Costa Rica’s Fishing Charters: Top Boats and Captains:
If you are looking to book a Costa Rica fishing charter you have come to to the right spot. If you need help deciding which of the charters best fits your needs, please feel free to give us a call, otherwise browse through the different companies or select the area of Costa Rica that you are most interested in for sport fishing.
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Featuring marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish
”Talking Fish” out of Tamarindo is a 38-foot Topaz Express powered by twin Detroit turbo diesels. This superbly set-up boat is fully equipped with Penn International, Shimano and accurate tackle, Furuno color depth sounder and Magellan GPS. Comfortably seating six anglers in the shade, it features a large cockpit and cabin with a V-berth and a private head with shower. Captain Randy Wilson (with mate Eitel) has extensive fishing experience since moving here in 1974. Randy is passionate about conservation and has developed techniques with lure/bait rigs to ensure billfish are not harmed.
Fish Tale II – Captain Rick Morrow (Papagayo Marina)
“Fish Tale II” out of the new Papagayo Marina, with Captain Rick Morrow at the helm, along with mates Rafa and Hugo, is a 35-foot Cabo Convertible powered by twin 3208 Caterpillar engines. It sports an A/C salon, great seating and shade, marine head, full electronics including Furuno radar and plot, Furuno color sounder, GPS, and a full range of brand new Penn International custom rods and Shimano TRS reels.
Capullo – Captain Manuel Leal (Tamarindo)
“Capullo” out of Tamarindo is a 36-foot custom Topaz Sportfisher with experienced, fully bilingual Captain Manuel Leal at the helm. The Capullo is outfitted for serious fishing with state-of-the-art equipment and electronics, full cabin with private head, as well as all-IGFA Shimano and Accurate tackle. The seating area and cockpit have been customized for comfort and easy access to allow for full focus on great fishing.
Permit III – Captain Chepe (Papagayo Marina)
“Permit III” out of the new Papagayo Marina is a 31-foot Gamefisher powered by twin 250hp Cummins diesel engines. For those who want the very best, bilingual ‘Captain Chepe’ (José Vásquez), one of the country’s best-known captains, is at the helm. It has state of the art electronics, custom tournament quality tackle, spinning and fly gear, fly fishing and light tackle, and a professional fighting chair.
Bushwacker – Captain Skeet Warren (Flamingo/Papagayo)
“Bushwacker” out of Flamingo and Papagayo with Captain Skeet Warren is a 42-foot Bertram repowered by twin Cummins QSM-11 four-stroke engines. Fully air conditioned, the all-new equipment includes a fighting chair with a 4-rod rocket launcher, livewell, Penn, Shimano and Fisherman’s Center rods and reels, Penn downrigger and Rupp outriggers, plus 72 mile radar.
Outcast – Captain José Asdrúbal López (Tamarindo)
“Outcast” out of Tamarindo with Captain José Asdrúbal López and mate David is a 27-foot Dusky powered by twin 250hp Cummins diesels. The boat, which can take up to four anglers, has an 11.5-foot beam, tower, fighting chair, spacious and shaded seating area and roomy cabin with marine head. It carries GPS, depth sounder, outriggers and a full range of Penn international and Shimano tackle.
Los Sueños Marina-Pez Vela Marina (Quepos)
Featuring sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish
Miss-Behav’in – Captain Alex Holden (Los Sueños)
“Miss-Behav’in” out of Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura is a 32-foot Irvin Forbes Express powered by a 350hp Cat engine with Captain Alex Holden at the helm, assisted by mate Russ Nixdorf. Cruising at 20 knots, she offers the latest in electronics including two Furuno GPS, Furuno color sounder, 24-mile radar, two VHF radios, abundant shade, plus a head in the V-berth. The boat carries a full range of Penn international (20-80lbs) and Shimano Lite tackle, Penn spinners, Lee outriggers, Penn downrigger, tuna tubes and a live bait well, plus all the required safety equipment.
Bill Chaser – Captain Jesse Smith (Pez Vela Marina, Quepos)
“Bill Chaser” out of Quepos with Captain Jesse Smith at the helm, assisted by bilingual mate Jorge, is a 36-foot Pursuit with a 13.5ft beam powered by twin 370hp Cummins inboard diesels. Cruising at 24 knots, she comes equipped with full A/C salon, full bathroom with shower, complete complement of Foruno depth finder, GPS, radar, Plotter auto pilot; a full range of top of the line Accurate and Penn International tournament-class equipment, fighting post, tuna tubes, live bait well, US Coast Guard safety equipment and plenty of cover from the sun.
