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
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,250
    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.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 5 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,000
    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
    Half Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $800
    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.
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About the Charter Operator

Bucket List Sportfishing
Quepos, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
38 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
8 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2020
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.

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Targeted Species

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

Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Cubera) Cubera Snapper
Snook Snook
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna
Wahoo Wahoo

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
5 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
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
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 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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:
Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Recent Fishing Reports

Bucket List Marlin
Bucket List Marlin
October 15, 2021
Just wrapped up our first trip after being in the yard for two months and it couldn’t have gone any better and the new engine ran flawlessly. We were joined by Tamas and Jess from Tampa with the dream of catching a marlin. We started the day off on a large school of spinner dolphin and pretty quick work of putting six tuna in the boat. Knowing that we had plenty of meat onboard, it was off to try our luck at finding that marlin. We put the spread back out and headed off for cleaner water. After about an hour of searching we finally started to see it clean up and we had that bite we were looking for. The fish just piled on the bait and screamed for about 30 seconds without showing itself. I pretty much knew it was the bite we were looking for but bit my tongue for what seemed like an eternity. After a solid hour long tug of war, Tamas was able to release that dream marlin(250#) and it just couldn’t have happened any better. After a short rest, he wanted to see if we could find a couple mahi, so we switched up and headed in a bit. We managed to top off the box and called it a successful day. We even managed to beat the rain back to the dock. Such an awesome day when things go as you hope for. #quepossportfishing#manuelantonio#fishingcostarica#marinapezvela#travelcostarica#fishing#billfish#squidnation
Mahi Madness
Mahi Madness
October 11, 2021
The boat is finally out of the yard after two months of new engine install and upgrades. Our seatrials over the past few days were excellent. The boats running better than it ever has with the much larger engine, but best of all was getting back out. We never leave the dock without rods and made short work of the mahi each day resulting in everyone’s freezer being filled. We are ready for season and it’s getting off to a great start!

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Full day of fishing with Jeff and Jose

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 24, 2021
My husband and I did our first trip to Costa Rica. We knew we wanted to fish out of Marina Pez Vela, but weren’t exactly...
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Full Day Trip on April 19, 2021
Truly an awesome day of fishing with Jeff and Jose this past April.  I was in communication for two weeks with Jeff leading...
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Bucket List should be at the top of your list!

Full Day Trip on December 31, 2020
My fiancé and I did a full day trip on New Years Eve day joined by one friend. Jeff and his deck hand Jose were both professional...
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 21, 2021
We’ve never had much luck on fishing charters. However that was definitely not the case this time around! We started catching...
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Bucket List Family Trip!

Full Day Trip on April 22, 2021
Thank you, Jeff and Jose, for an amazing day of fishing!!  Nothing but Pura Vida, and truly a bucket list trip for my family. ...
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FAQs about Bucket List Sportfishing

Bucket List Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $800 per group - Half Day Trip (5 hours)
  • $1,000 per group - 3/4 Day Trip (7 hours)
  • $1,250 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