Sport Fishing El Gato III

Sport Fishing El Gato III specializes in private and personalized fishing trips. Operating off the beautiful coast of Playa Flamingo de Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Captain Luis Sandi will do everything possible for you to have a productive and fun fishing trip!

His vessel is a 26’ custom-built center console that can accommodate up to 4 guests. The boat had a full makeover in 2019 and features the latest Garmin navigational technology and safety gear (including 6 adult and 2 kid size life jackets). The boat also comes with a reliable Honda engine, a private restroom, a live bait tank, and 2 ice boxes – one for the catch, and one for food and drinks.

Capt. Luis will take you exploring the best nearshore, offshore, and reef spots in pursuit of the biggest A-listers in the area. Depending on the bite, you could be reeling in the likes of Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Roosterfish, Amberjack, Snapper, and more!

You’ll be provided with top-quality Shimano gear and Ballyhoo lures. The captain’s equipment consists of 4 heavy tackle, 3 bottom fishing, and 5 trolling rods. If you’d like to use live bait, you can purchase some for an additional cost at the beginning of your trip.

The charter will also cover soda, water, ice tea, beer, fruit, and snacks, and on full day trips, you’ll be provided with sandwiches as well. At the end of the day, the crew will clean your catch so you can take it home to enjoy a delicious meal with the family. Fishing licenses are not required for this area, so just arrive on time ready to fish and the rest will be taken care of.

Please note, kids ages 3 and older are also welcome to join in on the fun. As long as they are accompanied by a responsible parent or guardian, Capt. Luis is more than happy to have them aboard.

Book your next trip with Sport Fishing El Gato III and let them take you on the adventure of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $500
    Get ready for a sportfishing adventure up to 20 miles off the coast. You'll pursue a range of pelagic species, including Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, and Yellowtail Amberjack. This trip includes all necessary fishing equipment and bait, drinks (water, soda, beer, and ice tea), and an assortment of locally-grown fruit (typically pineapple and watermelon). Book this all-inclusive trip today and create lasting memories with Sport Fishing El Gato III!
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $500
    This is a half day sportfishing trip where you'll target a range of species up to 20 miles off the coast. Your bucket list for the day consists of Roosterfish, Mahi Mahi, Yellowtail Amberjack, Sailfish, Marlin, and more! You'll be provided with rods, reels, and bait, as well as soft drinks, beer, and fruit. Just bring some sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses, and come with extra elbow grease ready to catch some giant fish!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 6 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $550
    Inshore or offshore fishing trip available depending on the weather conditions.
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $750
    Get ready to experience one of the most stunning coastlines in the world! You'll be fishing up to 32 miles offshore to target Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Amberjack, Cubera Snapper, and more. This trip includes rods, reels, bait, beer, soft drinks, water, ice tea, fruit, and sandwiches. Just be sure to bring some sunscreen, a hat, and your favorite pair of sunglasses, and get ready for the thrill of a lifetime!
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About the Captain

Luis Sandi
Playa Flamingo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Angler's Choice
ID & License verified
66 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since March 2019
Captain Luis Sandi is a local to the Herradura waters and has been a licensed captain since 2004. He targets Roosterfish, Yellowtail Amberjack, Sailfish, Tuna, Cubera Snapper, and many other local species. He’s an expert in deep sea trolling and bottom fishing and provides state-of-the-art tackle, drinks, and fresh local fruit on all of his trips. Capt. Luis started his charter service back in 2012 with the main goal of making people happy and creating lasting memories for his customers. Other than fishing and putting in work on his boat, he specializes in creating an entertaining and fun atmosphere for everyone. He loves meeting people from all over the world and sharing his culture and hometown with other like-minded anglers. Capt. Luis invites you to join him on his center console and get ready for an unforgettable adventure off the beautiful coast of playa flamingo guanacaste Costa Rica!

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Custom-built (Center console) originally built in 2012, and restored in 2019. Powered by a 150HP Honda engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 30 knots.

Length
26 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 3 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 3 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
Catch and Release Allowed

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Photos & videos by reviewers (82)
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 66 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Half day trip with Captain Luis
Disappointed
Disappointed
+79
Angler Rating
52
9
2
1
1
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
85%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
73%
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Jeremiah P.
Tetonia, ID
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
Overall

Half day afternoon trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (PM) on May 19, 2022
Captain Luis and Guía Gerold tried their best to get us on fish but it was bad weather and poor sea conditions. Everyone in...
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Joey S.
Humble, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half Day - Morning trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 19, 2022
Captain Luis spent time catching live bait on his time to prepare for our trip to catch roosterfish. Guía Gerold kept our...
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Kimberly E.
San José, Provincia De San Jose
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Half day trip

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on April 26, 2022
Great experience, very knowledgeable and friendly captain and first mate. They recommended to target yellow fin tuna as other...
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Edward C.
Healdsburg, CA
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Luis and First Mate Keylor

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip (AM) on April 16, 2022
Captain Luis and First Mate Keylor did everything to make our fishing experience excellent!  With their expertise, I was lucky...
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Johnny A.
Coppell, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Half day trip with Captain Luis

VERIFIED   NEW  5 Hour Trip (AM) on May 21, 2022
It has been a lifelong dream to catch a bill fish. They asked me what I wanted and delivered. The boat was fast and rode very...
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FAQs about Sport Fishing El Gato III

Sport Fishing El Gato III offers the following trips to customers:
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $500 per group - 5 Hour Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $550 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $750 per group - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Sport Fishing El Gato III, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet ( Limpio y privado para damas)
  • GPS (Garmin )
  • Fishfinder (Garmin Sonar )
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Solisitarlo si lo desea para tenerlo abordo)
  • Live Bait Well ( Solo se utiliza carnada viva para rooster fish.)
  • Ice Box (1 for the catch and another for food & drinks )

Trips booked with Sport Fishing El Gato III include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano)
  • Live Bait (Live bait when available )
  • Lures (Including Ballyhoo lures)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting (Done on the boat )
  • Snacks (Local fruit )
  • Drinks (Soda, water, ice tea, & beer )
  • First Mate (Se recomienda propina)
  • Fishing License (Not needed at the moment )
  • Lunch (Sandwiches on full day trips only )

Sport Fishing El Gato III offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (If weather allows)
  • Reef Fishing

Sport Fishing El Gato III offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle (4 rods )
  • Bottom Fishing (3 rods )
  • Trolling (5 rods )

Top targeted fish species with Sport Fishing El Gato III include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo
  • Yellowtail Amberjack