Blue Bayou Guatemala

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Laura
Cypress, TX1 contribution
Best Fishing Trip Ever
Jan 2021
Blue Bayou Guatemala

On a scale of 1-10, I would rate Blue bayou a 12! Owner/Captain Chris will make sure your every need is met while you are a guest at his lodge. Whether a novice fisherman or an experienced one, you will catch fish each day.
FISHING
Guatemala is the sailfish capital of the world, so I’ll start by talking about the fishing. This was my first deep sea fishing trip, so I really had no idea what to expect. My husband and another couple who are dear friends, have been fishing several times in several countries. We went out on Sails Call, about 7 am each morning. You will be driven by van to the docks where you board the boat. Chris has more than one. The boat is fully stocked with drinks, so on the way out, enjoy a beverage or just enjoy the beautiful scenery. I had no idea that this was one of only 2 ports around. The next nearest ports were over 100 miles away in one direction and over 200 miles away in another direction.
With many deep-sea fishing excursions, the mates catch the fish and let you know when there is a fish on the hook for you to reel in. With Chris and Blue Bayou, you will know what reel the fish are near, but you have to lure that fish onto the hook on your own. Chris has two crew members, Vincente and Jose and all three of them with help you as much or as little as you want them too. I’ll be honest, I wanted all the help I could get! We learned a lot from Chris - hold the rod out straight but do not jerk it up as you may have before to set the hook (if you jerk it up, the Sailfish can work the hook out of it’s bill), let the line go out until the count of 5 and then lock it in and use muscles you may not even realize you had! We saw and caught fish every single day. One day we were in the middle of Spinner Dolphins that extended for a mile! Sea Turtles were often seen swimming by and we even spotted a couple of Marlin, but we didn’t get them onboard. We all caught Sailfish and took a couple of photos, but after the couple of photos for memories, but then it was all about the thrill of catching the fish, reeling it in and releasing it quickly. Chris is very passionate about teaching you tips and tricks for be a successful fisherman, but he is also passionate about sailfish. “The goal is not to stress out you or the fish,“ Chris said on our first day.
While on our 3 day fishing trip, we landed too many Sailfish to count (Chris can tell you the exact numbers but I believe it was 22 on Day 1 and 24 on Day 2 and I forget on Day 3), 3 Dorado, and 3 Tuna. There were just as many that we had a chance to catch, but we did not get them onboard. We had a total of 130 in the boat for 3 days.
LODGE
The lodge itself is set inside a gated community and has a staff of 3 – Marisol who cooks the most delicious food, Tonya who will make any drink you would like, and Freddy who will make sure your room has everything you need. There is also a kind driver.
When I say Chris wants to make sure you have all you need, I mean he is truly dedicated to treating you as one of his family members. My husband has muscle spasms in his back and Chris found an all-night pharmacy and was able to get muscle relaxers and some Icy Hot type of cream for his back.
We were a little sore from fishing and Chris arranged for massages for 3 of us. The massage can be on one of the outdoor patios or in a private room, whatever you are comfortable with.
FOOD
Your day will begin with a huge breakfast outdoors between the pool and the canal sitting on beautiful locally handcrafted chairs, flavorful Guatemalan coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice.
On the boat, you will receive a snack artfully prepared by Jose, such as fresh fruit or tuna with guacamole if you catch it and then lunch consisting of fish tacos or burgers as a back-up if you didn’t catch your lunch!
When you return from fishing, Tonya will meet you at the van with a cool refreshing drink and then you will have snacks by the pool. If you want to cool down, take a refreshing dip and afterwards fresh towels and lounge chairs await you.
Dinner is yet another feast prepared by Marisol. For each of the meals, food is brought out and you are served family style. I can tell you I tasted every single thing she prepared and everything was delicious!
If you have any dietary restrictions, just let Chris know ahead of time. We needed gluten free options and Chris made sure we had them.
ANTIGUA
On the way to the airport, we strolled around Antigua where we saw beautiful cathedrals, locally made crafts and dined in one of the many restaurants. Most restaurants there have a courtyard for open air dining.
