Papagayo Fishing - Dream Fishing

Playas del Coco
Coco GU, Costa Rica

Papagayo Fishing takes you after incredible game fish that live in the waters out of Playa Del Coco, Costa Rica. These fisheries are teeming with fish year round and the crew will help turn your day on the water into a lasting memory.

From iconic Rosterfish to Marlin and schools of Mahi offshore, you’re going to sample some of the finest specimens of sport fishing. And, you will have a knowledgeable skipper by your side, so no matter how experienced you are, you will likely have a blast.

The crew of the Papagayo Fishing has a boat fit to fish for top predators. You will be fishing from a 28’ Bertram powered by twin 225 HP Yamaha outboards. The vessel is named ‘Dream Fishing’ and sure lives up to the name—onboard you will find a selection of rods, reels, and tackle, safety gear, a toilet, fighting chair, an ice box, a live well, outriggers, and a flybridge. The vessel is fitted with GPS and a fishfinder to help get you to the fish.

Speaking of which, you can choose the species you want to target and the crew will customize the trip to your preferences. The weather and season also play a role here, as the captain doesn’t want to give you rough weather, but a pleasant fishing trip. On full day trips you will be going some 10 miles offshore chasing Mahi, while on shorter trips you will stay about 6 miles from the coast, targeting he legendary Roosterfish. Bait is mostly prepared before the trip, so you can hop onboard and focus on your main target.

Kids are welcome to join the chase and the captain will provide life jackets. The rates also cover food and drinks. On shorter trips you will have some potato chips and salsa, as well as pineapple, watermelon, water, soda, and tea, while on full day you will have some sandwiches or pasta for lunch. All the gear and tackle are provided onboard. You don’t need a fishing license. The crew can also clean the catch for you.

Pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. Grab your bag, invite your friends, and hop on!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 750
    up to 4 persons
    This full day trip is a perfect choice for anglers with some experience who want to head offshore, between 10 and 12 miles and look for Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, and more. It’s your call and the captain will advise on what works the best on the selected day. You will get all the fishing gear, as well as snacks, drinks, and lunch onboard. The rates DO NOT include the fishing license. You should pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera, then make your way to the dock and hop onboard!
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 7:30 AM
    US$ 500
    up to 4 persons
    On this morning trip you will head out and target the likes of Roosterfish or do some bottom fishing for Snapper, Amberjacks, and Grouper. You will stay inshore and sample these rich fisheries. The crew will supply all the fishing gear, as well as snacks and drinks. Kids are welcome to come along and the captain will provide all the fishing gear. You should bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. Come have a blast! Departure times are flexible.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 hours trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    US$ 500
    up to 4 persons
    Spend your afternoon chasing Roosterfish! Or do bottom fishing for Grouper and Amberjack around the Papagayo Bay. you will have enough time to explore the inshore fisheries, staying within 5 miles from the coast. All the gear, as well as snacks and drinks are waiting for you onboard. Pack your camera, bring sunscreen, shades, and a hat, and you’re good to go. Departure times are flexible.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Pacific)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Red)

Jack Crevalle
Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Cubera)
Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)

Boat Specs

Bertram (Angler) originally built in 1986, and restored in 2014. Powered by a 225HP Yamaha 225 Four Stroke engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 34 knots.

28 ft
4 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Fly Fishing
Flounder Gigging


Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
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 7 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
Crew Keeps 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

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 5% fee.

About the Captain

Greyvin Mendez
Coco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Member since September 2015
'I was born in a town of commercial fishermen. The area where I live now is a very popular area for tourism and good fishing in Gulf of Papagayo.' Capt. Mendez has deep knowledge of local fisheries and will make sure you have a nice day on the water.
Response time: 20 hours
Response rate: 50%

Customer Reviews

4.33 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Were scheduled a full day of fishing with Captian Gervyn and his mate.  They were very friendly.  They picked us up on time.  They had a cooler full of water, beer , icetea and soda along with fresh pineapple and watermelon.  The sandwiches were just ok.  I would suggest to take your own food . 
The trip was great until the Captian asked how much of our fish we wanted.  Of course I paid $750 for all day, your sign you have hidden by the seats suggests 20% tip for the mate for cleaning and you want some of my fish.  We were going to offer anyway to give them a filet from the dorado we caught and they almost kept a whole fish by putting it back in their cooler.  Plus we did give them $120 tip that I now wish I didn’t since they tried to keep a whole fish.  I don’t think they made a mistake.  I took back one filet but should of keep it all. 

If you choose them. I would still tip them but KEEP MY FISH.

Fished March 15, 2018
Greyvin Mendez (The Captain)
Replied to this review on March 18, 2018

Hi Mr. Scott Gerton.

You mentioned 3 imprtants points that i need to clear up.

1- About the sandwichs. Thanks, i will keep that in mind.

2- You catched 3 big mahi mahi, but why not to share at less 1 filet with the crew meanwhile you take 5 with you. If there was a mistake about the fish, it was from my mate that he did not understand what i said. (Only one filet for us) That was what i talked with you, 1 filet. I couldn’t see waht he did with the fish cos i was up on the bridge.

3-  You said that there is a sign who says about the 20% but that is just for tiping the crew for the dayof work, not for paying to the mate who HAS to clean and allowe you to keep the fish if you want. We clean the fish, cos that is our work and placer for you, doesn’t matter if you take or not the fish. I don’t see in the sign anything about cleaning fish. But for sure, i will keep that in mind. The tips are a suggest; You don’t have to give if you don’t want.  This situation did not have to have happened.

Greyvin Mendez.

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The four of us had a good time we landed five good sized Mahi Mahi and some Tuna.Greyvin was very nice answered lots of questions we had about Costa Rica .thanks guys would do it again. Barry

Fished December 3, 2017
Greyvin Mendez (The Captain)
Replied to this review on December 16, 2017

Thanks Mr. Barry and friends for coming with us thru Fishingbooker, we hope you guys enjoyed the fish that you had taken back home.

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