Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing

Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing has been running fishing trips in the Jaco area for almost 30 years. Captain Tom was the very first charter guide in the area and still provides some of the best sportfishing action found in this famous angling heaven.

Spend the day offshore, targeting monster pelagic species like Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mahi Mahi, and Bluefin and Yellowfin Tuna. During the summer months, Captain Tom also offer half day inshore charters, targeting Roosterfish, Cubera Snapper, Jacks, and other great table and game species.

The vessel you will be fishing aboard is the aptly named “Dreamwork”. Custom built in 2013, this 36’ flybridge boat is designed and rigged for awesome offshore battles. She comes equipped with GPS and fishfinder to track down the best spots, a livewell full of fresh bait for inshore fishing, and tuna tubes for anglers with bigger fish to fry.

Once hooked on that fish of your dreams, the vessel’s fighting chair will let you hold your ground in long drawn-out fights, while her tournament-grade tackle will make sure you bring in your fish. Choose between light and heavy tackle to best target your chosen species, with the option to troll, bottom fish, pop, jig, and spin to bring it in. Fly anglers are also welcome to bring their favorite fly fishing gear.

Over his long and successful career guiding in Jaco, Captain Tom has placed and won many tournaments, both inshore and offshore. He has been written up in various sports magazines and tourism publications, including Sports Afield, Marlin, Saltwater Fisherman and Florida Outdoors.

There is no better guide to get you on that fish of your dreams, and no better place than the Dreamwork to do it. So climb aboard and get ready for the battle of a lifetime!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,900
    price breakdown
    $1,900
    Spend the whole day offshore, targeting Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,550
    price breakdown
    $1,550
    Spend the morning targeting Roosterfish, Jacks, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $1,550
    price breakdown
    $1,550
    Spend the afternoon targeting Roosterfish, Jacks, Snapper, and more.

About the Captain

Thomas Carton
Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Angler's Choice
17 Customer Reviews
Response time 2 hours
Member since August 2014
Captain Tom is the longest-running charter captain in Jaco. He founded the area's very first charter business in 1990 and has been running trips ever since. Captain Tom is dedicated to sustainable fishing, and releases all Roosterfish as well as all Billfish. He loves what he does and he is good at it. With almost 30 years of local experience and a lifetime on the water, Captain Tom is the perfect guide to get you on that fish of your dreams.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Marlin (Black) Marlin (Black)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)

Roosterfish Roosterfish
Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Cubera) Snapper (Cubera)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)

Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Custom Built Boat (Flybridge) originally built in 2013. Powered by a 500HP Cummins engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 24 knots.

Length
36 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Bed
Live Bait Well
Kitchen
Refrigerator
Multimedia System
Outriggers
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Toilet
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder

Trip Includes

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

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 30 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 30 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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
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
Checks
Bank Transfer

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

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.47
out of 5 stars from 17 reviews
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Crew
Experience
600 lbs 7' 11\
Dinner
Full day with Capitan Tom and his Mate Jerry.
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
92%
Recommend this charter
82%
Appropriate for children
58%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Erin G.
Farmington, MI
 4.33
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Full day fishing tour

VERIFIED   December 28, 2019
The boat is a great set up for fishing.  Plenty of shade, and a comfortable set up for 6 people.  Tom and Jerry...
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Pat S.
Jacksonville, FL
 3.00
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HALF DAY TRIP WITH CAPTAIN TOM AND FIRST MATE JERRY

VERIFIED   March 1, 2020
WHEN EVERYONE BOARDED THE BOAT WE LEARNED THAT WE NEEDED TO PURCHASE A FISHING LICENSE; WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN ADVISED AT THE...
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Robert S.
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Full day trip on Dreamwork w Capt Tom

VERIFIED   November 29, 2019
Booked the boat for just my wife and I as she had not been out offshore fishing before.  Weather started OK then turned...
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Bobby J.
Gulf Breeze, FL
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Full Day with Capt Tom

VERIFIED   December 30, 2018
I booked this trip for me, my brother in law, my nephew, my oldest son and his friend.  We spent a full day with Capt...
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Tim C.
DeLand, Florida
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One Fantastic day

VERIFIED   February 23, 2019
My son a friend and I went fishing with Captain Tom and his Mate Jerry that’s right Tom and Jerry turned out to be one...
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