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Jackpot Sport Fishing

Member since April 2016 Quepos, Costa Rica
Background
Captain Manuel Gabuardi has been fishing the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for 30 years and has been the captain of the GOOD DAY for 15 years. Capt. Manuel knows the Quepos waters immensely, and is so passionate about fishing and loves nothing more than taking our guests from all over the world to experience the best fishing that Costa Rica has to offer. Owner & mate of GOOD DAY Benn Gilmour is from the UK & has been fishing around the world all of his life. Benn loves Offshore fishing for Marlin, Sailfish & Big Tuna. Inshore his favorite species are Roosterfish, Snook & Cubera Snappers.
Techniques
Inshore I love flyfishing and light tackle lure fishing with plugs, spoons and softplastics for Roosterfish, Snook & Snappers. In Costa Rica, a freelined live bait works so well also and provides excellent and often very visual sport. Offshore, I love Billfish and have a total obsession with Marlin!! In Costa Rica we are lucky in that we have Blues, Blacks and Stripeys so together with our excellent Sailfish fishing a Grand Slam is always a possibility! I love fishing for Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, Grouper & Amberjacks also. The lighter the tackle, the better!

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Quepos, Costa Rica
Background
Captain Manuel Gabuardi has been fishing the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica for 30 years and has been the captain of the GOOD DAY for 15 years. Capt. Manuel knows the Quepos waters immensely, and is so passionate about fishing and loves nothing more than taking our guests from all over the world to experience the best fishing that Costa Rica has to offer. Owner & mate of GOOD DAY Benn Gilmour is from the UK & has been fishing around the world all of his life. Benn loves Offshore fishing for Marlin, Sailfish & Big Tuna. Inshore his favorite species are Roosterfish, Snook & Cubera Snappers.
Techniques
Inshore I love flyfishing and light tackle lure fishing with plugs, spoons and softplastics for Roosterfish, Snook & Snappers. In Costa Rica, a freelined live bait works so well also and provides excellent and often very visual sport. Offshore, I love Billfish and have a total obsession with Marlin!! In Costa Rica we are lucky in that we have Blues, Blacks and Stripeys so together with our excellent Sailfish fishing a Grand Slam is always a possibility! I love fishing for Tuna, Mahi, Wahoo, Grouper & Amberjacks also. The lighter the tackle, the better!

My Charter Listing

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(56 reviews)
Quepos
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trips from $850

Fishing Reports

SAILFISH ON THE FLY ABOARD GOOD DAY COST
SAILFISH ON THE FLY ABOARD GOOD DAY COST
May 15, 2023 Quepos
SAILFISH ON THE FLY Super nice day aboard GOOD DAY yesterday & great to see Jennifer & Dustin catch their 1st ever Sailfish on the Fly, special moments indeed for two avid Fly Anglers & it was great to share it with them. We had 1 great shot early in the trip with a super hot Sailfish which ate the Fly but the hook didn’t stick. Things then completely shut down. Between 8am & 12pm we had only raised 1 Sailfish & things were looking bleak. Boats around us were experiencing the same & it was not looking good for us to turn the day around. As things have a habit of doing in fishing, when the fish decide to play ball, all hell can break loose. No sooner did we start eating lunch after 12pm did the bite turn on, we raised 8 Sailfish in the next hour including back to back Sailfish releases for Jennifer & Dustin. Jennifer fought her fish for 30 minutes & Dustin around 20 minutes, both caught on 12wt tackle. It was extra special that Dustin caught his Sailfish on a Rod passed on by a special friend to many, the late Peter Gorinsky Peter unfortunately passed away last year but was considered the godfather & pioneer of Costa Rica Fly Fishing. The Costa Rica Association of Fly Fishers were visiting Quepos this weekend to hold the Peter Gorinsky Fly Fishing School for the children of our town, which is just a wonderful ongoing initiative around the country run by a dedicated group of Fly Anglers. So many great things happening here this weekend. Catch Report aboard GOOD DAY - 14 May Raised 14 Sailfish +/- 4 bit the Fly Released 2 Sailfish on Fly Shoutout **hidden content**ryday for the help behind the lense & on the teasers ???
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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 56 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Offshore trip with Jackpot Sportfishing!
Offshore trip with Jackpot Sportfishing!
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Joel N.
Holly, MI
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Offshore trip with Jackpot Sportfishing!

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on May 7, 2023
Couldn’t have asked for a better time aboard the Good Day with Ben (boat owner). He really loves what he does and it shows...
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Travis P.
Fort Wayne, IN
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Amazing Day!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip – Offshore on December 20, 2022
Captain Benn and his co captain were terrific. It was the first charter of this type for me and my 17 yo son and my buddy and...
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Mike B.
The Villages, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Mahi

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip – Inshore on May 20, 2023
We were renting a villa for the week so we wanted to get fish for meals. Ben and Captain Manuel made it happen!! The...
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Rex H.
Islamorada, FL
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full Day Trip with Ben and Manuel

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Offshore on November 28, 2022
I cannot express enough how fantastic this fishing trip experience was for us!  Ben and Manuel were both amazing!  Anyone...
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Joseph S.
San José, Costa Rica
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day inshore

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore on March 28, 2023
We fished with our six year old twins. Benn and Manuel were great. They engaged adults and kids, we caught a few roosters,...
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