Big Buoy Fishing Charters
Big Buoy Fishing Charters
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At Big Buoy, we are committed to provide you with the sport fishing vacation of your life. We offer all of the amenities that you need: a well equipped, state of the art cruiser, an experienced captain, a gated villa with chef-cooked meals . . . all of the perks at an affordable price.
Puerto de San Jose, Guatemala
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Trip591438
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I am a professional hunting outfitter from Alberta Canada. Eric and his staff are very deserving of the highest compliments I can give. Their service was extraordinary, and the billfish fishery they operate in is indeed world class. Our crew of 11 people found the accommodations to be perfect for our group, as were the three boats that Eric provided us. I was very impressed with the cooperation I observed between all of the captains in the 25 or so boats that offer guiding service out of this marina - they all work together in order to provide the best experience possible for their clients. Eric also helped us plan for an extended stay inland - our tour guide Santiago went out of his way to make sure we got the most from each experience he organized.
Written March 15, 2020
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Jeff E
Sandpoint, ID12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Absolutely the Best fishing in my lifetime. The crews were very professional and worked extremely hard to make our trip exceptional. Very personalized service in all areas , fishing,meals, lodging and transportation. Everything you need is taken care from the time you land at the airport to the time of your return flight. I highly recommend Big Buoy Fishing to those that want to fish!
Written October 24, 2020
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Tourist322707
Riverton, WY2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Couples
Our 6th time to the lodge and another home run! Didn’t recognize the place ($300,000 remodel just completed). Absolutely fabulous! If you are tired of just being a number then go to this boutique lodge. Just like “Cheers” everybody knows your name from waitstaff to airport pickup & especially Eric the owner. Most importantly the fishing was fabulous! 3 Blue Marlin (biggest 400 lbs), lots of sails & countless dorado up to 40 lbs. Last but not least we always take advantage of Eric’s fluent English tour guide (Santiago) for at least a day tour of Antigua or another cultural place. Guatemala has a ton of history so we always take advantage of it. There are no “smoke & mirrors “ involved here. Big Buoy offers trips for 1/2 the price of other lodges and over delivers. Mark & Patty from Wyoming
Written January 21, 2022
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Dan S
Charleston, WV2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
This was the best fishing experience I have ever had. Captain Kennedy and Mates did an excellent job to make sure we were on top of fish for the whole day's worth of fishing. I have Deep Sea Fished throughout my life and never knew anything existed like this in the world. We caught 15 sailfish, 2 Marlin (one that weighed 400 lbs.) and 3 Mahi Mahi. It was non-stop action on the boat. The whole team did not take a single break. They also love fishing and it shows. I just can't say enough good things about this company. I will recommend them to anyone interested in having the best Deep Sea Fishing experience of their life!
Written November 18, 2021
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Nettie Hopkins
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
My grandson and I met nine others at Guatemala for a fishing trip. We got soooo much more. The place was amazing from the time we were picked up from the airport to the resort. What an experience. The people are so friendly and want to make your trip perfect. The fishing was great. We caught sailfish, dorado, tuna, blue marlin, stripe marlin and more. The crew on the boats were as excited as we were when we hook fish. They made the trip even more enjoyable. I can hardly wait to go back. Thanks to all who made this trip so grand.
Written February 26, 2020
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Mike K
Simcoe, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Friends
6 of us fished with Big Bouy on the Typhoon and Sur-Reel from February 9th to 12th with one day off. We stayed at the lodge and they provided all the transportation to and from airport, marina and local town on our day off.
Eric has hired fantastic crews and support staff. We caught lots of fish each day, then enjoyed the pool and spectacular meals in the evening.
Captain Coco, Pedro and Omar on the Sur-reel worked together to provide a experience that will not be forgotten. When 1,2 or 3 reels started screaming at once their communication between them was a treat to watch. Fresh fruit in the morning, making sashimi for an appetizer, grilled fresh caught mahi mahi burgers for lunch and a cooler with all kinds of beer and water on the boat. All the while putting out lines, watching teasers, cleaning mahi-mahi, switching out mangled baits and trying to teach me Spanish lol.
We’ll be returning to puerto San Jose to fish with Eric and his staff (who he refers to as family) in the very near future.
43 sailfish
21 mahi mahi
1 blue marlin 250#
Written February 15, 2023
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Karen D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you are serious about catching fish then Big Buoy Fishing Charters is for you. My husband and I have fished many places and we keep coming back to fish with the professional crews at Big Buoy fishing in Guatemala. The captains and their crews are exceptional at finding the fish. Captain Kennedy and his mates always make sure we catch and release an amazing number of sails. On one day we each caught about 10 sails each and topped it off with 2 Blue Marlins (one for each of us). In all of our trips we have never had a day where we caught less than 10 sails in one day and on one day we caught and released 35 sails! Eric is a very friendly and wonderful host and his lodge staff are always friendly and make you feel right at home. Chef Kelly and her staff always prepare exceptional meals and they are great at making ice cream too! If you are looking for an all inclusive fishing trip that fulfills your fishing dreams, this is the place for you. If you have family that would rather stay poolside while you fish, the lodge offers an amazing pool and relaxation area and offers a variety of side trips. Eric and his entire staff are like family. Can’t wait for our next trip. We love you guys!
Written January 23, 2022
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Keslie C
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Friends
Great trip highlighted by catching not only my first blue marlin but my second as well. In addition we caught so many sailfish, mahi and tuna! The Captain and mates were wonderful and besides knowing the water very well, also cooked up our fresh catch for lunch and sliced the tuna for sashimi. 3 amazing days! The Inn was run by momma Kelly who prepares a fabulous breakfast and dinner and the staff is ready to fulfill any requests.
Really just a great trip!!!
Written November 12, 2021
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Samantha Reay
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
The crew at Big Buoy Fishing is amazing and super professional. They made sure that we were well taken care of and went above and beyond to make the trip one that none of us will forget. Eric was an amazing host, and Captain Kennedy and his boat crew treated us to four days of AMAZING fishing! I would highly recommend booking with them, we can't wait to go back again!
Written January 25, 2021
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Dale
Corning, NY4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Family
This was truly the trip of a lifetime. My son and I booked this trip and had a most spectacular adventure. The accommodations were great, the staff and Eric were very attentive to all our requests. The meals were all great. Most of all the best Sailfish fishing in the world….we were wore out everyday from reeling in sailfish. The Captains are also some of the best in the industry. I would definitely recommend Big Buoy Fishing Charters for any sporting fisherman. This is also a place to take other non-fishing family as tours can be arranged for sightseeing and entertainment.
Written January 19, 2022
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