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.

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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.

36 ft
15 persons
Types of Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Fishing Techniques
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Targeted Species
Barracuda (Great)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)

Jack Crevalle
Little Tunny (False Albacore)

Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Red)

Spanish Mackerel
Spearfish (Longbill)

Tuna (Yellowfin)
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment
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.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory
marlin & sailfish

10% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain 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
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: 16 hours
Response rate: 100%