"As promised, attached below are some pics from the fishing trip we took with you and your crew yesterday. We had a great time! I wanted to make a few comments that you are welcome to attribute to me if you want on your website
1. The 36 foot Marcam express cruiser was very well equipped for our full-day trip, with plenty of shaded comfortable seating for the passengers. I agree with the comment on your website that although our family has gone on many charters, it was the cleanest and best disinfected boat we have ever been on! Your crew takes a lot of extra effort to do this type of deep cleaning each day, and it shows.
2. With your having over 25 years of experience, I felt that this made a lot of difference in the success of our fishing trip. From the route that was selected, to the trolling speed, to the use of very good tackle and great selection of real baits and teasers, it was a testimony to the difference experience makes. I also noted that you used more lines out in the water than I have experienced with other charters. There were so many I lost count, but I estimate that there were 4-6 baited lines out at most times during the trip, along with several teaser lines. Since this type of fishing is opportunistic for the predator species being targeted, having this large footprint I believe increased the chances of more fish being caught.
3. I was also very impressed with your boat driving and maneuvering skills. This is where a 36 foot boat really shines, as you expertly accelerated or backed down the boat keeping the angler and the fish in just the right alignment to maximize the chances for successful catch. Without doubt, you are the best boat driver I have ever experienced! From now on, I will laugh as I watch videos of other captains who gun their boats backwards and shoot water over the transom to impress their clients when a fish is on the line.
Thanks for allowing me to express my opinions. Thanks again for a great trip, and we will be sure to contact you for another fishing adventure the next time we are in Los Sueños!"
Dr. Don Henderson
"Captain Tom, Thank you so much for putting us with the best Captain you could put us with while on vacation in Costa Rica. Captain Tomas and mate Luiz were unbelievable! First day out we caught 9 Mahi Mahi quickly. Good eating too! Then we went out trolling for the bill fish. This is where it gets interesting. It was like right out of a Charles Dickens book. Ahead of the boat the clouds starting rolling in with lightning popping all through them. The barometric pressure dropped and all of the sudden boom! All four rods with bait started spooling and we hooked up with 4 sail fish at once!! They all jumped out of the water at the same time and the fight was on!! We landed 3 of them with one snapping the line. There isn’t anything better than seeing these beautiful fish jump out of the water! We caught 13 sail fish and 9 Mahi Mahi that day. The guys fell over tired when we got back to the condo that night!! Day 2 Rooster fishing. Although we did not hammer them like we did the sail fish but landed 2 huge Rooster fish and one needle fish. My rooster is definitely going on the wall even though my wife doesn’t know that yet! Attached are some of the pics that we took. I want to thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions before booking and meeting us at the docks before we left out. Am amazing fishing trip that will never be forgotten! I will refer anyone to book only through you. From one fisherman to another…rip some lip my friend! Rip some lip!"
- Benny Dinsmore
Coldwell Banker Residential
"Bob and I want to thank you for the fabulous experience at Captain Tom’s Lair and onboard your fishing boat. We have fished worldwide and I can honestly say e\we never had a better billfish experience anywhere. The impressive catch of sailfish and Dorado, the knowledge and expertise of the captain, the comfort of the boat and the skill of the mate combined to make it a memory we will long cherish. Both Bob and I were impressed with the quality of the fishing gear, first class all the way. Thanks again Tom. We’ll be back. I sure hope you still have opening after we share pictures and memories with our friends.”
- Joyce and Robert
Wainscott Eagle River, Alaska
Tom Jr. and I had a great time fishing with Capt. Tom and his mate, we will gladly recommend him to any and all of our business and friends that have an interest inSport Fishing with the Best. Thanks for making our time together special.
- Tom Sampson Sr.
"Great job, you are really on top of your game. Thanks for persevering with us after we were 1 for 8 on the first day. We really wanted to learn the technique and hopefully we can put it into play over here. We had lots of fun and would love to come back again. Don’t be surprised if you see some others from over here coming as well in the future. Let your wife know that it nice meeting her, and thanks for putting up with us."
- James Pierce
"My wife and I want to thank you for the great time we had with you this past February. You and your mate made sure that we were comfortable, understood what would happen, and got us fish everyday. In fact everyone in our group caught sailfish and dolphin on this tour. We would have liked to fish everyday, but there is so much else to see and do in Costa Rica. After having traveled in much of the Caribbean and Mexico, we can honestly say that of all those places Cost Rica stands out in our minds as the singular most enjoyable place we have been .When we return we will want to fish with you again."
- Warren & Patti
"I did not realize I made your photo gallery. I was the African American with the sailfish and the dorado. I was there in the summer of 2006 and had a blast. I’m strongly considering coming back this summer (2008). I’ll get in touch when I finalize my decision. I would definitely use your boat again. Great boat and professional staff."
- Hezekiah Johnson Passaic, NJ