Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters | Quepos/ Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Fishing with Big Eye Charters
Quepos / Manuel Antonio Costa Rica Fishing with Big Eye Charters. Experienced anglers, first time fishermen and family fishing groups all welcomed. Catch sailfish, marlin, dorado, mahi mahi, tuna, rooster fish, snapper, jacks, mackerel and more. Bring your friends, clients, wife, kids or family.
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 Quepos Costa Rica Fishing with

Big Eye Charters

Located at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica

Welcome to Fishing Costa Rica. We are located in Quepos, which is only 3 miles from beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. We are all about fishing and experiencing a fun day on the water. You may simply book your fishing charter with us or you may also allow us to assist you with planning and arranging your entire trip to Costa Rica. There is so much to see and do in this beautiful country. As for as Quepos, Costa Rica fishing, you may book a half day inshore fishing charter or one, two, three or more days of offshore fishing with us. We target sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, dorado (mahi mahi), jacks, mackerel, roosterfish, cubera snapper and more. We offer two boats, Big Eye and Big Eye II. These boats have comfortable seating and a shaded area. Don’t get stuck on a boat with very uncomfortable seating, having to lean on the edge of the boat for a seat and baking in the sun. We can accommodate up to 6 people on each boat, especially with a family and kids. We prefer 4-5 adults but 6 people are okay. Enjoy our first-class fishing tackle as you experience an exciting battle with one of the many big fish that are found off Costa Rica. Our Captains and mates speak Spanish and English. You will feel relaxed as soon as you step on the boat and experience the Costa Rican hospitality. If you are looking for a Manual Antonio fishing charter then you are only a short 3 mile ride from the dock in Quepos. Join us us for some fun Manuel Antonio Fishing. We welcome experienced anglers, fly fishermen, first time anglers and family fishing groups. Kids love us. Experience the thrill of Costa Rica Fishing. I am Captain Don McPherson, owner with Captain Franklin. I reside in Orange Beach, Al in the summer months. I have owned and operated Getaway Charters for over 20 years. Franklin has over 25 years of fishing experience. We strive to provide one of the best fishing charter businesses in Costa Rica.  Please call, text or email me with any questions you may have. You will find contact information at the bottom of this page. If this is your first time to Costa Rica, then let me answer your questions, share my tips and assist you with finding accommodations, activities and of course, your Costa Rica fishing charter. Call, text or email me for the latest fishing report. 

Contact us at:

Costa Rica 011-506-8492-6710

Captain Franklin (mobile) 011-506-8379-1702

 Text Don at 1-251-752-0235

Toll Free U.S. 1-855-892-1197


Fishing Costa Rica

Take a look at our Trip Advisor and Facebook reviews. You will find find photos and comments on both sites. Come and learn more about Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye Charters. We also encourage you to write a review after you have fished with us. We have individuals,  groups, families, kids, well experienced anglers and tournament pros who have fished with us over the  many years. We always look forward to those who join us for their first time. 



Franklin Araya Martinez is the Captain of the Big Eye II and Antonio Gonzales is the Captain of the Big Eye. Join us for some of the finest Costa Rica Fishing along the Pacific Coast. It is 2016 and we are catching big Pacific sailfish, tuna, marlin, dorado, grouper, snapper and rooster fish. Come join us for some world class fishing in Costa Rica. Our full day offshore fishing charters are the most popular.  We target sailfish, dorado (mahi mahi), marlin and tuna. You may also choose our offshore 3/4 day fishing charter. We usually catch sailfish on the 3/4 day offshore trip. We also offer our 1/2 day and full day inshore/nearshore fishing charters. We target roosterfish, mackerel, jacks, grouper and sometimes snapper on the half day Costa Rica fishing charter. We are here to provide you a safe, well maintained boat, and a very experienced and courteous Captain and mate who speak Spanish and English. You are probably traveling or already travelled a long distance to Costa Rica for your fishing. Don’t spend your time, effort and money on your transportation and accommodations and then book a cheap boat. Just remember, all accommodations are not the same and all fishing charter boats are not the same. We want to give you the best. Expect the best and get the best with Big Eye Charters. Owners and Captains Promise.

Owners – Don McPherson  (Orange Beach, Alabama)                                           Captain Franklin Araya Martinez  Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica


Why do so many people choose Big Eye Charters for their fishing trip? 

  • Professional and polite captains and mates who speak Spanish and English.

  • Nice clean boats with comfortable seating and good shade

  • Safety is priority with us. Life jackets on board. Captains trained in first aid.

