Mad Marlin Sport Fishing Lodge

Marina Pez Vela
Puerto San José, Guatemala

Mad Marlin Sport Fishing Lodge offers a variety of big game fishing trips for anyone looking to test their mettle in Guatemala, one of the best sport fishing destinations in the world. Captain Rick Nelson has more than twenty years of experience under his belt, and he is more than happy to work with both professionals and new anglers looking to learn about this kind of fishing.

You will be fishing aboard the Mad Marlin, which is a 31’ Bertram convertible that’s powered by a pair of 250 HP Cummins engines. In addition to all the necessary safety gear, it is equipped with state of the art electronics that include a 72-mile halo radar, air conditioning, and a fully outfitted kitchen. There’s plenty of space on the boat for up to 6 anglers to comfortably fish.

Depending on where you want to fish, you’ll have different options available to you. Offshore fishing trips are where you’ll find species like Sailfish, Blue, Black, and White Marlin, Mahi Mahi, or Yellowfish Tuna. Inshore trips, on the other hand, are home to fish like Roosterfish, Red Snapper, Cero Mackerel and more. Captain Rick also offers a free billfishing school, so don’t be afraid to go on a trip if you’re a novice.

The price of any trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as having your catch cleaned at the end of the trip. Food, drinks, and beer are also included at no extra cost. Make sure to pack a pair of polarized sunglasses, as well as a camera so you can show off your catch once you’re back home. 

Payments for you trip are non-refundable but in case of emergency or other complication in your schedule.  We will do our best to arrange another date for you at your convenience on another available date.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    All-Inclusive — 1 Day 2 Nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    1 day trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    Seasonal trip available 1 Nov - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 200
    each additional person / day
    This all-inclusive package consists of a single day of fishing and two nights' lodging for four people at a resort or private villa. The fishing part of the package includes a full day of fishing for the likes of Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish and more. Airport pickup and return, as well as full board meals are included in the price, and so is all the necessary fishing gear you'll need.
  • Private trip
    All-Inclusive — 2 Days 3 Nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 300
    each additional person / day
    This all-inclusive package consists of three days of fishing and three nights' lodging for four people at a resort or private villa. The fishing part of the package includes a full day of fishing for the species such as Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and others. Airport pickup and return, as well as full board meals are included in the price, and so is all the necessary fishing gear you'll need during the day.
  • Private trip
    All-Inclusive — 3 Days 4 nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 400
    each additional person / day
    This package consists of three days fishing and four nights' lodging for four people at an all-inclusive resort or private villa. The fishing part of the package includes a full day of fishing for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and much more. Airport pickup and return, as well as full board meals are included in the price, and so is the necessary fishing gear you'll need during the days ahead.
  • Private trip
    All-inclusive — 4 Days 5 Nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    4 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 500
    each additional person / day
    This all-inclusive package consists of four days of fishing and five nights' lodging at an all-inclusive resort or private villa. Airport pickup and return is included in the price of the trip, along with all the fishing gear necessary for a good trip. A full board meal plan is also included. On your time on the water, you will be fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Mackerel, Red Snapper, and more besides.
  • Private trip
    All-Inclusive — 5 Days 6 Nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    5 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 600
    each additional person / day
    This all-inclusive package consists of five days fishing and six nights' lodging for four people at a resort or private villa. Airport pickup and return, and full board meals are included, and so is all the fishing gear you'll need. You will be fishing for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Mackerel, Red Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, and much more.
  • Private trip
    All-inclusive — 6 Days 7 Nights
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 days trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    Overnight stay, lodging
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 700
    each additional person / day
    This all-inclusive package contains six days of fishing and seven nights' lodging for four people at a resort or private villa. The fishing part of the deal includes a full day of fishing where you'll be targeting Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and many more species. Airport pickup and return, as well as full board meals are included in the price, and so is all the necessary fishing gear you'll need during the day.
  • Private trip
    Cruise ship promotion
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    8 hours trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    US$ 1300
    up to 1 person
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    This day charter is only applicable to cruise ship travelers who want to squeeze in a quick full service fishing charter. Departure time will be adjusted to your cruise ship schedule. We can leave as early as 7 am but can leave at your convenience. We make sure to get you back to the dock in time for your departure. If for some reason your Cruise company changes your date or time of arrival and departure we will do our best to accommodate. Payment is due upon booking.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Dock-To-Dock
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 1300
    up to 4 persons
    + US$ 100
    each additional person
    The full day trip is a great way to get acquainted with big game fishing in Guatemala. You will be fishing for Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and Yellowfin Tuna in the offshore waters and Roosterfish, Red Snapper, Cero Mackerel and more in the inshore waters. Price of the trip includes rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as food and drinks.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Cero Mackerel
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue)

Roosterfish
Sailfish
Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Blackfin)

Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Bertram (Convertible) originally built in 1972, and restored in 2017. Powered by 2 250HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Lunch
Fly Fishing Equipment

Policies

Deposit non-refundable
Deposit non-refundable under normal circumstances. In case of unsafe weather conditions, you can choose a different trip date or cancel with a full deposit refund.
Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 15% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
Checks
Bank Transfer
Cash

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4% fee.

About the Captain

Rick Nelson
Puerto San José, Guatemala
Member since September 2016
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Fishing was an integral part of my life almost from birth. Fishing was a central part of what my family did for fun. We were poor but could always find a way to fish and enjoy life as a family. I operated the Lucy Lady Hatteras for 15 years in Destin, Florida. Upon experiencing the incredible sailfish and marlin fishing in Guatemala we relocated to Guatemala 2 years ago and refit a great 31 Bertram. She became our show piece vessel as we spared nothing turning her into a true fishing machine. We have put together one of the finest Captain and crew combinations and have added state of the art electronics to aide us in locating the bite for our clients.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.75
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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100%
Friendly captain
100%
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100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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Rick Moore
Antigua Guatemala, Departamento De Sacatepequez
 5.00
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Shane Crosby
United States
 5.00
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2 days of fishing

March 16, 2017

I fished two days with these boys and had double digit days. I fish a lot and all over the world and these guys hit out of...

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Eugene, Oregon
 4.33
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2 Days with Mad Marlin

March 11, 2017

My 13 year old son and I fished with Captain Rick and his crew for two days, staying with him at his house. Rick was a good...

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Surrey, British Columbia
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January 22, 2017

Fished for 2.5 days, Crew was excellent and we caught lots of sails every day. Most productive sail fish trip ever.

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