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Explore Barra del Colorado with Sábalo Charters who offer day fishing trips from San Jose! Captain Franco Alvarenga is an avid Tarpon angler who loves finding innovative ways of catching the Silver King. The crew will provide transport from the country’s capital city, so you don’t have to think about anything other than fishing for one of the most desirable game fish species.

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 will get you to the best fishing grounds in the blink of an eye. At 24’, the boat can comfortably accommodate up to 4 guests.

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. These lures are similar to artificial flies but used with conventional light tackle and spinning tackle rather than fly rods. This novel method has proven to be very successful. The team’s 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.

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

Come and land that dream Tarpon specimen with Sábalo Costa Rica, and have an adventure of a lifetime!

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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Tarpon on October 19, 2018
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FAQs about Sábalo Costa Rica

Sábalo Costa Rica offers the following trip to customers:
  • US $700 per group - Full Day Trip – Tarpon (12 hours)

When you book a trip with Sábalo Costa Rica, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Radio
  • Sonar

Trips booked with Sábalo Costa Rica include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Obtained on site.)
  • Snacks (Light snacks.)
  • Drinks (Soft drinks and water.)
  • Fishing License
  • Lunch (Boat lunch, sandwiches.)

Sábalo Costa Rica offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Sábalo Costa Rica offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Sábalo Costa Rica include:
  • Tarpon

Meet the Captain

Franco Alvarenga
Barra, Limón, Costa Rica
1 Customer reviews
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.

About this listing

Targeted species

Tarpon Tarpon

Boat specs

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

24 ft
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Drift Fishing



Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Obtained on site.
Light snacks.
Soft drinks and water.
Fishing License
Boat lunch, sandwiches.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 30 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Other than Tarpon
Catch and Release Allowed
Catch and Release Mandatory


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:

Bank Transfer

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