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Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish

Papagayo Charters invites you to join them on Costa Rican angling adventures and experience the best of what the waters of Playa de Ocotal have to offer! Captain Nelson is a passionate fisherman and a dedicated captain who will get you on the best catch of your life.

Inshore or offshore trip, half day or full, it is entirely up to you to decide — your captain will take you out and show you some of the hottest fishing grounds around.

More experienced anglers that want the thrill of the chase and are eager to battle big gamefish. Billfish fans would definitely want to book an offshore trip. Pacific Sailfish, Striped or Blue Marlin are the upper crust you’ll be going after, as well as Bull Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Roosterfish that won’t go down without a fight.

Go on an inshore trip when you’re in the mood to admire the gorgeous coastline of Costa Rica and want to hook anything from Amberjack and Red Snapper, to Bonito and Jack Crevalle. Your little ones will have lots of fun on these trips too, so bring them along for a fishing outing to remember.

Your ride for the day is the “Tuna Fish” — a 30’ Phoenix Tournament Yacht made ​​of fiberglass, powered by a 450 HP Cummins engine. The vessel is fully equipped to take up to 5 anglers fishing, built for long-range high-speed runs to get you on the fish fast.

Fishing gear that includes rods, reels, tackle, live bait, and lures will wait for you on board. Snorkeling equipment is also available upon request, in case it gets too hot from being face to gills with the fish. Bottled water, sodas, and snacks are also provided, as well as lunch on full day trips.

Want your impressive catch cleaned? Capt. Nelson’s first mate will take care of that for you, and help you out throughout the trip, so tipping him at the end of it is encouraged.

Let Papagayo Charters take you on your next fishing trip and you’ll have such a great time, that you’ll always be back for more!



About the Captain

Nelson Mendez
Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
5 Fishing Reports
13 Customer Reviews
Member since December 2013
Captain Nelson Mendez will be your guide for the fishing trip on the Tuna Fish. He has fished around all Central and North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica looking for big game sportfish including Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Mahi Mahi. His ample experience in both inshore and offshore fishing makes him a well-rounded angler able and ready to target any pelagic species in the Gulf of Papagayo. Nelson is in love with every form of fishing — be it sportfishing, inshore or offshore, he truly commits to doing it all. He is simple, responsible, kind, and persistent, all the qualities that make an amazing captain. Nelson started fishing when he was 13 years old, and at the age of 18, he started working as the first mate and hasn't looked back since. Nelson also participated in 3 international fly fishing tournaments, where he made amazing results and won the third place once, and a second place twice.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Goliath Grouper
Jack Crevalle Jack Crevalle

Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Rainbow Runner Rainbow Runner
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Red) Red Snapper
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Phoenix (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 2000. Powered by a 450HP Cummins engine.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 35 miles

Fishing Techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Available upon request for all guests
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
4 units
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Available upon request for all guests
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Fruit, chips
Drinks
Water, sodas
First Mate
10-20% gratuity
Lunch
Full day trip only: sandwich or requested

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 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
No min. age, life jackets supplied
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Cleaning and filleting included
Catch and Release Allowed
Mandatory for Marlin, Sailfish and Roosterfish

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% 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
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 10 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Full day bill fishing trip
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
80%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
60%
Satisfied with the boat
75%
Catch intended fish
100%
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MIKE G.
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Full day bill fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore on July 2, 2021
I had previous experience with this boat and arranged to go with them again this year due to the service we received.  The...
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Chis G.
La Fortuna, A
Excellent
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Great Day on the Water.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore on April 10, 2018
Captain Nelson and his brother were great.  They picked us up on the beach of our resort to start the day.  They were both...
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Safety Harbor, Florida
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Full day with Captain Nelson and Carlos

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore on July 14, 2017
It was a real dream of my husband’s to go deep sea fishing in Costa Rica. And this trip more than fulfilled it for him. Capt....
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Full day 30'

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore on April 28, 2019
Requested thar we target roosters,yellowfin tuna, and a cubberra snapper. Captain got first two done and then we trolled....
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January fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore on January 31, 2020
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FAQs about Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish

Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group, additional $100 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) (4 hours)
  • $800 per group, additional $100 per person after 1 guest - Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM) (4 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment (Available upon request for all guests)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes (4 units)
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks (Fruit, chips)
  • Drinks (Water, sodas)
  • First Mate (10-20% gratuity)
  • Lunch (Full day trip only: sandwich or requested)

Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 35 miles)

Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Goliath)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Rainbow Runner
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo