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!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,026
    On half days, you'll stay inshore. The crew will look for action to keep everyone busy and to catch fish for dinner. The price includes a 4% tax in accordance with Costa Rican law.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,512
    If you'd like to go offshore but don't want to do the full day 9 hour trip, Tamarindo Sportfishing offers a 7 hour 3/4 day trip. There is time to go after Billfish offshore with time leftover to catch your dinner! The price includes a 4% tax in accordance with Costa Rican law.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,728
    The full day, 9 hour trip will give you ample time to head offshore and find the Billfish and can easily be combined with fishing inshore for your dinner. The price includes a 4% tax in accordance with Costa Rican law.
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About the Charter Operator

Randy Wilson
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
21 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
65 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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) Broomtail Grouper
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin

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
Up to 12 miles
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Fly Fishing
Please bring your own fly equipment
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
No bait stores here, so we catch our own.
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Fruit, chips, brownies
Drinks
Water, beer, sodas, ginger ale, tea
First Mate
At least 10% tips are very appreciated
Lunch
Full days only: sandwich

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
No min. age, life jackets supplied
You Keep Catch
We are happy to filet your dinner!
Crew Keeps Catch
...after clients' dinner is in the bag.
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
All billfish and roosterfish

Payment

Book with 20% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 48 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
90%
Friendly captain
95%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
77%
Satisfied with the boat
97%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Austyn M.
Austin, TX
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Great fishing day

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on July 22, 2022
Capt. Randy and mates Javier and Max were awesome. We have had bill fishing on our bucket list for a long time and wanted to...
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Great day!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on June 7, 2022
We had a great time reeling in 30 grouper and a few other fish. I would highly recommend, we will be back.
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Jason H.
Freedom, WI
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Full Day on Talking Fish

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on January 27, 2022
Tough bite but Capt. Randy still managed to get us our dinner AND a 250# Blue!  1st mates Javier and Max were awesome! If...
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Alejandro H. B.
Naples, NC
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Best fishing experience of my life

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 15, 2022
We got 2 Blue Marlin, 2 bonitos and 3 mahi mahi in one day. Everything was perfect.
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Greg B.
Austin, TX
Very good
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4.0 / 5
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3/4 day trip with captain Randy

VERIFIED   NEW  3/4 Day Trip on September 23, 2022
Tried offshore for billfish and trolled for 5 hours with no bites. Came inshore to reef and caughtv4 small skipjacks.
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FAQs about Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express

Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,026 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,512 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,728 per group - Full Day Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Flybridge
  • Multimedia System Bring your music and we'll play it!
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes

Trips booked with Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (No bait stores here, so we catch our own.)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Fruit, chips, brownies)
  • Drinks (Water, beer, sodas, ginger ale, tea)
  • First Mate (At least 10% tips are very appreciated)
  • Lunch (Full days only: sandwich)

Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 12 miles)
  • Reef Fishing

Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing (Please bring your own fly equipment)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo