COSTA RICA – QUEPOS - SAILFISH & MARLIN FISHING
Quepos in Costa Rica is nothing short of a mecca when it comes too deep-sea blue-water fishing. During the peak season it would not be considered exceptional to hook as many as ten Sailfish in a single day. Blue-water fishing for Billfish (Marlin and Sailfish) is as much about the skills of the boats’ skipper and crew. The team assembled by Jamie Walker, founder of Frenzy Sport-fishing and a prominent figure within the Billfish fishing community, are amongst the very best. Triple champions of the Costa Rican GIFT Fly Tournament over consecutive years they have unrivalled pedigree in the ‘black-art’ of fly-fishing for Sailfish & Marlin.
Fly-Fishing for Sailfish & Marlin
Unquestionably the most challenging form of blue-water fishing and certainly the greatest achievement is to catch a Sailfish or a Marlin on a fly-rod. For those who prefer to lay back and drink a beer waiting for the action then read no further. Catching a Marlin or a Sailfish on fly is an integrated team effort. The skipper will shout, the crew will rush feverishly around and the angler will wait on tenterhooks whilst the fish is lured to within 5-7 meters of the back of the boat. By this stage the fish or at least its sail or bill will be fully visible, its body lit up with iridescent colour and success or failure will rest on what is likely to be one nerve-rackingly timed cast. If all goes according to plan and the fish takes expect a jaw-droppingly spectacular fight where the odds remain firmly on the side of the fish.
Conventional Blue-water Fishing
If fly-fishing is the apex achievement of deep-sea sport-fishing then fishing with conventional tackle is definitely the most productive. A typical day of billfishing involves pulling teasers to raise the fish, then pitching them a circle hook-rigged ballyhoo. This approach almost guarantees a hookup! The crew are masters at hooking Billfish, but are always eager to teach customers the art of circle hook fishing.
Whilst Sailfish and Marlin are typically the primary target fantastic sport can be had with Wahoo, Dorado and Yellow Fin Tuna. For days when there does not seem to be any activity on the ocean there can be spectacular inshore action with the demonically hard-fighting Roosterfish. Hooking a 50lb Rooster on a spinning rod can be no less exciting than a Sailfish on the high seas.
The Boats, Crew & Equipment
There are three available boats including two custom built 43ft vessels which are the newest in the regional sport-fishing fleet; equipped with the latest electronics including radar it allows the captains to detect surface activity for birds and therefore baitfish within a 72 mile range. The skippers and crew are consummate professionals and have raised and caught thousands upon thousands of Pacific Sailfish and Marlin. All the boats have a comprehensive array of the latest tackle with a ‘no expenses’ spared approach to make sure that for whatever type of fishing the boats are fully equipped.
Quepos is located on the Western Pacific Coastline of Costa Rica. A deep offshore shelf that runs parallel to the Costa Rican coastline is attributable for the fantastic fishing in this region. Alongside Quepos is the Manual Antonio National Park boasting some of Costa Rica’s most varied and breathtakingly beautiful scenery.
Quepos - Accommodation Options
Kamuk-Best Western Hotel – Situated across the street from the Quepos waterfront this is a firm favourite for a ‘boys’ fishing trip. Centrally located on Quepos waterfront, with good rooms, and just a block away from the Marina it is perfect for anglers seeking a comfortable bed after a day at sea.
Hotel Si Como No – A delightful spa resort hotel. Perched on the steep slopes surrounding Quepos with all bedrooms offering commanding views out to the Pacific Ocean. An upmarket hotel particularly well suited for anglers who are accompanied by non-fishers looking for some pampering.
Casa Carolina – A 5 star luxury villa, sleeping up to 14 situated on the high hills of Manuel Antonio with commanding views out to the Pacific. Staffed and with an excellent resident chef for families and groups this is the place to stay! Enjoy the surrounding area and for those who want a slice of action enjoy the fantastic fishing on offer.
Condo Del Mar – A five star penthouse apartment sleeping 6-8 in 3 bedrooms. Everything you could want from a vacation home including spectacular views, pre-stocked fridge, maid service, pool with bar and concierge service.
Alternative Non-Fishing Activities Whilst in Costa Rica
For the ultimate fishing experience combine 3 days fishing on the Pacific with 3 days fishing for Giant Tarpon at Silver King lodge. Non-angling activities include the pristine Manuel Antonio National Park, Mangrove Tours, White-Water Rafting, Horesback Riding, Canopy Tours and or relaxing in the sun on one of the fabulous white sand beaches enjoying the breath-taking scenery.
Best Time To Go
Guests fly to San Jose in Costa Rica. On arrival an English-speaking guide/driver will assist you with all further transfers to a hotel on arrival if required or direct to the domestic terminal for the flight to Quepos.
Availability and Pricing for the 2014 Season
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