Randy Wilson

Member since October 2014

Tamarindo, Costa Rica

Background
Grew up in Miami, started fishing as a toddler! Fished and surfed all through high school and college. I moved to Costa Rica in 1974. Saw the incredible fishing here and grew my business from one small boat to now a fleet of 3 with local bilingual captains. After fishing here for 40 years, I am still excited about sharing the experience with anglers from all over the world and giving them the trip of a lifetime.
Techniques
It's all about conserving the resource and releasing a healthy, unharmed fish. Hook retrieval is vital for a clean release. We don't gut hook our sails and marlin, we hook them in the mouth. This produces spectacular jumps from the fish as a bonus! There is a large Marine Park in front of Tamarindo, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. Our crews do not fish in the park...even if by all accounts from other boats, the bite is good inside. We believe it's important that everyone abide by the rules, sport fishermen and commercial fishermen alike.

Randy Wilson

Tamarindo, Costa Rica
Background
Grew up in Miami, started fishing as a toddler! Fished and surfed all through high school and college. I moved to Costa Rica in 1974. Saw the incredible fishing here and grew my business from one small boat to now a fleet of 3 with local bilingual captains. After fishing here for 40 years, I am still excited about sharing the experience with anglers from all over the world and giving them the trip of a lifetime.
Techniques
It's all about conserving the resource and releasing a healthy, unharmed fish. Hook retrieval is vital for a clean release. We don't gut hook our sails and marlin, we hook them in the mouth. This produces spectacular jumps from the fish as a bonus! There is a large Marine Park in front of Tamarindo, Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. Our crews do not fish in the park...even if by all accounts from other boats, the bite is good inside. We believe it's important that everyone abide by the rules, sport fishermen and commercial fishermen alike.
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Our Charter Listings

Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express

Tamarindo
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trips from US$ 950

Salsa - 27’ Escapade in Tamarindo

Tamarindo
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trips from US$ 625

OutCast - 27’ Dusky in Tamarindo

Tamarindo
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trips from US$ 750

Fishing Reports

Marlin and Sailfish on the OutCast

August 05, 2017

August 5 and 7, 2 full days on the OutCast. Two sails and a blue marlin released! Read Full Report →


Three great days of fishing!

August 03, 2017

Early August aboard the Talking Fish: James and Laurie L. caught sailfish, grouper, snapper, yellowfin tuna and 2 blue marlin, 550 and 250 lbs! Read Full Report →


Roosterfish on the Salsa

November 28, 2016

On the hunt for roosterfish. Caught this nice 30 pounder and another one got away, but we caught grouper for dinner! Read Full Report →


Lots of action inshore!

November 23, 2016

Great inshore action for young and old, different types of grouper and snapper. Nothing like eating your catch! Read Full Report →


Marlin bite!

September 26, 2016

Great day on the Talking Fish today! Two blue marlin released, 325 and 360 lbs. Three tuna, including a 75 pounder. And grouper! Read Full Report →


Marlin are biting!

August 12, 2016

Great day on the water! Released a blue marlin est. at 260 pounds. The fish wasn't caught that far offshore, nice short run time. Read Full Report →


Great inshore action

July 25, 2016

Targeted inshore species and caught this beautiful cubera snapper. It was a great fight. Read Full Report →


Great inshore action

June 20, 2016

Non stop action! What a fun inshore day, they fished until their arms gave out! Justin and Dana worked hard to get these to the boat. Quick picture, and these were all released. Read Full Report →


Another day, another blue marlin!

June 14, 2016

Raised 2 marlin and a sail, released a 300lb blue marlin, our third this week! Also catching grouper, some tuna and small dorado. Read Full Report →


Marlin, sails and tuna!

June 12, 2016

Great action offshore for bill fish and inshore for the grill! Released a 350 lb blue marlin, as well as sailfish. Waters are calm, afternoon rains. Beautiful day on the water. Read Full Report →


Sailfish and dinner

January 27, 2016

Headed offshore in search of bill fish. Released 2 nice Pacific sails. Dinner was requested and what is better on the grill than grouper! Every day this week we've caught sails and grouper, the bite is on! Read Full Report →


Blue marlin and sails

January 26, 2016

Bite was on in the morning and released 2 sails. Hooked up a 350 lb blue marlin and after an hour fight, gave it a clean release! Kudos to Capt Willy Vega, mates Norman and Eithel, and the angler!… Read Full Report →


Sailfish!

