"Best Fishing In the World"
I took my 3 sons to Hooked on Panama Lodge for 4 days of fishing. I had high expectations and those were exceeded. The end result was all three boys caught their first black marlin on the same day.
The boys totaled out with 8 marlin both blacks and blues released, 2 sails released, and I caught a 62.5 inch Rooster fish. The dinning and staff are outstanding. Safe. Highly recommended.
Adventure Sportfishing owner, Fred Stephens has arranged our fishing trips for over 20 years. Ocotal Costa Rica was our first, then Los Suenos and Quepos, Tropic Star Lodge (3X) and to Cabo, most recently Hooked on Panama Lodge this February.
It's almost impossible to describe Fred's services other than to say "he is amazing!" Every aspect of the trip (transfers, lodging, boats) from beginning to end arranged flawlessly, we have never had an issue or glitch with any of our travel plans.
At first we got to know Fred only through phone conversations. We always knew it was Fred calling because of his distinctive warm and pleasant voice. He was always available for any questions and concerns, and frequently called with fishing reports and always to wish us a good trip. Throughout these years, phone calls after phone calls, we became good friends.
It wasn't until our most recent trip to Hooked on Panama Lodge in February, that we actually got to meet Fred. he joined us at the lodge and we spent time reminiscing and planning future fishing trips. Fred can always suggest a wonderful place that he knows firsthand. We had a blast at Hooked on Panama Lodge, the fishing was great as well as the accommodations, meals, boats, captains, mates and support staff. Dan, Connie and Rex were wonderful hosts and deserve high praise for thier personal touch and camaraderie during our stay. We hope to return soon.
Rick & Rebecca Weisenburger
Murphy, North Carolina
Feb. 23, 2012
Here he is, his majesty the black marlin at 510 lbs caught from Tropic Star Lodge last week, exactly 32 years ago when I was 40 years old, I also caught a 510 lb black marlin at Tropic Star Lodge in 1980, and it happened the same way, it got tangled up and died, so we had to bring him up. Coincidence, I wonder?
On Sunday I caught a blue of 280 lbs, on Monday I caught the 510 black, and on Tuesday I caught two more blacks 300 lbs and 350 lbs. I ended up the angler for the week at the lodge out of 32 people. We also caught a broomtail grouper, red snapper, cubera snapper, dorado, jack cravele and a 200 lb black fin shark. The best fishing week of my 34 years since 1978, what a challenge and a thrill for me at almost 72, fishing with my friend Julio Meza, an amazing and unique angler.
Thanks again for setting us up with captain Candelo and his Mate Mario, it was a pleasure to see you and meet Silvana and your brother Mike in Panama City, and congratulations to Silvana on her first sailfish.
Tight Lines my friend,
Feb. 20, 2012
for coordinating another challenging trip. I forget how many we have done together
from as many as 42 people down to 12. But I think it has been around 10 trips.
Each better than the past. As always the transfers and in country transportation,
boats, 10 in one day, hotel accommodations 21 rooms, and 5 charter flights went
off without a hitch. Carlos' attention in Quepos is a blessing. He was always
around to answer questions and provide translation and transportation when needed.
cannot recommend Adventure Sportfishing highly enough ! No matter what challenge
I come up with you handle it. I probably have the record for the thickest file
in your office with all the changes that took place on this trip. As always my
next booking will be with Adventure Sportfishing! Thanks , Fred.
St. Petersburg, FL
spending over 13 years taking trips to Panama,Mexico, Costa Rica
and Alaska in the capable hands of Adventure Sportfishing, I
have nothing but the very highest praise for Fred Stephens and
his entire booking operation.. When we arrive at one of his top
quality fishing destinations, we have all of the correct documents
in our hands, our contacts are always there with signs to get
our attention to whisk us away in a nice van to our hotel or
our next air connection. The hotels where we stay are outstanding
with the best of service and amenities. The fishing is as good
as it gets--sometimes I think they even control the weather.
The fishing boats and gear are of top professional quality and
the captains and mates are totally focused on their tasks. If
this sounds like a commercial for Adventure Sportfishing - it
is intended to be so. Why? Because Adventure Sportfishing has "delivered
the goods" for our group of traveling fishermen every year
at such a high level for so long . They are consistent.
the consummate professionals at taking care of the sportfisherman looking for
new experiences or the same great experience again and again at destinations
around the world.
Dr. Robert Linder
Stephens and Adventure Sport fishing do it right. For the past
3 years, eight of my best friends, which are old high school
buddies, have ventured down to Costa Rica for some of the best
fishing and definitely, the most fun we have ever had as a group.
