Latest Quepos Fishing report!

Hey Everyone!

Fishing in Quepos has been HOT HOT HOT recently! Many sailfish offshore at the Furuno bank with live bait has been the fishing spot for great quantity numbers!  Marlin bite has been really good as well, 1 marlin every 2 days.  Inshore fishing with live sardines has been phenomenal too! Roosterfish, snapper, jacks, mackerel.

Here are a few pics of recent catches:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monster Roosterfish Quepos Fishing

 

Costa Rica fishing!

 

 Costa Rica Fishing

 

We ended up with some good healthy numbers for the month of November on our summary of Cost Rica fishing, with only one of the gals in the water— the always Miss Behavin’ Wild Lady (since Sea Lady has been getting major beautiful overhaul).

She single handedly managed to catch 20 Sailfish, 2 Marlin, 4 Mahi Mahi, 4 Roosterfish and many other species…this is not counting the ones that got away ;). You know it’s Costa Rica Fishing— you catch some you lose some” but usually we like to catch some!

 Here are some pictures of our Quepos fishing days that passed:

 

Quepos fishing

Roosterfish

 

Sailfish Costa Rica Fishing

Sailfish

 

 

Snook Quepos Fishing

Snook

 

Rock Snapper Manuel Antonio fishing

Rock Snapper

 

 

Rod and reels Quepos fishing

Chillaxing!

 

 

 

Roosterfish Quepos fishing

Baby Rooster

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing Report

August Fishing Report

August has been really good for fishing so far here in Quepos Costa Rica, our recent fishing report show a variety of fish been caught from the beginning of the month, since there has been a lot of schools of yellowfin tuna around which will also attract our pacific sailfish and marlin, fishing has been steady with anywhere from 1-3 sailfish per day with possible marlin – we released one that broke the line right at the boat the other day. As well as the some nice numbers of yellowfin from 3-12 per day all different sizes…Ah can’t wait to have some fresh tuna for dinner!  YOU can too! Just give us a call or send us an email will be happy to assist you! For more Manuel Antoinio fishing reports click here.

Some pictures of recent catches

Pretty girls fishing Quepos Costa Rica

Pretty girls fish too!

 

Looking for Tuna

Looking for fish

 

Tuna Fishing Quepos

Happy Tuna..I mean fisherman!!

 

Yellowfin Quepos fishing

Yummy yellowfin

 

Fishing Report Costa Rica

Yellowfin Tuna Quepos

 

The Fish Dish: Lions and Tigers and Mackerel, Oh MY!

Hey Guys(and Gals)!

Just want to let you know how fishing has been the last couple of days here in Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!

The waters of our Pacific coast are still very calm most days, but there’s still a little chop in the water due to stronger winds coming in from a cold front—but nothing we can’t handle! Fishing is still hard to predict in terms of what you will hit; however, sailfish are still abundant, with potential for marlin and yellowfin tuna (which means we’re eating well!).

Here are a couple of pics from our last two clients, who went out July 10th (Sailfish) and July 12th (Tuna).

In shore fishing is always ON this time of the year with Rooster Fish, Jacks and Mackerels, and with better luck Snapper and Snook.

Client went today, half-day inshore, and caught a nice big 65lb Rooster Fish and a gigantic Jack. Afterward, I took out my son, Adrian, and his buddies (10-13 year olds) and had a BLAST. The afternoon yielded just a few Spanish Mackerel, but of course, when the fishing slows down, we make our own fun: Like doing backflips off the boat in the middle of the blue Pacific! You never know how fishing will be, so you’ve always got to make the best of the day. 😉

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This is not the 65lbs rooster…It’s the 25lbs from 4 days ago!(Below)
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July 10th Sailfish!BeowSailfish

July 12th Yellowfin tuna!Tuna

The Park Ranger Predator: Who the Hell Are Those Men Whistling & Motioning to Me in the Middle of the Road?!

They’re everywhere.

*cue Jaws themesong* 

Just kidding, don’t really cue the Jaws themesong, because even though we do live on the Pacific Ocean, the great whites don’t hang out here. THANK VODKA.