  • Dependable boats with dependable engines. A boats engine compartment speaks for itself. You will not find ours nasty, oily and greasy. You are always welcome to take a look at our clean engines. We have an excellent record when it comes to traveling to the fishing grounds and returning safely without engine failures and breakdowns.

  • Family and kid friendly. We provide patience as we assist you and your family during your fishing charter. 

  • First time anglers always welcome.

  • The well experienced anglers choose Big Eye Charters

  • We specialize in fly fishing for sailfish and other species. We enjoy and look forward to every fly fishing trip. We provide fly fishing tackle or you may bring your own. 

  • Repeat customers fish with us over and over not because we are the cheapest fishing charter in town but because we are one of the very best fishing charters in town.

Do you want the very best and want to go the extra miles offshore? Maybe you have a budget to work with. Looking for a 1/2 day inshore/nearshore, a 3/4 day offshore charter or a full day offshore fishing charter? Maybe you are the well experienced  angler. Maybe this trip is for your family and you want the kids to have the experience of a lifetime. There are options. Let us give you the fishing charter you are looking for.                            


For booking and information contact Don

Don McPherson

Toll free: 1-855-892-1197
Local: 011-506-8492-6710
Capt. Franklin Araya Martinez
Local 011-506-8379-1702




Located at Marina Pez Vela

Drop by and chat with Aldo. He can assist you with Costa sunglasses, Guy Harvey, Mojo and Columbia apparel. Aldo will also be happy to share information about local restaurants, shops and things to do in Manuel Antonio, Quepos and the surrounding area. You will find Aldo to always be very happy and you will enjoy some good conversation.

Pacific Fish & Beach

Full Day Offshore Fishing Charter

Departure time is 7am and return approximately 4:30pm. A full day fishing charter with Big Eye Charters will give you 9 or more hours on the water. There is usually about one hour travel time each way. However, travel time may vary. We have fast boats to get you to the fish. If the fish are located farther offshore on that particular day then we will travel farther to find the fish. We are not limited to fishing closer to the shoreline as some of the discounted boats. We give you the extra effort and go the extra mile. We target sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, dorado (mahi mahi) and tuna. We provide water, sodas, beer, fresh Costa Rican fruit cut and sliced on the boat and a fresh local lunch.


3/4 Day Offshore Fishing Charter


Departure time is 7am and return approximately 2pm. The 3/4  day offshore trip will usually get you some sailfish. There is a chance you may catch a tuna, marlin or mahi mahi. However, we travel farther and have more fishing time on the full day fishing  charter. We provide water, sodas, beer, fresh Costa Rican fruit sliced and served on the boat and a fresh local lunch.


1/2 Day Inshore/Nearshore

Departure time is 7am and return approximately 11:30am. This fishing charter is fishing in sight of land often just off the shoreline around the beaches and also near rock formations. We target roosterfish, mackerels, snappers, grouper, jacks and bonita. Water, sodas, beer and fresh fruit are provided on this Quepos 1/2 day inshore fishing charter.


Full Day Inshore/Nearshore

Departure time is 7am and return approximately 4:30pm. This fishing charter is fishing in sight of land often just off the shoreline around the beaches and also near the rocks. We target roosterfish, mackerels, snappers, grouper, jacks and bonita. Water, sodas, beer, fresh fruit and lunch are provided on this full day inshore fishing charter.


                            Fishing Rate Information



          Which style of fishing do you like?

      Thanks to Chris Aldrich and family for providing this exciting video above

A Beautiful day fishing for Sailfish with Big Eye Charters. Thanks to Captain Franklin for video.

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October 2016

We have taken a break in October to do annual maintenance on our boats. We will be back in the water in November. Fishing was very good in September and should be great in November. We usually see some variety in November. We often catch sailfish, marlin, mahi mahi, tuna, rooster fish and more.  The full day is always your best option but some do choose the 3/4 day trip.  The inshore/nearshore trips should give us some action with roosterfish, mackerel and snapper.

Big Tuna caught off Quepos Costa Rica


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offshore world championship 2015



We are thrilled to have participated in the 2015 Offshore World Championship and we are ready for the 2016 tournament in April. The 2014 and 2015 tournaments were awesome and broke world records. There were 2,314 billfish releases in 3 days of the 2014 tournament. The 2015 Offshore World Championship was a great success. After setting a world record for most billfish released in a tournament, it wrapped up with a total of 2,840 billfish releases, which included 2,822 sailfish, fourteen blue marlin, two black marlin and two striped marlin. There were 13 qualifying dolphin, 3 wahoo and 1 tuna weighed over the 25-pound minimum by the time the scales closed on the final day. What will the 2016 tournament bring? You can come fish with us now on the same waters as the many championship anglers from around the world have fished. 







