June 2013 Fishing with Quepos Fishing!,
We just returned from Costa Rica and wanted to send an email to you at Quepos Fishing to let you know how very much we enjoyed our trip with Rafa and his crew aboard “Moonwalker”. It was our desire to show two of our grown kids and their significant others a fishing trip of a lifetime. Boy, did you exceed our expectations! First, Tom and I visited Costa Rica 15 years ago and spent most of our honeymoon in the Quepos area. We did not fish on that trip. I have longed for Micah Ward, our expert angler son, to experience Costa Rica ever since. Well, he and his wife Amanda made it down with us as well as my daughter Sarah and her fiance Josh. At some point early in the trip I told the crew that Micah had been a deck hand in his youth. They set out to challenge his abilities and hooked a 100# sail that was following the teasers with a left handed reel rigged with 20# test! He grabbed the reel and had the fight of his life with the challenge and the crew kept calling him “Big Boy” as he is 6’4″ tall and not left handed. It was a joy to watch him land the fish when the odds were so against him. The crew – all of us were so very proud of him but mostly his wife as she cheered him on and jumped in for the picture which made it that much more precious to me. Well, we landed 6 tuna and released 3 very nice sails. It was a great day and we appreciate Captain Rafa, Kevin and Keener (I think) as they performed with the utmost professional efforts. We all marveled at how hard they worked for us and would highly recommend the crew to anyone -anytime!
Sailfishing at Its Best,
The day started by meeting Leanne at her office in Quepos. We settled up and then she took us to the Marina to meet our crew for the day. We went fishing aboard the Mad Marlin. It was only myself and my wife of the boat for a full day. My wife was a little worried about being bored on the boat for an entire day since I am the avid fisherman. Bored never came into mind!! We went about an hour offshore, passing all the other boats that were staying closer to shore. Trolled for about an hour and then the day started and never ended. From the moment that first Sailfish hit, it was non-stop all day. I tried multiple times to have a Cerveza(beer), but had a hard time finishing one. There was always a fish on the line. We hooked 11 Sailfish that day and landed 8. After fighting the first one for about 15 mins, I thought to myself, this is going to be hard if I catch more, but I’m a trooper and an experienced fisherman. My third one was the biggest one of the day and one of the biggest these guys had seen. While I was fighting this monster, the first mate asked me if I wanted to jump in the water with the fish after we take pics on the boat. I said with some profanity!! YES, IN THE WATER!!! After the pic on the boat, we jumped in the water and took a priceless pic with the Sailfish in it’s natural element. The day went on like this. At one point, I had one on the line, while the mate was reeling in the other lines, another one hit, so my wife jumped on the line, and then another one hit on another line, the mate grabbed it, it was nuts!! We eventually took a break and enjoyed the best sandwiches made right in front of us by the first mate!! Everything is provided on the boat, refreshments of a “refreshing” nature, water, pop, fresh cut fruits. They have top notch Penn reels, proper lures, their baiting technique was one I had never seen before, the crew takes pride in their boat and they know how to fish, very clean, comfortable, shaded area. I fish all over the world, last fish I caught before this Sailfishing trip was a 600lbs BlueFin Tuna in Canada and after the day with the Mad Marlin crew, I almost forgot about my Tuna. DO NOT LOOK FURTHER, if you want a great experience fishing in Costa Rica, think www.queposfishing.com and request the Mad Marlin boat. Costa Rica es la Pura Vida!! Y Mad Marlin es muy Loco!!
Excellent Day on the Water!,
We could not have been happier with our full day fishing charter in early January, 2013! We contacted Quepos Sailfishing in October and spoke with Leanne who delivered everything as promised. Everything was perfect for our family of four which included 2 adults, our 20-year-old daughter who wasn’t sure she wanted to go, and our 17-year-old son who loves to fish. Leanne made sure everything ran on time, getting us into the water early. And our crew had us fishing quickly. We hooked our first sailfish within 15- 20 minutes of putting lines in the water. And we were busy all day long! We hooked 15 sails and 2 Dorado. I have picture after picture of my happy fishermen and their giant sailfish. Our daughter was so happy she decided to go- she brought in 3 sailfish. The boat was clean. There was plenty of food and water. And they even had crackers on hand for a queasy stomach. The food was great, and our crew was more than happy to make sure our picky eaters were happy. We would highly recommend this charter to anyone looking for an exciting day of fishing!
Thanks Leanne and your entire team for making our first ever deep sea fishing experience so memorable!! We had a great day with a total of 8 sail fish which was more than we had ever expected to catch, we will definetely recommended your company to our friends and to anybody that is considering a day fishing! We were picked up by taxi at our hotel, driven to the harbour to get our licenses and then we were ready to start, professional crew, imaculate boat, lots of fruit, snacks, lunch and drinks throughout the whole trip. Taxi was booked to take us back to the hotel afterwards. Once again, thanks!!!
What an amazing trip we had! We had an outstanding 25th anniversary in Costa Rica. And the fishing trip was definitely the best part. Here are pictures of our 5 sailfish and a couple pictures of the biggest of six dorado. I cannot imagine having a better crew than Glen and Memo. They both made it a truly wonderful and memorable experience! Not only is Memo a damn good Mate, but he makes damn good sandwiches, too.
Thanks also for helping Yvette out with finding a doctor. Everything was fine and we did not have to go back.
Hello Leanne and Sam!! We sure hope this finds you well. We’ve been seeing that your boats have been catching lots of sail and a few marlin since we left. Bravo! I am attaching 2 shots of the rods I’m touching are the rods I actually caught my 2 sail on. I would like to happily tell you that I raised the flags myself, with Memo’s help (at my request). It was an honor to do this seemingly little thing. This was such a special day for me (and Jim!). I will NEVER forget it- even when I’m old and gray! hehehehe!! You guys create lots of happy memories for your clients and you should know that this day was THE highlight of my lifelong fishing career! Thanks so much! I look forward to proudly wearing my t-shirt!! :)) Take care and we’ll see you again one day with 2 of Jim’s sons on board for THEM to catch their first sail!! Thank you so much!!!
