Dream Raiser Sportfishing operates out of the exclusive Los Sueños Marina in Herradura, Costa Rica. They offer a choice of half day and full day trips, targeting the very best fish in every habitat around.

Spend a few hours fishing inshore for Roosterfish, Snapper, Jacks, Grouper, and more for a great day on the water without the long trip times. Up for more of an adventure? Head offshore for the chance to target monster Blue, White, and Striped Marlin, as well as Sailfish, Yellowfin Tuna, Wahoo, and Mahi Mahi.

You will be spending your trip on the ”Dream Raiser”, a 35’ Cabo Express sportfishing boat with room aboard for up to six guests. She is powered by twin Cat 450s up to a respectable cruising speed of 23 knots and is loaded with tech and equipment for once you get to your destination.

The vessel is equipped with GPS and fishfinder to get you fishing in the right place, outriggers to target fast-moving fish once you get there, and a fighting chair to make sure you bring them in once hooked. She also has a livewell to keep your bait fresh if you choose to use it.

From trolling artificials for Marlin to bottom fishing cut bait for big Grouper and Snapper, you will have everything you will need to bring in your chosen species. You can catch live bait as part of your trip or buy it beforehand for around $4 a fish, giving you even more time to target big Roosterfish in the shallows.

Whatever you do, you will have an awesome boat, a skilled, local crew, and some of the world’s best waters to fish in. This really is the trip of a lifetime, so climb aboard and get ready to make some memories!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Overnight seamount marlin Fad trip
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    2 days trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 3000
    up to 6 persons / day
    Overnight Seamount trips to the Marlin Fads 60-130 miles Offshore Fads, (fish Aggregating Device) attract insane amount of bait which in turn attract high numbers of Blue Marlin. many days you can catch 10-20 marlin each day. Depart late afternoon, chug all night and in morning fish dawn to dusk, then chug back to marina returning early morning, choose 1 day/2 night, or 2 day/3 night trip. limited to 2, possibly 3 anglers best times are April to November, 1 double bed, and a bunk bed, food, & drinks
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip - Offshore
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    9 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1695
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the whole day out at sea, battling big game pelagics like Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna. This is blue water fishing at its best!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1445
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the morning fishing the local bays and shallow waters for Roosterfish, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, and other top table and game species.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    5 hours trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    US$ 1445
    up to 6 persons
    Spend the afternoon out exploring the local bays, fishing for Roosterfish, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, and more for the perfect inshore fishing trip.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)
Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Black)

Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped)

Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Cabo Express (Offshore sport fishing) originally built in 1998. Powered by 2 450HP Cummins engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 23 knots.

35 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Ice Box
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
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


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:
American Express
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2% fee.

About the Captain

Mel Erickson
Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Member since April 2014
Captain Mel Erickson is the owner and operator of the Alaskan Gamefisher, running trips since 1989 along the Kenai River and out into Cook Inlet. Captain Mel Erickson is one of very few Alaska fishing guides that personally guide for both Kenai River Salmon, & Alaska Halibut. This means you will fish both salmon & halibut with the same fishing guide. He also owns the Dream Raiser, fishing down in Costa Rica for awesome species like Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna.
Response time: within an hour
Response rate: 100%

Herradura Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.83 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Fishing a little slow still landed 3 sails and had a few spit the hook. We broke off a marlin within 15 minutes of fishing.

Fished April 22, 2017
Mel Erickson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on April 26, 2017

Thanks For fishing with us Dustin,  This season the fishing has been a lot slower than the past few years for sailfish, but we have had a fairly good numbers of marlin around,  Currently the Dream Raiser is in Quepos fishing the 4 day Offshore world Championship tournament,  on the 3rd day the Dream Raiser is in 2nd place out of 50 boats, with 1,900 points, 200 points for a sail and 500 for a marlin.  Tight Lines , Mel Erickson Owner of Dream Raiser

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Boat was under repair when we arrived.  Captain Mel had booked us on another boat.

Fished February 29, 2016
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