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 place. Below you will find a cross-section of some of the top boats and elite Costa Rica sportfishing charter captains that we recommend. These are not the only captains and boats we book. Ask us about the rates for these and other sportfishing charters.
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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 Papagayo Marina, with Captain Rick Morrow at the helm, along with mates Rafa, who also serves as captain, 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 (Flamingo)
“Permit III” out of Flamingo 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.
Rainbow Runner – Captain Gerald Ruiz (Tamarindo)
“Rainbow Runner” out of Tamarindo is a 22-foot Boston Whaler powered by twin 65HP outboards. The very experienced, fully bilingual and highly respected Captain Gerald Ruiz, considered the area’s top Roosterfish captain/guide, is at the helm. She features a shaded deck with Bimini top, coolers, all-IGFA heavy and light conventional tackle, outriggers, downrigger, tuna tubes, radio, depth sounder, GPS, and a full range of USCG-approved safety and emergency gear.
Bushwacker – Captain Skeet Warren (Flamingo)
“Bushwacker” out of Flamingo 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 Arturo Rosales (Tamarindo)
“Outcast” out of Tamarindo with Captain Arturo Rosales 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
Good Day Too – Captain Esteban Marcos (Los Sueños)
“Good Day Too” out of Los Sueños Marina in Playa Herradura is a 36-foot Hatteras powered by twin Caterpillar inboard diesels. Completely rebuilt in 2002 and overhauled in 2012, fully bilingual Captain Esteban Marcos is at the helm. Captain Esteban and the Good Day Too finished second among 67 boats at the 2016 Offshore World championship in Quepos. She has 48-mile 25kw radar to find the birds, a brand new a/c salon, full marina head and shower, and a Lee fighting chair and outriggers. Equipment includes conventional 30#, 50#, 60# and 80# tackle; light 10#, 12#, 15# and 20# tackle; and fly fishing tackle such as #13 Sage rod / Billy Pate reels / #14 Thomas & Thomas rod and Orvis reels, plus marine radio and digital depth sounder.
Good Day – Captain Manuel Gabuardi (Pez Vela Marina, Quepos)
“Good Day” out of Pez Vela Marina in Quepos is a 31ft custom Sportfisher powered by a single-engine Cummins 315hp/2008 diesel. Bilingual Captain Manuel Gabuardi is at the helm, assisted by an experienced mate. She features an open cabin; full marine head; marine radio; GPS; fish finder; Lee’s fighting chair and outriggers: conventional tackle including #30-#50-#80 Penn reels and #10-#12-#15-#20 light tackle; and #13 Sage rods and Billy Pate reel, plus #14 Thomas & Thomas and Orvis rods for fly fishing enthusiasts.
Spanish Fly – Captain Juan Carlos Fallas (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 Juan Carlos Fallas, one of the area’s new captains and before that a highly-respected mate 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.
Fish Hunter – Captain Juan Sirias (Herradura Bay)
“Fish Hunter” out of Herradura Bay near Los Sueños Marina is a custom-built 26-foot Fish Nautique center console powered by a 210hp Cummins inboard diesel. Fully bilingual Captain Juan Sirias, who specializes in inshore fishing, is at the helm. Cruising at 23 knots, she is equipped with Furuno sounder, Standard Horizon GPS, Raymarine radio, stereo, a marine head (toilet) inside the console, outrigger and downriggers, and carries Shimano rods; Tiagra and Tyrnos Shimano reels; and an abundant array of the latest lures.
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.
Epic – Captain MJ Alligood (Los Sueños)
“Epic” out of Los Sueños marina is an extremely fast 34ft custom L&H Walkaround Express with a 12ft beam powered by twin Cummins 330HP turbo diesels. US Coast Guard-licenced American Captain Michael Alligood – top captain at the prestigious 2013 Offshore World Championship in Quepos, coming ahead of 67 other captains, and second in this tournament in 2015 – is at the helm. Cruising at 28knots with all-round fishability ideal for popper fishing, live baiting and jigging as well as trolling, she has two fighting chairs, marlin tower with full controls, Rupp spreader riggers, shaded helm with seating for six anglers, A/C cabin, marine head and state of the art electronics including two12″ Furuno Navenet GPS; 72-mile radar, powerful 1kw sounder/fish finder, etc. There are two livewells, tuna tubes, Shimano reels, custom rods, 20-80#tackle plus a wide assortment of professional grade spinning and jigging setups for jigging and popping, inshore and offshore Shimano Terez and Trevala rods, Saragossa spin reels, Torium and Tyrnos jigging reels with spectra lines and fluorocarbon leader and Cannon electric downrigger.
Chaser – Captain Brent Moyer (Herradura Bay)
“Chaser” out of Herradura Bay with Captain Brent Moyer at the helm, assisted by two mates, is a 58ft Viking powered by twin 1500hp Man engines. Cruising at 21 knots (full speed 39 knots) she has a fuel capacity range of 850 miles at 21 kts and 1,360 miles at 10 knots. She sports outriggers, two electric downriggers, a Pompanette fighting chair, rod holders, tackle storage centers, live bait well, and a full complement of Penn reels. Other features include a 12ft Nuvurania dinghy powered by an 80hp jet motor, 12-person automatic inflatable raft, two Epirbs, 22 life jackets, satellite telephone, satellite tv, 96-mile radar, Furuno 100 depth sounder, a 2kw transducer that can see 8,000 feet deep, Furuno black box nav system, Furuno 7000 plotter, Northstar 9000 plotter, and CData marine sounder. There are three bedrooms, three full bathrooms, laundry, dishwasher trash compactor, built-in Sony big-screen TV, wet bar in salon with ice maker, refrigerator on the bridge, microwave convection oven and 250-gallon freshwater capacity hot water tank.
Wing Man – Captain Carlos Arguedas (Los Sueños)
“Wing Man” out of Los Sueños Marina is a 28ft Custom Express – “the biggest little boat around” – powered by twin Cummins 4BT inboard diesels, with a cruising speed of 20 knots. Experienced bilingual Captain Carlos Arguedas is at the helm. She has lots of sitting room and shade, a forward cabin with V berth and Vaccuflush toilet; fresh and salt water wash-down pumps; custom upper and lower stations with Furuno Navnet plotter sounder radar, single-lever Cobelt controls, 6kw Furuno radar and two Icom VHF radios. She carries all Shimano fishing tackle and Precision Electric teaser reels. Other features include a custom center cockpit livewell with six Tuna tubes with dual rule 3700-gallon-per-hour pumps, plus a backup Sureflow livewell pump and all USCG safety equipment.
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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