Samara Local Fishing

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.



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $700
    price breakdown
    $700
    Discover the deep waters out in the Pacific on this 8-hour trip. Leave the beaches behind and discover a whole new world of fishing. Get ready to encounter some enormous, beautiful, and strong fish, not to mention delicious when you take 'em back to shore. Troll to entice the bite of thse monster fish, and settle into battle against stunning Sailfish, majestic Marlin, tasty Tuna, and Wahoo. The trip includes pick-up/ drop-off when accommodated in Samara Beach, all fishing gear, drinks and snacks.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $600
    price breakdown
    $600
    This 8-hour trip will get the best out of the inshore and nearshore waters off Costa Rica's Pacific coast. You won't need to go far offshore to find a range of exciting, tough-fighting, and delicious fish. Hit the reefs and bottom fish or jig, while you can also troll to entice the bite of some bigger beasts. Mahi Mahi, Cubera Snapper, Grouper, and Amberjack will be your main targets, but you can even catch Black and Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and more so close to shore. Drinks and snacks are provided too.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Offshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $450
    price breakdown
    $450
    Explore the deep waters out in the Pacific as you go for some strong, monster-sized fish. Leave land behind a distant memory as you get out to the ocean's remotest spots, with one thing on your mind: fishing. Get ready tackle some huge sea creatures as you troll to entice the bite of Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, and many more. You'll need to bring your A-game, as they'll all give you a run for your money to get aboard. Thankfully, you'll have plenty of snacks and drinks to stay refreshed.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (3-4 PAX)
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $400
    price breakdown
    $400
    A larger group of 3 or 4 of you can explore the nearshore and inshore waters out in the Pacific on this 4-hour trip. Discover the beauty of crystal clear waters, tropical reefs, and some stunning fish. Try your hand at jigging, casting, bottom fishing, and even trolling, as you go after a range of thrilling and delicious fish. Do your best to catch a tasty Mahi Mahi, Cubera Snapper, or Grouper, along with some highly-prized game fish and set yourself up for lunch.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Inshore (MAX 2)
    In demand! Last booked: 17 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    $350
    price breakdown
    $350
    You and a loved one will have the chance to explore the stunning waters close to Samara. Get out on the shallow water and make the most of the beautiful seas and wealth of tough-fighting and delicious fish. Jig along the reefs as you bottom fish for the bite of Groupers, Snappers, Mackerel, and many more delicious fish to take back to shore for lunch.
  • Private trip
    Sunset Trip – Inshore
    FREE Cancellation 1 day notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 3:30 PM
    $270
    price breakdown
    $270
    Watch the stunning sunset off Costa Rica's Pacific coast and catch a couple of delicious fish to take back to shore for dinner. You'll stay close to shore, spending 2 hours fishing as the sun goes down, enjoying the beautiful nature around you, radiating in the last of the day's rays. Get your fish on and target Mackerel, Snappers, Groupers, and Roosterfish in the shallow waters.
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About the Captain

Frank Fines
Sámara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
8 Fishing Reports
21 Customer Reviews
Response time 1 hour
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.

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Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Broomtail) Grouper (Broomtail)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish

Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Spanish Mackerel Spanish Mackerel
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

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
6 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
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers

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

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.89
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94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
89%
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Lawrence B.
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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Jason B.
Meridian, ID
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Half day trip jigging with Captain Frank Fines

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Inshore (MAX 2) on February 20, 2020
We had a great time jigging with Captain Frank.  We had action on every spot we stopped.  The boat and equipment...
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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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A Day And A Half With Frank And Olman

Full Day Trip – Offshore on January 24, 2018
We spent a half day inshore and a full day offshore with Frank and Olman, I cant recommend them enough. They were great! Fishing...
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Half Day with Captain Frank

Half Day Trip – Inshore (3-4 PAX) on January 6, 2019
Captain Frank reviewed all the trip options with us before we arrived. We figured out the length of trips, total time and start...
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