But by “they,” I mean a different kind of predator. Not so vicious looking, perhaps, on the surface, but equally gruesome. They travel in packs, prey on tourists, and have the ability to camouflage themselves as a figure of authority.

It might sound like I’m talking about a Men in Black style alien (or maybe one hell of an iguana) but the predators I’m talking about are far less famous. 🙂

They’re the men standing in the street of Manuel Antonio, flagging you down with all their might, blowing whistles and motioning for you to drive your car where they want it. And they are out to get you.

Allow me to explain.

Once upon a time in the sleepy little beach town of Manuel Antonio, surfers surfed the waves, waiters waited on people, vendors sold their jewelry on the sidewalk, and people did what they do best when in Rome: Splashed in the water enjoying the life. Everyone got along quite harmoniously, each person minding his or her own business. And then a few things happened:

  1. One day, the government came in and decided that the vendors didn’t have the proper permits and, in fact, were creating a shanty-town eye-sore with their tarps and their tents, oftentimes ripping off tourists and never paying taxes. They tore down the shanty-town, kicking everyone out.
  2. The park kept growing and growing as the #1 tourist destination in Costa Rica. It might be the smallest park in the whole country, but it brings the most visitors.
  3. The widening gap between the rich and the poor in this country has made it difficult for the average joe to make an average living. You’re either riding around in a Mercedes or living in a shack, it seems.

As a result, many things have changed, but one of the most annoying changes born was the recent discovery that if you put on a khaki-colored park ranger looking outfit (or sometimes even without), tourists view you as an authority. And if tourists view you as an authority, you can get them to do the things you want them to do. LIKE PARK WHERE THEY INSIST YOU SHOULD PARK….so they can get a kick back, or ask you for money for “watching your car.”

So for example, if you’re a tourist and you’re driving your little rental Bego SUV into town, and you see three or four guys jump out in the middle of the road, yelling and pointing for you to turn right instead of continue going straight, blowing a whistle (there’s always a whistle) and sometimes even standing directly in front of your vehicle and motioning for you to STOP, you know what you’re going to do, right? First, you’re going to sh*t your pants (“what did I do wrong?!?!“) and second, you’re going to assume that you need to turn right. That this is where the parking is. That this is where you’re suppose to go. Why? BECAUSE YOU’RE IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY AND TOURISTS HAVE NO IDEA WHERE THEY’RE SUPPOSE TO GO. Of course you’re going to listen if a bunch of guys yell and point for you to go this way instead of that way!

The truth is, however, that these guys possess no authority whatsoever, by no organization, government or otherwise—best case, they’re just regular guys out there hustling, trying to make a living by getting you to park where they want you to, and worst case, they’re a bunch of scam artists taking advantage of unsuspecting tourists who, in reality, don’t need to pay money to park on the street. Because guess what? It’s a public beach. But that doesn’t mean that these random men won’t try to convince you that you need to park where they say…and that you need to tip them for watching your car. They will absolutely insinuate that it’s required. But is it? Absolutely not.

Every time Carlos and I are out jogging and we pass by these guys, I get so incredibly frustrated. I see poor tourists stopping their car, confused, trying so hard to understand what these men are communicating to them. Most of the time, they follow their direction. Sometimes, they know better to keep going and park where they want to park. (That said, if you want to park in a lot, most of the lots *are* paid parking lots—but that doesn’t mean you can’t choose where you want to give your business. However, if you’re parking on the side of the street, you should not be charged any money. You can tip the guy hanging out by your car if you’re feeling nice, but he should not, and cannot, demand any set amount of money from you.)

I’m sure these men view themselves as smart, but I view this practice as completely unethical and a shiester’s way of earning a living. So, tourists beware. These guys aren’t dangerous, but they are damn determined.

Which is precisely why I thought I’d write a post about it.

They might have a whistle, but I?

Have a blog.

…And I’m pretty sure we both know who looks better in khaki.

Ash Park Ranger

 

 

Christmas in Costa Rica (You’ll Be Roasting Another Kind of Nuts)

It’s that time of year again—the one with fake snow spray-painted onto glass and silver reindeer statues that silently mock all of us here in Costa Rica trying, as much as we can, to recreate some semblance of “a white Christmas.”