Dear Quepos Fishing I will admit, I don’t like to fish but this was amazing. 9 sailfish in two days, several more raised and saw a huge marlin, over 1000 dolphins in one area. just amazing. The Boat you chose for us was top notch. Service was great. plenty of drinks, Lunch was sandwiches that were awesome. Overall was a once in a lifetime thing you must do. Went into it with the idea of going fishing 25 miles off the coast would be just ok and came away just completely amazed.
Hello Leanne and Sam!! We sure hope this finds you well. We’ve been seeing that your boats have been catching lots of sail and a few marlin since we left. Bravo! I am attatching 2 shots of the rods I’m touching are the rods I actually caught my 2 sail on. I would like to happily tell you that I raised the flags myself, with Memo’s help (at my request). It was an honor to do this seemingly little thing. This was such a special day for me (and Jim!). I will NEVER forget it- even when I’m old and gray! hehehehe!! You guys create lots of happy memories for your clients and you should know that this day was THE highlight of my lifelong fishing career! Thanks so much! I look forward to proudly wearing my t-shirt!! :)) Take care and we’ll see you again one day with 2 of Jim’s sons on board for THEM to catch their first sail!! Thank you so much!!!
Went with our kids to catch some big fish. We have traveled extensively but never went deep sea fishing due to the cost and no guarantee of fish. Well based on the experience of some friends they said Costa Rica is the place to catch them. We chose Quepos Sailfishing
Charters when we read reviews on Trip Advisor.
Leanne chose a crew specifically to fulfill our fishing needs. As we were there in the Green Season there were big swells but the size and shape of the boat made a smooth ride (I would highly recommend meclizine less drowsy 2 hours prior) Also a boat at least 33 feet.
We were out 35 miles. The expertise and energy of the crew is a critical aspect to the trip and the crew on the boat that she chose for us had both. They worked tirelessly to catch the bait fish, find the edge of the reef and hook the fish for us to reel. We caught 4
red snapper, 2 over 30 pounds. After pics, the crew expertly fileted the fish and we brought it back to the hotel to be prepared. My 14 son said it was the best fish he ever tasted. What a great day to remember. I’m glad we waited for Quepos Fishing to be our 1st deep sea fishing experience.
Trip of a lifetime to Costa Rica… goal to catch a few sailfish and possibly a marlin… enter Quepos Sailfishing and Leanne and Sam a few emails later flying in from Vancouver, our bucket adventure began the first morning in
Quepos… missed split charter but were setup with Capt Randy on the Swordfish and ‘fish on!’ 6 sails, bonita, yellowfin filleted into sushi
a few minutes after caught with wasabi.. pura vida! hmmn nice start two days later also with Capt. Randy two double sail hookups 8 sails total .. next day thought inshore caught a 25kg Red “Cubera” Snapper.. plus a few jack crevalle following shrimp boat great pics also caught two over 20 kg Roosterfish… Out again off shore with a vet Alex/ son Julian whom we split a charter with to get in some more days, watching someone catch a sail and the thrill of excitement is priceless ..only 6 more sails
total 24 sails in three outing including four double hookups both going different directions trying to rip the pole out of your hands line screaming and watching the acrobatic show.. memories unforgettable! fired up certainly going back in late January 2012 for a marlin or two and a big bluefin …
you Leanne and Sam for welcoming two Canadians in Pura Vida style…
Chillwack British Columbia
Hi Leanne! What a wonderful fishing weekend we had in Quepos, Costa Rica! We caught a HUGE 350 lb. Blue Marlin and 3 Rooster Fish. Everyday we fished, we had the best captains and crews. We were treated so great, the fishing was incredible, and we had the time of our life! We cannot wait to come back and fish some more. Thank you for a wonderful trip!
Morgan & Natalie
My wife, two sons and I made our first trip to Costa Rica over Christmas in 2010. We knew that zip lining and fishing were a must, but did not know who to go with or how to pick a zip line company or a fishing charter. Fortunately, I found Quepos Fishing on the web. After a series of email exchanges with Leanne, I felt confident I found the right company.
Leanne and Quepos Fishing not only “hooked up” my two boys and me with a great fishing charter, but was also able to book my family and me on a fantastic zip lining trip! For my first time to Costa Rica, it could not have been better. We will be back. Thank you Leanne!
Never written a review in my life. But after returning from Quepos and 4 days of offshore fishing, I would recommend Quepos Sailfishing Charters to anyone. The crew knew their business. I have fished from the South Pacific,
to Cabo, to Barbados and Cape Verde Islands off the African coast. This crew has a passion for what they do. There was no doubt they knew where the blue water line was everyday. 28 miles offshore to 45 offshore, we went where the fish were. Never blanked a day. Multiples in Black Marlins from 200-500 and 4 sails. This crew will be more disappointed than you if they don’t put you on a big billfish. Sam is great arranging everything…everyday. Use this charter with confidence.
While on a vacation to Costa Rica, my wife and I decided we wanted to charter a boat and go deep sea fishing for the day out of Quepos, Costa Rica. After reading several Trip Advisor reviews I contacted Leanne Batten of Quepos Sailfishing Charters. I asked a lot of questions about what was involved with spending the day offshore fishing. I had only been offshore fishing once a long time ago and my wife had only fished on lakes so this was going to be a new experience. Leanne answered all our questions and assured us that she had a great crew and boat. Once we arrived in Quepos, we stopped by their office and met Leanne and she explained exactly what we would need and where to go the next morning. Both she and her husband met us at the dock the next morning, introduced us to the Captain and two man crew of the boat and off we went. The captain and
crew were very polite and made sure that we knew what to do, when and how. They were working the entire time we were out and we could not have asked for anything else. My wife caught a Sailfish and I caught a Yellowfin Tuna, a Mahi Mahi and a Pompano so needless to say the day was a complete success. The crew filet the Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Pompano so we could have our hotel cook it up for us. It was amazing! (We donated most of the fish to the local charity which was also handled by the ship’s crew.) At the end of the trip, Leanne’s husband met us at the dock and again wanted to make sure we had had a great trip and wanted to
know if there was anything that could have made the day better, which there wasn’t. Looking back on our trip to Costa Rica, the day we spent fishing offshore with Quepos Sailfishing Charters was definitely one of the best memories.
Happiest 16th birthday ever,
Our son loves to fish and has always talked about one day fishing for Marlin and Sailfish. Well for his sixteenth birthday we had hoped to make his dream come true . My husband looked on the internet to see when and where you would fish for sailfish and he happened upon Quepos Charters. Leanne, of Quepos Sailfishing Charters, was fabulous. She took care of our charter and advised me on flights and even arranged my hotel. The night of our departure there was a major snow storm across the country and we rec. word that we would not make it into Costa Rica to fulfill my son’s perfect weekend. The airlines was rerouting us elsewhere so that we could at least pull a nice little vacation out of it. Leanne stayed with us every step of the way…cancelling boat, trying to help up with refunds from hotel…. then just as quickly plans changed and we nabbed a flight to Costa Rica.. We landed but missed connecting flight to Quepos.. Stranded in a foreign country, unable to speak the language — Quepos Fishing charters came through…Leanne and Sam(partner in Costa Rica)…got our hotel back on track and help us arrange rides across country…saying in contact with us along to way to get us safely to our destination…. Well beyond the call of duty for a fishing charter… They were friendly and so helpful….and yes ” We caught sailfish” as it would turn out ..the weather was not great for fishing that day ..but still hooked 3 sail and 2 Mahi Mahi… Sam then recommended and took us to a restaurant in town that he help us set up dinner reservation and had them cook our catch…He even drove us there and set it
up…then helped us hunt down a cab….The few days were spectacular. Thanks so much for all your guidance, travel planning and hotel recommendations.Terrific (the kid that just wanted to catch a sailfish in his lifetime–you made that dream come true)
The Eansors Bill, Sandi and Billy
Once again you have exceeded my expectations for a great trip. As you know, my group kept growing and went from 4 people to 7 and I was worried. Things could not have been any better! You accommodated our group and everyone had a wonderful time and we are making plans to do it again next year, if not before. Our first day offshore, we hooked and landed 4 sails, 1 dorado, and 12 tuna. We had an incredible meal as the Chef you provided us with prepared the dorado and some tuna that was out of this world. Many of the guys said that it was the best meal that they have ever had! The second
day inshore we had 3 boats out and were into Jack, Rooster and Spanish Mackerel. The villa Manakin was a nice touch and very relaxing for the hectic schedule that we were on. Thanks again to you and Sam for making our excursion one of the best yet!
See you Soon! Pura Vida,
Costa Rica Trip,
We Found this company via Google. Leanne was incredibly helpful in organizing our trip from boat charter for a 2 day offshore sailfish trip, to connecting flights within CR and hotel accommodations. The really amazing part was her ability to change flights etc at the last minute due to a monster snowstorm in the Northeast US that resulted in flight cancellations and re-bookings. Leanne was able to change the itinerary on the fly and made for
a very smooth and fun trip. We caught a lot of fish and all four of us had an amazing time. The Tuna we caught we enjoyed out to Dinner for lots of Shashimi and Grilled Tuna Steaks
Sport fishing with Quepos Sailfishing Charters was one of the most memorable days of my life. This company really bends over backward to make sure that every detail is just right. They’ve got gorgeous boats,high-tech equipment and an unbeatable staff. I caught 6 out of 9 sailfish in one day! Read all about it on my blog
Genna Marie Robustelli
After last year’s wonderful arrangement of the ground transportation, the house, the gourmet chef, and fishing charters, you out did yourself with this year’s booking of the Pacific Provider. The staff and the boat are uniquely wonderful, and I would recommend it for a family that likes sport fishing and water/shore activities. We enjoyed the luxury of staying on the Motor Yacht but heading out each day on the Sportfishers both inshore and offshore. Again all the family thanks you for the personal attention and great arrangements for the holiday vacation.
Dr. Randall Lortscher
From start to finish, my second visit to use Quepos Sailfishing Charters for my charters and hotel booking was executed flawlessly and I could not be more pleased, especially considering the last minute nature of planning the trip. Sam was an absolute blast to have around during my visit, and he was one of the highlights of the trip, for sure! On the first day of fishing, Sam joined me on the Flyatcher for a full day of inshore for Roosters. Captain Nano and his mate got us hooked up on 5 fish, and we landed two Roosters. It was great having both the mate and Sam give tips and pointers to reel in my very first and second Roosters, as it required more finesse than what I am used to offshore. All three of the guys were great.
On the second day of inshore fishing with the Flycatcher, a half day, we had many bites and landed 2 Jack Crevalles and it was a ton of fun to reel them in! The mate and I also casted the popper from time to time and both of us got very excited when we spotted a school of Jacks materialize out of nowhere agressively pursuing the popper, that was an awesome sight! Just before wrapping up the day I had a big bite on the rod that I was freelining and set the hook into what we think was a decent sized snapper and thought we had a shot at a fish dinner, but that bad boy took off for the rocks about 10 minutes into the fight and managed to hide in a cave somewhere and we broke the line clean. Great experience! Nano and the mate were true professionals and I really enjoyed being out on thier boat. Can’t wait to get back down again, and looking for a way to get back during the peak Sailfish season. Hope to see you soon!
This was our third trip with Quepos Sailfishing Charters who truly takes care of our every need every time. Trip May 14 on Pez Espada with Glenn & Michael could have not been any better. 3 sails hooked & landed plus a 500+lb. Blue Marlin fought and unhooked on side of boat was as good as it gets. May 15 for ½ day on Idra with Ricardo & Elvis searching for Roosterfish only produced 1, but enjoyed trip with them as usual.
