60th Birthday. The waters here in Guatemala delivered what Alex had planned, the first blue marlin for his wife Sarah, followed by more for himself!!! Aboard the Decisive, on his special Birthday, we raised 10 blue marlins, found them to be very lazy & released 2 blues from 4 bites and 18 sails.
On their last day of fishing, they released 2 more blue marlins and 21 sailfish.
We have always been privileged, to host a great many anglers who turn into everlasting friends. The Marshall’s articulate a great association & an emotional connect with Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures and they leave us feeling delighted and excited every time we have them here. They also spent their first night of accommodation at the luxurious Casa Philipps in Antigua Guatemala. Adding up another milestone to their life, the Marshalls have proved that age is an issue of mind over matter.
John Cole – First Time Fly Fishing with us (Nov 13th To 17th)
John Cole returned to Guatemala after a long absence to do what he loves, throw flies at and battle billfish on the long wand! Well, he was not disappointed! His first day saw him release a wild blue marlin and 8 sailfish all on the fly, the next more sailfish but the best was yet to come. Day three saw John and the Decisive team release a sailfish early, followed by a feisty striped marlin. Changing gears, it was not long thereafter and there he was…a 350 blue marlin came charging in…a perfect tease from the long rigger, a great cast, awesome switch and a head and shoulders bite of the fly just meters behind the boat and it was game on! Minutes later the team had released the blue and done what very very few have ever done before, released a Billfish Grand Slam on the fly! 3 billfish species, all IGFA on the fly, in one day, one angler. To sum it up, the famed Bubba Carter wrote of the team's achievement as such…’’Many many more have walked on the moon then achieved this!” The congratulations rolled in from far and wide, and all celebrated! Brad had to say it certainly ranks right up there in his career highlights.
The same great fishing and accommodations…but with more options!
Congratulations on an incredible year in 2016 and best wishes for an even a more successful and happy 2017!! It's exciting to see Darren taking after the old man!!
Really miss seeing yawl !!!
Hugs to Cindy!!!
GARY CARTER - USA & COSTA RICA
Brad Philipps and the Decisive team is one of the top crews in the world. Brad and I started this operation over 10 years ago and is stronger now than ever. I sold the boat to Brad two years ago but still feel a strong connection to the team. Well done guys and guest for making 2016 a banner year. See you in March!
STEVE COTHRON - TX, USA
Congratulations, World Class fishery, Captain, and crew complemented by World Class lodging, cuisine, staff and service! Again Congrats, Tight Lines and yes we need to return!
JIM OWENS - ALABAMA, USA
Amazing number!!! More than 2,000 on the year was shattered!! Not sure anyone worldwide has ever put a crooked number like that! Congrats!!!
ALVARO FORTUNY - GUATEMALA
Happy 2017. Impressive stats!! Well done!!
DALE CUNNINHAM - SOUTH AFRICA
An amazing accomplishment, Brad.
I hope 2017 brings all the best for you, Cindy in the kids.
Happy New Year!
DON BUTLER - USA
Here's your St. Patrick's Day Green!
Future Pro, Darren Philipps, son of PELAGIC Pro Team Captain, Brad Philipps, with a bull dorado caught in the wild Pacific waters off Guatemala.
photo: Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures
Been really busy since getting back from the Miami Boat show last weekend, but thank you to The Billfish Foundation for all they do for Billfish Conservation, everyone that fishes offshore should really join their cause and become a member!
Won their Overall Release Captain of the Year Award, my 16th time in the past 17 years to receive this award. Catching up with so many friends sure was great!
Fishing has been great! Raised 48 sails and a blue marlin yesterday, releasing 15 sails the last day of the Jake Jordan Fly Challenge to place a very well deserved second place. Usually placing second is like 'kissing your sister', but fly-fishing with only a single angler, against other two angler teams, sure made it tuff to take advantage of the multiples we saw...well done to all, great fishing with some spectacular action! We are having one heck of a season!
As he closes in on 30,000 Billfish releases, this top captain has learned what it takes to be the best in the game.
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