Captain David and Kristen Salazar, owners of Casa Vieja Lodge Guatemala since 2013, acquired the The Hooker in 2021 from Capt. Skip Smith who brought her back to life in 2016, and originally ran it back in 1989- as she was the tender to the famous 110′ mothership – Madam.

The Hooker will provide Casa Vieja Lodge clients the opportunity to fish and stay aboard in comfort while fishing the Super Bowl of blue marlin sea mount fishing this summer out of Quepos. Capt. Skip Smith will be at the helm of a few special VIP charters trying to match or beat his record of 21 blues released on 30lb in a calm, single day. 

The Salazar’s want to provide their faithful clients the same 5-Star Angling Experience but in a different fishery which is why they expanded to Costa Rica. Here, anglers will be able to have more chances at blue marlin and in-shore fishing, with the same level of service, gear, and camaraderie as they would in Guatemala. Costa Rica boasts much more activities for non-anglers to participate in as well.

Experience 5-Star Angling in Guatemala or Key West

We are here for you! No request is too big or too small. Below you will find contacts for some of our Casa Vieja Lodge team that will be more than happy to assist you. We take great pride in being family owned and operated.


David Salazar

Capt. Poco Loco/Owner

Kristen Salazar

Director of Marketing & Business Development/Owner

Miami Front Office

Kirsten Thomas

Reservations Manager

Christian Arnold

Reservations Assistant