July Issue 1- Casa Vieja Lodge- Guatemala: Experience 5-Star Angling

Look Out! CVL hits the road! 

ICAST 2017

CVL will be putting up its booth at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) July 12-14, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. 

ICAST is the biggest and best sportfishing trade show in the world. Come and meet two of our famous Captains: Chris Sheeder of the Rum Line, and David Salazar of the Finest Kind and talk about the upcoming season forecast for 2017-18.

CVL will be in attendance not just to promote the Lodge, but to also check out the latest and greatest innovations in fishing gear so we can put it in the hands of our anglers. Working with other leaders in the fishing industry, we want to make sure that we provide only the best tackle, gear, and accessories for our clients. If you are attending the show stop by and chat with us at Booth 110Captain Rick Murphy & Brie Gabrielle of Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report will be making an appearance at our booth Thursday, July 13 from 3:30-4 some come by for a meet and greet. 

CVL in the Mid-Atlantic

Casa Vieja Lodge will be attending both the White Marlin Open (WMO) and the Pirates Cove Billfish Tournament (PCBT). Both tournaments represent the biggest and most prestigious billfish tournaments for the region and CVL is once again proud to be a sponsor! Come find us Sunday, August 6th at the Harbor Island Marina during the captain's meeting and registration for the 44th annual WMO, one of the biggest tournaments in the world! The following week we'll be back on the road from August 14-18th at the PCBT so come say hello and get some CVL swag to add to your tournament buckets. If you aren't going to be fishing, you can still check out the action for the WMO on their MarlinCam and the PCBT on the Web Cam Weigh-In.   

Captain's Profile: Nicho Alvarenga

Hear it in his own words why Nicho Alvarenga, Captain of the Spindrift, loves fishing in Guatemala and working for Casa Vieja Lodge. It's the expertise of captains like Nicho that sets us apart and here is why.

"I have been fishing all my life and love it as much as I did when I was a child. I have been fishing for twenty years here in Guatemala as well as tournament fishing (billfish) in El Salvador, Nicaragua, North Carolina, Virginia Beach and Ocean City. My best day of fishing was here in Guatemala when we released 77 sailfish. Days like that is why I love fishing in Guatemala and makes it the best place in the world for billfishing."
- Capt. Nicho Alvarenga 

Salt Water Sportsman Retreat

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting some of the staff from Salt Water Sportsman Magazine for their annual editorial retreat. On their way from the airport they first stopped in Antigua for some fine dining before making their way to the lodge for two days of meetings followed by two days of fishing. The meetings went well, but the fishing was even better! On the two days they fished on the Spindrift and Afinity the group had 9 blue marlin raises, 6 bites and released 4 blue marlin! On top of that they released 28 sailfish and put 18 yellowfin and 4 mahi-mahi in the fish box! The stellar fishing they had was more than just a fun, team building  experience, but also a great opportunity for photographer Bill Doster to capture some awesome video and photos.  

"We look for a place where we can put those people, support staff and managers, in the heat of the action, for them to experience the magic and excitement that inspires the passion that drives our brands. Our group had a tremendous time at Casa Vieja--everything was great and your whole staff accommodated our somewhat erratic schedule as well. And we caught plenty of fish! Thanks so much for everything, to you and the whole crew. It' an impressive operation y'all have and we truly appreciate you working with us, and your top-flight hospitality." 

Glenn Law
Editor in Chief, Salt Water Sportsman 

Do you also work in the sportfishing or marine industry and are interested in organizing a corporate trip? The flat calm waters and sheer numbers of billfish in our waters makes Casa Vieja a great place for capturing amazing promotional media as well as R&D for your product. Please contact Michael Kelly for more information or fill out our new corporate trip inquiry form online. We are able to accommodate groups of up to 38 guests and arrange group excursions both on and off the water to make your trip enjoyable for everyone. 

Sailfish Strong
Despite it being the “slow” season for sailfishing, boats are still averaging 15 sailfish raises a day! On days when the sailfish aren’t quite cooperating the yellowfin have filled in for them. On June 29th the Pez Raton and Afinity caught 25 and 22 yellowfin respectively. Our boats are also running into some of the bigger yellowfin that we see in Guatemala, around 80 lbs, with one yellowfin caught that was estimated at 95 lbs.
Don't forget, there's still plenty of time to take advantage of the 15% off Summer Fishing deal on any billfishing trips during June - August. Summer is the best time of year for catching blue marlin and you can do it at a reduced price so reserve your dates now. Call to book today at 1-800-882-4665.
Remember, you can always find our daily fishing reports on our website HERE. Below are just a few highlights:
  • June 7 & 8 - The Afinity and Spindrift combined for 4 blue marlin releases, 28 sailfish releases, 18 yellowin tuna and 4 mahi-mahi!
  • June 26-28th Afinity raised 100 sailfish, had 73 bites and released 45 and added two blue marlin releases to top it off.
  • June 29th Afinity and Pez Raton caught 22 and 25 yellowfin respectively ranging from 30-80 lbs.
"Do it now. Sometimes later becomes never."

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