Chino's Sportfishing

Chino’s Sportfishing is a fishing charter that runs trips from Herradura, Costa Rica during the entire year. Join Captain Jose for a trip you’re sure to remember for years to come. With more than two decades of fishing experience in the local waters, he’ll do his best to make sure you’re always on the fish.

Captain Jose has two boats, the Kaimaru and the Nazaria, and both of them are 30’ Mako center consoles. They are equipped with all the necessary safety and navigation gear needed for a fun and safe trip. Amenities such as a portable toilet and live bait well are also included for your convenience.

Jose knows you’d like to make the most out of your stay in Costa Rica fishing-wise, so he’ll take you to his favorite spots in search of fish like Marlin, Sailfish, Mahi Mahi, Kingfish, and many more. Fly fishermen are more than welcome to do some fly magic but will need to bring their own rods.

The price of any trip includes rods, reels, tackle, sandwiches, and drinks as well. On a full day trip lunch will be included as well, usually including pasta salad or roast chicken. With that in mind, all that’s left for you to do is to bring a pair of sunglasses, a hat, and an adventurous spirit!



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  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $850
    up to 5 persons
    Having a full day devoted to fishing always yields the best results! Captain Jose will take you to the best spots in search for fish like Kingfish, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Wahoo, Sailfish, and more. Inshore, offshore, bottom fishing, the crew will be happy to cater to your wishes and ensure you have a trip of a lifetime.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $600
    up to 5 persons
    On this trip, you'll be departing from Herradura Bay in search of fish like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, and more. Depending on what you want to catch and the season, it can take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes to reach the best spots. The price includes beers, soft drinks, water, sandwiches, bait and fishing equipment.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 12:30 PM
    $600
    up to 5 persons
    If you're not a big fan of morning trips, Captain Jose has got you covered. You'll be going out of Herradura Bay to target fish like Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Snapper, and more besides. It can take from 10 to 45 minutes to reach the best spots, which depends on what you want to catch and the current season. The trip includes beer, soft drinks, water, sandwiches, bait and fishing gear.
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About the Captain

Jose Agüero
Herradura, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
Angler's Choice
2 Fishing Reports
49 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since Enero 2018
I was born in Jaco Beach and my father had a panga and I started to work with him since I was 8 years old in the artesanal fishing, then I worked as a bartender in Best Western Jaco Beach Hotel for a while and took some curses of fishing. I got married and we bought our first boat to work in sportfishing trips with tourism. Now I have more than 20 years of experience fishing on our coasts and also our son learned and he fishes with us.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Amberjack Amberjack
Barracuda (Pacific) Barracuda (Pacific)
Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Goliath) Grouper (Goliath)

King Mackerel (Kingfish) King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue) Marlin (Blue)
Marlin (Striped) Marlin (Striped)
Roosterfish Roosterfish

Sailfish Sailfish
Snapper (Red) Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Yellowfin) Tuna (Yellowfin)
Wahoo Wahoo

Boat Specs

Mako (Center console) originally built in 2005, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 175HP Suzuki engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 2 knots.

Length
30 ft
Capacity
5 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Popping
Fly Fishing
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
Outriggers
Toilet
Fighting Chair
GPS
Life Jackets
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Snacks
Drinks
First Mate
Lunch

Policies

FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or reschedule your booking up to 7 days before the trip. If the captain cannot run the trip due to unsafe weather conditions, your booking can be moved to another date or canceled free of charge.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:
Cash

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Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
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4.65
out of 5 stars from 49 reviews
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Half day with skipper Jos\u00e9
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
92%
Friendly captain
94%
Recommend this charter
92%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
96%
Catch intended fish
79%
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Alison S.
Jaco, P
 5.00
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Half day with skipper José

VERIFIED   Enero 26, 2020
We had a really great half day fishing with Jose and his mate who were both extremely helpful and skilled in game fishing....
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Timothy A.
Columbia, SC
 5.00
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Full day with Chino and crew

VERIFIED   Julio 15, 2019
Chino and his crew were absolutely amazing. They were accommodating and had everything we could ask for out of a deep sea fishing...
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Joseph A.
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Half day trip with Captain Jose and Mate Memo.

VERIFIED   Enero 29, 2020
My family and I had a great time on this trip. The Captain and mate were very knowledgeable and we tried for Snapper and bottom...
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Martin J.
Madison, SD
 5.00
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8 hours out on calm waters with a couple of great guides

VERIFIED   Diciembre 23, 2019
Started off with four amberjacks in the first hour.  We then headed out 25 miles to find an actively feeding school...
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Andrew J.
Leawood, Kansas
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Fishing with Jose

VERIFIED   Mayo 22, 2019
I had a great time fishing. We weren’t able to catch anything trolling but caught numerous Red Snapper and Grouper bottom...
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