Captain
Nelson Mendez

Member since December 2013 Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
Background
Captain Nelson Mendez will be your guide for the fishing trip on the Tuna Fish. He has fished around all Central and North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica looking for big game sportfish including Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Mahi Mahi. His ample experience in both inshore and offshore fishing makes him a well-rounded angler able and ready to target any pelagic species in the Gulf of Papagayo. Nelson is in love with every form of fishing — be it sportfishing, inshore or offshore, he truly commits to doing it all. He is simple, responsible, kind, and persistent, all the qualities that make an amazing captain. Nelson started fishing when he was 13 years old, and at the age of 18, he started working as the first mate and hasn't looked back since. Nelson also participated in 3 international fly fishing tournaments, where he made amazing results and won the third place once, and a second place twice.

Hey, I'm Captain Nelson Mendez

Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
Background
Captain Nelson Mendez will be your guide for the fishing trip on the Tuna Fish. He has fished around all Central and North Pacific Coast of Costa Rica looking for big game sportfish including Marlin, Yellowfin Tuna, Sailfish, Roosterfish, and Mahi Mahi. His ample experience in both inshore and offshore fishing makes him a well-rounded angler able and ready to target any pelagic species in the Gulf of Papagayo. Nelson is in love with every form of fishing — be it sportfishing, inshore or offshore, he truly commits to doing it all. He is simple, responsible, kind, and persistent, all the qualities that make an amazing captain. Nelson started fishing when he was 13 years old, and at the age of 18, he started working as the first mate and hasn't looked back since. Nelson also participated in 3 international fly fishing tournaments, where he made amazing results and won the third place once, and a second place twice.

My Charter Listing

Papagayo Charters - 30' Tuna Fish

7 reviews
Playa Ocotal
trips from $800

Fishing Reports

Sailfish fishing in Papagayo Costa Rica

January 28, 2016

Full fishing charter from RIU Guanacaste on board the Tuna Fish boat, we caught and released 2 sailfish and some bonitos. Get on board today with us!! Read Full Report →


Papagayo marlin fishing in a full day!

February 22, 2015

We went out from Occidental Grand Papagayo resort located in Playa Panamá, Costa Rica. This resort is one of the top fishing resorts in the Gulf of Papagayo, where you can book a fishing charter like today! Captain Nelson… Read Full Report →


4 Sailfish in a Full day of fishing

December 02, 2014

Our friends from Flamingo beach in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, booked the Tuna Fish vessel for a full day charter looking for billfish and some dorado. Weather conditions were amazing, blue and clear waters, sunny, and moderate winds. Captain Nelson… Read Full Report →


Deep Fishing from Hyatt Andaz Papagayo

November 27, 2014

Our full fishing departure from Andaz Hyatt Papagayo with 2 lucky clients to the Gulf of Papagayo. Our fishing day started at 7:30 a.m, we pick up our clients from the beach of the Andaz Papagayo Resort. Clients were… Read Full Report →


Fishing Charter from Riu Guanacaste

November 12, 2014

Our young anglers from Riu Guanacaste book the Tuna Fish for half day fishing to the Gulf of Papagayo, We pick them up around 7:30 a.m at Matapalo beach in front of the Riu Guanacaste. Captain Nelson start serves… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

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4.90
out of 5 stars from 7 reviews
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Friendly captain
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100%
Appropriate for children
67%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
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Albert A.
Puntarenas, P
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Full day 30'

VERIFIED   April 28, 2019
Requested thar we target roosters,yellowfin tuna, and a cubberra snapper. Captain got first two done and then we trolled....
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Chis G.
La Fortuna, A
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Great Day on the Water.

VERIFIED   April 10, 2018
Captain Nelson and his brother were great.  They picked us up on the beach of our resort to start the day.  They...
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John C.
Safety Harbor, Florida
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Full day with Captain Nelson and Carlos

VERIFIED   July 14, 2017
It was a real dream of my husband’s to go deep sea fishing in Costa Rica. And this trip more than fulfilled it for him....
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O.L.
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August 16, 2014
We’ve booked “El Jefe” with Capt. Eric and his brother Moses. We were on board with these brothers in August...
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Mark P.
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July 26, 2014
We are locals in Playa del Coco and have fished many times in the area. Without any thought this is the most quality tripe...
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