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 new Los Ranchos Lodge. Depending on traffic the drive is about 90 minutes from the airport. As flights arrive at different times of the day, once you arrive the rest of the afternoon or evening is free to acclimate yourself to the tropical weather of Guatemala.
The flagship of the Los Ranchos Lodge is the 36’ Makina, a 2001 Out Island Express boat with a wide beam and a 30 mph cruising speed, 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 Fisherman’s Center custom rods, Shimano reels, fly rods, light tackle rods, electric teaser reels, a media player and a microphone system so that the captain can interact with the anglers at all times from his vantage point high in the tower above the action.
The best billfishing action is from November to April where 50 bites a day are common, and dorado and tuna are available year round with billfish still present where 10 bites / day are typically the norm.
The Makina will be captained by Legendary Tournament Captain GILFREDO JUANGA LOPEZ. Affectionately known as “Juanga”, Captain Lopez was born in La Guaira, Venezuela - a famous marlin fishing town - 38 years ago. A lover of the sea, Juanga started his formal fishing career in 1992. His extensive career includes recognition in 1997, 1998 and 1999, by the IGFA Billfish Foundation, as its top “White Marlin Crew”. During 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 (A-Fin-Ity) won the “Billfish Extreme Release League” tournaments two years in a row (2002 and 2003). During the last five years, Captain Lopez has continued to fish the Pacific Ocean, off of Guatemala, Costa Rica and El Salvador. In the process, he won first place in the 2009 El Salvador’s PCCA championship as well as first place in Guatemala’s international as well as national 2008 and 2009 championships making him one of the most highly decorated Pacific Ocean trophy fisherman still taking guests on his trips.
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.