But you see, in Costa Rica, December is the start of high season, and with high season comes high sun (and not to mention higher temperatures). This inevitably means a couple of things:

  1. Santa needs to get strippin’.
  2. Christmas trees are imported from Cartago, one of Costa Rica’s colder cities in the mountains.
  3. Eggnog is not a thing. But it really should be a thing. Because we’ve got eggs. And we’ve got noggins?

Yesterday, Carlos and I went on the hunt for our tree—which, mind you, involved following a random man in a random car all the way to his house. Once we got there, he had plenty of Christmas trees, but there was just one problem: They were all stacked horizontally on top of each other.

You’re probably wondering how the hell that’s possible—who’s ever heard of Christmas trees being stacked on top of each other like a deck of cards? But that’s because you’re missing one key fact: Pine trees here are…different. 

That’s not to say I’m a pine-tree discriminator, mind you, but one thing is certain: The prickly, stiff needles we’re used to are nowhere to be found. Instead, the trees here smell like United States pine trees…and they’re green like United States pine trees…but they’re not United States pine trees. Rather, the trees tend to look more like the shape of a shrub, with feathery branches that look more like they’d make for a gorgeous duster than anything. (Pro tip: Do not dust with Christmas tree.)

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Exhibit B

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See what I mean? Fortunately, we found this beauty standing all by its lonesome on the side of the road in Quepos. She was the biggest one in town, and we scooped her right up! And by scooped her right up, I mean called a guy we know who has an old pickup farm truck, who arrived in three minutes flat, and who laughed his head off the minute he saw what we were loading. (He apparently remembered the torture we put him through last year. Whoops?) Bottom line: The boys finally got big mama loaded onto the truck, drove it up to Manuel Antonio where we live, loaded it off the truck, hauled it up the front steps, and placed it smack dab in the middle of our living room…for a grand whopping total of 5,000 colones. (For anyone who’s a Costa Rican newbie, 5,000 colones is about $10 bucks. Not too bad for personal delivery!)

The next challenge? Getting the tree to stand on its own. Christmas trees here come with their own “stand,” which is always two pieces of wood hammered together into a cross and then hammered into the bottom of the tree. Which normally would be fine—it’s nothing high-tech but it usually works. Until, of course, the stand was put to the test against THE ROCK OF CHRISTMAS TREES. Whoooooop! Right over it tipped. Over and over again.

We tried to throw a noose around the tree’s neck to hold it upright, but couldn’t seem to get behind it to tie it up to something (that, and plus we’re just both super clumsy / not handymen / DON’T LET US NEAR YOUR CHRISTMAS TREE). Finally, we actually hired a guy to come figure out how to make our Christmas tree stand up. (Don’t tell Carlos I told you; he’ll never forgive me.) Long story short: Our new friend pried the old wood off, left for ten minutes, came back with one huge rectangle piece of wood, hammered the tree into that, and then, like magic, it stood for the first time! (Yes, we clapped.) I’m pretty sure there’s a lesson here (beyond the value of surface area): When in doubt, tell your wife she can’t have the big one.

Other fun differences between a Costa Rican Christmas and those that I grew up with in Pennsylvania?

  1. We’ve already been over the whole no-snow thing, but allow me to mention it again. Wahhhhhhhh!
  2. Here, Christmas gifts are exchanged on Christmas Eve—and you better believe the kids stay up until then! This always makes me smile / drives me batty. When we wake up on Christmas morning, there’s nothing to open! (Unless I harass the boys into setting one present aside…muahaha.)
  3. Something called tamales are a traditional Christmas food served usually only during the month of December. They’re sort of like a burrito, except inside you’ll find rice, pork, and bell peppers wrapped in plantain leaves, tied up, boiled in hot water, and then served. Maybe not my favorrrrrrrrite Costa Rican dish, but the tradition makes me smile. 🙂
  4. Gift giving is so much more modest—and refreshingly so. The pressure to give your children 800 gifts and make their entire life complete simply doesn’t exist. Rather, children get a few select gifts, oftentimes including practical things like pants and tee-shirts, and everyone goes home happy. It’s a really nice change from our culture—though I’ll admit, that doesn’t prevent me from accidentally going crazy in the mall sometime! PRESENTS FOR EVERYBODY.

