The trip begins when you arrive in Guatemala City. A member of our staff will be waiting as you leave customs to transfer you to the Beautiful Los Ranchos Lodge. Depending on traffic, the drive is about 90 minutes from the airport. The rest of the afternoon or evening is free to acclimate yourself to the tropical weather of Guatemala, jump in the pool, and enjoy a cold one.
The flagship of the Los Ranchos Lodge is the 38' Makina, a 2001 Out Island Express boat with a wide beam and a 30 mph cruising speed. She is fully rigged with the best electronics and reliable Cummins engines to ensure your fishing time is “catching time”. The Makina is equipped with the finest custom rods, Shimano reels, and all the tacle you will need to entice the sails to make your reels scream!
The best billfishing action is from November to April when 30-50 bites a day are common. Dorado and tuna are available year round. Off season you will still have 10 - 15 billfish bites per day as the norm . Plenty of Action!
The Makina will be captained by Legendary Tournament Captain GILFREDO LOPEZ, affectionately known as “Juanga”. Captain Lopez was born in La Guaira, Venezuela - a famous marlin fishing town. A lover of the sea, Juanga started his formal fishing career in 1990 at the age of 15. His extensive career includes recognition in 1997, 1998 and 1999, by the IGFA Billfish Foundation, as its top “White Marlin Crew”. In 2001, Juanga was aboard the NuCo2, with Captain Mitchell Pierson, when they released a total of 1,017 sailfish while fishing for 71 days off of Costa Rica. It’s possible that you might have seen him on ESPN2, where Captain Lopez’s boat at that time (A-Fin-Ity) won the “Billfish Extreme Release League” tournament two years in a row (2002 and 2003). During the last several years, Captain Lopez has continued to fish the Pacific Ocean off of Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. Please note his numerous awards and tournament victories listed in the "Professional Experience" section. Undeniably, you will be fishing and learning from one of the most highly decorated Pacific Ocean Captains still taking guests on trips.
Juanga has been a Captain and mate along the Eastern Seaboard, Bahamas, Turks and Cacios, Mexico, Grand Cayman, Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, St Marteen, Tortola B.V.I, Antigua, San Andres, Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, San Salvador, and Venezuela Since 1990.
TOURNAMENT PLACES & AWARDS.
2003 3RD PLACE OVERALL BXRL 2003 SEASON
2003 3RD PLACE OVERALL SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
2003 TOP ANGLER SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
2003 TOP VISITING BOAT SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
2003 3RD TORTOLA B.V.I. BXRL BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
2004 1ST PLACE CABEZA DE TORO WHITE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
2004 TOP ANGLER CABEZA DE TORO WHITE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
2004 1ST PLACE PUNTA CANA BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
2004 TOP ANGLER PUNTA CANA BLUE MARLIN TOURNAMENT
2004 2ND PLACE BXRL PUNTA CANA BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
2004 2ND PLACE BUCCANEER CUP
2004 TOP FEMALE ANGLER BUCCANEER CUP
2005 2ND PLACE LA GUAIRA VENEZUELA PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE
2006 BILLFISH FOUNDATION, TOP MATE FOR TAGGED WHITE MARLIN.
2006 BILLFISH FOUNDATION, TOP MATE FOR TAGGED SAILFISH ATLANTIC.
2006 AFTCO AWARD, TOP MATE FOR TAGGED WHITE MARLIN.
2006, AFTCO AWARD TOP MATE FOR TAGGED SAILFISH ATLANTIC.
2006 THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CENTRAL AMERICA LOWRENCE CHAMPIONSHIP 3 PLACE TEAM
2006 PCCA 10TH ANNIVERSARY CHALLENGE 2 PLACE ANGLER
2007 PCCA GUATEMALA CUP 1 PLACE TEAM AND TOP BOAT
2007 THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CENTRAL AMERICA LOWRENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND CHAMPION AND TOP BOAT
2007 INTL LA GUAIRÁ SHOOTOUT 2 PLACE TEAM
2008 2ND PLACE SAN JUAN INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT
2008 GUATEMALA INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT 1 PLACE TEAM AND TOP BOAT
2008 THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CARIBBEAN CUP 2 PLACE TEAM
2008 PCCA GUATEMALA CUP 3 PLACE TEAM
2008 THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CENTRAL AMERICA LOWRENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND CHAMPION
2009 3RD PLACE USVI BOY SCOUT TOURNAMENT
2009 GUATEMALA CLUB NÁUTICO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP 2 PLACE BOAT
2009 PCCA EL SALVADOR CUP 1 PLACE TEAM AND TOP BOAT
2009 THE PRESIDENTIAL CHALLENGE CENTRAL AMERICA LOWRENCE CHAMPIONSHIP GRAND CHAMPION
2011 1ST PLACE SALINAS, ECUADOR BILLFISH TOURNAMENT
2012 1ST PLACE WBS WORLD BILLFISH CHAMPIONSHIP, LOS SUENOS COSTA RICA
2013 2ND PLACE INTERNATIONAL BILLFISH TOURNAMENT, TAPACHULA MEXICO
2017 2ND PLACE CANYON KICK OFF TOURNAMENT, OCEAN CITY MARYLAND MARLIN CUP
2017 1ST PLACE MARLIN DIVISION KIDS TOURNAMENT OCMC.