What is a day of deep sea fishing like
What to expect in the water
A typical Deep Sea Fishing Charter day begins when we pick you up from your Manuel Antonio vacation hotel or your beautiful villa and you have arrived at the new Marina Pez Vela for an exciting day of deep sea sport fishing in Costa Rica. This state-of-the-art facility offers many amenities for anglers. If you have your own vehicle, there is ample secure parking available for you.
Maybe you forgot something or just want to freshen up before boarding your ship. The Marina Pez Vela store is located on the docks and offers you everything you may need. From sunscreen and sunglasses, to beautiful Columbia fishing shirts, Marina Pez Vela t-shirts, more hats, and just about any boating product you might need.
Once underway, on one of our many sport fishing charter boats, you'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Manuel Antonio coastline. It isn't long before the natural beauty of Costa Rica surrounds you. "Look! A giant sea turtle" are often the first words shouted on the deck. With a huge marine reward, you will see some incredible sights. Flying fish get out of the way of your boat, as you head to the areas deep sea fishing.
The most common are dolphins, wandering in large numbers, looking for schools of bait. Finding these pods means that you are close to the fish you are looking for. What the captain is looking for is blue water. When they reach this magic line, where blue is cobalt, then you are in the fish zone of Costa Rica; The destination that so many fishermen around the world seek.
Already, the mates have started installing their rigs with various teasers, on the outriggers and natural baits for the lines, too. Ballyhoo is the Costa Rican bait of choice. After all the teasers and baits are in the water, it's time to get ready for action! Sometimes it is only a matter of minutes until you hear "FISH ON". At this point, there is a frenzy at the rear of the boat, with the captain calling for instructions on which platform the fish is looking for and which lines must enter.
Once the partner has the fish in his sights, then the game begins. With years of experience fishing in Costa Rica, these guys fish. Let the bait release the reel until just enough time to engage the drag and set the hook. This often produces' the first jump of whatever has caught the hook.
There really is no better view than a large sailfish or a huge Costa Rican marlin, leaping straight out of the water, dancing as if it were running on its tail. Once you have decided who will be the first to shoot this flying brute, you will be given a fishing belt used for sails and smaller species or you may need the saddle ... which in Costa Rica is good sport fishing .
Hooking up to a marlin, weighing in at 200 to 700 pounds, means a long fight awaits you! These battles are known to last up to 4-5 hours and you must bring your "A" set if you want to be the victor in this crazy ballet. Sailfish, Dorado, Wahoo and Yellowfin Tuna offer an exciting catching experience.
Once your fish is close to the boat, the partner will take over. You'll get a hand on the leader, making him a confirmed capture. If you have never caught a large swordfish, then a trophy image is needed. The partner will instruct you to lean over the rail, while holding onto the bill. Or, you can jump into the water and take a photo with the fish. The partner will capture your shot forever. This kind of action can go on all day.
In the waters off Quepos, hooking 8-14 sailfish a day is common. Some days are more rewarding. In the water, you will have plenty of refreshments, such as ice water drinks, sodas and juices, to freshly cut fruit, watermelon or pineapple, to cool off from the intense Costa Rican sun. An excellent lunch is provided and there are always snacks for you. So, sit back and enjoy the best day on the water you have ever experienced.
As the day of your adrenaline-pumping Costa Rica fishing trip ends, the lines come out when you sit down to enjoy the journey back to the marina, with the fishing tales still fresh on your mind. So, what are you waiting for? Let's get you out!
Having fished all over the world, really, there are few places on this planet with the marine diversity that the coastal fishing of Quepos offers. There are a number of unique inshore sport fish found in only a few tropical areas. Quepos is Aas a paradise for these fish.
Coastal Fishing Species of Quepos
Probably the most sought after inshore fish everyone has on their bucket list is the famous roosterfish, closely followed by Snook and Snapper.
Coastal roosterfish fishing
Truly, the majestic roosterfish is one of a kind. When you hook up with a roosterfish, there is no doubt that you have found something special. You are now in close combat with one of the strongest and most aggressive fish that has ever fought. A mature roosterfish can grow up to 100 pounds. Its striking plumage resembles a rooster comb, and the silver and black stripes on the body are reminiscent of war paint.
If you are one of the lucky fishermen to catch a giant roosterfish, get ready for a very, very intense fight and don't think you'll be heading back to the dock early. These are one of the toughest fish in the ocean and they don't like to be caught. Many times an epic back and forth battle, then when I think I'm the winner, you suddenly hear that mighty scream from the reel, and he takes back all the hard work you just put in. Be prepared, these fights can last more than an hour.
The Quepos Snook fishing is quite unique, even by Costa Rican standards. With rivers on either side, the coastal fishing waters of Quepos provide excellent habitat for the giant Snook. One of the best ways to catch Snook is to be on a small inshore fishing boat, capable of maneuvering much faster than larger sport fishing boats. Fishing mainly with live bait, the skipper of the boat will take you directly to the mouth of the rivers, almost to the shore. Watching the waves, waiting for the moments when it is calm, they will shoot and turn the boat and throw you right into the waves, where the monsters live.
Inshore fishing for snook
One of the other most sought-after inshore fishing target species is the mighty Snook. The world record Snook was caught in the coastal fishing waters of Quepos. Many fishermen come from all over the world, trying to break this record. Imagine fighting a fish, which weighs more than 50 pounds, does not like to be hooked, and will put on an amazing acrobatic display; just to throw the hook! In this type of fight, the Snook usually comes out on top.
Inshore fishing for snappers
Let's not forget the snapper, a favorite inshore fish species to catch. These fish can also get quite large. Not least, because they have an arsenal of teeth and are incredibly smart.
When fishing off shore for Snapper, you can expect that once they are hooked they will immediately head to the bottom and attempt to wrap their line around jagged rocks. Not unusual, when it comes to men versus fish heading for the rocks, the fish come out winners! Your only chance of victory is to be aggressive and bring these fish to the surface quickly.
A day of coastal fishing from Quepos
Your day will begin when you leave the Marina and the crews of the coastal boats will look for the large balls of bait, usually sardines, that float in the calm waters near the beach. Whether they are being cast with a net or caught on a Sabiki rig, once you have enough live bait, the crew will head to their favorite spots. Often times, that is towards the mouth of a river or towards some submerged rocks, in a secret place. The captains of sport fishing boats keep this information with their lives.
By offering half-day and full-day inshore fishing, you can have as much action as you can imagine. The beautiful surroundings make for an amazing day, on the water. The waters surrounding Quepos have majestic rocks that jut out, providing excellent habitat for large fish. Manuel Antonio Beach provides a stunning backdrop for some of the best inshore fisheries on the planet.
So whatever you do, whether you are flying to this part of Costa Rica to fish or drive, be sure to head out here for a fantastic day of coastal fishing in Quepos.