Already planning next trip & see you soon.
Rudy, Mel, Nigel, and Jesman
Houston & Galveston, TX
I just wanted to thank you so much – it was by far the best day i have ever had, I have never enjoyed myself sooooo much ! Thank you so much for getting me out there – i know it was a struggle and you really came through for me. Its just a shame i am leaving soon because i would have definitely done another few days fishing – I’ve got the buzz !!!
I have attached a picture of the fish that i caught and REALLY it was THIS BIG !!!!
Thanks for the best day ever!!!!
kind regards Karen
I can mark off sail fish on my bucket list now thanks to you and the crew. Ricardo and Elvis worked extra hard to find our fish and we ended up being one of the few successful boats that day. The care and concern for our comfort and enjoyment is rarely found nowadays and it is the reason that our trip was such a success. Marlintini’s was awesome and is, without a doubt, the best dining in Quepos. I’ll be back in December and look forward to getting together for some great food, drink and especially fishing.
Regards Bob McDonald
Hi Leanne and Sam,
You guys made our fishing experience perfect from start to finish. Your personal knowledge of Chartered Billfishing of the coast of Quepos guarantees all the fishing trip of a “Lifetime”. Your further knowledge of Charter Boats hooked us up with the “Best” Captain Dale and Mate Danny on Blue Water III. We had so much fun the first day we caught 4 Sailfish we booked a second day and invited our friends. Dale and Danny worked their Magic on day 2 and we all caught fish 3 Sailfish and 1 Mahi Mahi “If we only had more time”!! We had our best meal while in Costa Rica at”Marlintini’s” the seafood, martini’s and service were exceptional and my husband beat the bartender in a close and exciting game of foosball. We are planning our next trip later this year or early next year and without a doubt will be booking our fishing trips with Quepos Sailfishing Charter.
Thanks again Leanne and Sam
Carl and Renea Wells
Thanks for everything AGAIN. Fished Feb. 24 & 25 on Idra with Ricardo & Elvis. What a trip. Fish everywhere, great weather and just a great boat crew ( you to Ricardo). Marlintini’s preparation of our fish ( 8 different ways) was as Good as it gets. Again, Thanks for everything and Hopefully see you soon.
Hi Sam and Leanne –
Thanks to you we had the trip of a lifetime! We put together an itinerary to visit Quepos and go fishing and you really helped in making the journey special and painless. Six sailfish and two mahi mahi- what a blast! Say hola to Cheetah for us. We are already planning our next trip and will definitely be calling you for our arrangements.
Marlintini’s is the bomb! They did a great job with the mahi we caught, serving it several tasty ways. The drinks were perfect as well. The chefs are ok foosball players, but sore losers. Just kidding, guys!!! We can’t wait for our rematch.
You have a great thing going down there in Quepos. Keep up the good work and we will be in touch soon.
How are you all doing? I hope all is good with you in Costa Rica. Sorry it has taken me a little while to email you all. Kelley is now back in Afghanistan and I have been going fast and furious since getting back to work.
Kelley and I are still talking about how wonderful our trip to Quepos was in January. We owe it all to you and Sam and your staff (Laura, Elias, the cook and bartender) there at Marlintini’s. You all made us feel like we had been friends forever. We hope to be friends for years to come as we plan on coming back for more fishing in the near future.
We decided to visit Quepos this trip as Kelley wanted to do some deep sea fishing. We saw your restaurant, Marlintini’s, and stopped in for dinner. We met Elias that evening and asked him about deep sea fishing.. and he called Sam. Before dinner was over we were booked with Quepos fishing… it was that easy! I realized afterward that I had seen your website and all the wonderful testimonials and then knew we were in great hands. We booked the boat “The Caribsea”… This boat was fabulous as well as the crew, (Joseph, George and Orlando). We had the best time ever, as it was just Kelley and I on this big boat…I just kept thinking this was “the way to fish”. Within 30 minutes we hooked a sailfish.. it was spectacular fishing from then until the end. I caught 3 sailfish and a mahimahi and Kelley caught 4 sailfish all ranging from 120 -145 pounds. The crew took great care of us, they really knew what they were doing. We had a terrific lunch and just the most relaxing time ever.. I can’t wait to do it again!! We returned late that afternoon and Sam greeted us to see how our fishing went for the day. He then took our mahimahi with him
back to the restaurant and said they would have it cooked and ready for us that evening for dinner. I kept thinking WOW..it doesn’t get any better than this…. but, it did. We arrived for dinner…and the fish was fabulous. Kelley could not believe that I ate the ceviche…it was delicious. We continued to have our dinner and lunches at Marlintini’s as the food was great, the staff was so friendly and we enjoyed spending time talking with you and Sam. We were planning on leaving Quepos, but after meeting you all and talking with you about all the things to do.. we decided to stay. Sam helped us by recommending another hotel “LaMariposa”.
which we loved, the views were magnificent. Leanne, Thank you for setting us up for the ATV tours and the Jet Ski tour. We had the best time on the ATV’s riding through the mud and water. The Jet Ski tour turned out to be something we will treasure forever as we got to see the whales and the dolphins, which I consider to be the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. This trip proved to be one of the most remarkable Kelley and I have taken during our traveling.
Thank you and your staff….for all your help!! We greatly appreciated all you did to make this trip the most memorable. We look forward to seeing you next year! Keep in touch! We wish you all the best!
