Bucket List Sportfishing

Leave the shores behind and join Bucket List Sportfishing for an unforgettable day on the water! Sportfishing charters run daily out of beautiful Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica, located right outside Manuel Antonio National Park.

This amazing crew targets offshore species like Blue and Black Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Mahi Mahi, and Wahoo. They also have access to some exceptional bottom fishing, jigging, and live baiting for Snapper, Grouper, Snook, and the prized Roosterfish. Every trip offers the opportunity to not only experience world class sportfishing, but also enjoy one of the most biodiverse areas on the planet.

You’ll be fishing on a luxurious 31’ Dennis Garrett Palm Beach. This fishing machine was refurbished in 2020 and features top-notch navigational electronics and a new 450 HP Cummins engine. There’s also a private toilet for your convenience and all kinds of equipment that will help you get the fish of your dreams, such as a fighting chair, outriggers, tuna tubes, a live bait tank, and a cooler.

All of these trips are tailored to the customers desires. The crew caters to novice, as well as seasoned tournament professionals. Their objective is to create an experience from the second you meet in the morning to the time you part ways. These anglers want to build relationships with their guests and look forward to returning customers.

Bucket List Sportfishing would love to have you aboard and see that Bucket List is more than just the name of the boat.



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $900
    The inshore trips fish inside 15 miles. On these trips, you can target Snook, Roosterfish, and bottom species. If pelagic fish are within your range, you can troll as well for Sailfish and Mahi Mahi. All trips are tailored to your needs and the crew will only make suggestions.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,100
    On this trip, you'll fish inside 25 miles, which gives you an opportunity to move a little further off in the event the bite is outside of inshore range. You'll have the opportunity to fish inshore species (Roosterfish, Snook), as well as the pelagic (Mahi Mahi, Sailfish). Each of our trips are tailored to the customers desire.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    This is the ultimate trip. You'll fish out to 50 miles, which gives you the opportunity to go where ever the bite may be. Target Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna, regardless of where they are. If fish are close, troll all day or split the trip up with inshore fishing. A full day gives you the best opportunity to experience the fish rich waters of Costa Rica. The crew makes suggestions, but leave it up to you to describe what you’re after.
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About the Charter Operator

Bucket List Sportfishing
Quepos, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
68 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
54 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2020
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I grew up on the water back in Florida, where I took a love to fishing at a very young age. In 2000 I began fishing professionally, where I continued on and off until moving full time to Costa Rica in 2017. My plan was to move here and do what I love full time and fish among some of the best fisherman in the world. I couldn’t think of a better place to follow my dream. Costa Rica is exceptional in all aspects of fishing, be it inshore or offshore. I feel very fortunate to have ended up where I have and there’s nothing more that I enjoy than sharing that same experience with other people.

About this listing

Targeted species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail) Broomtail Grouper
Marlin (Black) Black Marlin

Boat specs

Dennis Garrett Palm Beach (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1996, and restored in 2020. Powered by a 450HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
31 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

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

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 14 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

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
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
American Express
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Sister Trip
Sister Trip
November 27, 2022
Julie and Kayc joined us for a half day while on a weekend sisters trip to Costa Rica. We had a challenging start since they weren’t able to make the drive down to Quepos from San Jose the previous night due to weather. Once they arrive, the weather was still lingering and they opted for bloody Mary’s and a cold beer while we waited for it to pass. Well their patience paid off. We ran about 16 miles before putting in on an area that had some bird activity and it was the right spot. We had constant action from some nice Dorado and released one of the larger sails I’ve seen in a while. After only two hours I heard “well I’m satisfied” and we turned towards the marina while Flaco processed a few mahi we kept. We made it back in short order and they went up to the runaway for lunch with fresh fish in hand. Great attitudes considering the start to the day which lead to what I would have to consider a success. #manuelantonio #marinapezvela #fishingcostarica #travelcostarica #fishing #billfish #squidnation #quepostackleshop #bigluresmatter
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Season Opener
Season Opener
November 24, 2022
Finally getting caught up after the honeymoon. The month started busy with hit or miss weather. Fortunately it looks like summer is arriving and conditions have improved, as well as the fishing. more mahi than anyone can count have shown up and the tuna are popping up nearly every day. The sails have began to show and we’re starting to see some bigger fish. Marlin will remain strong over the next few months, which is what I look forward to the most. Thanks to the best mate and co-captain Jose aka Flaco for holding it down and staying on the fish while I worked on family expansion.
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Epic Day
Epic Day
November 2, 2022
Another epic day offshore! Allen and Christy were with us today from New York. They’re here fishing four days on a few different boats. Allen had a Black last year and caught a Stripe earlier in the week. He had one request for the day and that was to find a Blue and that’s exactly what we did. We raised one within the first hour that just seemed more interested in looking at the teaser than anything else before fading off. At that point I was hoping we didn’t just miss our shot. We trolled on for a couple hours circling what I believe were fish, but never raised one. Flaco went they his routine of switching out lures and found the right one. I don’t think it was in the water 30 seconds and it got piled on. About an hour later Allen released the Blue he was looking for. Not far from the release we found a school of spinner dolphin loaded with tuna. We Popeyes with them for a while keeping our limit of five and they were both smoked by this point. Allen was about ready to wrap it up, so I suggested we put a marlin spread out and just move back in the direction of the marina. Right about the time he finished talking about how wore out he was another marlin came to the teaser and Flaco made a perfect pitch with a Bonita and the gluten for punishment began. After another hour or so of rod passing and beer breaks, marlin number two was released and I was told “don’t put another damn thing in the water” … mission accomplished. Tally for the day 2/3 Blue Marlin 5 Tuna #quepossportfishing #manuelantonio #marinapezvela#fishingcostarica #travelcostarica #fishing #billfish #squidnation #quepostackleshop #bigluresmatter
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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
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Experience
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Appropriate for children
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Krystal S.
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Absolutely amazing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on September 27, 2022
Everything was first class.  We could not have enjoyed our trip more!  The boat, the crew,  the gear - everything exceeded...
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Gary B.
Miramar, FL
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Full day with Jeff & Flacco

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 25, 2022
Was blessed to spend a full day on the water with Capt Jeff and mate Flacco. I am an experienced fisherman and can tell you...
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Samuel P.
Cypress Gardens, FL
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Full Day on the Bucket List

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 20, 2022
Had an amazing day aboard the Bucket List with Captain Jeff and Jose. They were able to navigate some not so pleasant weather...
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Tawyla D.
Gatesville, TX
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3/4 day trip…. Amazing day!!!

VERIFIED   3/4 Day Trip on September 17, 2022
Stop searching and book this NOW!!! Jeff and Jose are the best! We got on board and set out quick, fresh fruit, drinks and...
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Chris Z.
Clearwater, Florida
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Sometimes, Even in CR, It's Just Fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 13, 2022
10 hours of grinding. One raised fish (a shark). No hookups. Sounds like a bummer huh? Sounds like fishing to me. The boat,...
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FAQs about Bucket List Sportfishing

Bucket List Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $900 per group - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $1,100 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Full Day Trip (10 hours)

When you book a trip with Bucket List Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Spearfishing Equipment
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Bucket List Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Lunch

Bucket List Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Bucket List Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Bucket List Sportfishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Snook
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo