What would you recommend to anglers fishing in Quepos, Puntarenas for the first time?

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Dr. David Barnes
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Went fishing with Amy's Dream on March 9, 2024
Be prepared for afternoon heat. PRE hydrate. If prone to seasickness, reconsider. Dont drink too much alcohol, makes it hard to fight big fish. Remember some fish are compulsory catch and release. Billfish often explode spectacularly out of the water, keep cameras ready. The biology of the ocean is not under your control; if fish dont hit thats life. Likewise they may hit big time; be ready. Crews are lifelong experts, trust them to do a brilliant job. Pura vida and good fishing.

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LEAZA GREENROAD FORD
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Went fishing with Cowboy Fishing Boat on February 21, 2024
Be OVER prepared for the sun! No matter where you’re from; this sun is brutal. Being closer to the equator and the constant glare off the crystal clear Pacific will make and 8 hour fishing day to feel like 3 days of Mexico sun. If booking multiple days of fishing, do yourself a favor and book a day off in between. Your skin and body will appreciate the break! Sunscreen vs sweat is a constant battle…wear all you can in protective fishing clothing and hats! You maybe hot and look a little silly in your gardening sombrero, but you won’t be too miserable to fish the next trip. A kickass tan is temporary but leather face and melanoma… a life time! Hugs and Fishes Anglers - stay safe on the water ??? The BIG ROOSTER live in Costa Rica!

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Markus Parker
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Went fishing with Quepos Osmak Fishing CR on February 22, 2024
Ask the captain to explain what the plan was, we were unsure so asked. We did some inshore fishing. They help hook fish and you reel it in. They knew the spots and were excellent at fishing. Recommend the crew and boat.

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Teresa Stroot
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Went fishing with Nauti Ventures on February 14, 2024
We were fishing for the first time here. We left with no real expectations except that the crew would do their best to put us on fish and that's exactly what they did. We cannot recommend them enough!

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Lisa Lykins
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Went fishing with Hidalgo Sportsfishing on February 10, 2024
If you’re really into catching lots of fish you should book for Costa Rica trip around the time that particular fish is running. We had hoped for tuna, but this wasn’t the time to catch tuna. Communication with the captain is essential. We were very happy with the Mahi we caught.

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John Hunt
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Went fishing with Mangrove Fishing Tours on February 7, 2024
Sunscreen and hydration!!! Surprisingly, there were no bugs this time of year. Finally, sun protection and water!!! The sun here is no joke. Long pants and sleeves are best. And a good hat and glasses.

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Terry Leighton
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Went fishing with Quepos Sportfishing on February 5, 2024
The Mahi were big; there were many sailfish (we had a dozen sailfish hits/fought fish/could see them bite on surface and/or jump), but they would throw the hook before getting them to boat or not hookup long. First time sailfishing for us, so we are not experienced in fishing for them (but we do a lot of fishing). Some were huge too. We were only fishing 19 miles offshore.

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Kyle Mace
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Went fishing with Nauti Ventures on December 20, 2023
December is one of the best times to come. Peak season. Many variety of fish. Fresh fruit and options of food to eat for lunch. Best way is to book through fishing booker. You can text with the captain and team days to months prior with any questions and they are very responsive. We booked our licenses online the night before. Super easy and saves time when you get to the marina

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William Blakeley
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Went fishing with Sushi Hunter Charters - Crocodile on September 28, 2023
September is not peak for Billfish but Quepos is spectacular in September as there are no crowds so the activities, restaurants and National Parks are available without lines. We saw Monkeys, Sloths, Scarlet Macaws, Toucans etc. not only at Manuel Antonio but also at the house we rented, around the town, which has preserved Canopy throughout and even at restaurants. Beach in Manuel Antonio was spectacular and we had it nearly to ourselves. Fishing was good for Mahi Mahi not too far offshore and Snook/Roosters were inshore. Some Tuna and Marlin were also caught the day we went out.

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Daniel Jarvis
Quepos, Puntarenas Province
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Went fishing with Quepos Sportfishing on August 8, 2023
The hospitality we found in Quepos was higher than expected. In no means or ways do I know how to fish, and still I was treated like a friend. I felt welcomed and encouraged even when I messed up the technics. If you are trying out sport fishing for the first time, contact Quepos Sportfishing, they will treat you like a friend and show you what you need to know if for a successful trip. If you are experienced still contact Quepos Sportfishing. Capt Graven and Jerry are locals know what they are doing.