Yet, no matter which country you’re in, one thing is always the same: The beauty of being of being with friends and family. Of taking the time off. Of stepping away from the computer. And of enjoying this crazy little spec of time we’ve been gifted. (Which, right next to tamales, is the greatest gift of all.)

But fortunately when you live in Costa Rica?

Making the time isn’t the problem.

Remembering not to waste it is. <3

How We Became the #1 Most Tech-Savvy Sport fishing Company in Costa Rica (Hello, Go Pro!)

How do you become the most tech-savvy sportfishing company in all of Costa Rica?

  1. You fall in love with someone who thinks Macbooks are the only kind of computer that exists.
  2. You let her talk you into everything. (Okay, almost everything.)
  3. She convinces you to buy iPhones for everybody. A bunch of Go Pros. Get set up with online chat software. Use Google Docs to auto-update your online fishing reports. Start accepting Paypal. Jump for joy (or something equally manly) every time another Trip Advisor review is posted.

Anyway, this is the dialogue I assume goes through Carlos’ mind every single day. 😉 Because while JP has been the top rated sport fishing company in the area since the early 90’s, when I first came on board (AKA we got engaged and his life was doomed forever), I wanted to make sure they weren’t only the best fishermen, but the best at showing people they were. So often, clients are coming from faraway places–Europe, South America, North America, Asia–and it’s hard to know who to trust when you can’t see them face to face. If you aren’t here in the flesh to hear about someone’s reputation, how else will you ever know?

The answer: Making it a no-brainer to do business with you.

By making sure we run our operations in the most modern way possible, it helps people see that we’re committed to this company, and furthermore, we’re committed to their experience. You want to pay with Paypal? Would that make you feel more comfortable so you don’t have to give a stranger your credit card number in a foreign country? No problem! Want us to Go Pro video you fighting that huge sail fish–both above water and under water? We’ve got the tech. Want to ask any question without having to pick up the phone and figure out how to dial to Costa Rica, nervous you won’t be able to understand the Spanish speaker on the other end of the line? Totally have your back. Just pop onto our website and start chatting in the chat box. (We speak English, by the way, so if you want to call, you should!)

These might sound like little details, but it’s the details that can be the difference between an average experience and a brilliant one. And brilliant is what we do.

Sure, anybody can give you a day on the water.

But not everyone can give you a day to remember.

The only reason you might forget?

Is from drinking one too many Imperials.

And if that’s the case?

All we have to say…is cheers.

 

THANK YOU!

…And we did it again!!

I want to take this moment to write this blog post,  that way I have it on paper(or on the Internet they say now).

Running a Sport fishing business in Quepos, Costa Rica IS NOT JUST FISHING.

It is, but there are so many other details happening behind the scenes that most people will never know or see.

And this is why I want to let people know how grateful I am for their help, no matter what it is they do to make our business function,from

  • Our favorite iceman who delivers our ice so anglers can have cold beverages  BEER.
  • The supermarket clerks, managers and owners that put up with me everyday when I show up to buy all of the items we need to stock our boats every day
  • The bait guy (who is hilariously sometimes in a bad mood but who we love anyway for our inshore fishing)
  • The gate guards at the Quepos pier that let us through every single day and still manage to say Good Morning!
  • The lobby concierge folks that send people our way.
  • The ground transfer fleet we use to take care of all our customers in San Jose and Quepos.
  • The pilots that fly our clients to our beautiful Manuel Antonio area.
  • The clients–of course we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t because of YOU!
  •  The original JP–Jeannette Perez herself–for her trust in me to take over management.

Also would like to personally thank my team of Captains and mates. Without them I wouldn’t have so many great people talking about us.

But mostly, I want to THANK YOU ANGLERS/CLIENTS,  and all of you that have giving us a few minutes of their valuable time to write us a Fishing Trip Review.

TA15

This prize goes to all of us together

The anglers that fish with us and the whole team behind JP Tours! 

THANKS TO EVERYONE from the bottom of my heart!! 

