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At Samara Local Fishing, angling is more than just a sport – it’s a way of life. Join Captain Frank, a professional and passionate local fisherman, on a Costa Rican fishing experience to remember. With trips running all year round and for all types of angler, they are sure to have a fishing package to suit your individual needs.

Capt. Frank’s boat is a 25’ Mako center console called “La Reyna.” Immaculately presented and loaded with quality gear, the vessel is a comfortable and effective platform for groups of families or friends. It features brand new Hummingbird electronics, stereo, and twin 4-stroke Yamaha motors. You’ll find comfortable seating on board, as well as a T-top shade to ensure that everyone on board can enjoy their experience to the full.

Samara Local Fishing offer both full and half-day trips, and they give you the option of fishing either inshore or offshore. When fishing inshore, you can expect to practice your fishing skills by jigging, popping, bottom fishing, and trolling for species such as Mahi Mahi, Cubera Snapper, Grouper, Amberjack, Black and Yellow Fin Tuna, Wahoo, and more.

When fishing offshore, you’ll mostly be trolling, and will be able to try the effective ‘bait and switch’ technique for thrilling big game fishing for Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, and Wahoo.

Make sure to get your fishing license before the trip. You can easily purchase it online and it costs $15 per person. Drinks and snacks are included in the price of all trips, and Samara Local Fishing also offers a pick-up service for guests who are staying in the local area.



About the Captain

Frank Fines
Samara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
8 Fishing Reports
24 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since February 2016
Captain Frank Fines is a friendly, bilingual, and very knowledgeable local fishing guide in Samara, Costa Rica. Having fished since childhood, he first started working on local commercial fishing boats when he was a young teenager. Over the last four years, Captain Frank has dedicated his time to guiding charter fishing trips, and he has worked for several sport fishing boats as captain and guide. This experience has proven to him how much he loves sharing his experiences with anglers from all over the world, and he now he is proud to operate his own charter business aboard a fully rigged Mako 25 ft.

About this listing

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
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin) Yellowfin Tuna

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 1979, and restored in 2015. Powered by 2 115HP Yamaha 4-Stroke engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
25 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 1 day prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 1 day 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
Catch and Release Mandatory

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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
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Appropriate for children
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Satisfied with the boat
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Catch intended fish
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Benjamin T.
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Half-day Trip with Captain Frank

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (MAX 2) on December 6, 2020
Amazing day fishing on the water in Samara. My girlfriend and I went in with not many expectations, we were just excited to...
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Ben C.
Nampa, ID
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Blue Marlin Baby!

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore on March 13, 2021
Perfect conditions, smooth water, sunny day, whales, spinner dolphins and a turtle to see and then…hooked a blue marlin....
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Lauren C.
Brandon, FL
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Fishing with Frank

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Offshore on February 24, 2021
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Hacienda Tamarindo, G
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Half day fish trip with Captain Frank Fines

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (MAX 2) on December 26, 2019
Special Christmas present for my six year old grandson which greatly exceeded our wildest expectations. Captain Frank and his...
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Hania G.
Costa Rica
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Half day heaven

January 31, 2018
What a day of fishing. Trolled for Wahoo. Saw 5 schools of dolphins, some cruised under the boat with us. See the videos attached....
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FAQs about Samara Local Fishing

Samara Local Fishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $255 per group, additional $15 per person after 1 guest - Sunset Trip – Inshore (2 hours)
  • $350 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (MAX 2) (4 hours)
  • $400 per group - Half Day Trip – Inshore (3-4 PAX) (4 hours)
  • $500 per group - Half Day Trip – Offshore (4 hours)
  • $600 per group - Full Day Trip – Inshore (8 hours)
  • $700 per group - Full Day Trip – Offshore (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Samara Local Fishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS (Garmin)
  • Fishfinder (Garmin)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Samara Local Fishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks
  • First Mate
  • Lunch

Samara Local Fishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Samara Local Fishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle (Shimano Tallus/Ugly stick rods, TLD 2 Speed reels)
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling (Bait and switch)
  • Spinning (Penn Battle 8000)
  • Jigging (Penn jigging rods)
  • Popping (Ugly Stick popping rods)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Samara Local Fishing include:
  • Amberjack
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Broomtail)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Spanish Mackerel
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)