Pez Rey Sport Fishing
Pez Rey Sport Fishing
4.5
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Pez Rey is the only full service sport fishing operation in the area that can offer fishing anywhere you want to fish. Saltwater or freshwater, Pez Rey can take you there. The wide variety and natural beauty of the local fisheries make Costa Rica one of the most diverse, abundant, and popular sport fishing destinations in the world.
Quepos, Costa Rica
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Lisa L
Chelsea, Canada13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went out yesterday afternoon and it was amazing ! Pepsi ended up taking us out who was an excellent guide. He was very informative and kept the afternoon going. We ended pulling in at least a dozen fish ranging from rooster fish, red snapper and jack's. All in all amazing ! And did not disappoint if we had the time to go out again we would have.
Written January 9, 2015
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Kristen N
Sacramento, CA60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
Fishing was the main purpose of our trip to Costa Rica so we booked with Pez Rey Sport Fishing. We first met Justin, the owner, who picked us up and brought us back to our hotel. He kindly greeted us and gave us an overview of what to expect. He also took us to get breakfast before getting on the boat. The boat is equipped with all you would need for fishing (rods, reels, terminal tackle, etc), however we chose to use our own rods and reels that we brought with us. They also provided sandwiches, snacks, and a variety of drinks including beer.

Once we got on the boat we met Pepsi, who is by far the best captain we have ever fished with. He is very laid-back and down to earth and works very hard to catch bait and put you on some fish. Even all the locals recommend fishing with Pepsi. It was raining in the morning, but that sure didn't stop us from catching. We caught a Trevally, some huge Snappers, tons of Jacks and 4 Roosters. We also lost some too. At the end of the trip Pepsi cut us some Snapper filets to have our hotel cook us up some dinner. Even though it was the winter/rainy season when we went, we thought the fishing was pretty amazing! All the fish we caught put up a great fight! Definitely the BEST fishing trip ever!

Be sure to bring sun protection, glasses, camera, and rain jacket in rainy season. If you wear tennis shoes, be prepared for them to be soaked or just wear sandals.

I highly recommend booking with Pez Rey Sport Fishing. You won't be disappointed. Justin and Pepsi work very hard to put you on some fish and make sure you have a great day. I hope to go again soon!
Written August 21, 2014
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robsturtz
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2016 • Family
Took my 2 teenage boys, 15 & 18, boated 4 sailfish. Crew was top notch. Recommend to anyone. Justin and his local crew went out of their way to see that we had a good day. 27 miles off shore, beautiful.
Written February 12, 2016
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bigal_ch148
Arlington, TX33 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
I was supposed to go on a river fly fishing excursion with “Justin” today. Pick up time in my travel itinerary was 7am. I waited out front of my hotel until 7:15am and no sign of my Pez Rey guide. I called my tour guide company and they informed me that Justin had called in sick and that no other guide was available to take my trip. I just carried two full sets of fly rods and reels on three different flights all the way down to CR for nothing. I tried to contact the local Pez Rey office to complain and there is no answer. Pez Rey and this particular guide are unprofessional, unreliable and offer third world class service. DO NOT USE them.
Written February 1, 2020
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Trevor M
Cold Lake, Canada24 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Couples
I'll start by saying that I fished with Pez Rey last year and had a fantastic time. I have fished Quepos many times in shore and off shore. Doing your research on your guide will make all the difference in the world when it comes to having an enjoyable day on the water. Sometimes fishing is slow and even the best guides don't catch a lot of fish and sometimes the fishing is so hot that anyone with a boat and fishing rod will get you fish. Having said that make sure you do your research, talk to the locals, other fishermen and read the reviews to ensure you are giving yourself the best chance and best bang for your buck. This is why I chose Pez Rey last year as Pepsi is known as one of the best if not the best in the area for in shore fishing. One of the most important aspects of inshore fishing is having live bait. Pepsi is a master at catching live bait and also has local contacts that catch bait at night for him so he is ready to go in the morning.
I booked a trip with Pez Rey several months ago specifically asking to fish with Pespi and received a confirmation email from Justin confirming the date and that I would be fishing with Pepsi. When I arrived in Quepos I had couple of other days booked for offshore fishing with another guide. During the first trip I was told that the Pez Rey boat had sunk 4 months ago and Pepsi has not been guiding this year. I thought that was strange and mentioned that I had a trip with him in a few days. The comment was made that maybe they would have their boat fixed by then. I spoke to Justin the day before the trip and mentioned the sinking of the boat and was assured that everything was good. The next morning I showed up for the trip that I had already paid for to find out from Justin that I'm going with some other guy named Glen and a made up story that Pepsi have to leave town for a few days. Meanwhile I was told by some other local guides that Pepsi was busy working on getting the sunken boat back in order. So! I spent the first 2 1/2 hrs of a 1/2 day trip driving around the ocean with a guy that didn't even have a bait net, looking for bait. After 2 1/2 hrs we had about 10 sardines so we went fishing, we pulled up to an area where a bunch of other boats were fishing and got to watch lots of other people catch fish. After a couple hours of trying we didn't even have a bite. We were using 50lb mono leaders which is way too big as the water is crystal clear. You need to use a fluorocarbon leader (20-30 lb) max. I asked if he had any fluorocarbon and he didn't. I asked if he had any smaller line and he found some old 30 lb pound line on a reel he wasn't using and made up a couple leaders. Right after we changed the leaders we got 2 fish and then the bite was off, time was up and headed home. Glen was a nice guy but I definitely did not get the trip I would have if I had been fishing with Pepsi and am very disappointed that Justin mislead me. I will not be booking with him again.
Written January 7, 2016
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Viktoria K
Schweiz25 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
We booked a boat 8 months ago (Pez Rey II), paid and got the confirmation for half a day inshore fishing. On the planned day the boat didn't turn up, but another boat came (smaller than the booked one called "Sea Lion") owned by a totally different firm. The captain (Syndey) greeted us and we stepped onboard assuming that this boat would bring us to the "Pez Rey II). But he started the motor and told us that he would take us out for fishing. As we had already started, it was difficult to say "no". So we hoped for the best. But Sydney was not interested in catching any fish, he didn't change type of baits when no fish would bite. He just kept on circling the same rocky formations for quite a while and then moved on to the next one to circle there. He didn't bother to put out more than two rods, which he asked us to hold sitting on the side of the boatThis was definitely not what we had experienced on our fishing trips so far. At noon he told us that it made no sense to stay out any longer (as we had booked a half day) and that we would now return to the marina. Needless to say we did not catch a single fish...
Written April 12, 2018
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Machinist1000
Argos, IN12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
I've been fishing around the world for over sixty years, and Pez Rey is the absolute worst charter operation I have ever dealt with. I had three seven hour charters on three different days.