COVID 19
We felt very comfortable on this trip. You really are only around Chris and his staff. We did eat at a restaurant on the last day, but everyone is wearing masks. Chris will arrange for medical staff to come to the lodge to complete your Covid testing for you return trip and yes the test is uncomfortable, but at least convenient. The test is a Rapid Covid test.
OVERALL
This was an amazing trip! We all want to come back to enjoy the fishing, the food and stay a little longer to explore Antigua too! We felt safe at all times. From everything we had heard about Guatemala, were expected to see a lot of crime. I am sure there are areas that are like that, just like anywhere in the USA, but Chris is not going to send you somewhere unsafe, no do you go anywhere unescorted. We really enjoy traveling, but this was our first trip to Guatemala. It was by far, the CLEANEST country we have ever seen. We exited the plane in Houston and were shocked by the amount of garbage just at the almost empty airport.
I would highly recommend Blue Lodge and cannot wait to go back again!
Written February 7, 2021
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Ethan1122
Virginia Beach, VA6 contributions
Great operation
Nov 2020
Great experience!! Despite Covid, Arrival to Guatemala was super easy. Guatatemala has very low cases of Covid due to strict protocols for Covid in the public. Blue Bayou lodge was perfect. Very clean, great family operation, food and service was on point and the Boat was clean and well maintained. Fishing was very good with plenty of sailfish shots and a few Blue Marlin shots as well. Get out town and enjoy some great fishing!!!
Written November 15, 2020
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Michael L
11 contributions
Great fishing
Jan 2020
Capn chris knows where the fish are and how to get em. We were at blue bayou Guatemala for three days. Caught around twenty five sailfish, a couple dorados and the coup de grace a 350 lb. blue marlin. Catch and release all except for the dorado which was turned into ceviche in a matter of hours. You talk about fresh seafood.
Chris's staff was tremendous. Marasol can cook anything and it was all great, Rudy is a great driver and a better person and Freddie will take care of any other needs. Blue bayou is first rate all the way.
Written February 12, 2020
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Davis P
6 contributions
BEST fishing trip with my Dad
Jun 2018 • Solo
I had the best fishing trip of my life with Blue Bayou on the boat Sails Call. My dad and I fished with them on June 8th and had the trip of a lifetime. 20 Mahi, 4 sailfish, and 1 blue marlin (2 raised); all in a period of 9 hours. I would recommend this crew to any fisherman. The only reason I’m not putting five stars is that there was some miscommunication that led to us being surprised by the absence of the usual Captain. I wouldn’t say this was 100% his fault as he was out of the country for business and it was never said that we would be specifically fishing with him, but there could have been clearer communication. Regardless, I look forward to giving Captain Chris Starrs his deserved five star rating the next time I go fishing with his crew, and there WILL be a next time. Blue Bayou is too good of a charter to not repeat. Again, I heavily recommend them to all fishermen and women.
Written June 15, 2018
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Hope to fish with you all personally next time. To be fair Capt Hercules kicks my butt most days..... Chris
Written March 14, 2019
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Coastal765550
6 contributions
Fishing Trip
Mar 2018 • Couples
This was a trip of a lifetime. Everything was wonderful, from the driver who picked us up at the hotel to the awesome crew and Captain Chris. I could not of asked for a better experience. The fishing was unbelievable. The accommodations were wonderful. I can’t wait to come back.
Written April 9, 2018
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Glad you enjoyed!!! See you soon. Chris
Written March 14, 2019
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Rbeebe
Attica, MI7 contributions
Simply the Best !
Mar 2018 • Friends
Spent three fishing with Captain Chris and his wonderful family, and could not have enjoyed it more.
Day 1: Arrive in Guatemala and greeted by Salvador (awesome guy), He takes you to the vacation home where you are greeted by the friendly staff, family, and Max.( family Schnauzer). You are given a cold tropical drink and shown your accommodations. It isn't long and you are treated to a tasty snack of mahi mahi fish tacos. Captain Chris then explains fishing in Guatemala. After a fabulous dinner we turned in for the night after a long travel day

