Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish

Calle Ocotal
Playa Ocotal GU, Costa Rica

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!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Inshore or Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 950
    up to 5 persons
    The full day trip is the perfect choice when you want to experience going after Billfish such as Striped or Blue Marlin and Pacific Sailfish in the waters of Gulf of Papagayo. Offshore trips usually take place 25-30 miles away from the coast. If you prefer inshore fishery, then you might hook anything from Roosterfish, Amberjack, and Wahoo, just to mention a few.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 700
    up to 5 persons
    Be an early bird and start your morning with a fishing trip that will keep you on the trail of Amberjack, Bonito, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Roosterfish, Jack Crevalle, and the list goes on. Whether you come with your family or angler friends, great fun and an even better catch is guaranteed.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 700
    up to 5 persons
    Half day inshore fishing is a great pick for those who want to enjoy Costa Rica's landscapes on a 4-hour fishing charter. You will be fishing in the middle of the Gulf of Papagayo where you could catch Mahi Mahi, Roosterfish, Bonito, Red Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Amberjack, and much more. Take your family, friends, or your partner fishing, and enjoy Costa Rica from another angle. Will be worth every penny!
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath)

Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

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

30 ft
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

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


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Playa Ocotal to departure site is available and included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 25% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 25% 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:

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 4.5% fee.

About the Captain

Nelson Mendez
Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

4.89 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews

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Captain Nelson and his brother were great.  They picked us up on the beach of our resort to start the day.  They were both very knowledgeable and helpful throughout the day.  We had a great day fishing too.  We caught 6 Mahi and 6 yellow tuna.  We even had a hookup of a big black marlin but unfortunately after the 3rd jump it spit the hook.  The fish were cleaned for us on the boat right away.  Great Day. Would fish with them again next time.

Fished April 10, 2018
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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. Nelson and Carlos were very punctual and picked us up from the beach outside of our resort. They had a nice conversation with us about what we were interested in fishing for and what our main goals of the trip were. The boat was nice and clean and the equipment was in great condition. The weather was really perfect and the captain drove the boat extremely well! At one point Capt. Nelson was driving us along the coastline and out of nowhere spotted a giant Marlin he was extremely skilled in spotting it and immediately directed the boat so we could throw out the bait and almost instantly we hooked the marlin! It was quite the fighter! Thank goodness Carlos was there to help us try and reel in the Marlin because he was about 500 lbs and about 13-16 ft in length! Just gorgeous! It was such a thrill and it was so much fun because the crew was very enthusiastic which made the excitement all the more thrilling!! Carlos was really great and very skilled in addition to just being super supportive with the reeling and teaching us about fishing, when we looked hot he’d offer to pour fresh water on us which was very refreshing! He made us beautifully freshly sliced pineapple the cooler was overstocked with water, soda, beer, sandwiches, chips, everything to make the day even better! It was one of the greatest experiences we have ever had in Costa Rica or anywhere! A big thank you to both of them it was great!!!!! More than we could have ever expected! We will send photos later after editing.

Fished July 14, 2017
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The crew was excellent, perfect waters

Fished November 24, 2015
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