Fandango – Captain Tomas Siquiera (Los Sueños)
“Fandango” out of Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura with experienced local “Captain Tomas Siquera”, an expert in inshore fishing, is a 31-foot Palm Beach Ocean Fisherman powered by a 300hp Caterpillar diesel, developing a cruising speed of 22 knots. It offers shaded cover and cabin, marine head, GPS, color video sounder and VHF radios, plus a full class of heavy and light tournament-class equipment.
Spanish Fly – Captain Daniel Espinoza (Los Sueños)
“Spanish Fly” out of Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura is a 42-foot Cold-Molded Flybridge Sportfishing Yacht powered by twin 450HP Caterpillar 3126B electronic engines. “Captain Daniel Espinoza”, one of the area’s top captains and guides for almost a dozen years, is at the helm. Its top-of-the-line fishing equipment includes Cape Fear custom rods from fly rods to 80lb; 25kw Furuno bird radar; the latest electronics; tuna tubes, a 169sqft cockpit and fighting chair.
Macushla – Captain Johnny Cerpas (Los Sueños)
“Macushla” out of Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura with Captain Johnny Cerpas is a 38-foot cold molded custom Sport Fisher powered by twin Cummins 370b diesels. She has 98-mile, 25kw radar to find birds, A/C cockpit and cabin, release marine fighting chair, live well and large fish box. Equipment includes Shimano reels, Rupp outriggers, electric teaser reels, Tiagra 50, 80 and 130s and Shimano and cape fear rods, along with two VHF radios and digital depth sounder.
No Limit – Captain John Weisenstein (Pez Vela Marina, Quepos)
“No Limit” out of Quepos is a 28-foot Center Console skippered by experienced, fully bilingual Captain John Wesisenstein and powered by a single engine 250hp diesel inboard. She comes equipped with small cabin, enclosed marine head, a full range of international class equipment including state-of-the-art Tiagra rods and reels, up-to-date modern electronics and safety equipment plus plenty of cover from the sun.
The Predator – Captain Cesar (Los Sueños)
“The Predator” out of Los Sueños marina in Playa Herradura is an extremely swift 26-foot Shamrock Express powered by a 270hp Cummins engine. Skippered by Captain Cesar, she has the latest in electronics including two Furuno GPS, Furuno color sounder, 24-mile radar, two VHF radios, abundant shade, a marine head in the V-berth, a full range of Penn international and Okuna Lite tackle, Penn spinners, Lee outriggers, Penn downrigger, tuna tubes, a live bait well plus all the required safety equipment.
Dragin Fly – Captain James Smith (Los Sueños)
“Dragin Fly” out of Los Sueños marina in Playa Herradura is a 42-foot Cold Molded Flybridge Sportfishing Yacht powered by twin 450HP Caterpillar 3126B electronic engines. Captain James Smith is at the helm, assisted by mates Alberto and Chela. Launched in 2008 and cruising at 25 knots, it has full electronics, all new Shimano rods and reels, heavy and light tackle, stand-up and fly rods, tuna tubes, a large cockpit, fighting chair, fully air conditioned salon, cabin, galley and head plus state-of-the-art safety equipment.
CaribSea – Captain Orlando Jiménez (Pez Vela Marina, Quepos)
“CaribSea” out of Quepos is a 46-foot Guthrie Flybridge Sport Fisher with Captain Orlando Jiménez at the helm. It has set several IGFA Tippet class billfish records since 1990, including one of the first Pacific blue marlin ever caught on a fly. It features a 14-foot beam, live bait well, lee tuna chair, depth sounder, GPS, radar, Penn international light tackle and Shimano reels.
Sailfish – Captain Bill Kieldsen (Los Sueños)
“Sailfish” out of Los Sueños marina in Playa Herradura with Captain Bill Kieldsen is a 35-foot Bertram powered by twin 370hp Cummins diesels. This fast, comfortable boat with A/C salon is equipped for fly and conventional fishing. It carries Shimano Gold Tiagra reels, Penn international fly reels and custom rods, and multiple teaser stations for bait and switch. Captain Bill and mate Randall Garcia are among the top teams in the area.