Day 2 begins at 5:30 with fresh hot Guatemalan coffee, with a large breakfast consisting of fresh papaya, mango, and various melon, eggs, toast, bacon, and fresh squeezed juice. After breakfast Captain Chris drives us to the Mariana where we meet our captain and crew for the three days of fishing. we board the boat and head offshore in search of bill-fish. After motoring a half hour we stop and start trolling the shallower blue water. it doesn't take long and the dorsal fin of a 250 pound Blue Marlin rips across the spread, and bites on one of the bates. Fish on, what excitement. The captain is shouting instructions to the crew, the crew is feverishly getting other rods in and instructing Greg on how to land this trophy. After nearly a 20 minute battle the leader is touched and fish released, Greg has his first Marlin. Next it was off to the sail fish grounds. It was a long haul buy man was it worth it, with 12 sails in all being caught and released. During the fishing day the crew made us tasty snacks of melon slices for a snack and hamburgers for lunch.Once back home we were treated to more snacks and cool drinks. A fabulous dinner of huge Shrimp and potatoes was served up and devoured after the action packed day. Another early night after lounging around the pool was in-store for us
Day 3: Much of the same, great coffee, breakfast, and a trip to the marina where we are greeted by our eager crew. The captain sees some floating logs and immediately has the crew set lines for Mahi Mahi. after a few passes with the boat we had reeled in four Mahi, enough for a snack of ceviche and crackers and of course fruit.On to the sailfish grounds where we ran into hundreds of dolphins jumping and feeding on bait fish that Yellow fin tuna we pushing to the surface. The crew set lines and the most amazing day of sail fishing we ever could have imagined was about to take place. sailfish after sailfish double headers and even a triple header wore us out. when the carnage was over we had caught and released 32 sailfish. We returned to the house and again were treated to tropical drinks, smacks, and finally another awesome spread for dinner. again we were so tired from horsing in 80-90 pound fish all day we went right to bed

Day 4 : We got up and after coffee and breakfast, we decided we were pretty tuckered from all those sailfish and Greg Suggested that we spend all day in pursuit of Marlin. After running it by the captain they decided to put bigger baits on some of the gods and we started trolling. After an hour a Blue Marlin screamed across the spread straight for one of the teasers. one of the crew brought the teaser in while the other mate threw out a bonito on a circle hook in its place. Swing and a miss, swing and a miss two the marlin missed twice and retreated back down. We put the teasers back out and resumed trolling. After another hour one of the mates looked over and asked if we would like some music, we said sure and decided on anything Guatemalan.. With the music playing loudly the boat rod with the huge plug on started screaming. I lifted the rod from the holder and engaged the anti reverse, It was game on. I had locked horns with a 400 pound Blue Marlin. I wrestled with the fish for what seemed like an hour before the mate touched the leader signifying that I had won today. The Marlin was released and I was done for the day ...... pooped I couldn't lift these 58 year old arms. Greg continued to fish and caught several more sails and a nice Bull Mahi. We returned to the vacation home and told stories to the next group to come in. over dinner and cocktails. It was off to bed to prepare for the next morning departure back to reality and cold Michigan.This trip will always be the best as I have fished bill-fish in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Aruba and they pale in comparison. for an all inclusive trip with three full days of fishing and four nights lodging for under $3750 including airfare and tips, Wow what a deal, what fun , and what memories
Written March 31, 2018
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Shawn S
Charleston, SC63 contributions
Great service...
Nov 2017 • Friends
Service, service, service. Absolutely great service is what separates operations like Chris's and pretenders, and Blue Bayou is the real deal. The staff at the lodge was very friendly and on top of everything from the get go. The food was wonderful, any issues that popped up got taken care of in very short order. The rooms were Spartan, but adequate, and let's face it, you are not in Guatemala to sit in your room, you are there to fish! The mates and captains are top notch, and the boats are clean and well maintained. Definitely recommend it.
Written November 21, 2017
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Thank you Shawn. Great having you guys! TIGHT LINES!!
Written November 27, 2017
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Ennie4
Houston, TX6 contributions
Father/Son trip of a lifetime!
Nov 2017 • Family
If you are looking for a fully customizable Guatemalan fishing trip/vacation, blue bayou lodge can't be beat. I wanted my thirteen year old son to have a great first offshore fishing experience and boy did he!

