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.

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 unde


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  • All-Inclusive — 3 Days 4 nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 3 day minimum, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • All-inclusive — 4 Days 5 Nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 4 day minimum, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • All-inclusive — 6 Days 7 Nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 6 day minimum, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • All-Inclusive — 2 Days 3 Nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 2 day minimum, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • All-Inclusive — 5 Days 6 Nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 5 day minimum, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • All-Inclusive — 1 Day 2 Nights
    Overnight stay, lodging, 7:30 AM
    US$ 2000 up to 4 persons / day
    + US$ 100 each additional person / day
  • Full Day Trip
    9 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 1200 up to 4 persons
    + US$ 100 each additional person
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About this listing

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
Iztapa, Port of San Jose, Monterrico
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing
For Rooster Fish
Targeted Species
 
Cero Mackerel
 
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

 
Marlin (Black)
 
Marlin (Blue)

 
Roosterfish
 
Sailfish

 
Snapper (Red)
 
Tuna (Blackfin)

 
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Amenities
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Simrad
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
19 inch flat Screen Simrad
Fly Fishing Equipment
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Microwave, Convection Oven, Grill
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Simrad
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Avet, Shimano, Penn
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Fishing License Included
Zarpe
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
 
You Keep Catch
 
Catch and Release Allowed
 
Catch and Release Mandatory
For Sail Fish, Marlin, and Rooster fish
Payment

20% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. 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.

About the Captain

Rick Nelson
Iztapa, Guatemala
Member since September 2016
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.

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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