People come from around the world to fish the waters of Quepos. With such an incredible amount of fish species, this is one of the best places to fish on the planet.
There are several options for fishing here. Let’s start with inshore fishing. A typical day inshore fishing begins with clients coming to the Pez Vela Marina. Here, they get a fishing license, which is good for one week. Children under the age of 18 will not need one.
Once you have taken care of that, you know you are ready to board your boat. Most inshore boats are smaller than typical boats, and this is because inshore fishing is very unique, as there is the need to manoeuvre around large rock formations and get right up to the shore line where the big fish live. A large number of giant Snook can be taken when these boats get right into the mouth of the two rivers that flow on either side of Quepos.
When taking an inshore fishing trip, your day will start bright and early – at 7 am. This is the time you will leave the marina. Then it is off to look for live bait! This is a very important part of inshore fishing, and it can determine whether you have a good day or a great day. What clients must understand is that large schools of bait are normally found swimming just offshore. Here, the crews will throw nets to catch them or they will use light tackle consisting of Sabiki Rig, which catches many baits at once. Sometimes, however, the bait can be hard to locate, and this can make for a frustrating trip.
Nevertheless, it is normally easy to find. When the live bait is not in the area in question, then the crew will search for them somewhere else. On very rare occasions, live bait cannot be located. Of course, this does not happen often, but you should always be prepared for the possibility. After all, it is called “fishing not catching.”
But, once you have gotten the bait, it is time to go and get the big boys. Top of most anglers’ bucket list is the might Roosterfish – my favourite! Pound for pound, this is one of the hardest fishing fish I have ever encountered. You are able to find Roosterfish of up to 80 pounds, which is difficult enough, without factoring in that they don’t want to get caught. You can go back and forth battling for up to an hour, and the Roosterfish will often win. Nevertheless, the thrill is worth it, and when you do eventually catch one it is extremely rewarding.
Also on the menu is Snook. These are considered some of the best tasting fish that you can catch. They are highly prized and the world record Snook was caught in Quepos waters. Catching these fish takes a lot of skill and a bit of luck too. Usually, they are found right in the break of the waves, and thus you need to get very close to the shore. This can be tricky at times, but you could be reward with a record size Snook.
Last of the top inshore fish is Snapper. These fish are always lurking around submerge rocks and they love live bait. They can get very large in size and they are great fighters. The trick is to get them up fast before they get you wrapped around the jagged sharp rocks and break off.
So, if you are ready to do battle, then come and try Quepos inshore fishing. Maybe you will be victorious and land a world record giant!