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
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $1,750
    Spend the morning targeting Roosterfish, Jacks, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $1,750
    Spend the afternoon targeting Roosterfish, Jacks, Snapper, and more.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    Just booked! Last booked: 11 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 30 days notice
    9 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $2,200
    Spend the whole day offshore, targeting Sailfish, Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, and Tuna.
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About the Captain

Thomas Carton
Jacó, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
Angler's Choice
42 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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) Black Marlin
Marlin (Blue) Blue Marlin
Marlin (Striped) Striped Marlin

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
Fishfinder
Bed

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
Beer, soft drinks & water
First Mate
Lunch
On full day trips

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, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

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, an additional 5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 42 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
78%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
91%
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William T.
Esparza, Costa Rica
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Full day offshore with Captain Tom, Macho and John

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on June 22, 2022
The boat was stocked with snacks, the crew were tremendously helpful, informative, and by far the hardest working team I have...
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Travis D.
Theodore, AL
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Half Day with Captain Tom and Crew

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip (AM) on July 9, 2022
We couldn’t have asked for a better trip. Just my wife and I for a half day, and it was excellent. Baits were hardly in the...
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Zach E.
Panama City, FL
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Absolutely amazing trip, couldn't recommend this charter anymore.

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on December 27, 2021
This charter was an absolute blast. My self and my family were lucky enough to book a trip with captain tom. He riley lives...
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Candice W.
Fleming, CO
Excellent
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Full day with Captain Tom

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on August 11, 2022
Excellent day that started right on time. Captain Tom was waiting for us at the Marina. Immediately acquainted us with the...
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Bryan G.
Jaco, Costa Rica
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Full day with Captain Tom and crew

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on April 19, 2022
I can’t say enough good things about this captain, crew and vessel! 2 blue Marlin, 3 sails and a Dorado! Captain Tom has...
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FAQs about Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing

Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing offers the following trips to customers:
  • $1,750 per group - Half Day Trip (AM) (5 hours)
  • $1,750 per group - Half Day Trip (PM) (5 hours)
  • $2,200 per group - Full Day Trip (9 hours)

When you book a trip with Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed
  • Live Bait Well
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Multimedia System
  • Outriggers
  • Tuna Tubes
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (Beer, soft drinks & water)
  • First Mate
  • Lunch (On full day trips)

Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Popping
  • Fly Fishing
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Captain Tom’s Big Game Sportfishing include:
  • Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
  • Marlin (Black)
  • Marlin (Blue)
  • Marlin (Striped)
  • Roosterfish
  • Sailfish
  • Snapper (Cubera)
  • Tuna (Yellowfin)
  • Wahoo