About The Big Buoys


Guatemala Fishing Fleet

Big Buoy has two 31 Bertram fishing charter boats in our Guatemala fleet to service all our guests needs.

The 31 Bertram IS the GREATEST Sportfishing Boat ever built!

Sur Reel


The 31 Bertram IS the GREATEST Sportfishing Boat ever built!

Holding more world records than any other Guatemala fishing charter boat on the planet. For over 45 years, the 31 Bertram, has been the benchmark by which midsize sportfishing yachts are measured.

Big Buoy has 2 fishing charter boats in our Guatemala fleet to service all our guests needs. When you book with us, your Guatemala fishing experience will include these identical boats with the latest equipment, safety procedures, and an experienced crew.

  • The Typhoon
  • Sur Reel

We are currently researching the purchase of a third boat.


The Big Buoys 5-Star Service



Marty spent 37 years flying military and commercial aircraft, including the A-10, the Boeing 727 and 777, and the McDonnell Douglas DC-10. After retiring, he invested in Big Buoy Fishing in February of 2021. He has managed the lodge on and off since then and traveled to Cape Verde to fish and work during our last two trips. He has fished in many locations including Alaska, Canada, Cape Verde, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, and on his home lake, Lake Pend Oreille located in the Northern Idaho Panhandle. He is committed to providing you with the best fishing trip possible. We use only the best Penn, Fin-Nor, and Eagle Claw gear and tackle available. Our two vessels are some of the most stable boats on the water. Our boats are equipped state-of-the-art electronics, and all safety gear. Come explore the deep sea waters of Guatemala with us. You will have the time of your life! The Big Buoy offers Guatemala deep sea fishing vacations that are affordable, comfortable, and most importantly, memorable.

Kennedy Hernandez


Kennedy has been with us for eight years. His admirable priorities in life are his family, his religion, and fishing. He has extensive fishing experience in Guatemala and at many top fishing destinations around the world. I’ve fished with Kennedy in Cape Verde, Guatemala, and followed his successes in numerous tournaments off the coast of Costa Rica, the east coast of Africa, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, the San Blas Islands, the Seychelles, and United States. Kennedy always delivers a first rate experience. Kennedy has been directly responsible for the success of Big Buoy Fishing in the past, and I’m sure he will help THE BIG BUOYS, GUATEMALA grow. Kennedy is rapidly approaching his 40,000th billfish caught and released, standby for news! We are proud to have Kennedy on board as a Captain and as a friend.

Josue “COCO” Hernandez


CoCo is starting his third year with Big Buoy Fishing/The Big Buoys. In this short period of time, he has developed a dedicated following. He has extensive experience in all types of sport fishing in Guatemala. CoCo continues to post big numbers on dorado, tuna, sailfish, and marlin.  CoCo is a dedicated captain, fisherman, and family man.  He will ensure you have the best trip possible. Along with his brother Kennedy, CoCo is directly responsible for our brand growing and having a dedicated and loyal client base.

Vitello “Pedro” Corado

Lead Mate

Marvin Hernandez

Lead Mate

Kelly “Mi Hermana” Barrientos


Miss Kelly has been with us for years. She is completely dedicated to the needs and happiness of our clients. Kelly has taken on much more responsibility, and is now managing lodge finances, as well as the needs of guests in the lodge. She is also involved with the business side of THE BIG BUOYS, GUATEMALA. However, Kelly along with all her other responsibilities, just can’t seem to keep out of the kitchen. Creating delicious meals and caring for our guests brings our Kelly joy, she will treat you like family.   Kelly and Isobel are responsible for the home cooked meals that our clients have come to love. I consider Kelly one of the key players in the future of our business.

2 trip in 2022 & 6th overall to go fishing with The Big Buoy. The captains & deck hands are fantastic, the house staff is amazing, and the experiences are customized to what you want. A great fishing experience but much more as well. 

Eric H - TripAdvisor