Day 1- Had to scramble down a rock sea wall to reach a small skiff to take out to the fishing boat. - very dangerous climbing over boulders to reach the water. Skiff was a half hour late. Coming back in no small skiff, had to try and climb out of the larger fishing boat onto the rock sea wall again. Fell on slippery rocks. Boat Captain started the day by running down the shore for 45 minutes at full speed and then stopping to try and catch bait. Watched him fish for bait for another half hour, catching nothing. Showed Captain hard lures I had and suggested putting the lures out and start trolling for fish. Instead he ran another 10 or 15 miles down the beach and started fishing again for bait, catching none. After 15 minutes or so of this nonsense I insisted that he get some lines out with my Rapalas and start fishing. It took 3 1/2 hours of a 7 hour charter to get any lines out.

Day 2: Complained to Pez Ray and was put on a different boat with a different Captain. But this guy was even worse. It took him 4 hours before he got any lines out. Same rock sea wall to climb over to get on or off the water. Even worse, the boat Pez Rey put me on had no sun shade or canopy. How could anyone send two lily white Caucasians out into the blazing tropical sun on a boat with no sun shade?

Day three: Same rocks to scramble over, same incompetent Captain, same boat with no sun shade or canopy. Of a 7 hour charter lines were in the water less than 2 hours. Note: Quepos has a real peer with stairs down to the water and the sea wall has a set of stairs down to the water. Why were forced to climb up and down over boulders and rocks is beyond me.

Needless to say this is not a quality fishing guide. While it is fishing, and some days are better than others, this is unacceptable. Captains should have bait on the boat before they pick up clients in the morning. They did provide food and drink for the day. However only one captain actually put it in a cooler for the day. After watching the second captain let my food sit out in the blazing sun all day, I refused to eat it. On the third day I placed the food in the cooler myself. While on the topic of coolers, they didn't provide a cooler to put your fish in should you have actually caught a fish in the small amount of time you weren't fishing for bait. I've seen local guides in other parts of the world leave fish out all day, and that works for them. For me I've gotten sick from eating fish that was not handled properly.
Written February 7, 2018
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Temple P
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Family
Booked 3 months in advance only to arrive at dock and be told the boat we were supposed to be on was broke-down but luckily they found another guy at the last minute, blah, blah, blah. We waited about 10 minutes for the boat to arrive to the dock and then haphazardly tried to catch some live bait - after 20 minutes we had only 5 or 6 sardines and headed out. Our guide Sydney was a nice enough fellow but not very talkative. He got us rigged up and seemed to know what he was doing. We trolled the rooster grounds for the next 4 1/2 hours with no action. My boys fell asleep watching their poles. I realize not every day of fishing is epic, but we could have tried a different tactic, bait or another area I would think. At 12:00 sharp he said, well let's head back and dumped us at the dock. There was no one else there and we had to walk 1/4 mile and find a ride back to our hotel. Still no response a week later.
Written March 19, 2018
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Drew W
McKinney, TX37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
My wife and I spent 10 days in Costa Rica for our honeymoon. I made sure and planned a full day fishing offshore. We booked with Pez Rey and weren't sure what to expect offshore fishing with them. You see a bunch of reviews for inshore fishing but not offshore. We went out in their 28ft boat. It is just a pure fishing boat, not real fancy. I wanted to fish I didn't care about going offshore in a 40ft boat. The seas were calm and the deck hands and guide were awesome. We trolled all day and caught one sail. We missed another one also. The 4 other boats (bigger boats) did not catch a thing. They made us a great lunch and had plenty of beverages for us. Awesome trip and I will never forget it.
Written December 23, 2015
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chinglynn
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014
We did a half day inshore fishing tour with Pepsi. Justin picked us up promptly and gave us a good overview of what our trip would be like. Pepsi was great and we had several bites. My nine year old son caught first a jack and then and then a red snapper but best of all then a 50lb rooster fish! He battled the fish for 30' with helpful instructions from Pepsi and reeled in a huge rooster fish. It was amazing and totally fun.
Written January 21, 2015
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