Big Fish Tours:  “La Chata”

Main Street
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua

Big Fish Tours are pioneers in sportfishing charters on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Their mission is to develop sportfishing in the area, educating people on the extremely rich fishing opportunities that exist here. They target the almost untouched yet exceptional local Marlin fishery aboard a luxurious vessel using state of the art fishing gear.

“La Chata” is a 36 foot Hatteras that is fully equipped with an air conditioned cabin, flybridge and ‘head’ for your personal comfort. She is supplied with up to date electronics, with a GPS, sonar, radar and fishfinder to put you on to fish, using a trolling spread made up of Lee outriggers and Cannon downriggers. Unlike many other boats in the area, La Chata has been built specifically for deep sea fishing, providing a safer and more stable platform to fish on than the many local ‘pangas’ (skiffs) that claim to offer a cheaper sportfishing experience. With a fighting chair on board as well as custom-built Penn 30, 50 and 80 class rods and reels, this boat will put you in good stead to reel in a Marlin or Sailfish, conditions allowing. The two 350 HP Caterpillar engines allow you to power out to sea and fish the really deep grounds other charters can’t reach.

While San Juan Del Sur is lucky to enjoy excellent fishing all year round, its high season runs from May to October. This time of year sees big Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna and plenty of Mahi Mahi swimming in the local waters. The highly experienced crew uses their long range radar to find and locate bird activity, while baiting with their new Garmin CHIRP sonar to increase the chances of finding and catching the variety of game fish available. It’s not all about the deep sea fishing though - if you’re keen to try your hand at catching a Rooster Fish, Jack Crevalle or Grouper there are plenty of nearshore opportunities as well.


Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - maxium 8 persons
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1450
    up to 6 persons
    + US$ 55
    each additional person
    Travel up to 40 miles of the coast, fishing for a variety of species including Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellow Fin Tuna and more. This all inclusive trip includes bait, mates, ice, sandwiches, snacks, 1 case of beer, fruit juice and everything else you need for your fishing trip...Max 8 persons
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip for max 8 people
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 1090
    up to 6 persons
    + US$ 55
    each additional person
    Travel about 20-30 miles offshore to fish for Marlin, Sailfish, Dorado, Yellow Fin Tuna and more, depending on the season.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip Maxium 8 people
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 6:00 AM
    US$ 725
    up to 6 persons
    + US$ 55
    each additional person
    Half day sportfishing trip. Start from San Juan del Sur beach before fishing roughly 10 miles off shore for species such as King Mackerel, Mahi Mahi and possibly Sailfish. Otherwise remain inshore to fish for Rooster fish, Sierra Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, Bonito, Hound fish, Snapper, Grouper and Snook.
  • Private trip
    Beach Tour with Whale Watching
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 625
    up to 6 persons
    + US$ 55
    each additional person
    A half day trip along the Nicaraguan coastline, watching whales, dolphins, turtles and other local species making the most of the tropical waters. January to March is the peak time for Humpback Whales, although they can occasionally be found in the local waters from November to April. Price includes fuel, fruit, beer, water, soft drinks and boat transportation to and from the beach.Maximum 15 persons

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Jack Crevalle
Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Marlin (Blue)
Roosterfish
Sailfish
Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel
Spearfish (Longbill)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Haterras (Flybridge) originally built in 1992, and restored in 2012. Powered by 2 350HP 3208 Caterpillars engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
15 persons

Types of Fishing

Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Flybridge
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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

About the Captain

Jim Big Fish
San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
Member since December 2015
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Big Fish Tours are operated by a highly experienced crew that aims to develop charter fishing for billfish on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. They specialize in targeting the virtually undisturbed fishery of species such as Blue, Black and Striped Marlin, Sailfish and other pelagic species that roam the waters off the pacific coast of Nicaragua.
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 100%