It's no secret that sportfishing charters in Quepos, Costa Rica, are the fast track to fishing grounds that are world famous for their numbers of sailfish.
Five to ten sails a day is not uncommon in high season. And the sportfishing charters also account for more than a few monster marlin off Quepos.
In addition to billfish, Tuna, Roosterfish, Dorado, Cubera Snapper, Wahoo and Broomtail Grouper are also on the list of fish caught here frequently, and all but the Roosterfish make good eatin'
Quepos: Inland Fishing
Snook abound near shore and in the river mouths, and make for some of the best eatin' ever. You can even go river fly fishing for machaca or trout if you want to head into the nearby rain forest or up the side of a mountain farther inland.
The top sportfishing charter boats are the boats that are based here year-round. (Some sail up to the northwest Pacific coast for the rest of the year.) The ones that are here all year have captains and crews with more experience in local waters than those who come and go. Busiest time of the year is from December through April. Conventional tackle or fly fishing is available on most sportfishing charters.
Tiger Shark, a 31-foot Bertram, is here full-time. With twin engines and a comfortable cabin, it can easily handle up to five anglers
And this crew knows how to catch fish!
The Reel Deal is another sleek vessel, a 33-foot Strike with a 13.5 foot beam.
The boat features twin diesel Cummings Diamond engines and a full Tuna Tower Fighting chair and Penn gear make for top notch sportfishing. It goes from $650 a half day, $950 full day from November 1 through 30 April. Like all boats here, Reel Deal practices catch and release. All drinks, food, tackle and bait are included.