Kelley and Monique Wren
My wife and I visited Quepos, Costa Rica in January 2009 for a family wedding. For years we had heard about the fishing on the west coast of the country and had to try our hand at it. We found Quepos Sailfishing Charters online at www.queposfishing.com and reached out to them to setup a charter. We had our concerns about setting up a charter from thousands of miles away, but Leanne at Quepos Sailfishing responded to us immediately
and worked with us to arrange both the fishing trip and our accommodations at a beautiful local hotel. We immediately felt, even over the distance, that we were dealing with a competent team and their professional approach gave us
confidence in our choice. We chartered “Reel Deal”, run by Capt. Glenn and Mate Marvin. Wonderful local food and drink were provided on the well maintained and spotless boat, and they were great hosts. The best part though was the fishing! We boated four sailfish over the course of the day while observing beautiful porpoise and sailfish leaping out of the water all around us just having fun! I would recommend this professional establishment and their crews for your next Costa Rican fishing trip! Simply give Leanne and her team a shout!
Just wanted to let you know that we had a great time fishing!! Gerry and Michael(not sure of the spelling) were great. Gerry got me a nice sailfish, which made the whole day! And Michael was working hard all day, in addition to keeping us in cold cerveza’s!! We got some cool pictures. I’ll forward you some as soon as I receive. Wanted to also thank you for helping me coordinate and set everything up. I’m already planning another trip down there and will defintate book through you, and recomend to others as well. I was wondering if you can send me a Quepos Fishing Shirt? The Shirts are awesome and I loved seeing them on the crew.
Thanks for organizing a great trip for me! In addition to the great fishing, your bookings for horseback riding and the personal guide for the park were excellent and I would recomend them to anybody!
Now onto the important stuff….On day one of fishing, Glenn and Raul on the Reel Deal quickly warmed me up within 30 minutes of setting the lines putting me on a average sized female Dorado. We trolled the rest of the day and ended up with 4 nice size Sailfish on a reguarly occuring basis that were alot of fun to reel in! Afterwards, I headed over to Marlintini’s restaurant to have the kitchen staff prepare me my Dorado catch in a three course meal..the Dorado ceviche was simply outstanding, and the main Dorado course was cooked perfectly, nice and flaky!
On day two of fishing, the Reel Deal team started me out trolling for some Rosters for about an hour near the ledges..I did get one
massive bite that snapped the line right off at the hook, on lighter tackle than what we use out in the bluewater, so I was happy enough I know what the bite is like for next time! After heading out to the bluewater, like clockwork, 30 minutes after setting out the lines, Glenn and Raul put me on a BIG Sail…pushing 150 pounds plus and was super fun to reel in. They put me on 3 more Sailfish througout the day, I called it a day after Sail #4, about 15 minutes before quitting time, and Glenn and Raul were nice enough to ask if I wanted to try the afternoon Roosterfish bite! Glenn and Raul are very polite, hard working Ticos with armed with great fishing techniques, and the Reel Deal was a great boat to be out on. I will definitely be using them again!
See you next season Amiga!
I just wanted to reiterate to you how fantastic a fishing adventure you were able to facilitate for me. My first day out on the Idra II exceeded any expectations. Capt. Ricardo and Elvis make a fine Team, and Elvis’ rigging of the baits definitely ensured firm hook-ups, which I am sure contributed to our success in raising 8 sails on our first day out. Just when we thought we had fished-out the area, BAM!!! Another strike and we added a fine Dorado to our catch. Boating and releasing the double hook-up sailfish was the icing on the cake… All I could say was “WOW”, what a day!!!! Definitely a fantastic way to kick-off the Christmas Holiday. Oh yeah, Elvis’ Christmas tamales on Christmas Eve were freakin’ awesome!!!!! The fishing wasn’t bad either, with more sails and Dorado to add to the catch. Regards to both you and Sam, and thanks again for the fantastic memories! See you next year!
D. J. Steikunas
Enjoyed our trip to Quepos on 7/24/08. Wish it had been longer, but we accomplished what we went for. The Idra II with Ricardo Puliti and Capt. Ricardo were a great team. We each caught an avg. size Rooster fish. Your Mgr. Randall did a great job on all our wishes. We will be contacting you in the nt. couple of weeks for two days of fishing in Feb/March. We really enjoyed the area and plan to fish their in the future. Again, Thanks for everything and a Great group you have working for you.
Hoping this finds you well…
Sorry it’s taken so long to respond, “re-entry” was brutal.
Wow… were to begin… Everything was incredible. From the accommodations to the food and drink, we wanted for nothing !
The service was outstanding and the view from our room at the Mariposa was one of the highlights. Thank you helping us enjoy a trip truly of a lifetime. We ate out every night, visiting “Marlintini’s” 3 times. (Great Place)
I caught Red Snapper almost daily and gave them to a different restaurant to prepare. It didn’t take Kathy and I long at all to drop into vacation mode and I can’t remember the last time I read a book in 2 days.
Our thanks once again goes out to you, your staff (and awesome Chef at Marlintini’s), our driver and all who helped Kathy and I feel not only welcome but really special.
We’ll be back next year.
Larry & Kathy Elliott
We want to say thanks for a fantastic day on the Reel Deal. Captain Glen, Elvis, and Chris were wonderful and patient with us. The sailfish were especially exciting and memorable. We cannot wait to do it again soon. Eating our fresh grouper, snapper and mahi that night prepared at the restaurant was super bonus.
I cant tell you how much fun the “PLUM FUN FISHING TEAM” had on our recent trip. Hanier and Coco were the best. WE even had civichi (south Mississippi spelling) made by Hanier on our Saturday trip!!! We landed six sails, one triple hook up!!! Also one dolphin. The villa Casa Maravilla was better then we expected. Choosing Chef Ron was the best thing we did on
the entire trip. What a great young man! Service was the best from all the staff. Thanks for all your help in putting together another outstanding adventure. You know I will be back with the crew plus maybe some new faces. I will forward the teams pictures in a few days…thanks again
We hope you and your family are doing well. We are busy with the hustle and bustle of American life but dreaming of returning to Pure Vida. We don’t believe that any words could adequately describe our experience in Costa Rica in November
The “Three Brothers” was a perfect selection for our fishing adventures. The crew was highly qualified and incredibly attentive. Riding on that magnificent boat with the breathtaking view was amazing enough. The fact that we actually caught fish was a huge bonus. We were totally excited with our catches and anxiously await our next fishing trip.