January 18, 2016

Erich Braentner and friends fished a full day on the Salsa with Captain Leo and released 4 Pacific sailfish. They booked their trip through Fishing Booker and were very happy with their day. Read Full Report →


Sailfish and snapper!

January 08, 2016

So much fun to have a client on board who fished with me in the early 80's when I ran my 22' Boston Whaler "Sangre Azul", also out of Tamarindo. John P. came back, celebrating his wedding anniversary, with… Read Full Report →


Sailfish and good inshore action!

January 03, 2016

Started out by making sure dinner was in the box. Caught grouper and red snapper. Made a pass offshore and released 2 nice Pacific sailfish! Read Full Report →


300 lb blue marlin

December 29, 2015

Nice marlin action on the Talking Fish! Half day trip released a 300 lb blue marlin and numerous grouper. Read Full Report →


Great half day of fishing!

December 05, 2015

Not usual on a half day, but the Talking Fish, with Captain Willy Vega at the helm, released a 400 lb blue marlin today. Fishing not far from Tamarindo with one of our lucky clients who always seems to… Read Full Report →


Fun inshore action on the OutCast

November 24, 2015

Lots of action on an inshore half day. Big Pompano and nice roosterfish caught by Marvin and Chris! Beautiful calm ocean. Read Full Report →


Marlin marlin marlin!

November 19, 2015

Three blue marlin released in 3 days on the OutCast! The Ewing party caught 2, and Bob Seegers caught a blue marlin on his birthday. Happy Birthday! Also good inshore action with grouper, snapper and a roosterfish. Read Full Report →


Fish for dinner!

November 13, 2015

Gerard and friends from Melbourne, Florida fished a half day inshore looking for food! Lots of red snapper and grouper in the box. Read Full Report →


Great action in Tamarindo

November 11, 2015

Our friend Richard and his buddies from California fished 2 days on the Talking Fish. They brought in lots of grouper, a 40 lb dorado, 4 tunas ranging from 12-45 pounds. And 2 sailfish! Got into a school of… Read Full Report →


Big yellowfin tuna!

November 07, 2015

Our long time clients from Wisconsin are here for their annual trip. John caught this yellowfin tuna today, close to a 2 hour battle on a light rod with a bait squid. 180 lbs worth of fun! In total… Read Full Report →


Sailfish are biting!

October 31, 2015

Good action with sailfish! Looking to be a great November, just like last year! Check back for more reports soon. Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.54
out of 5 stars from 19 reviews
Boat
Crew
Experience
Big 40 lb warsaw grouper!
Dinner!
Tuna!
+14
Angler Rating
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3
1
1
0
Anglers Claimed
Good experience
93%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
95%
Appropriate for children
69%
Satisfied with the boat
92%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Garrett Williams
United States
 5.00
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1/2 day with Leo

VERIFIED   November 13, 2017
Captain Leo was great! We told him we wanted some Mahi and he put us on them! He did a great job getting us on the fish and...
Garrett Williams recommends Salsa - 27’ Escapade in Tamarindo
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Allen Lassetter
Sugar Land, TX
 5.00
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Fishing with Randy

VERIFIED   August 12, 2018
Allen Lassetter recommends Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
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Alec Crawford
San José, Provincia De San Jose
 4.33
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Full day with Captain/Owner Randy

VERIFIED   February 21, 2018
Extremely knowledgeable Captain and friendly and efficient crew of two. We met at 7:30 AM, took a skiff to the boat and steamed...
Alec Crawford recommends Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
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Stefan Abramo
Gloucester, MA
 5.00
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March fishing trip

VERIFIED   March 27, 2018
Stefan Abramo recommends Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
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Joseph Fletcher
Hacienda Tamarindo, Provincia De Guanacaste
 4.67
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Fishing with Randy

VERIFIED   January 22, 2018
Joseph Fletcher recommends Talking Fish - 38’ Topaz Express
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