Mad Marlin Sport Fishing Lodge

Lote 16, Calle Baja Mar Aldea …
Iztapa, 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.


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$ 100
    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
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100
    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 Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish, 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
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100
    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 Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish 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
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100
    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 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
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100
    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 Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Mackerel, Red Snapper, 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
    Seasonal trip available 1 Oct - 30 Apr
    US$ 2000
    up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100
    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 Mahi Mahi, Marlin, Sailfish 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
    Full Day Trip
     Low rate deposit non-refundable
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 1200
    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 Mahi Mahi, Marlin, and 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

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 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Checks
Bank Transfer
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Rick Nelson
Iztapa, 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

4.67 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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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 the park! I will be fishing with Rick and th boys again next year!!

Fished March 16, 2017
Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 6, 2017

Thanks Shane.

It was a great pleasure have you guys with us for a fantastic trip.  We all had a blast!
See you soon.  You are all family now.  You know that!

Rick

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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 host, and his boat proved a fish finding machine. Crew members made one of the best cheeseburgers we’d had in awhile, which was an unexpected bonus to two good days fishing.

Doug Mozan

Fished March 11, 2017
Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 6, 2017

It was a pleasure to have you and your son fishing with us.  You guys were fishing like pros.  I was really impressed with how fast you 13 yr old son picked up the technique. That father and son double release of two Pacific sailfish was a real highlight of the trip for us.  I have some even better photos to upload but the file size is too large at high resolution.  I will try to work on that but you have copies anyway that I sent to you at the time of your trip.  I image some are on your wall by now.  LOL

Hope to see you again soon.

Rick

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

Fished January 22, 2017
Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 5, 2017

Thanks so much.  The entire Mad Marlin crew truly loved fishing with you.  We had just as much fun as you did.  We got lots of great fishing action shots during you trip.  The internet fans have been in awe of many of those photos for months now. 

Rick
Mad Marlin Sport Fishing

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