"As promised, attached below are some pics from the fishing trip we took with you and your crew yesterday.  We had a great time!  I wanted to make a few comments that you are welcome to attribute to me if you want on your website                

1. The 36 foot Marcam express cruiser was very well equipped for our full-day trip, with plenty of shaded comfortable seating for the passengers.  I agree with the comment on your website that although our family has gone on many charters, it was the cleanest and best disinfected boat we have ever been on!  Your crew takes a lot of extra effort to do this type of deep cleaning each day, and it shows.
2.  With your having over 25 years of experience, I felt that this made a lot of difference in the success of our fishing trip.  From the route that was selected, to the trolling speed, to the use of very good tackle and great selection of real baits and teasers, it was a testimony to the difference experience makes.  I also noted that you used more lines out in the water than I have experienced with other charters.  There were so many I lost count, but I estimate that there were 4-6 baited lines out at most times during the trip, along with several teaser lines.  Since this type of fishing is opportunistic for the predator species being targeted, having this large footprint I believe increased the chances of more fish being caught.
3. I was also very impressed with your boat driving and maneuvering skills.   This is where a 36 foot boat really shines, as you expertly accelerated or backed down the boat keeping the angler and the fish in just the right alignment to maximize the chances for successful catch.  Without doubt, you are the best boat driver I have ever experienced!  From now on, I will laugh as I watch videos of other captains who gun their boats backwards and shoot water over the transom to impress their clients when a fish is on the line. 
Thanks for allowing me to express my opinions.  Thanks again for a great trip, and we will be sure to contact you for another fishing adventure the next time we are in Los Sueños!"  

Dr. Don Henderson
Orlando, FL

​​​"Captain Tom, Thank you so much for putting us with the best Captain you could put us with while on vacation in Costa Rica. Captain Tomas and mate Luiz were unbelievable! First day out we caught 9 Mahi Mahi quickly. Good eating too! Then we went out trolling for the bill fish. This is where it gets interesting. It was like right out of a Charles Dickens book. Ahead of the boat the clouds starting rolling in with lightning popping all through them. The barometric pressure dropped and all of the sudden boom! All four rods with bait started spooling and we hooked up with 4 sail fish at once!! They all jumped out of the water at the same time and the fight was on!! We landed 3 of them with one snapping the line. There isn’t anything better than seeing these beautiful fish jump out of the water! We caught 13 sail fish and 9 Mahi Mahi that day. The guys fell over tired when we got back to the condo that night!! Day 2 Rooster fishing. Although we did not hammer them like we did the sail fish but landed 2 huge Rooster fish and one needle fish. My rooster is definitely going on the wall even though my wife doesn’t know that yet! Attached are some of the pics that we took. I want to thank you for taking the time to answer all of my questions before booking and meeting us at the docks before we left out. Am amazing fishing trip that will never be forgotten! I will refer anyone to book only through you. From one fisherman to another…rip some lip my friend! Rip some lip!"

- Benny Dinsmore

Coldwell Banker Residential

"Bob and I want to thank you for the fabulous experience at Captain Tom’s Lair and onboard your fishing boat. We have fished worldwide and I can honestly say e\we never had a better billfish experience anywhere. The impressive catch of sailfish and Dorado, the knowledge and expertise of the captain, the comfort of the boat and the skill of the mate combined to make it a memory we will long cherish. Both Bob and I were impressed with the quality of the fishing gear, first class all the way. Thanks again Tom. We’ll be back. I sure hope you still have opening after we share pictures and memories with our friends.”​

- Joyce and Robert

Wainscott Eagle River, Alaska

Tom Jr. and I had a great time fishing with Capt. Tom and his mate, we will gladly recommend him to any and all of our business and friends that have an interest inSport Fishing with the Best. Thanks for making our time together special.

- Tom Sampson Sr.

"Great job, you are really on top of your game. Thanks for persevering with us after we were 1 for 8 on the first day. We really wanted to learn the technique and hopefully we can put it into play over here. We had lots of fun and would love to come back again. Don’t be surprised if you see some others from over here coming as well in the future. Let your wife know that it nice meeting her, and thanks for putting up with us."