Golfito-Puerto Jimenez-Drake Bay
Featuring sailfish, marlin, tuna, dorado, wahoo, roosterfish, mackerel, snook
Cazador – Captain Bobby McGuinness (Golfito)
“Cazador” out of Golfito is a 37-foot Merritt Sportfisherman with Captain Bobby McGuinness, who was named world’s top captain of 2006 and again in 2010 by the prestigious International Game Fish Association (IGFA). Built for comfort and for fishing in Costa Rica, it is powered by twin 450hp Cummins diesels developing a cruising speed of 27 knots, and has a full range of electronic, tournament-class fishing and safety equipment.
Reel Escape – Captain Willy Atencio (Drake Bay)
“Reel Escape” out of Drake Bay is a 35-foot Cabo Sport Fishing Yacht built in 2002 with experienced bilingual Captain Willy Atencio at the helm, assisted by a bilingual mate. The boat is powered by twin 450hp CAT diesel engines, and comes with an A/C salon, full head and full galley. She is equipped with the latest electronics (Furuno radar, Navjet GPS, Simrad Autopilot, color video sounder, Icon ICM402 VHF radio, Nav lights), USCG safety equipment, 40-gallon live well, and a full range of brand new Penn International and Shimano reels with custom built rods.
Crocodile Bay Lodge (Puerto Jiménez)
A unanimous choice as Central America’s top sportfishing lodge, Crocodile Bay Lodge occupies 44 acres with 34 air-conditioned rooms and features a top-of-the-line daily menu, bar, swimming pool, hot tub, new jacuzzi, massage room and conference facilities. The extensive fleet with some of the area’s top local captains, easily accessed from a 750-foot pier, includes 17-foot flat boats, 24-foot Center Consoles, 27-foot offshore Center Consoles, 33-foot Strike tower boats, new Boston Whalers, plus the owner’s 35-foot Strike tower boat. Fabulous ecotours are also available.
Hepcat – Captain Cory Craig (Puerto Jiménez)
“Hepcat” out of Puerto Jiménez is a custom-built 27ft Ocean Runner center console powered by two 175HP Suzuki outboards. “Captain Cory Craig” from Canada is an expert inshore fisherman/guide. The boat is equipped with Shimano Rods (Tanus, Talavera and Trivala), Shimano Reels (Tiagra, Torium, Spheros and Saragosa), Gamma Leader Temple Forl Fly rods, Aftco fighting harness, has a full array of lures, Simrad 10″ Sounder/GPS, VHF radio, and 70 gallons of live well space.
Tortuguero-Barra del Colorado-Nicaragua
Featuring tarpon, snook, calba, rainbow bass (guapote), Spanish and Cero mackerel, Jack Crevalle, barracuda
Bull Shark – Captain Eddie Brown (Tortuguero)
The “Bull Shark” out of Tortuguero and Barra del Colorado is a 22-foot open fisherman powered by two four-stroke 115hp Yamaha outboards. It features a T-top and full electronics. Captain Eddie Brown, the universally acknowledged ‘Tarpon King” of Costa Rica, has been guiding in the area for more than 35 years. He is an aggressive angler who goes the extra mile to find fish. All tackle and lures, plus sandwiches, beer, soft drinks and bottled water, are provided on the boat. Anglers hoping to catch tarpon on the fly should bring their own flies and rods.
Rio Indio Lodge (Nicaragua)
“Rio Indio Lodge” on the bank of the San Juan River, Nicaragua, is 35 minutes by private charter from San José. Set amid giant tropical hardwood trees for maximum comfort, the lodge property and the huge surrounding reserve are home to jaguars, tapirs, ocelots, three species of monkeys, dart frogs and much more. Fish with experienced local captains/guides for tarpon, snook, rainbow bass (guapote), machaca and other exotic gamefish in 16ft Jon boats or 25ft Open Sportfishermen that can get out into the Caribbean. Ecotours are also available for non-anglers. All-inclusive accommodation is provided. The main dining room, lounge bar and reception area are done in solid oak. Thatched-roof walkways connect the lodge and spacious guest bungalows that offer 27 premium bedrooms.
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