It is safe to say that without sportfishing, Quepos wouldn’t be the town it is today. The surrounding waters are an angler’s paradise at any depth and the town is rightfully proud of it. Head out around 20 miles and you will find massive Sailfish and monster Black Marlin. The best Blue Marlin take a lot longer to get to, but it is still possible to find them within an hour’s boat ride.
The town’s inshore fishing scene may not be as famous, but that doesn’t mean it’s anything short of spectacular. Roosterfish swarm the shallows all year round, and the all-tackle record for Snook was also caught in Quepos, weighing in at a jaw-dropping 59 pounds. It seems you don’t need to hit the blue waters to find huge fish around here. Throw in a wide variety of tasty reef and bottom fish like Snapper, Grouper, and Triggerfish and you begin to see why they keep expanding the marina.
What can I do on a half day trip
You won’t really have time to head offshore on a half day trip. What you can do is hit the various river mouths within a few miles of town. These are home to some of the biggest Roosterfish you are ever likely to see, as well as Jacks and Snook. If you fancy getting in some full-on sportfishing but don’t have the time to head offshore, this is the perfect solution.
If your focus is as much on food as fight, then fair enough, fish are delicious! Hit the local reefs and inlets and you will find a ton of great table fare, from Red and Cubera Snapper to Groupers and Triggerfish. You will also find plenty of Barracuda for some extra bite to your bottom fishing.
What if I stay out longer?
Let’s be honest, going to Quepos without fishing offshore is just plain crazy. Full day trips will give you plenty of time to head out in search of Sailfish, Marlin, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Yellowfin Tuna. Most of the Quepos sportfishing action happens around Furuno Bank, 30 miles out. This is Sailfish central, and in high season (read: everything except the heat of summer) you can expect to hook several Sails a day.
If you are serious about catching the biggest fish out there you may want to consider a multi-day trip. Marina Pez Vela hosts plenty of large sportfishing boats offering multi-day and overnight charters. They will run 100+ miles in search of the biggest Blue and Black Marlin, with grander-sized fish of both species being caught out of Quepos in recent years. This is the quite literally the realm of champions and the real reason the IGFA keeps coming back here - keep your luxury hotels, we’ll sleep on the boat thank you!
How much will it cost?
Quepos sportfishing charters range as much in price as they do in size and you really do get what you pay for. A half day on a center console can cost under $500. Sportfishing boats start at around $750 for something in the 30’ range, and top out at almost double that for the luxury cruisers.
Full day trips start at around $1,000 for a center console, and $1,200 for a basic flybridge boat. If you are planning on heading offshore, do yourself a favor and pay the extra 200 bucks - you won’t regret it when you’re buckled into a fighting chair battling a Black Marlin. The high tech, high-end cruisers start at around $1,700 for a full day, and can easily cost $2,000.
Multi-day trips cost around $2,300-$2,500 per day, depending on the length of the trip. These are usually aboard the high-end forty-something-foot cruisers. Expect the world and you won’t be disappointed: We’re talking ensuite staterooms, tournament-grade tackle, sci-fi fishing tech, and VIP service.