Captain
Rick Nelson

Member since September 2016

Iztapa, 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 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.
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.

Hey, I'm Captain Rick Nelson

Iztapa, 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 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.
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.

My Charter Listings

Iztapa
trips from
US$ 1200

Fishing Reports

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

4.67 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Eugene, Oregon
Went fishing on Saturday, 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 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 2017

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Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, 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


United States
Went fishing on Thursday, 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 the park! I will be fishing with Rick and th boys again next year!!

Fished March 2017

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Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, 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


Surrey, British Columbia
Went fishing on Sunday, 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.

Fished January 2017

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Rick Nelson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, 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