Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express

On the Pacific coast of Costa Rica since the 1970’s, Randy Wilson pioneered the sportfishing in this area with Tamarindo Sportfishing. Located close to the deep water, Tamarindo is the perfect base of operation. Spectacular year-round fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Wahoo, and assorted other inshore species are all accessible with a short run time. Spend your day fishing, not running towards the fish!

The ‘Talking Fish’ is a 38’ Topaz Express and with twin 671 Detroit diesels and lots of comfortable seating in the shade. Bring your music and hook it up to the sound system!

Mates Eithel Rosales and Max Campos are fun and knowledgeable and speak English. Fishing is their passion and they work hard so you’ll have the experience of a lifetime!

All equipment is top of the line with Penn International and Shimano tackle. The crew is happy to accommodate novices and families, as well as experienced anglers.

Conservation of the resource is important for the team, and Randy has developed techniques to make sure the billfish are released unharmed. With edible fish, they are happy to keep your catch filleted and on ice for the day so you can have it cooked at one of Tamarindo’s many superb restaurants. We look forward to taking you fishing!

Tamarindo Sportfishing is currently the only charter business in Tamarindo that is exempt from 13% VAT. Please note that as of July 1, 2020, the balance due on all bookings will be subject to a reduced 4% VAT rate.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,600
    price breakdown
    $1,600
    The full day, 9 hour trip has ample time to head offshore and find the Billfish and can easily be combined with fishing inshore for your dinner. Tamarindo Sportfishing is licensed by the Costarican Tourist Board and therefore exempt from charging the VAT up until July 1, 2020. 4% VAT will be applied for bookings from July 1, 2020, onwards.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,400
    price breakdown
    $1,400
    If you'd like to go offshore but don't want to do the full day 9 hour trip, we offer a 7 hour 3/4 day trip. There is time to go after bill fish offshore with time leftover to catch your dinner! Tamarindo Sportfishing is licensed by the Costarican Tourist Board and therefore exempt from charging the VAT up until July 1, 2020. 4% VAT will be applied for bookings from July 1, 2020, onwards.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $950
    price breakdown
    $950
    On half days we stay inshore, look for action and fish for dinner. Tamarindo Sportfishing is licensed by the Costarican Tourist Board and therefore exempt from charging the VAT up until July 1, 2020. 4% VAT will be applied for bookings from July 1, 2020, onwards.

About the Charter Operator

Randy Wilson
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
44 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since October 2014
Grew up in Miami, started fishing as a toddler! Fished and surfed all through high school and college. I moved to Costa Rica in 1974. Saw the incredible fishing here and grew my business from one small boat to now a fleet of 3 with local bilingual captains. After fishing here for 40 years, I am still excited about sharing the experience with anglers from all over the world and giving them the trip of a lifetime.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail) Grouper (Broomtail)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)

Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)

Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Topaz Express (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1985, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 400HP Detroit Diesel 671TI engines.

Length
38 ft
Capacity
7 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

Listing Policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.59
out of 5 stars from 29 reviews
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
74%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
83%
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John C.
Scituate, MA
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VERIFIED   January 29, 2020
When Randy asked what we hoped to catch today we told him marlin and he and the crew delivered. When we got offshore we had...
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VERIFIED   December 24, 2019
Captain and crew were fantastic! Friendly, helpful and plenty of food and beer for the day.  Husband caught a blue Marlin. ...
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VERIFIED   January 23, 2020
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VERIFIED   June 5, 2019
Had a great trip with Capt. Randy and his crew. The boat was beautiful and well stocked. He took us right out to where the...
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VERIFIED   March 11, 2020
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