Day one: My wife, our seven children, and a babysitter arrived at the beautiful blue bayou lodge the day before we had our fishing excursion planned. We were met there by Marisol and Freddie, the house staff who quickly asked about food preferences. Within minutes we had fresh juice from the fruit trees on the property while my children jumped into the luxurious pool. The rancho, between the pool and the canal, had a full bar, a tv and everything you could need to relax. Snacks were laid out and then lunch, and then dinner. Everything was incredibly tasty and perfect for our family. Fresh fish, pasta and vegetables. French fries too! Because... kids.

Day two: The next morning we were awoken to fresh coffee around 5:30am. Marisol packed us up with egg sandwiches while Salvador, the driver packed the van with our gear. We met the boat and crew at the marina and we were off. They were very helpful and friendly. We raised at least 30 sailfish from around 10am to 2pm when we started heading back. My son boated a nice sail on the first try and by his smile it was evident that he was hooked for life. We had cold drinks and fresh Mahi sashimi from the day before. My wife took a nap in the cabin when she wasn't taking pictures of her boys reeling in the catch. Lunch on the boat was grilled yellowfin tuna with a cucumber salad. It was perfectly cooked and delicious with a cold Gallo! After some time the crew switched me to some lighter spinning rod tackle and I had the chance to hook a sailfish on the run. It was something that I had never experienced before. I am grateful that they let me get involved instead of simply waiting on a hook to set for me to take over. We returned to the lodge to find our kids, babysitter all in the pool and we'll fed. All were happy and we got some great pictures to prove it.

Thanks Blue Bayou! We will return!
Written November 6, 2017
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I always get nervous with kids offshore, but your kids are the exception. Little roll on any boat usually makes anyone sick, not these sailors. Makes me want to introduce my 6 yr sooner to this fishery. Very fun family, im glad you got to see it all that trip. That tuna was the biggest i've caught on such light line. What a fight! Cheers, Capt Chris
Written November 27, 2017
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sselkhunter
Colorado Springs, CO1 contribution
First Billfish Trip
Oct 2017 • Friends
I just got back from taking my daughter and her husband to the sailfish capitol to experience fishing in the Pacific. Salvador the driver picked us up at the airport with a cooler full of beverages, and he couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. Despite what you may read on the internet, we felt completely safe at the lodge. The meals were all great, and the hot lunches and fresh snacks on the boat were especially enjoyed. Captain Chris and his mates really knows what really know what they're doing out in the blue water, and they got us into a lot fish. Steep learning curve for us, but we eventually started getting the hang of it. We caught fish on all 3 offshore days, but came up empty on the inshore day. It was nice sightseeing while trolling along the beach, but next time I think we'll trade the inshore day for a day of inland sightseeing. Lots of great memories made, and hopefully more to come.
Written October 25, 2017
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It was great having you folks here. Day 3 is always my favorite day for rookies, because usually it all starts to click and the new anglers start to hook up better and better. Helps to have saw over 30 sails and 2 blues!! Yes inshore rooster fishing is a toss up. Some years its on fire, other days its off. They migrate, so you never know. Worth a try. Looking forward to the next go around. No learning curve then, just sticking fish! Capt Chris
Written November 27, 2017
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davidreid1555
West Bloomfield, MI25 contributions
Captain Chris Starrs
Jun 2017 • Couples
My wife and I went down to Guatemala for 6 days - 3 days fishing with a few additional days before being hit with a scam. The trip initially started out ok but went downhill pretty fast.

