Charter Operator
Rick Nelson

Member since September 2016 Puerto San José, Guatemala
Background
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 Luck 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.
Techniques
Light tackle and bait and switch is our preferred technique. We also specialize in salt water fly fishing .We believe that clients should have their choice in how the fishing day goes. Some places have the mates to most of the fishing and the angler simply reel in a fish hooked by the mate. Our clients have the choice to do as much of the process as they want and our fishing school will get them up to speed in no time.

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Puerto San José, Guatemala
Background
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 Luck 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.
Techniques
Light tackle and bait and switch is our preferred technique. We also specialize in salt water fly fishing .We believe that clients should have their choice in how the fishing day goes. Some places have the mates to most of the fishing and the angler simply reel in a fish hooked by the mate. Our clients have the choice to do as much of the process as they want and our fishing school will get them up to speed in no time.

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Mad Marlin Sport Fishing Lodge

4 reviews
Puerto San José
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trips from $1,500

Fishing Reports

Super half day of fishing

July 21, 2018

Client could only fish 4-5 hours but that was plenty time for him to release 10 sailfish on 11 raised and 11 bites (91 percent release ration is fabulous). He was very happy but exhausted. He also caught 3… Read Full Report →


The bite is great now

October 31, 2017

After several weeks of rain and green water inshore, the bite is on near shore. Multiple blue marlin and sailfish raises per day for most boats. Read Full Report →


Guatemala Mad Marlin Fishing Report

February 23, 2017

We had a strong sailfish bite today. Raised 28 and have 20 bites and 18 releases using bait and switch. Bit was best at about forty miles. Clients had a blast. The did everything but rig the ballyhoo. The… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.75
out of 5 stars from 4 reviews
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Shane C.
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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Rick M.
Antigua Guatemala, Departamento De Sacatepequez
 5.00
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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
 4.67
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Mad Marlin trip

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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