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Sailfishing Guatemala

Capt Brad Philipps has released more billfish than anyone on the planet, having captained in Guatemala’s waters longer than anyone! With 30,000 billfish releases to his credit, and 17 seasons of experience on these waters, Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures has gained the reputation of being the finest bill-fishing operation anywhere. If you are looking for the most experienced of operations providing the best in billfishing, you have found it! We deal directly with our anglers, making it the easiest of fishing vacation to put together, with 5 star accommodations, first class service, scrumptious dinning, and the very finest in sports fishing vessels, crews and equipment, we put anglers on an angling trip of a lifetime.

 

 

Brad is recognized as one of the best in his field, being voted Marlin Magazines Captain of the Year 2008, as well as receiving many other accolades, along with his mate Kennedy being voted top mate. 

Brad has been awarded The Billfish Foundations prestigious Release Captain of the Year Award, and Sailfish Release Captain of the Year Award, 16 times in the past 17, and also the Pacific Blue Marlin Release Captain of the Year Award for 3 times in the past years. Together with his highly experienced mates, Kennedy and Jhonny,  they have spent a collective 7000 days aboard the ‘Decisive’ together. Capt. Brad brings to this exceptional boat his friendly personality, unmistakable mix of attributes, the promise of uncompromising service, a willingness to share their knowledge, years of experience on these waters and a professionally tested crew with a contagious passion for the game that one will find hard to match anywhere.

He has released over 30 000 billfish, averaging an amazing 15 billfish releases per day off Guatemala, along with the hordes of slammer dorado, tuna and blue marlin that fill the memorable trips with unstoppable action and variety. He has broken the world record for billfish releases by a single captain on 3 separate occasions in the past years, having a record breaking 2759 billfish releases in 2004. Top days aboard the ‘Decisive’ include 91 sailfish releases, a record breaking 73 releases for a single angler in one day, 51 IGFA fly-fishing releases for a single angler in a day and 6 blue marlin releases in single afternoon for a single angler. Brad has released close to or more than 2000 releases almost every year he has fished Guatemala. The first year on his new boat, ‘decisive’ he released close to 2500 billfish to prove the consistency of this great team. With just under 2000 releases for the 2006/2007 season, including 96 blue marlin and two striped marlin. In the 2007/2008 season they released well over 2000 sailfish, 46 blue marlin and 2 blacks. Guatemala's fishing and this team, seem to just be getting better and better with the 2015/2016 seeing exceptional fishing with loads of marlin around and a 2 week period where the team released 3 grand slams for its anglers.

With years of experience in the Guatemalan sport fishing, hotel and culinary trades, Cindy Philipps brings to the exclusive lodging and booking side of this operation her unparalleled efficiency, personal supervision and unmistakable Guatemalan hospitality. Together with their professional lodging staff and full-time driver, this operation will personally handle every detail of your trip, to ensure that your stay on land is as unforgettable as the time spent offshore. 

Whether an experienced billfishermen, a relative newcomer, a fly-fisherman or conventional angler this is as close a bet as one can guarantee to enjoying the fishing trip of a lifetime. You’ll find all the necessary details in this website and we look forward to you contacting us directly to make your bookings or to give you more information on this exciting fishing vacation. 


Welcome to Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures

Our Lodge - "The Billfish Inn" - Photo Courtesy of Bill Boyce

80 releases in a day!

LATEST NEWS: 210 sailfish and 2 blue marlin - JANUARY 2016

 On January 19th, 2016, aboard ‘Decisive’ with Capt. Brad Philipps, anglers Denny Doyle, Bob White and son Philip, released 84 sailfish from 107 bites…another incredible day of fishing in Guatemala. In three days they released 210 sailfish and 2 blue marlin!
 

NEW WORLD RECORD!!!

NEW WORLD RECORD - 30,000 BILLFISH RELEASES 

Capt. Brad Philipps RELEASED his 30,000th career BILLFISH on the 28th off November, 2015. He has logged over 1000 blue marlin releases, a couple hundred other combined species of marlin, a few swordfish and spearfish and over 28,000 sailfish releases, the majority of which have been caught on his 40ft Gamefishermen, ‘Decisive’, out of the Pacific Coast of Guatemala, with Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures, www.guatbilladv.com

 
 


Tournament Wins!!!

'Decisive' wins the NO SANCOCHO TOURNAMENT, April 2015

'Decisive' with Capt. Brad Philipps and his 'Team Decisive' anglers Denny Doyle, Ed Burr and Bob White win the 'No-Sancocho' Tournament of Guatemala. Taking the daily on each day of the event as top boat, for a resounding overall win. Points are giving according to billfish species and the tackle you catch them on, with 10 point for a sailfish on conventional 30lb and 20 points if caught on IGFA 20lb fly gear, marlin score more points. The team racked up 625 points, 'Team Pelagic Gear' placed second with 430 points. Capt. Brad Philipps and his long-time mates Kennendy and Johnny are three for three on tournament wins this season! Fishing has been great and the event was a resounding success, thank you to all the sponsors! U$10,000 of 'Sancocho' money was raised for a local school from the event! 
 
'Decisive' WINS the JAKE JORDAN FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT, January 2015

We won the Jake Jordan Fly Fishing Invitational Tournament. Decisive released 34 sails and a blue marlin on the fly in 2 days of great fishing.

'Decisive' released 12 sails and a 275lb blue marlin on the fly rod, IGFA 20lb tippet, tournament fishing...caught and released...the fish almost jumped in the boat early in the battle, what a bite, what a show!

 

'Decisive' WINS the PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE OF GUATEMALA, 2014, with all sorts of records broken!!!

We released 23 sails and 2 blue marlin (275lbs and 325lbs) yesterday, all on 20lb IGFA. 'Decisive' totaled 98 sails and 2 blue marlin releases in the three days of fishing, which by all accounts is the most fish ever released by a single boat fishing a tournament!!!

The tournament totaled 845 sailfish & 4 blue marlin released by 12 boats in 3 days of fishing, also a new tournament record!!!!

The BITE is on off Guatemala, it's a huge body of fish and it's going to be a great season here!!!! 

 
 
91 sailfish released in a day
'Decisive' released 91 sailfish from 114 bites, with angler Dave Workman Jr of Florida releasing 73 of the sailfish, a possible new record for the most billfish releases for a single angler in a single day!  Dec 28th, 2012
 
 

Over 2000 releases each year!

Decisive

6 Blue Marlin in 1 day !