- James Pierce

"My wife and I want to thank you for the great time we had with you this past February. You and your mate made sure that we were comfortable, understood what would happen, and got us fish everyday. In fact everyone in our group caught sailfish and dolphin on this tour. We would have liked to fish everyday, but there is so much else to see and do in Costa Rica. After having traveled in much of the Caribbean and Mexico, we can honestly say that of all those places Cost Rica stands out in our minds as the singular most enjoyable place we have been .When we return we will want to fish with you again."

- Warren & Patti

Updike Towson,MD

"I did not realize I made your photo gallery. I was the African American with the sailfish and the dorado. I was there in the summer of 2006 and had a blast. I’m strongly considering coming back this summer (2008). I’ll get in touch when I finalize my decision. I would definitely use your boat again. Great boat and professional staff."

- Hezekiah Johnson Passaic, NJ

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Captain Tom Carton Twenty years ago Captain Tom started the very first charter fishing service in the Jaco Beach, Herradura Bay area. Since then he has extensively fished the warm waters of Costa Rica‘s Pacific coast and is considered to be one of the top big game fishing captains and has one of the most successful charter services in Costa Rica. Tom won the Herradura Open Roosterfish Tournament 4 years in a row. In 2006, Captain Tom tagged more than 1,500 sailfish. He fishes with circle hooks to ensure for healthy releases. He only tags the bigger species like the Marlin. Book a Charter Call Capt. Tom for Green Season Discounts 011-506-2637-8994 Captain Tom grew up on the Jersey Shore and he has fished both saltwater and freshwater spots throughout the United States and Latin America. Fishing has always been a passion for Captain Tom. He truly enjoys the hunt and the thrill of catching big game fish and never tires of seeing the extreme pleasure on the faces of his guests when they land that big blue marlin or sailfish. He also enjoys making and breaking IGFA records, too! After 23 years of charter fishing Captain has now sought the best captains in the area to man his fleet for your fishing experience. These captains are experienced in the deep waters as well as inshore and are even bi-lingual as well. Captain Tom will make sure that you will get the experience that you came down to Costa Rica for!!! With a hit rate of almost 100%, your charter with Captain Tom is sure to be the ultimate sport fishing experience. Captain Tom’s Charters can cater to individuals needs instructing novice fishermen and perhaps even teaching the experienced veterans a thing or two also. The captains and crew on all of our available boats are knowledgeable, friendly and will bend over backwards to give you a great day and memorable experience. We offer a wide variety of charter trips to meet all of your fishing needs. For those wanting to go for the big billfish there are full and half day offshore deepwater charters. For those wanting calmer waters and not so strenuous a workout the rocks and reefs inshore offer great fishing too and again there are both full day and half-day inshore charters on all of our boats. And for those looking for the best of both worlds how about a full day charter starting in the deep waters going for the “grand slam” and then finishing the day in the rocks and reefs catching roosterfish and the other plentiful fish in the reefs and rocks off the coast. We also specialize in-group charters and invite you to bring your friends, clubs or even plan the company vacation in paradise. We have a variety of sport fishing boats and we will take care of everything, all you will have to do is show up and be ready for the time of your and your groups lives. We can accommodate any size group no matter how big or small. Whether it is an inshore, offshore or custom fishing charter we provide everything needed for a day of fishing. What's provided with your fishing charter Penn and Shimano rods and reels as well as live bait, lures, teasers and all tackle. Half day charters ---- snacks, fruit, and beverages (beer included) Full day charters ---- snacks, fruit, lunch and beverages (beer included) We Suggest: Bring sunscreen, hat, long sleeve shirt and cameras If you are fly-fishing please bring your own flys If you are going to be going for records in a specific line class please bring your own ultra-light line. Along with deep-water offshore and inshore charters we also can arrange for other services and custom tours.​ dolphin/whale watching ​Island Cruises ​​Secluded Beach Drops ​other custom charters