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

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US$ 950
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US$ 625
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US$ 750

Fishing Reports

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

4.71 out of 5 stars from 7 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Leon worked hard for find our target species, but they were not there. I guess that’s fishing!

We had a good time even so!

Fished March 2017

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Randy Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hi John, I know the bill fish did not cooperate and I wish they had been biting! Glad you still had a good time. We hope to see you back another time.

Went fishing on Thursday, March 23, 2017

There were no surprises, everything was as advertised and carried out very efficiently, from payment, getting to the boat and overall fishing experience.  The captain and crew very professional and friendly, did a great job setting up the rigs, setting the lines and getting to the fishing grounds.  The action was a little slow, we did manage to bring in a large 35 pound Dorado and a 10 to 12 pound Bonito. 

We will definitely come back for a second shot at the big fish.

Fished March 2017

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Randy Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, March 24, 2017

Hi Mark, so glad you enjoyed your half day trip. We look forward to seeing you again for a full day offshore and getting you into the billfish!


Went fishing on Thursday, January 5, 2017

Captain Leo was great. He took us out to do what we asked and delivered. We caught a striped Marlin which was our goal. For as seldom as they are caught we could only have done it with a very experienced captain. He took us to exactly where we needed to be. Once we landed our fish he took us to several areas that the kids could have fun and feel in fish too. 10 stars out of 10. Would recommend to anyone looking to deep sea fish on the west coast.

Fished January 2017

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Randy Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, January 15, 2017

Dear Michelle, so happy to hear you enjoyed the trip. Congratulations on your marlin! Captain Leo forwarded me the picture. We hope to see you again in the future.


Went fishing on Saturday, January 30, 2016

Captain and crew worked real hard at helping us land 3 sailfish, great time had by all, from the initial contact, booking, questions and the fishing.

Fished January 2016

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Replied to this review on Sunday, January 31, 2016

Hi Scott, we are so happy to hear you had a great time! I hope we will have the opportunity to take you out again in the future.

Went fishing on Monday, January 18, 2016

Leo was a great guide! We wanted to catch some sailfish when we got out there and he put us right on the fish. We caught five of them very quickly and it was an enjoyable experience. After that, we caught five or six skipjack. It was a very windy day on the water but still beautiful and fun. We tried fishing the bottom for red snapper and grouper, but I think the wind had something to do with fishing the bottom.

All in all it was a great day and Leo showed us a fun time. We highly recommend him and definitely plan to book future trips with him on the Salsa!

Fished January 2016

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Replied to this review on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Hi Erich, we are so glad you and your friends enjoyed your day on the Salsa with Captain Leo. We hope to see you back in Tamarindo soon!

Went fishing on Monday, September 28, 2015

The trip was great.  Captain and crew were very knowledgable and put us onto fish very quickly.

Fished September 2015

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Randy Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, October 4, 2015

Thanks for the kind words, Garrett! We hope to have the chance to take you fishing again in the future.

Went fishing on Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The trip was great, we got some grouper, the weather was perfect. Nothing to complain about. The boat was good as well as captain Mike. Mike was honest about opportunities and probabilities of which species to catch. It was choppy by afternoon and took that into consideration. Petra was pleseant to work with. Very timely responses and professional

Fished February 2015

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Randy Wilson (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, March 5, 2015

Glad to hear you enjoyed your morning on the Salsa! We hope to see you again one day.