Anglers fish “Billfish Capital of the World” in Outdated City Predator PDL kayaks

Outdated City, ME (October 19, 2017) – Angler David Hadden’s eyes mild up when requested about kayak fishing Guatemala’s Pacific Coast, what many take into account “The Billfish Capital of the World.”

If large sport fishing in world-renowned billfish waters wasn’t sufficient, Outdated City’s David Hadden and Sport Fishing editor Doug Olander took it one step additional, hauling Outdated City Predator PDL kayaks some 40 miles offshore, “mothership fishing” from one in all Casa Vieja’s constitution boats below the knowledgeable course of Captain Chris Sheeder.

“It was a life-changing expertise,” says Hadden. “For anglers, it’s the zenith of the game. You get on the market within the blue with large fish and it’s heaven. The primary day Captain Chris took us proper to a ledge, we dropped the kayaks within the water, and inside 30 minutes we have been doubled up.”

Though Hadden’s no stranger to large fish like tarpon and tuna, his first Pacific Sailfish pushed the boundaries of what he’d achieved from an Outdated City Predator PDL kayak.

“I fought that first sail like I’d struggle any large fish from a kayak, and it took me all of twenty minutes. The primary couple runs a sailfish makes are half sleigh journey, half acrobatics show, however after 5 to eight minutes, the mixture of heat water temperature and lactic acid buildup run down the fish. Captain Chris pushed me to lock down the reel and get it carried out. With a single swipe of the tail they’ll go 10 ft in any course, however you don’t wish to fully exhaust the fish.”

Drag tightened and a fast struggle routine dialed in, sailfish releases from the Outdated City Predator PDL jibed nicely with Casa de Vieja’s catch and launch conservation program.

“Casa Vieja takes the ‘The Billfish Capital of the World’ designation critically, defending all billfish to struggle one other day. That was the great thing about Predator PDL kayaks; we might maintain the invoice with one hand and pedal and revive the fish after the struggle. That may have been essentially the most satisfying half,” says Hadden.

And plenty of profitable releases there have been. Hadden, Olander, and two different kayak anglers fished for 3 days, doubling up on numerous events, with double-digit fish totals some days. “I used to be in a position to struggle, land, and launch each fish that bit. On the finish of the three days, I went seven for seven. However I needed to work for them. We pedaled as much as 10 miles a day in 90-degree temperatures with excessive humidity whereas deploying baits, re-rigging, preventing fish… It was very bodily and really rewarding. We at all times stored the mothership inside vary and Captain Chris and crew stored an in depth eye on us.”

Alongside the way in which, Hadden and crew planted their flag in some new angling territories, together with being the primary anglers to fish sailfish from pedal-driven kayaks 40 miles off Guatemala’s Pacific coast. And on the final day, they pioneered a singular play that merged constitution boat outrigger teaser bait ways with exact kayak angler boat management and bait placement.

Sailfish anglers will usually use lengthy outrigger poles when trolling to put baits excessive within the water column off each side of the boat. When a sailfish is teased up on an outrigger bait—basically used as a decoy—they’ll rapidly pull within the outrigger and line and use a rod to flip a bait to the fish.

“On Day three, Captain Chris yells from the constitution boat to me, ‘Get proper subsequent to me!’ So I pedaled to remain proper with the transferring boat, and certain sufficient, he yells ‘Behind you! Behind you!’ and a sailfish had emerged proper behind the boat to the outrigger bait. On the final minute Captain Chris swings the outrigger off and tells me to swing the kayak in with my bait. As I got here off the wake and into the unfold, the fish surfaced proper behind my bait! It was so shut, however the fish didn’t eat. Nonetheless, it was the best factor I’ve ever carried out.”

Hadden finally caught the lingering sailfish, however catching the fish on the fly in a seamless choreography is his future objective. “That second whenever you’re pedaling after which slip the kayak over the wake and into the unfold proper subsequent to a high-rising sailfish is fairly magical. These fish are fired up and able to assault. I do know Captain Chris and I might get the identical situation to work on the fly.”

Aware of the newest in kayak fishing ways, strategies, and tendencies, Hadden believes he and Captain Chris have been the primary to aim exact pedal-driven kayak boat and bait placement in tandem with a trolling constitution boat on an outrigger-teased sailfish.


Whereas Johnson Outside Watercraft manufactures quite a few kayak fashions appropriate for saltwater large sport fishing, the Outdated City Predator PDL has rapidly change into a favourite with anglers.

“All of it comes right down to the hands-free fishing expertise the rugged and environment friendly Outdated City PDL Drive offers. Particularly with preventing any sort of large billfish species, having ahead and reverse proper at your ft is a big asset for controlling the fish. Trolling and deploying baits can be made that a lot simpler than having to work a paddle. In fact, the PDL Drive itself is constructed for saltwater use and the 10.three:1 gear ratio permits speeds as much as 5.5 mph for reaching and getting back from distant spots rapidly and effectively,” says Hadden.

When it comes to deal with, Hadden and firm fished stay blue runners on circle hooks with 80-pound Seaguar braid essential line and an 80-pound Seaguar fluorocarbon chief.

“Reside bait was undoubtedly the way in which to go for a number of fish days. I paired Correct reels with St. Croix Mojo Salt rods, which had loads of spine to place the wooden to fish after I locked up the drag. I held the rod and line in my arms so I might really feel the take and drop again. A pair guys have been simply free-trolling. My factor was having a rod that was delicate to really feel when the bait bought nervous—the calm earlier than the storm.”


Logistically talking, Hadden says the journey to Guatemala’s Casa Vieja Lodge couldn’t have been simpler. “I flew from Portland, Maine to Atlanta, proper into Guatemala Metropolis. The entire journey took about six hours. I used to be greeted on the airport by Casa Vieja workers and we have been bused proper to the gated lodge. Seamless, protected, and tremendous skilled.”

As soon as to the lodge, Hadden and crew have been met with first-class lodging. “The lodge was as good as something within the Bahamas. High-quality delicacies and a fantastic beer, scotch, and rum choice. 5-star throughout, however what actually impressed me was their workers.

From the servers to the guides, I can’t think about a greater operation. Each morning they got here to your room with espresso, a very nice contact. And Casa Vieja guides are nearly as good as they get. Captain Chris Sheeder is the very best blue-water information I’ve ever fished with. It was an honor to study from one in all a handful of anglers who’ve launched 20,000 billfish.”

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