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Sport Fishing Tours in Quepos & Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Excellent Inshore and Offshoren fishing for Marlin, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Roosterfish and Snook.
Quepos, Costa Rica
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Matt H
Ottawa, Canada4 contributions
Jan 2022
I have been fishing my whole life and am from Eastern Ontario. The only previous experience I have fishing in the Pacific is offshore salmon fishing out of Port Renfrew, Vancouver Island.

For our trip to Costa Rica we originally booked the 1/2 day inshore trip with Benn and Manuel. It was a good day. I caught a roosterfish and missed a couple of others. We also caught a Jack Crevalle and a couple of Spanish mackerel that Benn filleted for us. We took the fish to the Runaway Grill at the marina and they cooked up some appetizers and mains with it. Delicious.

This taste of saltwater action had me wanting more. After thinking long and hard about it, I decided to book the full day offshore trip a couple of days later as Benn fortunately had an opening. I am so happy that I did. We landed a mahi mahi, sailfish, and a blue marlin. Benn is patient and takes the time to explain to you what and why he is doing something if you are interested. He and Manuel are focused on making sure you catch something. There were also dolphins swimming alongside the boat, as well as turtles and schools of fish. Hearing Manuel begin yelling that there is a billfish at the bait and watching Benn spring to action is worth the money. Not to mention the fight.

Benn filleted the mahi mahi and we took it to Ronnie's Place for dinner where they too prepared an appetizer and mains with it. It was the perfect end to another fantastic day on the water. Only downside is that I think I might now be addicted to marlin fishing.

Thanks again gentlemen and I will be back.
Written January 15, 2022
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Hi Matt Im so pleased that you enjoyed your time with us and your marlin was awesome! Thanks so much for the great review, it was great to have you guys fish with us and i hope to see you again soon. All the Best! Benn
Written August 8, 2022
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Keith Armishaw
3 contributions
Jun 2022
I booked this fishing break with Jackpot to try and catch a wahoo, a fish I had long sought. Despite the poor weather we had some great fishing and I got my fish together with a good Dorado of over 40lb and all three of us hooked a sailfish at the same time - it was manic. One of my companions also caught a massive wahoo of around 55-60lbs. It was a fantastic trip
The Falls Hotel we stayed in was convenient and very comfortable with toucans and squirrel monkeys in the ground. They happily cooked the fish we caught which was delicious and just charged us for the preparation, making the meals cheap for ones of that quality.
I've just booked for next year already, but for March rather than June as we arrived in a very wet weather system which lasted the first 3 days, but at sea, on the reef, it was sunny. We just suffered in the evenings when we were back on land.
I would happily recommend jackpot for their professionalism and courtesy throughout.
Written July 1, 2022
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Hi Keith It was our total pleasure to have you back in Costa Rica for the second time. What a tough start to the week with the bad weather and the slow fishing but i am so glad that things took a turn for the better with some great fish caught and some better weather to finish the week. Your big Dorado and Reg's huge wahoo were very special fish indeed. So pleased you finally checked your wahoo off your list and huge congrats on recording your 200th specie this year, what an outstanding achievement! Looking forward to seeing you again next year for some good fishing with no rain! Thanks for the great review! Best Wishes Benn
Written August 7, 2022
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Jim C
Milton, GA4 contributions
May 2021
My son and I recently returned from 3 days of fishing with owner/guide Benn Gilmour and Captain Manuel of Jackpot Sport Fishing in Quepos, Costa Rica. As a first-timer to Costa Rica, I really didn’t know where to begin when planning this graduation gift trip for my son. Jackpot’s website was one of the first I came across, and I quickly bookmarked it as I liked the options I saw. As I looked through others, I kept coming back to Jackpot because of the rates and available packages that seemed to fit what we were looking for. I reached out about a particular package, and Benn returned a hugely informational email explaining why it wasn’t the best time of year for that particular location, then walked me through some of the other options that were all modifiable for our exact wants and needs. Between the time of booking and travel, Benn continued to provide a wealth of information and aid for our trip, including arranging airport transfers and daily taxis to the marina, arranging for our COVID test at the boat the morning we needed it, and answering all other questions I had along the way.

Once we arrived, we had a great 3 days of fishing (with an off day to explore Manuel Antonio National Park), with the best saved for last. Day 1 offshore was slow, but we were able to have a little success with bottom fishing that led to a tasty dinner that night. Day 2 inshore didn’t yield the roosterfish my son was after, but it did allow him to complete the “snapper slam” of cubera, silky, and yellowtail. Day 3 finally got the big smile on my son’s face as he landed a 65-70 pound tuna and an estimated 150 pound marlin. There were also the brief sightings of a humpback whale and hammerhead shark, as well as the dozens of spotted dolphins that were around most of the day. What a way to wrap up the trip!

I am thrilled that I booked this trip with Jackpot Sport Fishing. Owner Benn wears many hats: travel agent, photographer, boat mechanic, and of course the most important one – fishing guide. It becomes very evident after spending just a little bit of time with him the passion that he has for fishing (with an all-important eye toward conservation), the pride that he takes in his boat and equipment, and the importance he places on making sure his clients have an amazing experience no matter how many fish are caught. And on top of all that, he is an interesting guy to have a conversation with during the downtimes on the boat. Thank you Benn and Captain Manuel for giving us a trip to remember for the rest of our lives!
Written June 4, 2021
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Hi Jim What an end to a great 3 days!! I will not forget that back to back Tuna and Marlin for a while, Andy did great to land them both!! And the Cubera Snapper to complete the Snapper Slam was very cool! Really appreciate the excellent review and hope to see you both back in CR again in the future, All the very best! Benn
Written July 26, 2021
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Steven F
Tampa, FL1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
It was a great day on the “Good Day” with Ben and Manuel. They were knowledgeable, professional, extremely helpful, and obviously they love what they do. It was so easy to book our charter with Benn that included lunch, snacks, and cold beverages. From the start of the day, we were greeted by Benn and Manuel with smiles, a huge rainbow in the background and they were ready to fish. Benn took the time to explain the different bait, lures and the fish we would be fishing for the day. We caught 1 tuna and a sailfish. Great experience!! This was the highlight of my trip to Costa Rica. I would recommend Jackpot Sports Fishing to everybody thinking about fishing in Costa Rica. I looking forward to returning soon for another great time on the “Good Day”.
Written August 11, 2021
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Hi Steven Thank you for the great review and really pleased that you had a great time. Thanks so much for fishing with us and i hope to see you again soon. Keep well, all the best! Benn
Written September 11, 2021
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Lucretia D
San Buena, Costa Rica12 contributions
Nov 2022 • Friends
What a day! Thank you Benn and Manuel! The tournament was so much fun, I finally got to fish on your boat again!

18 Dorado caught, the fun, memories, laughter, and just being on the water, PRICELESS. Winning the category of the fish closest to 25 lbs for $4500.00, just an added Bonus!!!

I can not even say enough about this boat and crew! If you want to fish out of Quepos, this is the boat to be on.

Thank you guys again for an amazing day, an amazing tournament, and most of all the amazing memories that we all shared!!

Lu Dawson, San Buenas Costa Rica
Written November 14, 2022
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Sheryl2222
Douglas, UK30 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
My 8 year old and husband did three trips with Benn aboard Good Day in April. As the trips went on Corey became increasingly excited to tell me what he had done each time he got back to the Marina.

Benn and Manuel were brilliant with Corey, he started quite sleepy particularly when there wasn’t much going on but Benn got him involved with preparing stuff for their trip, keeping him busy and interested. He learnt a lot in the 3 days.

I asked Corey to write his own review and here it is in his words:

On the first day we had to catch small tuna for bait and then we headed out really far to catch yellow fin tuna. We saw hundreds of dolphins and that’s where we caught our massive yellow fin tuna. It fought really hard and Benn helped me to reel it in.

On day 2 we lost a giant rooster fish, it was around 35lb and had incredible strength. I w lost it close to the boat. The highlight of the day is we when we caught a blacktip reef shark and a needle fish with blue teeth.

On day 3 we caught 3 sailfish. I reeled in one by myself, we tagged him and I called him Giant George. My dad reeled in one and called it Archie and we reeled in one together called Kevin. They were all around 80-100lb.

Benn and Manuel were kind and helpful, I can’t wait to go again.

Gracias

As you can see he had a great time and was really excited to tell me about the tagging of the sailfish when he came back from day 3. Time will tell if they’re caught again and we can see where they’ve travelled.

Benn and Manuel were brilliant with Corey and he learnt so much. It was worth the wait from the cancelled trip in 2020.