Tight Lines!

 

OWC Final Numbers

The World Offshore Championship(OWC)  proved again why Quepos Costa Rica is the Best Place to catch billfish. There were a total of 67 Teams, 317 Anglers from around the world, representing different countries like Brazil, Angola, USA, Costa Rica, etc.

Just on Day 2 they broke their daily record of sailfish ever caught on this same event with a total of 941 Sailfish, 4 Dorado and 3 Wahoo…this is just RIDICULOUS! Sport Fishermen were having quadruple, triple, double hook ups one after the other.

Like I said before this tournament is very fair and all teams raffle for their boats, so for us Captains/Owners might get some very experienced fishermen and sometimes some not so experienced… it happens… and to keep it fair with the anglers you might have a slow boat one day but have the fastest boat out of the whole Quepos Fishing Fleet another day, so it is really a fair and organized event.

I know you won’t believe the TOTAL number of billfish released because I almost couldn’t, and you’ve probably already read it somewhere and YES there were

A TOTAL of 2,840 BILLFISH CAUGHT

In 4 days by 67 boats out of Quepos Costa Rica.  If you ask me that is Insane, Made up, Incredible just NOT TRUE to believe fish tale. Sorry to disappoint you but it is/was REAL.  There were 2,822 Sailfish in which our Sea Lady boat caught 29 of them.  There were 14  Blue Marlin in which our boat caught 2 of them and then there were 13 Dorado in which we caught 1 and finally 2 black marlin,,2 striped marlin, 1 tuna and 3 wahoo.

That is A LOT of FISH!

Sea Lady fished 3 days out of 4, the last day they drawed to be a back up boat, so in summary they released 30 sailfish, 2 blue marlin and 1 dorado,  while our other company boat the Wild Lady had to stay back and watch while they were rebuilding her engine…next time for sure!

Tight Lines!

 

 

 

 

 

OWC Prep Time!

It’s April… so this means we are going to participate once again on the biggest Offshore Tournament ever held in Costa Rican waters, for the third year in a row the Offshore World Championship has been taken place here in Quepos Manuel Antonio Costa Rica at the beautiful Marina Pez Vela.

This year just like the others we pretend to set another record of fish released,  last year the tournament numbers proved WHY Quepos Sport Fishing is one of the BEST in the World  with a final count of 2,735 billfish caught by 64 teams, 311 anglers from all over the globe, this INCREDIBLE number breaks into 2,726 Sailfish, 9 Marlin and 79 Dorado… If you ask me

That’s a Hell of Fish Report!

2014 was won by a team from Luanda,Angola, most anglers in this event are Experts on catching sailfish but others is their first time and since this a IGFA Tournament ruling, our mates are there to assist these anglers and show them the techniques we use and to have a GOOD TIME!  They cannot touch the rods or reels at any moment if a fish is on, they are only allowed to help release the fish after it has been properly filmed on camera.  Due to this is why anything can happen and there are high possibilities at the end of the day to be number 1.  Check more rules and information here http://www.offshoreworldchampionship.com/

In 2013, The first year of the tournament in Quepos, Both my boats Sea Lady and Wild Lady participated, both had a great performance, I remember day 1 when following the scoreboard our Sea Lady boat was in the top ten boats, ending in 3rd place.  On day 2, I was busy doing some other office work and couldn’t really pay attention to the scoreboard…But Hey! I didn’t have to…. I was getting phone messages and facebook posts congratulating me…

Sea Lady ended 1st Place for that day,

OMG  was I happy!  But Like I said before in these fishing tournaments, rotating anglers every day makes it more challenging and we didn’t have the best anglers the following days but it felt really good to be #1 for a day…Well it still feels good since in Tripadvisor we are #1 fishing company in Quepos. Here are our Fishing Trip Reviews http://bit.ly/TRIPREVIEWS

Be sure to follow our JP Sport Fishing boats Sea Lady and Wild Lady in this 2015 Offshore World Championship Quepos Costa Rica. Here is the link to the direct to the scoreboard http://owc15.catchstat.com/?dom=owc&loc=mainnav&lnk=live-scoring

Tight Lines!