On arrival the accommodation is very basic and anything but what we expected, getting pasta served for dinner and having to ask for a drink is certainly not my idea of a high end fishing lodge but there is worse is yet to come.

My wife is a very experienced game fisher and has fished at the best lodges all over the world inc Panama, Costa Rica, Venezuela and she was beyond disappointed.

Don't believe the hype.

The fishing was very good, I can't complain about that but we had a fire on the boat, the boat got flooded, the air conditioning did not work. There was no WIFI at the lodge.

Bill fish conservation is so important and they must go back but neither my wife not I have ever been at fishing lodges where you don't get to keep some of your MEAT fish and ship them home. Yes, I caught my first Blue Marlin, Yes, we caught a number of sailfish, but there was no opportunity to keep any Tuna and Mahi Mahi - The real down turn to our trip was we were waiting to hear about the outcome of my mother in laws result for cancer, the Captain knew we needed to get into port quickly to get the outcome, So instead he goes and fuels up.

When we do get back to the lodge it's bad news. On hearing, this we ask about returning home immediately, Captain assures us unequivocally we would get our money back that we had paid him for arranging additional activities which we had to cancel as we flew home immediately.
On arrival back it turns out the Captain decided to fully move the goalposts and the without our permission decides he is keeping money and making decisions about our money. We raise the issue with our bank and paypal who rule in our favor and return our money.

Since then we have received numerous extremely rude emails, allegations made which are untrue and now the Captain has his friends post rude comments on our facebook pages. My mother in law has had to undergo major cancer surgery last week and this 'professional guy' keeps sending emails which are so offensive, all over the place. He has left a digital footprint which beggars belief.

As a buying experience, this has been dreadful. if anyone was to see some of the emails we had received you would be speechless. Don't believe the hype and yes there are 2 sides to every story but we have the emails and these should be seen to be believed. This guy is a shark. His accommodation is really basic, this is certainly not a high end fishing lodge. The lodge itself is poor, bedrooms/bath small. Beds old and saggy, no flat screen tv's except one in the bar area that was never turned on. No shampoo, soap, etc. I got bit by about 60 mosquitoes his wife gives me baby benadryl.

When we get in the next day no medicine is provided again, granted we are at their mercy. No access to cars, and out on the water all day. Shake my head at that one.

Their kids running around, their in-laws at meals with us. Very unprofessional. Her vile email is the one that really got us going, the one about how unprofessional we were, lol, we were the clients!!

