During the making of Tidewater, we had spent weeks behind a lens and in front of a screen enthralled with catching billfish on a fly rod. A few months after the release of the film, we got the opportunity to experience the thrill first hand at one of the best locations in the world: Guatemala.
Our trip started with a half-day in the historic town of Antigua. Cobble stone streets led us to gourmet food and wine tucked inside courtyards and friendly bodegas. Add in the surrounding active volcanos, and it felt like being on the set of a movie.
Hosted by Sailfish Oasis, a top notch fishing lodge, we were comfortable throughout our stay. We spent three days on the water with Capt. Chris Vann Leeuwen at the helm of the Allure II. Our primary quarry were billfish, but we tangled with mahi mahi, tuna, and anything else we could throw a fly at among the blue water. The action was steady. We consistently raised +20 sailfish per day. Three of us caught our first sails on a fly rod. As exciting as those moments were, the time back at the lodge, sharing stories with friends new and old, was just as rich and memorable.