Papagayo Fishing – Pola boat

Looking for an unforgettable Costa Rican angling adventure? You can’t go wrong casting off aboard Papagayo Fishing charters with the Mendez family!

Captain Jose Mendez has been exploring these waters since 2000, and now runs awesome trips alongside his two sons and older brother, who are also fishing fanatics. They all take turns in being "the captain," but one’s thing for sure – they’ll all make sure you experience the best these waters have to offer!

Capt. Jose and his family offer a variety of trips out of Playas del Coco, which provides access to some seriously fish-filled waters. Whether you want to hook the funky-looking Roosterfish inshore, or travel up to 10 miles out to deep waters for big game names such as Sailfish and Mahi Mahi, they’ve got you covered.

You’ll be fishing from a 23’ Mako center console, perfect for cruising a variety of fishing grounds. She’s just as effective at exploring offshore waters as she is coastal hotspots. She can accommodate up to 3 guests, making her a great choice for small groups of angling buddies, or a special family vacation. She’s decked out with all the necessary navigational and safety equipment, too.

Depending on weather conditions and the trip you opt for, you’ll get to target a variety of Costa Rica’s fish. Newer anglers can stay inshore and target Roosterfish, usually casting with a spinning rod.

Want to experience everything these waters hold? A longer trip will allow you to cast your line for Roosterfish as you head up to 10 miles offshore, where you’ll troll for Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Yellowfin Tuna, as well as indulging in some bottom fishing.

Your captain will make sure you’re decked out with top-quality rods and reels, as well as bait, tackle, lures, and snacks and water. If you opt for a full day adventure, your lunch will be included, too. You don’t need a fishing license, so all that’s left is to come aboard Papagayo Fishing charters and join the Mendez’s incredible fishing family!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    price breakdown
    This 8-hour adventure is the perfect trip for anglers who want to target a whole host of world-famous hard-fighting fish. Thanks to Costa Rica's seriously deep waters close to shore, you don't have to travel far to reach these prized species, either! You'll get to target Roosterfish, troll for Mahi Mahi, bottom fish, and battle huge Yellowfin Tuna and Sailfish. Your captain will make sure you're decked out with top-quality fishing gear, as well as snacks, drinks, and a full lunch.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    price breakdown
    If you want to head out and explore deeper waters, as well as targeting some world-famous fish, this 6-hour adventure is the one for you! You'll travel around 35 minutes from shore with your captain, where you'll reach plentiful clear waters. If the weather conditions are good, you'll be able to battle Sailfish and Mahi Mahi, and will also have the opportunity to cast your line for Roosterfish on the journey back. All fishing gear is included, as well as refreshments to keep your fighting energy up.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 3 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    price breakdown
    This 6-hour adventure is the perfect introduction to Costa Rica's incredible fishing! Your captain will have you casting your line in coastal waters after a quick 15–25 minute boat ride. Here, you'll be targeting prized species such as Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, and Bonito. You can also fish for Mahi Mahi about 6 miles from the coast, and also practice bottom fishing for Snapper, Amberjack, and Grouper – all before lunchtime! All fishing gear is included, as well as refreshments.

About the Charter Operator

Papagayo Fishing
Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
1 Fishing Reports
17 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since September 2015
We are fishermen, and we live in Playas del Coco, we fish in the Gulf of Papagayo throughout the year, our specialty is inshore fishing in search roosterfish and bottom fishing for cubera snapper and amberjack; we also do fishing for Trolling in search of sailfish, tuna and mahi-mahi in offshore, when the weather conditions are good. We have two boats in our family business, and we, my two sons and I manage them to provide the best service to our customers.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Great) Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle
King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Snook Snook
Tuna (Bluefin) Tuna (Bluefin)
Yellowtail Amberjack Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1990, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 115HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 28 knots.

23 ft
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

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 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
Crew Keeps Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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:

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