Go to their competitors CASA VIEJO, you will be glad you did!!!
Written August 30, 2017
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ELITE JERKS! Funny how the rest of the sport fishing community has never complained. Complete BS REVIEW. NICE TRY!!! ''THE REIDS- BE AWARE" Casa Vieja is how its pronounced and they also rent my services and boats, so with your luck they will likely return you to me, and that would interesting, I'd advise you to just never come back to Guatemala!! In fact i've already warned the owners about you guys and they agree you two are scum bag con-artist not worth taking on. Its not a digital footprint, its a warning to all hard working honest people out there. I kept my emails and facebook message conversations too. I like the one about your wife trying to score weed. Would you like me to post that conversation?? As well as everyone on bloodydecks, facebook, and many other blogs. The best is when you tried to post this very review and people I didn't even know came to my defense on bloodydecks. That should help you conclude that you two are indeed bad people and do not appreciate my work. I will leave this review up for its a good reference for business owners out to watch out for. I've seen chefs do the same for those who eat in restaurants and are critical about food they are not familiar about. I hope you future clients can appreciate that. THEY OWE USE $7100 AND TIPS MR DAVID REID!!!!!! You would think that's good enough, but here we are. These two got one our summer deals. 18% off ontop of 15%!! Its a great time to fishing in Guatemala and many blue marlin in the mix of our usual sailfishing and even mahi and tuna are good. TOP DAY: 18 Sails released, Blue Marlin, Lots of TUNA. I've only sent fish home FYI for those willing to check a cooler and those who fly to direct spots like Miami or Texas, or you will spoil the meat. NO DRY ICE IN GUATEMALA, and they never asked since I would think the family crisis was more important than fish. It was certainly more important than tipping the crew! During these months we run the lodge lean, no bar tender, and focus mainly on fishing. Hints the big discount. David slogged down single malt whiskey and very good wine at no cost, when the rest pay for that service and took a cigar without paying. The help yourself concept is actually how we started and we thrived from it, for it was a true lodge concept and keeps it affordable to the clients. They do this at many flats lodges, and river fly fishing outfits. Keep in mind I AM NOT a highend lodge (never said I was), we already have one those lodges here called Casa Vieja Lodge, great group of guys too, their boats are all next to ours, we work closely with them as well as others, only port and marina so we all have to get along and help each other out, but we do fish at high level and this guy claiming his wife is a hardcore angler is FAT LIE. She doesn't listen, thinks she knows everything, which is ok, but not experienced. We pride ourselfs in being teachers and this was bad student. Boat issue: Generator shutdown...NO AC, open the windows, salt water pump clamp broke, had a water issue, but easy fix. NO FIRE OR FLOOD. Its called a BOAT! Lets back up, the second these two landed in Guatemala, the wife was hammered and I even watched her pop pills like a pez dispenser. Not sure what high she was on, but alcohol didn't mix well. So now I am a baby sitter. Prior to the actual business transaction she insisted on sending us cash via paypal as friends and family to avoid the fee, not check and not transfer which was preferred and requested. She said ''her bank was too stupid to do a wire to Guatemala''. They were working us since then I'm sure. Paypal doesn't challenge disputes, if you request a refund from your institute claiming you never authorized the transaction (FRAUD) they will automatically reverse the transaction. Keep in mind this was days before the trip when we closed and got paid, we were hustling to pull this off too! She also had extra days to goof off on top of fishing. She went ahead and requested us to broker another several nights at hotels in Antigua/City, round of golf at the top golf course of the region, and of course transport. We made the arrangements on our CCs, but no big deal to us, happy to complete a great trip. Regarding dragging my family into this. The same lady that actually kissed my father in law on the mouth while hammered, and the same lady who invited him out on the BOAT, when I said I wouldn't! They insisted that my family come down, and David said ''Thank you so much for letting us see the Guatemalan culture by having your family here''. LAIRS! We never have family at the lodge, only with your permission which I got. Finally the bad news on the 2nd day. They knew coming down that there was a family health issue brewing, I personally believe they used this in their hustle to make a run for it. In the process they NEVER TIPPED THE MATES OR CAPTAIN. Listen we ALL HAVE PROBLEMS, and I made sure to give her a hug and send a prayer up for her Mom (which I did). I wasn't prolonging the process by getting fuel, but preparing for my group the next day. The news was the same last I heard, ''she might'' have a serious issue. That was the same she told me the day before, and it was the same on day 3. Not like there was a flight you can hop on that second, it was 10 min process. From there I mentioned that ''I would try to get a refund'', and I was mostly just trying to calm everyone down for she was very upset. The DISPUTE: You owe the crew around $800-$1100, the difference between hotel refund is about $850 since you used the first night in Antigua. Instead of reversing transfers, etc and taking on fees in the process for a refund, I simply suggested in 1 small paragraph to walk away from the refund, since the tip wasn't there. Because I was now forced to pay those hotels and cover my mates tips. THATS IT! This lady flew off the handle and has made her husband go in the trenches for something that was so so easy to resolve. This is why you should have TRAVEL INSURANCE. Most hotels, especially small boutiques will not refund you for any reason 48hrs before the date. To simply pull back all that money over $850 is incredible and fraud. You two are very unique! And perfect for each other. Sorry to all of those who had to read all of this back and fourth, we rarely even depend on tripadvisor reviews, all of our business is word of mouth, and if you need a reference chances are we got several in your state or country. That's how reputable we are. Looking forward to another business season. Tight Lines, Capt Chris Starrs
Written September 5, 2017
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