We hated to leave Quepos, but soon found we were completely delighted with our next destination, the Lost Iguana. You selected the accommodations so perfectly for our expectations!! It was fabulous.
However, our visit to the Peace Lodge was the most remarkable lodging we have ever pampered ourselves with. It certainly was incomparable to anything we could have imagined. Our birthdays were the unforgettable celebrations we had hoped for. We felt impelled to write you and thank you wholeheartedly for all your work in making our dream a reality (sorry it took so long).
Also, we want to enlist your help again. We have fallen in love with Costa Rica and want to return in 2009. I failed to thank you for introducing us to our driver, Daxx. He was such a delightful person; we regretted that we only used his services on the last part of our trip.
Anyway, Daxx mentioned some possible destinations in southern Costa Rica. We are interested in visiting in the prime sportfishing season. Perhaps you could make some suggestions and we can begin to plan our return trip.
A few pictures are attached. The smiles on our faces are evidence of our satisfaction with your services.
Elizabeth and Derr McElwee
What a fishing trip, it couldn’t have been better. It exceeded all our expectations…Captain Hainer and Coco were phenomenal. Best team I have ever fished with. The action was so good we let Coco catch a couple of fish one being a 130lb. sailfish that was the first he had ever caught. To see the smile on his face made our whole trip.
The crew from Florida
Area Manager southeast region Strategic Materials.Inc.
Thank you for your quick emergency assistance in putting our fishing charters back together after our U.S. flight was cancelled due to mechanical problems and the airline lost our luggage for more than a day.My son, wife and I had a great tarpon fishing adventure at the Rio Colorado Lodge with Dan Wise and our fishing guide, “Speedy.”I have never seen so many large tarpon congregated in one fishery. We hooked ten tarpon between 100 and 150 pounds and boated two. Furthermore, Dan Wise is a great host and story teller. The food was excellent, accommodations were clean and the staff was
courteous and supportive.The Pacific sailfish charter in Quepos was first rate. As you know, we fished on the Brothers Three. The Captain and crew worked very hard to find fish for us. We hooked and landed five sailfish each weighing more than 100-110 lbs and a 40-lb Bull Dolphin. The Mariposa Hotel where we stayed prepared the dolphin for us and we had a fabulous eating experience. The hotel was tremendous and had the best scenic view of water, rocks, cliffs and flowers that I have ever witnessed. We also enjoyed the Canopy Safari before we came home.
Thanks again for your help and quick action.
Had a great time.
Jesus a good friend is always great.
Fishing was good everything went great thanks for all your help.
Thanks for setting us up with a great professional outfit like the Frenzy. We had a blast!
Thank you for a great adventure and my wife enjoyed herself as well.
Here is a picture of her Mahi Mahi…. PS She likes bragging cause it was bigger than mine.
Sam and Leanne,
Three of us went inshore fishing on the boat “On the Fly” for a half day of awesome fishing. We couldn’t have asked for a better boat. We caught more than 30 fish that included 30lb.and 40 lb. rooster fish, jacks, and mackerel. Almost every cast was a fish. We even saw flying fish and dolphins. The boat was very clean, it had top of the line fishing gear and was very well organized. Rudy, the captain, and the deckhand worked very hard to make our trip perfect – and they succeeded! Quepos Sailfishing Charters did a great job setting us up with this great boat and all of our other accommodations. Thanks again for a great day of fishing!!
John, Wayne, and Dave
Playtech Off Road Racing
We couldn’t have been happier with the boats and the crews. World-Class tackle and work by both mate and captain on the Fishing Machine. I’m really glad we chose Quepos Sailfishing Charters – we had the best boats and the best service, in the U.S. from yourself & in Quepos from Zuyleko. It was a great experience, and my wife had a ball!: Fished 2 days offshore, 16 billfish bites, 8 sailfish released. Inshore 1 day for 4 roosters + jacks. I think we did pretty well, considering the
slow year. Great boats, great crews, and Zuleyka is the bomb! She was just excellent.
Sending pictures of the wife (Beth), better to look at!
Garrell & Beth Nicholson
Leanne, Thank you for with our accommodations with Quepos Sailfishing Charters. everything went just as you promised. Daxc picked us up in a nice new van and took us to the villa. He was very good to us and made several stops along
the way. He pointed out sights, etc. His speaking English is very good. When we arrived at the banks villa we were greeted by Rigo. He was equally nice and friendly. Each time we came or went, he was there for us arranging transportation, etc. The villa was clean and the view was not too bad either! Zuleyka met us at the dock and she along with Dennis were quite helpful. Both boats, captains, and first mates were excellent (the Caribsea was an A+). We averaged catching three sails a day and raised and hooked several others. People were saying the fishing was slower than usual due to El Nino, but we were thinking it was great. all
went well and thanks for making the arrangements. If anyone wants references send them our way. I was going to get four shirts from Zuleyka but we missed her the final day. Let me know and I will get you the money for shirts. I heard you were in Texas while we were in Quepos so we never met but thanks again for all of your help.
We had an awesome fishing trip with you and on the “REALDEAL” during the month of November 2006. The trip proved to be an exciting venture. The Crew Captain and Deck Hand were extremely helpful and knowledgeable. We booked a three day fishing trip with each day as
successful as the day before!!! It couldn’t have been more perfect… What a spectacular trip!!! The accommodations at Villa Banks were wonderful and the fishing… Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper… We certainly plan on returning to Quepos and booking another trip with you…Thank you “Quepos Sailfishing Charters” for a REAL FISHING EXPERIENCE…
Doug Wall (Texas)
Darrell Crochet (Louisiana)
Our trip with Quepos Sailfishing Charters was wonderful. I highly recommend this trip for a father-son outing or as in our case – father, son and grandson. The crew was so attentive to my grandson. Taught him the how and why of everything. Your recommendation of Byblos Hotel and Resort and Casino was perfect for our needs. The ladies at Byblos hotel took my grandson under their wing and spoiled him even more. Thanks for the trip worth remembering.