Everything is perfect, from the time we are picked up at the
airport until we are taken back... We have never experienced
this kind of service on any of our many trips. The guys cannot
believe how smooth everything runs, we are always picked up on
time and the people Fred uses are very appreciative and respectful.
Fred gives great advice on restaurants to try as well as things
to consider doing while in Costa Rica. I would highly recommend
going ATV riding if you choose the Quepos trip. The people Fred
uses are trustworthy, fun to be around, and know the ropes. We
are going back this year in December.
Phil and the
Boys from the Hoosier state
When it comes to fishing, it's all about location and experience. You can't replace
25 years of experience and personal relationships with the best captains and
crews around the world. Fred knows what it's all about; putting his customers
on fish, in the best locations. Take it from me, I am a six-year, returning customer
and have sent over 70 anglers fishing with Fred. You will never be disappointed.
USCG Master Captain
Cape Cod, MA
a tremendous pleasure being a customer of Fred Stephens’ Adventure
Sportfishing for decades. The sense of security, confidence
and excitement that Fred gives my friends, family and me as he
sends us around the world in search of fantastic fishing opportunities
is truly unparalleled.
No one compares
with Fred for many different reasons. He
listens and understands and is very attentive to our particular
needs and desires. He pays attention to all those little
details that really end up making the difference between a potentially
mediocre trip and a terrific one. Fred has first
hand intimate knowledge of all the places he sends us. He
knows the airports, ground transportation, lodging, boats, tackle,
captains, etc. Yes, he really knows all about wherever we’re
Fred cares. He
cares about every aspect of our trip and tries to make it the
best trip of our lives every single time!
knowledge, we always go to our next exciting destination knowing what to expect and how to handle all
the different circumstances we may encounter.
Fred is one
of the most outstanding and accomplished fishermen, that you
will ever have the opportunity to meet! Please know
that this makes a gigantic difference in where he will send you,
how he prepares you and all of the arrangements he’ll make
for you. I’ve had the chance to fish with Fred many
times and they’ve included some of the absolutely most wonderful
trips of my entire life.
Thanks a million,
Fred! You’ve given me some of the
greatest times of my life and I’ll always be thankful and
grateful. I can hardly wait for the next trip!
San Clemente, California
October 9, 2007
and I have been booking fishing trips with Fred Stephens of Adventure
Sportfishing for the past 15 years, primarily to Central America
destinations. Not only have we experienced some of the finest
billfishing action, and excellent accommodations, but due to
his organizational talents, we have never suffered any “mess
ups”. Everything has always gone as planned. Which isn’t
always the way it goes in the 3rd world!
His expertise in the best Captains, mates and boats to hire is
without exception. My only complaint is that we haven’t had
the opportunity to meet and especially “to fish” with
We would not
trust our valuable vacation time to anyone else!
Rick and Rebeca
Crystal River, Florida
When Fred told me about a fishing trip of a lifetime, I was skeptical. You
really cannot truly understand or visualize it, but let's give it a try, shall
we? When I say we doubled with sailfish numerous times a day or went eye-to-eye
with a fish at 20 feet (that's close), you cannot really get the picture. When
100 sailfish a day for a week are caught and released by a group of fishermen,
you are starting to get what I mean.
All you can think about is the heart thumping, jumping and the beautiful colors
of these animals along with the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Your
mind and body are far, far away from where you started. A real world apart.
This is an experience everybody should have and with Fred and Adventure Sportfishing,
you just increased your odds. I'll bet on Fred every time. Don't think for
a moment that I forgot the inshore roosters and their family and friends. It's
like apple pie and ice cream all warmed up. An experience of a lifetime from
beginning to end.
Aron L. Brock
I would like to thank
you again for booking my fifth trip, since strating in 1992. Your 5-star
service has impressed our group of guys immensely. We have fished all
over the world and through many charter and travel agents, but you
and your team always excel in many ways, such as pick-up and delivery
to the site, boats, crew, accomodations and most of all, expeditious
problem solving with the inevitable "glitches" that
occur with international travel. I have and continue to recommend you
and your company to all of my serious fishing buddies in Florida, Ohio
I would share with your customers a wide spectrum of supportive information
that would favorably reflect on you personally and the quality of Adventure
Sportfishing as a company that has continuously provided superior services
for the past 20 or so years. While there are many booking agencies to
choose service from today, there are only a handful that have the on-location
and direct fishing knowledge for each of the represented areas. Fred
Stephens and Adventure Sportfishing is one of those agencies and unquestionably,
at the top of the class. From my desk, you and Adventure Sportfishing
are a valuable asset and credit to the sportfishing industry.
