Papagayo Charters - 30’ Tuna Fish

Calle Ocotal
Playa Ocotal GU, Costa Rica

The tuna fish is a Phoenix 30 ‘tournament yacht made ​​of fiberglass, with seating for two crew and five fishermen, powered by a 450hp Cummins engine, giving a top speed of 27 miles and 22 miles cruise, has ample space, bath, cabin and padded bed.

The Phoenix is a great fishing platform. The diesel power and hull design with prop pockets combine to provide a great riding and efficient package that has the range to go offshore. Our vessel is built for long range high speed runs to get you to the fish fast.

We are located in Playas del Coco, just 20 minutes from Daniel Oduber Internatioanl airport and only 45 minutes from all most visited beaches of Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Tuna Fish boat is operated by Capt. Nelson Mendez.
Nelson have fished around all central and north pacific coast of Costa Rica looking of big game sportfish including marlin, yellowfin tuna, Sailfish, Roosterfish and Mahi mahi. His experience both inshore and offshore make him extremely well rounded angler with the technical experience to target any pelagic species in the Gulf of Papagayo.

Nelson is a loving person of offshore, in shore, big game fishing and any other fishing activitiy you can imagine. He is a simple, responsible, kind, persistent and fighter person. Nelson started fishing since 13 years old in the artisanal fishing, at age of 18 years he start work at Bahia Pez Vela for 2 years as first mate.

Bahia Pez Vela was the first sportfishing camp throughout all Costa Rica, for more than 12 years as captain at Bahia Pez Vela, Nelson participated in 3 International Fly fishing tournaments, he won 1 third place and 2 second places.

Our clients always come back to fish with us year by year and share they experience with theirs friends to come down to Costa Rica and fish with us!

The tuna fish is a Phoenix 30 ‘tournament yacht made ​​of fiberglass, with seating for two crew and five fishermen, powered by a 450hp Cummins engine, giving a top speed of 27 miles and 22 miles cruise, has ample space, bath, cabin and padded b

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  • US$ 1000 private charter
  • Half Day Trip - Inshore
    4 hour trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 750 private charter
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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

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 Charter Operator

Papagayo Fishing Charters
Playa Ocotal, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Member since December 2013
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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