Customer Testimonials – What are People Saying?

“Always a Great time! This is our 2nd trip with Mad Marlin Fishing in the last 3 years. We traveled the first week of April 2013. As always, we are completely impressed and satisfied with the group. Leeann is always super helpful with any suggestions or recommendations we need while on our vacation, and is always on the dock before leaving and when returning. We did a two day trip this year, and boated 3 sailfish and 3 dorado! The boat captain and the first mate worked their tails off to put us on fish and make our trip another memorable one, including having fresh dorado sushi on the boat! Deelish!!!! We plan on another outing with them next time we roll through Costa Rica!”

Reed and Stacey

St. Louis

“Sportfishing on the Mad Marlin! Just returned from a great sport fishing trip to Costa Rica. Glen (the captain) was great and Tio, the first mate worked tirelessly to make sure we had a successful and enjoyable outing. We caught three sailfish, mahi mahi, and wahoo on our offshore outing. The next day we tried our luck onshore and hooked some roosterfish. Tio makes the best sandwiches north of Antarctica. On the way back to Quepos, Tio expertly cleaned and fileted the fish for us and we later enjoyed the fresh fruits of our “labor”. Very enjoyable experience and I’m already planning a return trip with friends. Can’t wait to return.”

Visited April 2013

Bakersfield, California

“Mad Marlin Sportfishing! I fished on the Mad Marlin 3 out of the 4 days that I was in Costa Rica and it was a great experience. We caught several sailfish, a wahoo, a mahi mahi, and some rooster fish. The captain (Glen) and first-mate (Tio) were awesome. They knew their stuff and also prepared some great meals for us on board. For the fish that we could keep; Tio did an excellent job filleting the fish so that we could enjoy it at dinner. Man was it awesome to eat such fresh fish. I would highly recommend this trip when in Costa Rica!!”

Robb W

Waunakee, Wisconsin, United States

“Great Day Fishing Inshore with My 8 yr old son, 11 Fish caught! This was our second full day charter on The Mad Marlin on this family vacation. After a full day offshore with my wife and 3 young kids and bringing in a big Mahi Mahi, my 8 year old son and I were excited to spend a day inshore fishing and what a day we had! Captain Glen allowed my 8 year old to captain the boat for about the whole ride to the mouth of the river where we fished. Talk about a thrill of a lifetime for an 8 year old! Once there, Gilberto went to work and instructed us on how to work the lines in the water. It wasn’t long before my son hooked a big catfish looking fish and reeled it in. After that we caught the first of 3 Snook that my son reeled in, then the biggest I brought in because my son’s arms were hurting from reeling in the first 2 fish. After some rest he brought in the third snook. A Snapper was next, which was great for dinner that nite. Then we caught 3 Jack Crevalles, 1 Needlefish and ended our day with 2 Mackeral that we brought in trolling along the coast back to the marina. Lunch was again handled by Gilberto and the sandwiches were delicious with fresh bread from the bakery, lunchmeats from the local butcher, avocado, lettuce, tomatoes and plenty of choices of drinks all day long. I can’t wait to come back for Thanksgiving later this year and a couple days on The Mad Marlin will be a requirement for our next vacation.”

Tony J

Waunakee, Wisconsin, United States

“What a great day fishing! Captain Mauricio and mate Memo were wonderful, friendly, very professional and tried really hard to get me my first sailfish, which I caught and we released before noon that day. An hour and a half later, as we trolled along, with them looking astern, I saw another sail jumping half a mile off the port bow and hollered to them its position. They immediately turned that way and, ten minutes later, I had my second sail! They are both very experienced, knowledgeable, and did their best to make our day with them memorable and fun! They succeeded beyond expectations! I have to add that Memo cut up some fresh pineapple and watermelon and served us in the late morning and made a HUGE sandwich after releasing the first sail- after he and Mauricio got the lines back out!! It was a fantastic experience and we look forward to fishing with them again!!! We WILL be back!”

Heidi P

Jacksonville, Florida

“We fished on the MAD MARLIN with skipper Mauricio and his mate Memo. These are two experienced fishermen who go out of their way to make your trip enjoyable. Mauricio is willing to do the miles to take where the fish are. Memo has a keen eye and works the poles with excellent efficiency. We raised 9 fish to the bait on what was a tough day of fishing for most. The sailfish were bigger than places we have fished before and once hooked and the Captain lets you enjoy the battle. We came home with some great pictures from a successful day of fishing. We also caught the biggest Dorado I have ever seen which Johnathan filleted for us. There was no better meal that evening as we took it to a local restaurant which prepared it two different ways.”

Grover Moore

Pensacola, FL

“A note of thanks to the crew of Mad Marlin. I have been planning a trip to Costa Rica for some time and had high expectations for the trip. The experience aboard Mad Marlin was exceptional. Memo the mate was the finest mate I have fished with in my 53 years. His expertise was apparent from the start. The captain and he worked together flawlessly to help us score a boat load (literally) of Sails and Dorado in our six days of fishing. The crew defines the words friendly, professional and courteous. The boat is immaculate and well equipped. I brought much of my own gear as on many of my prior international charters, the charter has had less than adequate equipment. This was not necessary on Mad Marlin as they have a wide range of excellent light to heavy tackle. The only reason to bring your own rigs is to say you caught multiple Sails on your rod. I have been a serious offshore fisherman for most of my adult life and can say without reservation that this was the finest and most enjoyable fishing trip I have experienced. I only wish we had a bigger scale on the boat because the 7+ foot Dorado was likely near record size!

Chris L



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