has been the mainstay of my career,starting some 50-plus years back
as a deckhand at then, Oceanside Sportfishing, Oceanside, California,
and then followed by an expansion to San Diego as a captain for long
range sportfishers and general manager for H&M
Landing in 1969, then the world's largest sportfishing operation. In1972,
tiring of the required office rigors, I branched out to private sportfishing
charter yachts that included fishing from Nigeria to Australia and all
of the west coast of Mexico, border to border. In 1984, Cortez Yacht
Charters was born as a by-product of helping a skipper/friend and past
crew member, establish a new yacht charter business. By 1986, I was in
full swing of sportfishing charters, with a focus on San Diego & Mexico,
and had my first privilege of talking with FRED STEPHENS.
Fred was a refreshing young man and the right person for the sportfishing
industry. An individual that truly liked the sport and the customers
and had a unique ability to recognize the client's fishing needs and
wishes and detail out superb fishing programs in far away places, focusing
on Costa Rica, Panama, Alaska and later, Mexico.
I remember that we immediately established an excellent working relationship
that rapidly moved into friendship, and has now spanned more than 20
years. You have built an excellent charter sportfishing business that
you have earned and deserved and could only have survived all of those
years through detailed attention to your customer's sportfishing requirements
and requests. Your customers are lucky to have a quality agent that is
genuinely caring about the sportfishing customer.
Cortez Yacht Charters
Fred Stephens and Adventure Sportfishing has been without a doubt the
best U.S. sportfishing agency J.P. Sportfishing Tours (Quepos-Costa Rica)
has had since our begining in 1990. Fred's professionalism made us the
number one option for sportfishing in Costa Rica and gave us a location
on the map of sportfishing by connecting us with a very extensive list
of clients that return year after year completely satisfied.
Personalized service and complete positivity characterizes Fred's Adventure
Sportfishing which has been a perfect blend for our services here in
Costa Rica. Adventure Sportfishing is and will continue to be our bridge
to the U.S. market.
Jeannette Perez (JP)
JP Sportfishing Tours
a freelance outdoor writer/photographer for Marlin, Salt Water
Sportsman, Sport Fishing and other publications, I have had the
opportunity to fish in 18 countries and 9 states and have experienced
the best and worst that traveling has to offer the adventurer.
Over the last 40 years of “trial
and error” I have learned that it is extremely important to enlist
the services of a professional outfitter who can act as a clear voice
of reason, provide factual travel information with reasonable expectations
and who has enough experience to assist you in working out any problems
or challenges that always seem to arise. Fred Stephens, owner of Adventure
Sportfishing, is one of those guys that you can rely on to deliver an
honest evaluation of your travel goals and make things happen for you
with the least amount of hassle.
My first booking
with Fred was in November of 1994 on a trip to Panama fishing on the
M/V Coral Star. This was a true adventure and we were both able to
fish together on the same gameboat. After a full week of fishing you
sure get to know someone and I was impressed with Fred’s
calm demeanor, ability to work with a variety of people and accomplish
our fishing objectives. Since then Fred has organized trips for me to
Fiji, Mexico, Costa Rica and other exotic places and has always given
me the “straight scoop” on what to expect both good and bad
which is a hallmark of his operation and is appreciated by any traveler
who wants to avoid disappointment coming from false expectations. I highly
recommend Adventure Sportfishing for those who want to get the most out
of a fishing trip of a lifetime while minimizing the negative aspects
“The Roving Angler”
has a dream ... and you along with Adventure Sportfishing were
instrumental in seeing that Tommy's dream came true with your
generous gift of setting up a donated trip of a full day of fishing
in Costa Rica.
Tommy and his
family had the most amazing time! They rode horses to a waterfall,
visited the beach, and a volcano, zip-lined, but most importantly
fished and caught an estimated 60 lb Mahi-Mahi. He was thrilled,
as was his sister who caught one a bit smaller.
They were able to take the fish back to their hotel where the
chef prepared it about eight different ways, and shared it with
everyone else at the restaurant. In Tommy's words "it was
the trip of a lifetime".
Fred, the Children's Dream Fund could not continue our mission
of making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses
without the generous support of individuals such as you, who went
above and beyond working with me, even through all of the date
changes we had to make due to Tommy's mom becoming ill. You made
sure that they had the best boat and crew, and kept me informed
of their progress. Thank you for partnering with us to make this
happen, and for helping to give Tommy, and his family, some wonderful
memories that will last a lifetime.