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

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Puerto San José
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Shane C.
United States
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2 days of fishing

All-Inclusive — 2 Days 3 Nights on 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
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Fishing with Rick

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Dock-To-Dock on August 23, 2018
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Eugene, Oregon
Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent  4.33
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2 Days with Mad Marlin

2 Ppl Fish & Stay - 2 Days 3 Nights on 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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Day Charter 2 people on 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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