USA (512) 535-1751 GUA (502) 5708-7423
USA (512) 535-1751 GUA (502) 5708-7423
Owner / Operator at Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures


Expert fishing captain with more billfish released than anyone on the planet, having captained in Guatemala’s waters longer than anyone! With 30,000 billfish releases to his credit and 18 seasons of experience.


Operations Manager, sports fishing captain and Owner in Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures
Toro River Lodges Safari Operator/Owner


Sea navigation100%
Fishing Trip Organization100%

Languages spoken

English, Afrikaans, Spanish

Alma Mater

SACS and University of Cape Town
Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures

Contact Info

Mobile Guatemala : (502) 5708-7423

USA: (512) 535-1751

Capt. Brad Philipps RELEASED his 30,000th career BILLFISH


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 dining, 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, an 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.

Brad Philipps | Guatemalan Billfishing Adventures

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 a 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 marlins and two striped marlins. In the 2007/2008 season, they released well over 2000 sailfish, 46 blue marlins, 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 sports 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 enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime. You’ll find all the necessary details on 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.