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That’s Fishin’ – September/October 2017

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour
We are now in what are traditionally our wettest months here on the Pacific Coast where heavy rains & flooded rivers cause an abundance of trees, branches and other debris to make their way down the rivers and out into the Ocean creating huge areas of weed & floating debris along our current lines. Any fisherman will tell you that this means only one thing, a super-highway for DORADO!


Nice Bull Dorado

Nice Bull Dorado

Floating debris creates the perfect Dorado fishing environment and anglers should find some excellent sport during offshore trips. On a day charter during the peak of last year’s rains, we caught 18 Dorado up to 50lbs aboard the GOOD DAY! At one point we hooked 6 good sized Dorado at the same time, carnage is an understatement with rods, lines & jumping fish everywhere but our guests had a blast catching these hard fighting, excellent eating fish!


Tuna Time

Tuna Time

Our Yellow Fin Tuna fishing has been fantastic this year and should continue over the coming months as water temperatures remain cool. Our Tuna fishing has to be experienced to be believed!
Hundreds of Spinner Dolphins, diving birds and Tuna busting the surface as they hunt down their prey. Picture an airborne Flying Fish with a hungry Tuna in hot pursuit, jumping clean out of the water behind it. Discovery Channel material for sure but a common sight for a Captain in Quepos! We are so lucky to witness the wonders of the ocean play out before our eyes.

We catch many Tuna in the 40-80lb range, plenty over 100lb and there are a few HUGE 200lb-300lb Tuna caught off Quepos every year also.

Aside from the Tuna & Dorado action there will be Blue Marlin and Sailfish offshore as well as some excellent ‘deep drop’ bottom fishing for Snapper and Grouper. Inshore boats will be in search of Roosterfish, Snook, Snapper, Mackerel, Jacks & more and a half day inshore trip can be a great option during the rainy season with trips ending at lunchtime.


42' Pacific Fly

42′ Pacific Fly

Famed Costa Rican boat builders Maverick yachts have recently sent their stunning 42’ Sportfisher the PACIFIC FLY to its new home here at the Marina Pez Vela meaning another fantastic boat has joined the Quepos fleet and is now available for charter. The PACIFIC FLY is providing offshore Billfish trips and multiday Marlin trips to the famed FADs & Seamounts. This is one great boat with a fantastic crew & is a perfect choice for an offshore charter. Inshore charters are provided on local legend the CHLOE FRIJOLE, a 33’ Super Panga where you can fish for inshore species such as Roosterfish, Snook, Snapper, Mackerel, Jacks, & more. To book your charter on either the PACIFIC FLY or CHLOE FRIJOLE, simply contact myself or the Kozak family directly at captainkozak@gmail.com.


Chloe Frijole 33' Superpango

Chloe Frijole 33′ Superpango

The dates for the 2018 tournament season here at the Marina Pez Vela have now been released with over $350,000 in prize money up for grabs!

Quepos and the Marina Pez Vela are making quite a name for themselves on the global Sport Fishing tournament stage. Not only are we home to the Superbowl of Sportfishing—the Offshore World Championships—each April but we also have some excellent tournaments that anyone with a love for fishing can get involved in.

Quepos Billfish Cup

Quepos Billfish Cup

The season kicks off with the Pelagic Rockstar tournament in January which is billed as Costa Rica’s funnest fishing tournament, think Rock n’ Roll Bands & bikini clad Pelagic girls! We then have the Quepos Billfish Cup in March and the Marina Pez Vela Open in April, just before the grand finale, the Offshore World Championships! As well as the traditional large boat category, with the big dollar prize money to match, there will be small boat divisions in every tournament in 2018 where you can fish aboard a boat of 35 feet or under with lower entry fees and charter rates making these events more accessible.


Blue Marlin tagged & released

Blue Marlin tagged & released


11-13 January 2018, Pelagic Rockstar Tournament

14-17 March 2018, Quepos Billfish Cup (OWC Qualifier)

12-14 April, Marina Pez Vela Open (OWC Qualifier)

16-19 April, Offshore World Championships (OWC)

If you have always wanted to fish a world class Sport Fishing tournament, now is your chance!

We would love to hear from you if you have any interest in taking part in a tournament. Grab some friends, drop me a line, and who knows it could be you departing the Marina Pez Vela, January 2018 for day 1 of the Pelagic Rockstar Tournament!

Jackpot logoTight Lines!
Benn Gilmour, Jackpot Sport Fishing
Marina Pez Vela, Quepos
Cell: 8458 4997

That’s Fishin’ – August 2017

That's Fishin' headerBy Benn Gilmour

Welcome to the fishing promised land, a.k.a. Quepos, Costa Rica. If you’re new or just visiting, make sure to go down to Marina Pez Vela and check out all your fishing choices. There’s plenty there. We’ve got a world record bite, world record holding anglers and captains—the only thing missing is you, and unfortunately me. That’s why after 3 years of writing the fishing article for Quepolandia, I am stepping down and handing over my fishing article to Benn Gilmour. It’s one hard thing to do, but I feel happy that my readers will be entertained now by a close friend and very well respected fisherman in our community. I love you all and greatly miss the good friends that I’ve made while living in Quepos. Don’t get too upset though, because Sarah has big plans for the fish and otherwise. You’ll be seeing me sooner than you think! Until then, I leave you in Benn’s most capable hands. Tight lines friends. See you on the water! Sarah Munro


Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin

If catching a Marlin is on your bucket list…do not stop reading! Some years ago around 100 miles Offshore from Quepos, the BEST BLUE MARLIN FISHING ON THE PLANET was discovered at the area known as the Seamounts/FADs. The area possesses an incredible series of underwater mountains where the Sport Fishing Industry has worked together to deploy FADs (Fish Aggregating Devices) on top of these underwater Seamounts creating artificial structure to attract baitfish, which in turn attracts the big predators…namely, Blue Marlin!

I got to experience a FAD trip for myself just a few weeks ago aboard CARIBSEA, a 46’ Guthrie and a real classic Sportfisher based here at the Marina Pez Vela. We did a 2 night trip which included one full day (around 13 hours!) of fishing at the FADs, non-stop from the moment it was light, until the sun dipped over the horizon. And wow, those sunsets when you are bobbing around 100 miles off the coast, simply breath-taking!

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