Atrapasueños SportFishing, Costa Rica in Quepos, Puntarenas Province

Guided by Butch Carlson

Deep Sea Inshore Nearshore

About Your Guide

36 Years of Experience
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My about info My first visit to Costa Rica was in 1995 fishing for world class Tarpon on the East coast at Bara del Colorado lodge. This trip was possible because I won a raffle at an awards ceremony for a fishing tournament. I returned again two years later and decided then that I would move here when the time was right. I’ve been fishing in Florida for 30 plus years, fished many tournaments, even won a few. Worked hard in the underground utility industry starting at the bottom and working my way to General superintendent and having a charter business on the side. Raised 2 kids and sent them to college. My daughter went to Massachusetts Maritime Academy, My son went to Key West community college. My daughter is now working for Florida Aero Precision building parts for NASA, Boeing, and others. My son stayed in Key West and got his Captains license and became a charter captain for Second generation charters. In 2010 I got remarried, I told my wife then that My dream was to move to Costa Rica and start a fishing charter business when the time is right for us. Not sure she really thought it would happen. Anyway, in 2019 I lost a friend of mine who I also worked with in the underground industry to cancer. He passed away without even enjoying one day of retirement to fish. I became the general superintendent for a company with over 125 employees, the stress level was more than my body could handle so I made myself a promise that I would learn from my friend before it was too late and follow my passion to charter fish. In 2021 I brought my wife to Quepos and she fell in love with Costa Rica. We booked our next visit in November and drove the coast checking out all the marinas and towns. We decided! Quepos is the place! As soon as we got home to Florida we put the house that we just built in 2018 on the market, 30 days later we had a contract. Quit our jobs, sold everything packed up our lives and moved to Quepos with our 2 dogs. During that process, I found the perfect boat for the charter business I wanted to start. It is a beautiful 30’ Palm Beach express with a Marlin tower, her name is Gypsy Girl. Long story short, I took possession of the boat 2 days before we left for Costa Rica. 6 months later Gypsy Girl is in Quepos, Costa Rica ready to fish.

Boat History

1986 30’ PALMBEACH/GAMEFISHER. built in De Oca Costa Rica Hull #1 she is one of the pioneers of the sport fishing boat industry in Costa Rica. Gypsy Girl is a cold molded wood boat with a single yanmar 315 hp engine. She runs about 21knts which is fast enough to get to the fishing grounds. The palmbeach/gamefisher boats are known for their fish raising abilities with their clean water and small wakes.

Atrapasueños SportFishing, Costa Rica Trips

This is for a full day fishing offshore/inshore. Includes drinks, beer, soda, water, juice. Fruit snack in the morning lunch, And snack in the afternoon. AtrapaSueños sport fishing in Quepos & Manuel Antonio CR. Offering daily sport fishing charters out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica. Lets catch your dream together on board our 30’ PalmBeach {GYPSY GIRL} built here in Costa Rica. ​Always dreamed of Sport Fishing in Costa Rica? Fishing in Quepos is constantly ranked as one of the top places to fish in the world by leading Sport Fishing magazines. You can fish Offshore for Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin & Sailfish and be in with a real shot at a Billfish Grand Slam! You can also target other gamefish such as Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Grouper, Amberjack & Snapper also. The boat is a beautiful 1986 PALMBEACH/GAMEFISHER 30’ express with a Marlin tower, her name is Gypsy Girl. She was built in De Oca Costa Rica, Hull #1. She is one of the pioneers of the sport fishing industry in Costa Rica. Gypsy Girl is a cold molded wood boat with a single yanmar 315 hp engine. She runs about 21knts which is fast enough to get to the fishing grounds. The palmbeach/gamefisher boats are known for their fish raising abilities with their clean water and small wakes. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Quepos

9 Hour Atrapasueños Sportfishing

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30 ft 1 - 5 People From $280 / person

This is for a 3/4 day offshore/inshore targeting all deep sea and ensure fish species. Includes drinks, beer, soda, water, juice. Fruit snack in the morning and lunch. AtrapaSueños sport fishing in Quepos & Manuel Antonio CR. Offering daily sport fishing charters out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica. Lets catch your dream together on board our 30’ PalmBeach {GYPSY GIRL} built here in Costa Rica. ​Always dreamed of Sport Fishing in Costa Rica? Fishing in Quepos is constantly ranked as one of the top places to fish in the world by leading Sport Fishing magazines. You can fish Offshore for Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin & Sailfish and be in with a real shot at a Billfish Grand Slam! You can also target other gamefish such as Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Grouper, Amberjack & Snapper also. The boat is a beautiful 1986 PALMBEACH/GAMEFISHER 30’ express with a Marlin tower, her name is Gypsy Girl. She was built in De Oca Costa Rica, Hull #1. She is one of the pioneers of the sport fishing industry in Costa Rica. Gypsy Girl is a cold molded wood boat with a single yanmar 315 hp engine. She runs about 21knts which is fast enough to get to the fishing grounds. The palmbeach/gamefisher boats are known for their fish raising abilities with their clean water and small wakes. Read More

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Quepos

7 Hour Atrapasueños Sportfishing

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30 ft 1 - 5 People From $250 / person

This is for a 1/2 day fishing nearshore/inshore targeting inshore fish species rooster fish, snook, red snapper, Cabrera snapper including reef fish. Includes drinks, beer, soda, water, juice. Fruit snack in the morning. AtrapaSueños sport fishing in Quepos & Manuel Antonio CR. Offering daily sport fishing charters out of Marina Pez Vela in Quepos Costa Rica. Lets catch your dream together on board our 30’ PalmBeach {GYPSY GIRL} built here in Costa Rica. ​Always dreamed of Sport Fishing in Costa Rica? Fishing in Quepos is constantly ranked as one of the top places to fish in the world by leading Sport Fishing magazines. You can fish Offshore for Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Striped Marlin & Sailfish and be in with a real shot at a Billfish Grand Slam! You can also target other gamefish such as Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo, Grouper, Amberjack & Snapper also. The boat is a beautiful 1986 PALMBEACH/GAMEFISHER 30’ express with a Marlin tower, her name is Gypsy Girl. She was built in De Oca Costa Rica, Hull #1. She is one of the pioneers of the sport fishing industry in Costa Rica. Gypsy Girl is a cold molded wood boat with a single yanmar 315 hp engine. She runs about 21knts which is fast enough to get to the fishing grounds. The palmbeach/gamefisher boats are known for their fish raising abilities with their clean water and small wakes. Read More

Inshore, Nearshore Fishing Charter in Quepos

5 Hour Atrapasueños Sportfishing

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30 ft 1 - 5 People From $200 / person

Species

Amberjack, Black Marlin, Blue Marlin, Bluefin Tuna, Cubera Snapper, Mahi Mahi, Red Grouper, Red Snapper, Roosterfish, Sailfish, Snook, Striped Marlin, Wahoo, Yellowfin Tuna

Techniques

Artificial Lure Fishing, Bottom Fishing, Cut Bait Fishing, Deep Dropping, Drift Fishing, Fly Fishing, Gigging, Jigging, Light Tackle Fishing, Live Bait Fishing, Sight Casting, Topwater Fishing, Trolling

Types of Fishing

Deep Sea, Inshore, Nearshore

Start Location

Marina Pez Vela, Marina Pez Vela, Puntarenas Province, Quepos, Costa Rica | Bodies of water fished: Pacific Ocean

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