Frequently Asked Questions
What is FishingNosara's mission in Costa Rica?
To dispel the myth that Costa Rican fishing only consists of unsafe boats, shady crews, and poor tackle. FishingNosara is made up of professional crews with decades of experience on the water and provides them with cutting-edge equipment, tackle, and logistical support.
It is our goal to provide our clients with the fishing trip of a lifetime at an economical price. Furthermore we are the only charter fishing company in the area to provide office services, logistical support, and family-style service on shore as well as on the boat.
Why use FishingNosara?
First off, we feature the most experienced local Captains in the area. Also our on-shore support staff is here to help you get all the proper information you need to make the correct choice of boat and Captain, process your paperwork, and pay in a safe and secure manner.
Our staff can support you in Costa Rica with transportation, supplies, and last-minute problem solving. Finally, our service continues after you're return to shore...our staff can recommend local restaurants, lodging arrangements, and other attractions, plus provide transportation to and from the airports.
How much should I tip the crew / Captain?
The Captain and mate split all tips evenly. All our crewman are non-smoking, non-drinking family men and their tips go directly home.
A standard tip for any service worker is 15%-20%, and these guys are no different. They are on the job for several hours before and after the trip, maintaining the boats and keeping them well-stocked for your day on the water.
Also, remember to keep an extra $5 or $10 to tip the junior mate on the Transporter for the ferry ride to and from shore
How do I book a trip?
Contact Craig at (904) 591-2161 or email email@example.com and be ready with your prospective fishing dates, length of trip, number of anglers, and boat choice.
$250 deposit per fishing day required to book.
Balance due in Costa Rica on the day before your first trip. We accept Cash and all credit cards welcome (credit cards charges initiated in Costa Rica are subject to 3% fee)
All credit card transactions are processed in the United States on secure servers. Charges will appear as 'Nosara Paradise Rentals'
What about life jackets and other safety equipment?
All FishingNosara vessels are equipped with adult life jackets for all anglers and crew. Please make arrangements in our CR office for a children's size life jacket if necessary. In addition, all boats are equipped with radios, cell phones, flares, life-saving throw devices and all other required safety equipment. All boats are registered and certified seaworthy by the Office of the Costa Rican Harbor Master.
Do I have to be strong to catch a Marlin?
No, very little strength is needed as long as you have the proper tackle, equipment, and crew; that's why you came to us, right? You must be able to sustain the fight for up to 25 minutes, but the Captain and crew can provide small rest periods through their boat-handling skills throughout the fight. You will be amazed how quickly you can catch the fish of a lifetime.
How long does a marlin fight last?
On boats that know how to catch marlin, surprisingly short. The marlin battle consists of three elements: angler, tackle and boat. When all three are dialed-in the fight is over very quickly which ensures the safety of both the angler and the fish. A long fight stresses the fish and increases the risk of injury; We attempt to live release ALL Marlin and Sailfish, so the right tackle and tactics are essential.
Can we extend our day?
By all means! If the boat doesn't have an existing booking, you can pay the Captain directly or contact the FishingNosara Costa Rica office from the boat and extend your fishing trip right on the spot.
Is fishing all there it to do on the boats?
Of course not! Many clients have enjoyed snorkeling, sightseeing, surfing, and dolphin watching from our boats. The surrounding vistas of 10,000 ft. mountains plunging into crystal blue waters is a show unto itself.
Our boats are rigged for comfort and stylish cruising, with FM stereo systems, fresh water, food, and most boats have private restrooms. We strive to accommodate our clients in any way possible...it's the Costa Rican way!
Can I take the fish home with me?
Of course you can! The crew will fillet and bag your catch for you and keep it on ice until your return to shore. Every Nosara Paradise Rentals house is equipped with a suitable kitchen for your dinner, plus most of the local restaurants will prepare your catch in any conceivable fashions. Naturally, all Sailfish and Marlin are live released but you can chow down on all the Dorado, Tuna, and Wahoo you've ever wanted.