Dear Sam & Leanne,
Our trip to Costa Rica was truly wonderful! A trip of a life time for me and the
girls. The tours you suggested were great! And of course the deep see fishing was something we will never forget! Billy just sent some pictures of the fish that were caught that were awesome.
The captain and the crew were so friendly and helpful. Seeing the pod of dolphins come up along side and the whale and the sea turtles made the whole experience even that much more special!!!!
I also loved getting to know the two of you better as well…you make a great team!! Anyone using your services will have a special trip to Costa Rica….Good luck in all future plans…Maybe someday we will be able to return…I am spreading the word around and hope some friends will go as well…
Take care and thank you again,
Joy, Marina & Nika
I have recommended you all to all my friends and even posted your internet address on a fishing forum I frequent here in the US.
Again, the trip was a most memorable event…Thanks to all!!!
Here are a couple pics from the trip for you all to share…
Hey, your boat ROCKED, girl!!! Glenn and Cheetah were fabulous, and we had the absolute TOP fishing experience of our lives, BAR NONE! Anyway, I’ll be forwarding some pix to put on your site if you need any more smiling customer photos at all!
Day 1: hooked up with this phenomenal school of dolphins, which had a bunch of tuna trailing them, and some mahi-mahi. Yum-yum did we eat good that day!
went to the reef and just kept reeling up sailfish of about 100-150 lbs. Glenn kept score and he maintains we topped out at 14 – although that might have been optimistic. Either way – fantastic!
We made it a hobby of taking Jorge’s job of pulling the beasts out of the water, which became a sport in itself. Like wrestling a doberman! Pretty cool!
Anyway, the Mariposa was great as well, what a poolside bar! Great folks and lots of good drinks – great chef as well!
I’m recommending the experience to ALL, and hopefully you’ll get more folks calling you. We had a BLAST!
EVS Sports / LIFT Safety
Hey Sam and Leanne!
Thanks for showing me what “real” fishing is all about! Who would believe that we would catch two big sailfish during the first two hours out on the REEL DEAL?
Before the trip, the biggest fish I ever caught would have just been bait to you guys.) I had an amazing time with you and the Costa Rica crew over the last few days.
You make a great team and certainly have a talent for taking care of all the little
details that make a trip to Costa Rica a memorable adventure.
Even more importantly – you can make a relative stranger feel just like family. You ARE the real deal! Say “hi” to Cheetah and Captain Glen for me – they were just amazing .
Looking forward to seeing you in July – and trying out that fabulous new hotel someday! Until then… Pura Vida! (or maybe even Tickity top?)
From: Prenda J.
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2006
The weather was perfect and the fishing was red hot! We boated 45 sailfish and 2 huge mahi-mahi around 45-50 lbs.
I cant say enough about the reel deal.. it was very comfortable, very well stocked with food and beverages, and the tackle is top of the line!!! Capt. Glen and first mate cheater are the best. Glen did a great job getting us on fish and cheater is the best mate I have fished with! (He also makes a great sandwich.) Can’t wait till next year’s charter. I will be counting down the days to see you next Feb. give my best to the entire crew.
Tony Tavares & Joe England
Mike and I hooked 26 sailfish and landed 16. We also hooked 3 roosterfish and 6 dorrado. The trip was all we could have hoped for and more. Again
It was a real pleasure to get to know Capt. Glen, and Senior Cheetah and fish on your fine boat. We look forward to making the trip again and will be contacting you later.
We had tremendous fishing on the ‘Reel Deal’. Glen and Chita were a superb crew who knew how to find the fish and land them !! Recommend them highly and will be back. Two of us caught 24 sails in 2.5 days – tried for marling for half a day.
Most of the sails were large as shown.
Thanks for the arrangements.
The crew was incredible with Glen and Cheetah anticipating every need. The food, fresh fruit and the ice cold Imperial on the boat was awesome.
The first day home I have rebooked for next year and can’t wait . We feel like we have made lifelong friends with the boat and crew.
Thanks again for everything! The REEL DEAL is truly the only real deal in Quepos for big game fishing.
James C. McCormick, Jr.
Second Vice President – Wealth Management
Tel 540 442 6005
Tel 877 942 6005
Fax 540 442 6586
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
Dear Leanne & Sam,
These are pictures of me. The first day we caught 8 sails and 1 blue marlin (300 pounds).
The second day we caught 2 snook, 1 corvina, 1 sail, and 1 dorado.
We had an excellent time, the boat was perfect, food was good, and staff were pleasant and excellent at their job. We will definitely try to come back.
I have been on a lot of fishing trips and I have never been on a trip that the team of Glen, Cheetah and Melissa ,The Reel Deal had set up for us in Quepos.
We were late arriving and did not get to fish until midday and still landed 6-Sails, We will tell everyone we see that this is the team to booked and rest assure when we return ,The Reel Deal will be my only choice.
When we left Quepos to return home, I knew we would see our new friends another day in Costa Rica.
Thanks for the GREAT FISHING!
Quepos Sailfishing Charters
Great boat and great crew! These guys really know how to support a fly guy! I managed to catch my first sailfish on the fly…135 lbs. @ 1hr-10min on a 12wt with 20lb class tippet!
A bit out-gunned on my 12wt. The next time I’ll bring my 14wt. Many thanks to Dennis for those crucial tips I needed during the split seconds of the fish’s strike. Hopefully I’ll see you all again in February.
See the attached pic…the fish looks a bit nicer.
Les F. Vlieger
Construction Management Services
My father Bob caught an 8ft. sailfish and I caught a 6ft’er, and my brother Scott caught a 35 lb tuna on that following date.
