Half day charters fishing out of Tamarindo aboard the Talking Fish stay closer to shore using lighter tackle, trolling for dolphinfish (mahi-mahi or, locally, dorado), mackerel, wahoo, tuna and other species, or bottom fishing for roosterfish, grouper, amberjack, snapper or shark. During the months of April through November, it can be possible to make a pass offshore as well during a half day trip, weather permitting, to look for sailfish and marlin. During the months of December through March, this possibility is rare due to frequent offshore winds.
Half day trips are 5 hours. We meet for charters on the beach in Tamarindo in front of restaurant El Chiringuito (see Location tab) at 7:00 AM. There is limited parking here, but this beach pick-up point is just a short walk down the beach from many hotels in Tamarindo.
The Talking Fish is a 38' Topaz Express sportfisher. Talking Fish is powered by twin Detroit turbo diesels, and has a spacious cockpit with fighting chair, covered seating area for up to seven persons, and full cabin with private marine head.
The boat is outfitted for professional fishing and is a perfect match for one or two couples or mixed group. Amenities include:
- Marlin Tower
- Fighting Chair
- Double Spreader Outriggers
- Full Cabin with Private Head
- State of the Art Electronics
- Safety and Emergency Gear
Included on all half day charters is the following:
• Sunscreen is not included! There is plenty of sun here in the tropics, even on overcast days. Even on boats with lots of shade, the sun is reflected off of the water, so plan on bringing sunscreen, and perhaps a hat and shoes.
• Seasickness remedies are not included.
Please bring cash for a gratuity for the crew!
• Crew gratuities are not included. A tip of 10-20% for the boat is customary.
Capt. Randy Wilson came to Costa Rica in 1974 and became one of the first to sportfish the waters of Costa Rica's Northern Pacific coast. Randy has always been at the forefront of the effort to conserve game fish in Costa Rica by developing his own techniques and lures. He has continued to refine these over the years to ensure proper handling of sailfish and marlin during hookup, fight and release.
Mate Eithel Rodriguez has been fishing in Tamarindo since 1999. Nearly 20 years of experience has given him the professionalism and expertise to assure his clients the best opportunity of a successful and entertaining trip.
Mate Max Campos has fished for years in Tamarindo as mate aboard a variety of boats in the fleet. Fishing on different boats has given Max an expertise in a number of diverse fishing techniques. Max speaks English, is very amiable, and excels at engaging clients' interest all aspects of fishing.