Saltwater Sportsman



Big Dorado


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How many people may we bring on our fishing charter? A good comfortable number is 4 people. However you may bring up to 5 or 6 people.

What do you provide on your Quepos Fishing Charter Boats?  Professional, polite, experienced Captains and mates. Your mate will be on the back deck during the entire fishing charter to assist you with the fishing. He will also be there to make sure you have plenty to drink and eat while you enjoy your fishing experience. Our mates speak Spanish and English. We also provide boats that are safe and well maintained with life jackets and safety equipment on board. You will enjoy our comfortable seating with shaded area and restroom.

How about food and drinks? We provide water, sodas, beer, fresh Costa Rican fruit cut up right on the boat and a fresh local lunch.

Do we need to bring our own fishing tackle? No. You do not need to bring your own tackle. Of course you are welcome to bring your own tackle if you choose. You will experience catching fish on our first class Starr, Penn and Shimano fishing tackle. We also provide fly fishing tackle upon request.

Do we need to purchase fishing license? Yes, A fishing license is required for each person. You may purchase your fishing license for $15 per person at the booth on the left just before you enter the gate at the Fishing Pier. This license is valid for 8 days. I recommend you arrive at the Fishing Pier approximately 6:40am and you should be ready to depart on your charter at 7am. You may also purchase your fishing license online. See info below.

Where are your boats located?  Our boats, Big Eye and Big Eye II are located at the Quepos Pier. If you are taking a taxi, then tell your driver you are going to the Fishing Pier. If you are driving from Manuel Antonio, drive down the mountain to Quepos. Drive through town and take a left on the main street by the water. Continue driving past the Pez Vela Marina which is located on the right. The road will change to a gravel drive and you will see the Pier. It looks like a big bridge. It is the old banana dock for the ships from days past. You will park and walk toward the gate. Stop at the booth on the left and purchase your fishing license. Continue through the gate and go to the next booth on the right. Hang out and watch for your boat, Big Eye or Big Eye II. Once you see it coming toward the dock then walk down the walkway. You will be assisted as you board your boat.

How do we get transportation to the boat and back to the hotel? If you do not have a car then you may call a taxi or have the hotel call a taxi for you. As you are returning from sea, you may tell your Captain to call you a taxi to pick you up at the pier. Your Captain will give you a taxi #.





Fish with the Fly Fishing Experts who have the Knowledge, Patience and Passion

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We always enjoy the many families who join us for a 1/2 day, 3/4 day or full day of fishing. We welcome first time anglers to the most experienced anglers. We are family friendly and kids love us. We take the extra time and patience that give you the fishing adventure you deserve. We never rush you. If you want to stop and see the sea turtles, dolphins or birds that are found in the beautiful Pacific Ocean, then that is fine with us. If you want all serious fishing, then we will race to the fishing grounds. It is all about you and your family. We have a fighting chair for any age angler. Take a seat and enjoy a battle with a big Pacific sailfish, marlin or dorado(mahi mahi) while it jumps, runs and performs a dance you will never forget. Take pictures and video and have the memory of a lifetime. Maybe you would like experience the 1/2 day inshore/nearshore fishing charter. We fish close to the shore for roosterfish, jacks, mackerel and snapper. The famous roosterfish will give you a thrill of a lifetime. This fish will give you a good fight. Take a picture and share back home with friends and family. You will be amazed at the view of Manuel Antonio from the Pacific side. Giant rock formations and islands show their beauty. Take a big deep breath, relax and take in the spectacular scenery of the Costa Rica shoreline.



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 Manuel Antonio

Manuel Antonio is only 3 miles from Quepos, Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio is know for the National Park, a spectacular view, great restaurants, hotels, motels, condos, resorts and some very nice shops. Just remember, if you are looking for Manuel Antonio fishing then you are only ten minutes away from the fishing dock. The National Park is located by the beach. You will most likely see monkeys, sloths, many kinds of birds, butterflies, raccoons, deer and much more. The beach is a great place to relax, swim, dine at the restaurants or enjoy some shopping.

Toll Free U.S.  1-855-892-1197

Costa Rica  011-506-8492-6710

Captain Franklin (mobile) 011-506-8379-1702

Captain Franklin (home) 011-506-2777-2106