Sábalo Costa Rica

Barra Del Colorado
Barra LI, Costa Rica

Sábalo Charters offer day fishing trips from San Jose to Barra del Colorado. An extremely experienced crew, they will provide transport to one of the best fishing destinations in the world from the country’s capital city, meaning you don’t have to think about anything other than fishing for one of the most desirable game fish species that inhabits salt water - the Tarpon, or ‘Silver King’.

The crew is a group of people that describe themselves as ‘regular people who fish for fun and compete in Tarpon tournaments’. While they do indeed fish for the sheer enjoyment of it, they also take the sport extremely seriously. They are so devoted to Tarpon fishing that they make their own lures that are similar to artificial flies but are used with conventional light tackle and spinning tackle rather than fly rods. This novel method has proven to be extremely successful, and the team’s numerous victories in Tarpon tournaments as well as their strong record for getting guests to catch big Tarpon in a short period of time speaks for the effectiveness of their approach.

Their small and stealthy flats boat has recently been restored. Fitted with very accurate fish finders and powered by a 150 HP Yamaha engine, the vessel is proven to get you to the best fishing grounds quickly. At 24 ft, the boat can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests.

Sábalo’s team is made up of local people who are passionate about catching Tarpon. They welcome all types of angler on board and have frequently been known to get beginners to land their first Tarpon in as little as ten minutes. They do, however, recommend that people who have never fished for Tarpon before get a full medical check before coming on board, as the sport can be very exciting and physically demanding.

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  • Private trip
    Full Day Tarpon Trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    12 hours trip, starts at 5:00 AM
    US$ 600
    up to 4 persons
    Catch Tarpon with some of the most experienced experts in the business. This full day trip includes transport between San Jose and Barra Del Colorado, leaving roughly 6-8 hours for fishing. It is also possible to hire a private plane to reach this Tarpon hotspot for an extra cost.
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About this listing

Targeted Species


Boat Specs

Locally built boat (Center console) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2015. Powered by a 150HP Yamah engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

24 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Life Jackets
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Fishing License Included


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory


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:
Bank Transfer

About the Captain

Franco Alvarenga
Barra, Limón, Costa Rica
Member since January 2016
Franco Alvarenga is an avid Tarpon fisherman who has devoted his life to finding the most innovative and effective ways of catching the species. He insists on catch and release of Tarpon and is a strong proponent of maintaining the fantastic fishery Barra Del Colorado has to offer.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%