Thank you Jackpot Sport Fishing, we will definitely be back
Written April 27, 2022
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Thanks so much for the great review Sheryl, it was so great to have young Corey aboard & hope to see you all again soon!
Written May 14, 2022
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Ashley L
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
We were headed to Costa Rica from Texas to celebrate our friends 20th anniversary. What better way to do that, than to go on a all day fishing tour for sailfish. My husband found Jackpot fishing online a few weeks prior and we decided to give them a try. Ben, the owner of the boat was very helpful and quickly responsive to all of our questions. The fishing had been slow the last few days we were in the area due to red tide, but our guide Ben still put all his effort into our day of fishing. We did manage to get one yellow fin tuna in the boat as well as many sightings of humpback whales and hundreds of dolphins in a group. Ben's hospitality was over the top and Jerry and I would recommend him to anyone. We will definitely be back to fish the Quepos area and when we do, it will be on The Good Day with Ben and Manuel. Thanks again for your effort and hospitality. Jerry & Ashley and our friends Justin & Jeanette
Written August 8, 2022
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James Rae
9 contributions
Feb 2022
Father and Son from London, UK for a 5 day trip with inshore & offshore fishing. Every day was a truly unforgettable experience and this is absolutely worth the money. The best fishing we have ever, ever had, without any doubts. We saw dolphins & whales and lots of wildlife too. The last 5 days make it difficult to put in to words how highly we'd recommend Benn and Manuel aboard GOOD Day for a charter, the best fishing and highest level of customer service we have experienced, thank you guys.

CATCH REPORT

2 Blue Marlin
9 Sailfish
3 Bull Dorado
4 Bonito
2 Tuna Mackerel
2 Rainbow runner
2 Blue runner
5 Amber Jacks
4 Jack Crevalle
2 Snook
6 Rooster Fish
1 Cubera Snapper
5 Needle fish
4 African pompano

We will be back 100%...
Written February 12, 2022
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Hi James It was a total pleasure to have you and your dad fish with us and what a week it was! So great that you both caught a marlin each but just watching you tick off species after species from roosterfish to pompano to snook to dorado to sailfish to amberjack to cubera snapper etc etc......was just great! And just loved the video that you put together, thank you for that! Definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year fishing and company wise, it was a total blast! Hope to see you both back aboard GOOD DAY again soon. Take care for now and all the best! Benn
Written August 8, 2022
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Peter D
9 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Benn was just amazing. Very sharp, and very professional. We did a full day with him. He accommodated us in every way. Had great fresh fruit, tasty lunch, and all sorts of beverages. We caught 3 sailfish today, two decent yellow fin tunes, a Dorado, and 2 Roosters, one of which was tagged and released with a satellite tracking tag. I've been sport fishing countless times in several different regions and today was by far the best charter sport fishing I've ever had. There are many great boats you can charter in costa rica. And they'll all show you a great time. But Benn at Jackpot is at an entirely different level. I will be back next year at the latest to fish with him again. He charges the same rate as all the others do however if you want the best call Jackpot Sport Fishing in Quepos Costa Rica. You will not be disappointed. I will add pics to this review soon.
Written June 25, 2022
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Hi Peter Thank you for taking the time to write us such a great review. It was our total pleasure to have you guys aboard and i will not forget our day for a long time! To catch such variety in one day was epic indeed with the 3 sailfish, 2 tuna, dorado and then the 2 outstanding roosterfish. But then to have you jump onboard our Roosterfish Satellite tagging program at a moments notice was just above and beyond. You supported only the 3rd electronic Sat Tag deployed in a Roosterfish this year from our Marina and possibly only the 6th ever Sat Tag from our Marina. I cant wait to share the results with you when we get them back. Thanks so much for some great memories and hope it is not too long before you are back aboard GOOD DAY again soon. All the very Best, Benn
Written August 7, 2022
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Brad K
Anchorage, AK2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Thank you Benn!!! It truly was a memorable day for my brother and I. From the first exchange of emails to the handshake farewell at the dock, Benn was as personable, friendly, and professional as they come. I’ve been around a lot of fishing guides and it’s easy for me to recognize who is truly passionate in making the clients’ fishing experience memorable. Benn puts in not only all the work to be a great fishing guide he also makes sure his clients/friends are having fun throughout the trip. I highly recommend #jackpotsportfishing and will hopefully be back in this beautiful country one day to get that billfish on the fly. Cheers!
Written December 26, 2021
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Hi Brad It was so nice to meet you both, thanks so much for fishing with us & I hope to Fish with you in Alaska one day! All the Best Benn
Written May 14, 2022
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