Quepos Inshore Fishing Report

Quepos Inshore Fishing Report

Quepos Inshore Fishing Info

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Here are our roosterfishing boats! Not only are these the largest (both 28 footers) and best equipped inshore boats in Quepos (new Penn reels, 2016 Furuno sonars, lots of shade, private bathroom, huge live bait setups) with the busiest captains in Costa Rica fishing over 300 days this year, they are also the lowest priced at $550 for the full day inshore and $350 for the half day, with all food and drinks included (including Imperial Beer) !

Mucho Fisho 1

RoosterFish Quepos Charter Boat

Mucho Fisho 2

RoosterFish Quepos Charter Boat

$550 Full Day Inshore Fishing
$350 Half Day Inshore Fishing
1 to 5 people with food and drinks
Price per group, NOT per person
Trip price includes food and drinks (Imperial Beer, cokes and water)
All boats have:
Private Flushing Bathrooms
English Speaking Captains
Lots of Shade

Quepos Charter Boat


Quepos Fishing Seasons and Bait Situations

Captain Johnny’s dad is the only person in Quepos that sells live bait, and we always fill our live wells up before ANY other company has the chance to buy live bait. Johnny’s dad fishes every night, and catches live bait on 90 percent of the nights from May to December, and 60 percent of the nights from January to April. The live bait that is sold by Johnny’s dad consists of look downs and blue runners.


December to April

From December to April, we have a shot at roosterfish, snook, snapper and seabass. Snook come and go throughout these months, and the roosterfish and snapper are usually always there. The most productive bait to use for inshore fishing during this time of the year are sardines. Sardines can only be caught during the day, and don’t live overnight in live wells. If Johnny’s dad catches bait the night before, we will have that on board as well, but the night bait is not as effective as the sardines, so we will always spend a little time looking for sardines. Usually finding sardines in not a difficult thing, Johnny fishes over 300 days a year inshore and has been for the last 15 years, so bait is his “forte”. But it is necesarry to catch sardines or at least look for them to insure we catch the most and best fish. Things that we don’t do that I see other people doing is using baits that are easily caught but don’t work, like mullet, or pulling rapalas. We can pull rapalas if people just want to catch “anything”, but we would rather find the right bait and have less fishing time (catching more nice Roosterfish, snook, seabass and snapper) than fake it with bait that doesn’t work, or pulling lures for jack crevalles. If we don’t start the day off with good bait, NOBODY in Quepos will have bait, so we always have the advantage.


May to December

During these months, we usually catch our bigger roosterfish and snapper, but will not see snook or seabass. Johnny’s dad usually starts us off with a nice full live bait tank on 90 percent of our trips. We also have some various artificial reefs that we and others have put out there to catch us some blue runners if need be if the night bait doesn’t cooperate. Another option we have during this time of the year is to fish on the bottom using frozen squid or frozen sardines. On the bottom we see mostly grouper and snapper.

RoosterFish Quepos Charter Boat

We built this 28 foot panga just to go after roosterfish, it’s got all the bait setups and sonar needed to really get the big ones, and we have a whole assortment of Penn spinning reels to make sure the fish that we hook up with make it to the boat! Captain Johnny spends 5-6 days a week chasing roosterfish, so he is always on top of where they were the day before, and what daytime bait opportunities there are as well to increase our numbers.

RoosterFish Quepos Charter Boat

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Quepos Inshore Fishing Report:

28 Foot $550 Full Day Inshore Fishing Charter

September 1 2017

Been some good variety inshore lately. We have been seeing some really big roosterfish out there, and then we had a few days with schools of sardines circling around in front of Quepos. Anytime there are sardines in the area, all the snook and snapper come out of their holes and follow the bait. It is really rare to have snook in late August, but we got some good ones. I would expect mostly roosterfish and some cuberas moving forward until November, but it's always a surprise out there!

Early August 2017

Still seeing some nice roosterfish around, we have had night bait all of August except for one day. The night bait has been big lookdowns and that has gotten us some nice roosterfish. Every once in a while we are seeing the schools of sardines out there and there have been some nice snapper when that happens. Looks like the snook moved back up in the river mouth, and then we have had a few swarms of barracuda, which is not very common here. Also had a day with a bunch of shark, that is rare too, but lots of fun to reel in on spinning gear! Great inshore fishing here in Quepos Costa Rica so far this August!

Late July 2017

Johnny and Alex have been seeing some really nice roosterfish, which is normal for this time of the year. Usually in July, we don't see sardines, so we fish with really big live baits called LookDowns that Johnny's dad catches the night before. BUT, we did have a two week window right at the end of this month where there were schools of sardines out in front of the Savegre River mouth and with those sardines we got some nice snook and snapper. Not really typical for this time of the year, but it did happen! :) I believe we had a two week period last July also with snook, so maybe there is something to that. Johnny and Alex will be checking out there every once in a while to see if the sardines are holding, so we might see some more snook action before December, and if not in December the sardines will typically show up in force and we get quite a few snook and snapper in the mouth. Great inshore fishing this July here in Quepos Costa Rica!