Tortuguero Sport Fishing

Experience the true value of Tortuguero National Park as you work your way along its shallow waters with Tortuguero Sport Fishing. Get your fish on, as you seek out some prized game fish to do battle with. Captain Elvin “Primo” Gutiérrez has been fishing these seas and rivers for over 25 years, and knows everything about them and their impressive wildlife, and can’t wait to show you the area’s incredible beauty.

These skinny waters require a low-bottomed boat. Thankfully for you, the 25’ Mako and 26’ Super Pangas are exactly that. With very little to choose between them, they both comfortably fit 3 guests, and come fitted with a fighting chair each. Settle in as you do battle with some monster fish, before you kick back, and relax on the open deck.

Throughout the year, you’ll have the chance to work your way up and around the saltwater rivers. Calm and protected from the choppy seas, they offer an ideal opportunity for families to get out and fish in comfort. Home to incredible fish, you’ll get to target the world-famous Tarpon as they migrate inland, while also going after some local delicacies like Rainbow Trout, Machaca, and Mojarro.

With the exception of November and December, Tarpon can be caught out on the nearshore waters, too. These beasts will feed on a range of different bait, along with sea turtles that will be hatching. Your captain will use the appropriate bait as you try to lure these monsters, before engaging in an intense battle with one. Bring your own fly fishing equipment and choose from a range of flies, too!

You’ll be picked up from your hotel on the water and taken straight to the fishing spots. Just get in contact with your captain to arrange the meeting point. You’ll get to keep some of the fish you catch, so end the day with a delicious, well-deserved treat. All you need to do is bring some lunch to stay refreshed, and get ready for a fantastic fishing experience in luscious nature with Tortuguero Sport Fishing.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Oct 31
    $550
    Explore the productive shallow saltwater just off the tropical Costa Rican coast. Get out on the choppy waters and test your skills and strength against every angler's favorite inshore fish. Tough-fighting and strong as can be, Tarpon are sure to make you work hard to reel 'em in. Get ready for a thrilling day on the water as you tackle these beasts. For safety reasons, children under 12 are not allowed on board, and it's recommended that you bring some lunch or snacks along with you.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – River
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    In November and December, when the sea is a bit rough, you'll be taken up the rivers where the Tarpon migrate to and you'll get to test your skills against this tough-fighting beast. The rest of the year, families with children can take advantage of the productive river waters, calmer and more protected than the open seas. You'll get to bottom fish to try to reel in some stunning local delicacies, such as Rainbow Trout, Machaca, Mojarra, and many more.

About the Captain

Elvin Gutiérrez
Tortuguero, Limón, Costa Rica
4 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2019
Elvin, or more commonly known as "Primo," is a Tortuguero native. Originally from Parismina, he has made Tortuguero home for over 25 years. Having run a successful, honest business, he's well-known and liked in the village, famous for his passion for the outdoors and, of course, fishing. He knows all there is about Tortuguero's seas and rivers, as well as the wildlife. Capt. Primo will be your captain on the 25' Mako, while Capt. Clifford from Colorado, just an hour away from Tortuguero, will take the wheel on the Super Panga.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Rainbow Trout (Steelhead) Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper

Snook Snook
Tarpon Tarpon

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 40 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Spinning
Jigging
Fly Fishing

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Multimedia System
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks
Fishing License

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 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 agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

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Customer Reviews

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Tarpon on the fly
Full day with Primo.
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Heredia, Provincia De Heredia
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Full day with Primo.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore on February 15, 2020
The trip to Rio Colorado and back was an unexpected surprise and much appreciated. Primo is a Superguide!  He is very knowledgeable...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – River on January 11, 2020
Due to storm in Caribbean and heavy rains river was muddy and impossible to get off shore but primo brought us up river system...
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Ed M.
Old Fields, WV
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Tarpon in tortuquero with tortuquero sport fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore on February 8, 2020
tarpon fishing was great. landed 2.5 fish per boat per day and missed twice a many. primo (our captain) put us on fish every...
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Cristóbal Eduardo Tapia Chamy
Puntarenas, Provincia De Puntarenas
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Tarpon on the fly

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Inshore on February 27, 2020
Excelent tarpon fly fishing with “Primo”! There are plenty of fish and most of them are really big. Great experience!
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FAQs about Tortuguero Sport Fishing

Tortuguero Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $450 per group, additional $100 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $100 per person after 1 guest - Full Day Trip – River (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Tortuguero Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Multimedia System (Radio)
  • Ice Box (Cooler)

Trips booked with Tortuguero Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks (Water, sodas, beer)
  • Fishing License

Tortuguero Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Tortuguero Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Fly Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Tortuguero Sport Fishing include:
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • King Mackerel (Kingfish)
  • Rainbow Trout (Steelhead)
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snook
  • Tarpon