Q: What type of gear/tackle is on the boats?
A: All boats in our fleet are equipped with fishing gear from industry leaders such a Penn, Shimano, and more. Our crews use the lures, teasers, baits, and rigging that are time tested and have proven to be the most productive for our waters.
Q: Do you offer ½ day trips?
A: Yes, ½ day Near shore trips for Roosterfish, Snapper, and medium sized Mahi-Mahi are offered. A ¾ or full day is required to fish offshore.
Q: What time do we leave the beach in the morning? When do we return?
A: Your charter will depart the dock at 7:30am in the morning and return at 4:30pm if it a full day, 2.30 for the ¾ and 12.30 if it an half day Please arrive at the dock no later than 7:15 am to insure a timely departure and maximize your fishing time.
Q: Can I bring my own Rod/Reel/Lures?
A: Yes. You are welcome to bring your own rod/reel or any favorite lure/teaser you may have. Our boats however, are equipped with fishing tackle, and our Captains and mates are always rigged with the tackle and gear that has proven to raise the most fish in these waters.
Q: Is it true that the Crew keeps our edible fish?
A: NO. All edible, non-release fish such as Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, or Yellowfin Tuna, Snapper, or Mackeral that are caught on your charter are YOURS! The mates will fillet, bag and ice your fish on board, a taste for dinner… crew prefers to keep some fish onboard to cook it in case lunch is offered on that trip or other ones. It is customary to offer your crew a bag of fillets, however it is NOT required. Billfish, Marlin and Sailfish will not bring to the boat to take pictures, because doing that we risk to damage the fish to much. We will bring the fish close to the boat to allow clients to take pictures of the head.
Q: What do we do with our fish?
A: All Billfish caught on our boats will be live released, once they have been brought boat side, to insure the best chances of survival. Edible species such as Dorado, Wahoo, Tuna, Snapper, and more, will be filleted by your mates on board, at no additional charge. We will gladly direct you to one of our sponsor restaurants, where they will cook your fresh fish for you at a very reasonable price.
Q: Can I take my fish with me or ship it back to my home?
A: You may not ship your fish from Costa Rica, however you can take frozen fillets home with you in your checked baggage, however it is a very cumbersome process. Regulations state that your fillets must be frozen, and can not be included in your carry-on luggage, but checked baggage only. Furthermore, you can not pack your frozen fillets with any other type of ice, or foreign substance. It is very difficult to take fish back with you and we don’t suggest you attempt to.
Q: Do I need a fishing license?
A: Yes. Costa Rica requires that all anglers purchase and carry a valid Costa Rica fishing license. You will be required to purchase your Costa Rica fishing license from the INCOPESCA, at https://www.incopesca.go.cr/carnets/tramites/SolicitudTraducido.aspx and it costs $15/pp
Q: How much should we tip the Crew?
A: A minimum of 15%-20% per day is customary. 20% is normal. Under no circumstances should tipping be based on how many fish you catch. If your Captain and crew work hard at finding the fish, make multiple moves, change bait presentations, service your needs, and the bite is just plain slow, they are certainly not to blame.
Our Captains know and respect that your expectations are high as soon as you get on board, and will work hard to deliver you a trophy day on the water, however fishing will always be fishing, and if the fish don’t want to bite, they won’t. We are fortunate to have many more successful days on the water here than not, but like anywhere in the world you fish, slow bites happen. Please don’t fault your Captain & Crew for it.
Q: What do I need to bring on the boat for the day?
A: All of our charters include assorted beverages including bottled water, beer ,fruit, and snacks. We also offer lunch if it is a full day tour. If you have a personal preference in food, beverage, or anything else, you are welcome to bring it aboard with you. We suggest you bring Sun block, a hat or cap, Sunglasses, a towel, digital camera, any medications you may need.
Q: Can we enjoy more than one tour/excursion?
A: Yes. We have a sister company that does transfers and tours You are welcome to take as many other tours as you wish, just ask us.
Q: What do I need to make my reservation and lock in my dates?
A: Once you are ready to book with us, payment is due at the time of reservation to confirm your booking. Upon receipt of your deposit, you will receive an invoice/itinerary from us via email that will indicate your paid amount.
Q: What methods of payment do you accept?
A: We accept bank wire transfers or Credit Card payments through our PayPal.com account name firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that any fees we incur for taking payments such as wire transfer fees or Credit Card processing fees, are payable by you.
Q: What is your cancellation / refund policy?
A: Cancellations for any or all segments of your trip, for any reason, must be made NO LATER than 30 days from the scheduled date of arrival to qualify for a full refund of your deposit. Cancellations within this 30 day time frame will render your deposit Non-Refundable.
If for any reason we need to cancel your reservation, you will be offered an alternative date, boat, or option. If you are unable to accept an alternative, a full refund will be issued for that tour.
Q: What happens in the event of a storm?
A: Every morning we check the weather before going out on the boat. If a storm is in the forecast, the trip will be cancelled and you will receive a full refund, or you will have the option of rescheduling the trip.