FAQ

What do you provide on a full-day charter?

The full-day charter includes lunch, fruit, soft drinks, water, beer, equipment and your captain and 2 mates. We will also provide you air-conditioned van transportation from your hotel directly to the boat dock and back to your hotel.

Do I need a fishing license?

You do need a Costa Rican fishing license prior to boarding any sportfishing boat. Licenses can be purchased on location at Marina Pez Vela.

What should I wear on the boat?

Although our boat has a hard top that provides ample shade, serious anglers will be out in the sun battling prize gamefish. Being near the equator, UV values can be intense. Must have items are: hat, polarized sunglasses and high spf value sunscreen (please no oil-based sunscreen). NO hard sole shoes are allowed on the boas. Boat shoes, sandals, Crocs and sneakers are just fine. Shorts and long-sleeve fishing shirts that provide additional protection from the sun are also recommended.

What to bring?

Our fishing charters provide all tackle, bait, food, beverages and snacks that you will likely need for the day. Ice Box and refrigeration space aboard our vessel is ample. PLEASE do not bring glass containers of any kind. Be sure to bring your camera!

Do I need to supply and food or beverages?

Soon after boarding our vessels, you’ll be directed to the locations of our beverage and snack centers, where those items are available to you at any time during the day. We stock plenty of water, as well as soft drinks, beer, fruit drinks and fresh fruit. A complete lunch is also provided on each full-day charter.

How do I get to the boat?

Your charter with Frenzy Sportfishing includes air-conditioned van transportation from your hotel directly to the boat dock. When you return to the marina after the day of fishing, your return transportation will return you to your hotel.

What time does the boat leave?

The boat leaves at 7:00 AM.

What time does the boat return?

The boat returns at approximately 4:00 PM.

How many anglers can you accommodate?

The Frenzy is a large boat. She can comfortably accommodate groups of up to 8 passengers in great comfort.

Is live bait supplied with my charter?

Live bait is provided depending on the type of fish being targeted.

Do the crews on your boats speak English?

Yes.

Is your sport fishing boat equipped with a fighting chair?

Yes.

What type of fish can I expect to catch?

The Quepos Fishing Grounds are rich with many species of fish. The type of fish caught depends on the time of year, but Sailfish, Marlin, Snapper, Rooster fish, Tuna and Dorado all frequent the waters off the coast of Quepos.

Can I take my catch home?

All billfish are released; however, the local mahi-mahi (dorado), tuna and wahoo are among the most delicious fish you will ever eat. Keep a few of these species for your dinner later in the evening. Many restaurants throughout the area are pleased to prepare your fresh catch to order for dinner. We also encourage you to allow the captain and mates to take a few fillets home for dinner.

Can your boat take us fly-fishing?

Yes, our Captain can guide your fly fishing trip, however, Frenzy does not provide fly fishing tackle, so you will need to bring your own tackle.

Tipping?

You will find Costa Ricans very appreciative of any gratuity you choose to give them. Use the following as a general guideline when calculating tips:

For the crew of a sportfishing boat, their day begins at the crack of dawn and often ends in the dark. These guys work extremely hard and really earn their tips. A good rule of thumb is 15% – 20% of the daily charter fee. Another good rule of thumb is $100 for the captain and $100 for each of the mates. So for the Frenzy boat a good tip would be $300 per day. Give the captain the total tip at the end of the fishing day and he will share it with the mates. If the crew works especially hard, a little extra tip would be appropriate! Many fishing companies have a person on the dock, like Frenzy’s Willy Jimenez, who takes care of things on land and makes sure you have food, water, etc. on the boat. Don’t forget to tip these guys too! $25 per day would be appropriate.

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