LOADS of fun. Just wanted to share the pics. I plan on coming down again hopefully within the next year!
Thanks for the adventure, looking forward to another one.
Enclosed are a few pics from our trip . We had a great time fishing . The crew and boat were all Top Notch.
I have recommended your Boat to many friends and associates .
Being a USCG Licensed Captain I appreciated the professionalism and Hard work the crew, Capt Cheppie and 1st mate Jorge, provided. The boat was one of the fastest in the fleet. The gear was top notch and the overall experience was the “REAL DEAL”. I have attached a few photos I took on our trip. A BIG SMILE comes over my face when I look at them
Capt. Mark Howard
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you that we had the most fun and the crew on the Reel Deal were wonderful. Cheetah was absolutely incredible and he was really attentive to my daughter, Simone. Sheppy, our captain, was gracious and knew where the fish were. We caught 3 sailfish, 1 that was over 150LBS and 2 other that way over 100LBS.
We also had 3 other fish that got away. We caught Mahi Mahi and tuna and ate that for
supper that night.
It was FANTASTIC! My goodness, even though it was not the high part of the season, it could not get any better that that. Please feel free to use my email. We look forward to book our next trip with your group next year.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Los Angeles Unified School
District, Region 5
1500 East Naomi St., Los Angeles CA 90021
Thanks for the note you left in the Reel Deal log book for me. We had a great time. The crew was extremely proficient at their work. If the “Green Season” is supposed to be lots of rain and less than excellent fishing, you can’t prove it by me.
It only rained one morning of the week we were there. We raised somewhere in the neighborhood of 15 sails and brought four onboard for photos. We also got in the middle of a tuna run so big there were tuna and spotted dolphins as far as the eye could see in all directions from the boat.
The dolphins put on a great show with jumps of up to thirty feet in the air. We ate fresh Sashimi during a short break from catching tuna thanks to Cheeta’s having wasabi and soy sauce onboard. I can’t say enough about the crew.
They were just fantastic. I took along my wife Donna, her twin brother David and his wife Lisa. You and the Reel Deal made me a vacation hero. Please let me know what future dates the Reel Deal is available. We’re already planning a trip back! Thanks again for all the help in making this a fantastic fishing vacation.
Thank you for everything. We had an absolutely wonderful time in Costa Rica, which culminated in catching a very large sailfish aboard the Reel Deal. The Quepos Sail Fishing Charters captain and fishing guide were amazing. It was a first class operation from start to finish: Dennis met us on the dock as soon as the gates opened and we were heading out to open waters by 6:02am.
The captain of the Reel Deal and the guide worked tirelessly throughout the morning, and
just as we were about to turn back toward the dock, my step-son spotted that beautiful fin running alongside.
He hooked it and then proceeded to bring in his 7 foot, 145 lb sailfish within 15 minutes. We had a wonderful experience and will no doubt contact you again when we return to Quepos.
Bart, Katy and Hall Clark
Just got back for Quepos along with eight of my good friends. We are all alive and kicking. Had a great time averaged around 11 sails a day on the Real Deal and the Carbisea.
Gilbert is the man he can take care of anything for you. We stayed in the Case Lydia which we had plenty of room and fantastic views.
We also had a chief come cook dinner for us one night ( highly recommended). Look forward to next year. Plan a few days for recovery!!!
We can’t begin to thank you for all of your help in coordinating all of our vacation accommodations.
We just got our pictures back, and God we wish we were still there! I don’t know which was more fun, Catching a Sail Fish, Zipping through the Jungle on the Canopy Tours, or Gilbert taking us out at Night! Can’t wait to come back next year! Hope to meet you on this trip!
Dear Quepos Sailfishing
Just got back from the most fantastic trip to Costa Rica. You people did top notch in meeting all of our needs.
Casa Samba was so beautiful and so much more elegant than we had anticipated. The website pics don’t do it justice. Not only did we catch sail fish, but we had a double hook-up and landed both fish! Thanks again. Can’t wait to come back.
Albequeque, New Mexico
Thanks again for a great Trip. I sent those pictures to you today. Trying to recover from Partying like a “Rock Star” while in Quepos. Tell Gilbert I said ãHey Nowä I plan on making this an annual trip with my buddies from US
Captain Chuck Castor
Port A, Texas
We had a great time on your boat, “The Real Deal”. I caught some nice sailfish. Just wanted to say thank you for all of your help, and I can’t wait to come back. I don’t know when yet, but it will be soon.
I would like to know if there is a way to get a couple of pictures to Jorge’, your deck hand. Him and the Capitan did a great job. You are lucky to have them. Dealing with Jorge’ was almost as fun as catching fish, he’s a great guy. Thank you very much for the T-Shirts.
I don’t want to leave out Dennis, he really took care of us. Hope to talk to you soon, thanks again!
The trip was great, fishing was outstanding, but the villa Cantico made the outing !! The place is so comfortable for the group we had, and everything was taken care of perfectly.. thanks again for all your assistance in making our trip a great success w/ very valuable customers.
Peter A. Tew
Moccia Enterprises, Inc.
Well, it is back to reality. Just want to say thank you. We all had a great time. Fishing was great.
The house was great and Gilbert could not have been more helpful, even though he was walking around in a Pittsburgh Steelers shirt.( We need to send him a Tom Brady shirt). Can’t wait to do it again next year.
Thanks again and I have include a picture of myself and my two brothers with a beautiful sail.
Dave (The Mullahy Group)
Dear Leanne &
We all would like to thank you for an awsome great trip; the accommodations were great.
The Fishing was just the way Sam described it would be; plenty of action; Gilbert was an
added special person who made us feel welcome to his Costa Rica climate; You have got it together and we are requesting this trip next year.
We recommend anyone going to Costa Rica to call or E-Mail your company.
Thanks. The Capose (6) six
Steve A. Gary