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Ken Williams
Anderson, SC
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Went fishing with Bucket List Sportfishing on March 28, 2023
If you can get a reservation, I would recommend the Shana Hotel. Great people, food, views and accommodations. Located in a mountain be sure to wear your hiking shoes. The hotel's tour services are great. All tours are picked up at the hotel. There is no need to rent a car. Taxis are $10 a trip and are immediately available with a call. The town of Queops and the Marina is a few miles away. Fishermen need to reserve the fishing charters and hotel months in advance. They fill up quickly especially if there is a tournament. We had 2 days of exceptional fishing with Captain Jeff on the "Bucket List" - Caught: - 1 Blue Marlin (250-300 pounds) + 3 Sailfish + Tuna. We would have won the local tournament, but it ended 2 days earlier - DARN!

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Larry Hanson
Missoula, MT
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Went fishing with Blue Pearl II - 32' Hatteras on February 20, 2019
Fishing Quepos in February is an awesome experience. I've been lucky enough to fish there several times over the years and look forward to my next trip!! Thoroughly research your boat.....I prefer to fish offshore and zero experience in the inshore fishery there.

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Alex Bull
Dover, NH
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Went fishing with JP Sportfishing Tours – Sea Lady on February 27, 2019
Remember that it's called "fishing" and not "catching" for a reason. Some days the fish just aren't there. Understand which months are best for the type of fish you're hoping to catch. If you've got specific questions, contact the respective charter contact for details. All of them seemed very willing to assist and answer any questions.

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Jason Nash
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Went fishing with Idra Sportfishing Inshore Specialist on April 12, 2024
Cash is king; almost all transportation is cash only (dollars or colones). Sunscreen and proper clothing; the sun is strong and the humidity is high.

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Jennifer Sigfrinius
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Went fishing with Nauti Ventures on April 3, 2024
Go offshore. We did inshore last year and only caught 3 fish all day. Offshore we caught 25+ and they were so fun to catch. Wear lots of sunscreen!

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Pat Mcginley
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Went fishing with The Relaxer on March 27, 2024
Quepos has a very nice Marina. Plan to spend a little extra time looking at the shops and restaurants in the marina.

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Alysha Carlson
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Went fishing with Grey's Fishing Tour on March 28, 2024
I would recommend to prepare for the sun and heat!! Bring lightweight, long sleeved shirt, hat and lots of sunscreen. Also, have a plan for any fish you catch!

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Charles Ellis
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Went fishing with Quepos Osmak Fishing CR on March 15, 2024
Make sure your captain takes the time to catch live bait if you're fishing inshore! The more bait you have, the better.

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Kristin Barr
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Went fishing with Three Brothers by AquaQuepos on February 22, 2024
Couldn't believe how much we caught. Ended up heading in early because one of our kiddos was really sea sick the but crew even helped him catch a huge sailfish.

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LEAZA GREENROAD FORD
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Went fishing with Cowboy Fishing Boat on February 19, 2024
Prepare yourself for the angry Costa Rican sun ☀️! The fishing is great, but Mother Nature will make you pay for every catch!

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John Anderson
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Went fishing with Hidalgo Sportsfishing on April 5, 2024
Book your trip with a native son of Quepos Capt. José’ will put you on the fish !!!

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Marie Rule
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Went fishing with Idra Sportfishing Inshore Specialist on March 30, 2024
Wear a longsleeve shirt, sunglasses, and a hat for extra sun protection. Most all people do.

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Marc Croteau
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Went fishing with Cowboy Fishing Boat on March 20, 2024
Make sure species you want to catch are present in the area, different season=different species

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Lena Miculek
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Went fishing with Nauti Ventures on March 9, 2024
Absolutely! This was my sisters first time out to sea and she caught a beautiful sail fish

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Jerad Dartez
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Went fishing with Dia Tuanis Sport Fishing on February 22, 2024
Do not go to catch, go to fish. It’s the experience that matters and catching is the reward.

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Jarrod Trickett
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Went fishing with Soleil Sport Fishing on February 8, 2024
Just, enjoy it, your not always going to catch fish. It's called fishing not catching. For new people this is perfect, you can see the beautiful land and hopefully have lot's of action.!

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Jacqueline Kettlewell
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Went fishing with Soleil Sport Fishing on December 28, 2023
This trip is recommended for first time anglers. Both my boys in their 20’s caught a fish on their first try.

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Jacquie Shore
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Went fishing with Cowboy Fishing Boat on December 24, 2023
Ask what is in season and what is currently being caught. A full day is a long one but can be rewarding. We caught two sail fish that were amazing!

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Ty Sanderson
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Went fishing with Soleil Sport Fishing on November 14, 2023
The fishing isn’t as good as other points of the year, but still better than 95% of other countries.

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George Schmidt
Davie, FL
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Went fishing with Soleil Sport Fishing on August 28, 2023
Make sure your boat is out of the main marina and that you have all the bait and everything on board before you leave