Fishing Costa Rica with
Big Eye Sport Fishing Charters

Fishing Costa Rica with
Big Eye Sport Fishing Charters

I have spent the last three decades developing my love of fishing and the last 20 years running charters out of Quepos, Costa Rica.  Fishing with me this will quickly become apparent as well as my desire to share these feelings with you.  Catering from Marthas Vineyard to Costa Rica everything from bottom fishing to fishing for giant tuna and marlin with everything from light tackle, fly gear to heavy tackle I have done it all for family or tournaments. We are looking forward to fishing in Quepos, Costa Rica with you.  

After you’ve caught you’re share of Costa Rica’s pelagic bounty on conventional tackle with the Big Eye team, consider mastering Sailfish “on the fly” with them.  There’s nothing like the thrill of being connected to a “grey hounding” Sailfish with a fly rod.  Franklin is one of the few Captains in Costa Rica that understand the equipment, choreography and skills needed to join this elite club, and he can teach you how to do it.

Craig Purse

Avid Pelagic Fly Fishermen

Welcome to Fishing Costa Rica with Big Eye II Charters. We are located at Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, which is only 3 miles from beautiful Manuel Antonio National Park. Big Eye II Charters is all about the fishing and experiencing a fun day on the water. You may book a half day inshore fishing charter or one, two, three or more days of offshore fishing with us. Our main targets are sailfish, blue marlin, black marlin, dorado (mahi mahi), tuna, but also target jacks, mackerel, roosterfish, cubera snapper and more on inshore trips.

Join us on the on the Big Eye II with Captain Franklin

Our boat has comfortable seating and extra 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 is not fun. We can accommodate up to 6 people on our 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 battle with one of the many big fish that are found off Costa Rica.

Our Captain and mate speak Spanish and English

You will feel relaxed as soon as you step on the boat and experience 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 are family friendly. Bring the kids.

We welcome experienced anglers, and first time anglers

Families are always welcome to experience the thrill of Costa Rica Fishing. Captain Franklin is the owner of Big Eye Charters. Franklin has over 25 years of fishing experience and he strives to provide one of the best fishing charter experiences in Costa Rica. Please call, text or email us with any questions you may have. If this is your first time to Costa Rica, then let me answer your questions, share my tips and assist you with finding your accommodations, activities and of course, your Big Eye Charters in Quepos Costa Rica fishing charters. 

Quepos Fishing Report November 26

Another incredible day fishing out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos, Costa Rica. Today we were lucky to release a nice sized Black Marlin and boated a couple good sized Mahi Mahi, or Dorado as they call them down here. The conditions have been flat calm and the fish are...

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“Where the passion for fishing still exists”

Captain Franklin Araya Martinez, a Costa Rican Captain, is found at the helm of the Big Eye II. Whether it is chasing big Pacific sailfish, marlin, dorado, tuna, roosterfish, jacks, grouper or snapper, Captain Franklin will provide his experience and expertise with Quepos Fishing Charters. Franklin is our Fly Fishing expert. You will enjoy the thrill as Franklin teases the giant sailfish behind the boat and you see your favorite fly attacked. Hang on and enjoy the show. Captain Franklin has fished out of Quepos, Drake Bay, Golfito, Canada, Martha’s Vineyard. Quepos/ Manuel antonio is home for Captain Franklin and his family.


The Big Eye II is a 32′ Blackwatch with extra shade for your comfort. As a result, will appreciate the comfortable seating as you relax and wait on the big one to bite. The Big Eye II has a cruising speed of about 21 knots. 


Full Day and 3/4 Day Trips
We usually have plenty of sailfish action offshore on the full day trips and it is also very common to catch tuna, mahi mahi and marlin. The full day charter is the best option for serious anglers. Sailfish action is usually good on the 3/4 day trip with other fish occasionally.


1/2 Day Trips
We target the popular Rooster fish on the half day trips and sometimes catch snapper, mackerel and jacks on these trips. The key to catching rooster fish is finding good live bait. This takes time and patience but the reward can be great.

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