Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Looking for a professional Costa Rican sportfishing experience? Rhino Charger Sport Fishing has the answer. With over 40 years of experience of running charters in Florida and Costa Rica, Captain Rick Bergstresser has a wealth of knowledge that he and his crew are ready to share with you.

Their trips take place aboard the Rhino Charger, a 31’ Island Hopper. With a top speed of 30 knots, this boat can reach Costa Rica’s Continental Shelf in just 30 minutes. Custom designed, she has a huge 12.5’ beam, which translates into smooth, dry rides. The spacious fishing cockpit provides plenty of room for all guests.

The Rhino Charger is also the only boat in the Tamarindo fleet that has a flybridge. This provides plenty of cool shade where you can relax. Below the deck, a V-berth cabin and bathroom ensure everyone is comfortable. Extremely stable and safe, this boat is as tough as her name.

Whether you’re hoping to get your hands on one of Costa Rica’s famous Billfish, or to explore the coastal areas in search of Roosterfish, this charter will provide you with top notch sportfishing gear and know-how. Expect Shimano reels, custom rods, and Penn spinning gear, as well as an array of lures.

There are a huge number of species available in Tamarindo. As well as Billfish, you can get your hands on Mahi Mahi, Cubera Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, Jack Crevalle, and many more. Captain Rick’s international fishing experience will give you an insight into this unique fishery and give you a fighting chance of bringing in your personal best.

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing is not only about the serious aspects of fishing, though. Instead, it’s their positive attitude and joy of fishing that makes their customers want to come back. They want you to have a good time and they will go out of their way to make sure it happens.

As Captain Rick operates out of both Costa Rica and Florida, you may fish with his colleague, Capt. Maikel, a local with over 20 years of experience.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Afternoon Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:45 PM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jan 15
    $900
    You'll target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Snapper, and more – the good news is that you can also keep this catch. The crew will clean, fillet, and package it for you onboard. They will also recommend a number of excellent restaurants that will prepare it for you!
  • Private trip
    Morning Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    Seasonal trip Apr 1 - Jan 15
    $900
    You'll target Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna, Snapper, and more – the good news is that you can also keep this catch. The crew will clean, fillet, and package it for you onboard. They will also recommend a number of excellent restaurants that will prepare it for you!
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,100
    This 3/4 Day Trip includes drinks (bottled water, beer, sodas) plus fruit, snacks, and sandwiches. In only half an hour, you'll be able to target Marlin, Sailfish, or Mahi Mahi. Note that all Billfish is strictly catch and release.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 1 day ago
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:15 AM
    $1,300
    Full day trip includes drinks (bottled water, beer, sodas) plus fruit, snacks, and sandwiches. The captain will prepare your fishing equipment and help you catch some of the best big game species, even if it's your first time fishing.
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About the Captain

Rick Bergstresser
Tamarindo, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
23 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since April 2019
Captain Rick has over 40 years of commercial and recreational sportfishing experience. He's been fishing Costa Rican waters for more than 12 years now. He splits his time between Costa Rica and Florida, where he lives. When Capt. Rick is not around, you'll be fishing with Capt. Maikel, born and raised in Playa Tamarindo. He has over 20 years of fishing experience. Their first mate is Victor Suazo.

About this listing

Targeted species

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

Boat specs

Island Hopper (Flybridge) originally built in 2004. Powered by a 450HP Cummings engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 25 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
7 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 12 miles offshore

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
Blue water marlin chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Flybridge
Outriggers

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Shimano 30's, 50's and 80's
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Works for tips

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
No min. age policy; life vests supplied
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
Billfish

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
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 23 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
76%
Satisfied with the boat
94%
Catch intended fish
83%
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Mary A. L.
Williamsburg, VA
Excellent
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Full day trip with Captain Mike

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on May 12, 2022
We had 5 adults in our party for a full day of fishing. The first 3/4 of the day we didn’t have a bite - looking for billfish...
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Janet C.
Clemson, SC
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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What a day!

VERIFIED   Morning Half Day Trip on June 20, 2022
We had a family of 6 go out for the day. Saw hundreds of dolphin, caught several tuna, and ended the day with a Blue Marlin!...
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Jose V.
Homestead, FL
Excellent
4.3 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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All day trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 11, 2022
It was a tough day fishing, the captain trolled for hours. We got 3 hits a nice yellow fin and a massive bull mahi mahi. The...
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Frederick S. B.
Hightstown, NJ
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent experience

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 29, 2021
Captain Mike with mate’s Johnny and Victor did an excellent job. The boat is well equipped and very clean. Super professional...
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Kathy A.
Foley, AL
Excellent
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Marlin and Mahi

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 26, 2022
Capt Rick was very responsive and helpful.  Capt Michael,  Victor and Johnny were awesome on the boat.  Luch was delicious!
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FAQs about Rhino Charger Sport Fishing

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $900 per group, additional $100 per person after 5 guests - Afternoon Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $900 per group, additional $100 per person after 5 guests - Morning Half Day Trip (4 hours)
  • $1,100 per group, additional $100 per person after 5 guests - 3/4 Day Trip (6 hours)
  • $1,300 per group, additional $100 per person after 5 guests - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Rhino Charger Sport Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair Blue water marlin chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Flybridge
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes Hooker tuna tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Rhino Charger Sport Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano 30's, 50's and 80's)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate (Works for tips)

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 12 miles offshore)

Rhino Charger Sport Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Rhino Charger Sport Fishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo