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 Day Trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    $3,000
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,595
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,300
    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 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $1,300
    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 the Captain

Mel Erickson
Herradura, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
1 Fishing Report
34 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
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. Capt. Mel is one of very few Alaska fishing guides that personally guide for both Kenai River Salmon and Alaskan Halibut. He also owns the Dream Raiser, fishing down in Costa Rica for awesome species like Marlin, Sailfish, and Tuna. His guides will make sure you have a memorable day on the water.

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Targeted Species

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

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

Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

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.

Length
35 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Ice Box
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 14 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 14 days 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

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
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
73%
Satisfied with the boat
73%
Catch intended fish
82%
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Full day with Captain Danny

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Offshore on April 15, 2021
Great day. Captain and crew did all they could to be sure we caught fish. And we caught some good ones!
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Half day rooster fishing with captain Danny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) on April 18, 2021
Fish weren’t bitting but captain and crew tried all they could.
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Jaco, Provincia De Puntarenas
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Full Day of fishing

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Offshore on December 6, 2019
Awesome fishing trip with the Dream Raiser , captain & crew were top notch , landed a 40lb plus Mahi , 8 yellow fins Tuna ,...
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Full day on the Dream Raiser

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Offshore on January 7, 2019
Great trip today on the Dream Raiser.  Ran off in flat seas.  Had steady action all day.  5 sails and two large mahi. Captain...
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Sparta, NJ
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February fishing trip

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip - Offshore on February 8, 2020
Great crew, great day
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FAQs about Dream Raiser

Dream Raiser offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,300 per group - Half Day Trip - Inshore (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,300 per group - Half Day Trip - Inshore (PM) (5 hours)
  • $1,595 per group - Full Day Trip - Offshore (9 hours)
  • $3,000 per day per group - Overnight seamount marlin Fad trip (2 days)

When you book a trip with Dream Raiser, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Dream Raiser include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait (Can be caught on the trip or bought for $4/fish)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Soft drinks & water)
  • First Mate

Dream Raiser offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing

Dream Raiser offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Fly Fishing (Fly anglers welcome to bring their own equipment.)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Dream Raiser include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Grouper (Black)
  • Jack Crevalle
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Red)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo