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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!