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.
The flat-water Pacific coasts are among the world's most abundant in prized gamefish species the year round. Because of its great diversity of marine life, Costa Rica has become a sportfishing destination of choice, with three Grand Slam records per year. 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.
The country hosts several important tournaments throughout the year, such as the Gray Invitational Fly Tournament headquartered in Quepos, National Sailfish Tournament, International Sailfish Tournament, and Ladies Open Sailfish Tournament, Los Sueños Signature Billfish Series, and Presidential Channel among others.
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.
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.
Officially launched in March 2010, the new state-of-the-art 'Frenzy' is the result of a custom design-build effort by renowned manufacturer Maverick Sportfishing Yachts of Costa Rica.
The new 43-foot Frenzy is powered by twin Caterpillar C-9 diesels. She cruises at 28 knots, with a maximum speed of 32 knots. The angling platform features a Release Marine fighting chair, Rupp outriggers, and next-generation Furuno electronics. The benefit of having such an investment in new electronics is the ability of our captain to find the fish much more quickly than ever before. For example, the 72 mile radar allows Capt. Jose to find birds working bait. Find the birds and you’ll find the fish, whether it be billfish or monster sized yellowfin tuna! It's a great new addition for our anglers.
Down below in the cabin is a huge array of tackle drawers and an enclosed head with shower. There are two bunks. The air conditioning is like “angels breath” on hot afternoons. The new, larger vessel is also exceptionally spacious. The vessel will accommodate up to eight adults comfortably. We've already experienced three anglers hooking up simultaneously on the new boat, on 100 pound sailfish. All anglers enjoyed plenty of space to work their separate catches. All three were landed and released. That’s a true testament to the fishability of any boat.
There are a number of very good options which are suitable for all, from dedicated anglers who want to be as close to the action as possible to family groups looking for a private family residence.
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 5-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.
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. If you want to avoid a small plane then the drive is about 4 hrs and a great way to view the fabulous and diverse countryside
For anglers, we strongly recommend considering a split fishing package, with the Tarpon Fishing available on the East Coast at Silver King Lodge.
For non-anglers, based out of Quepos, there are a host of alternate activities ranging from the fun and energetic to chilled, cultural or relaxing. Of note, there is the Manuel Antonio National Park with some excellent beaches and some of the most varied and breathtaking scenery. Fun family activities include Zipline Canopy Tours, Whitewater Rafting or rainforest equestrian adventures.
The season runs all year but fishing for Marlin & Sailfish is best from Nov-May
Standard Fishing Package
-Based on 4 People-$1,550 /person
-Included 3 days fishing, 2 hotel rooms at Kamuk Best Western-B&B, domestic transfers, lunch & drinks on boat, all fishing tackle
-Excludes: Domestic airfares, tips, Fishing Licenses ($15pp)
Deluxe Couples Package
-Based on 4 People-$1,880 pp
-Included 3 days fishing, 2 hotel rooms at Si Como No - B&B, domestic transfers, lunch & drinks on boat, all fishing tackle
-Excludes: Domestic airfares, tips, Fishing Licenses ($15pp)
Family Vacation Package
For families or groups of up to four couples. We suggest you stay a full week at our luxury vacation rentals, Casa Carolina or Condo Del Mar. Your package can be customized for the number of fishing days you select with Team Frenzy (based on the number in your party who select to fish with us on each day), along with a range of non-fishing tours
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