March/April 2019 Fishing Report
Greetings from the beautiful and remote waters of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. As we begin to transition out of the dry season, the fishing patterns begin to change as well. We are now enjoying a little rain in the evening and waking up to a beautiful and clear sunrise over the mountains. In the last two months, we have experienced a pretty solid Sailfish bite and a very good Marlin bite.
Most of the Marlin have been hooked “by accident” while trolling for Sails or Mahi. All but one of the fish have been Blues in the 200-250 lb. range. On March 13th, one lucky fisherman from Denmark hooked an approximate 500 lb. Black Marlin with live bait fishing for Snapper in 80 ft. of water (click here for Black Marlin Video). The angler did an amazing job of fighting this fish for a while but, as the old saying goes, “he came to a gunfight with a knife”. The spinning rod and reel was no match for the size and brute strength of the big Black. I will never forget watching this fish “greyhound” across the surface and listening to the screaming drag.
Just a few days ago, a local fisherman hooked 2 Blue Marlin by a floating log near Cano Island, which is just 12 miles from Drake Bay. This is certainly a great sign, as occasionally the Marlin will migrate closer to shore. I can remember about 10 years ago, a group of clients I have fished with for many years caught and released 7 Marlin in 3 days all within 10 miles of shore.
If bottom fishing or reef fishing is more appealing to you, our Snapper, Grouper, Pompano and Amberjack bite is consistently good. If the beautiful and exotic Rooster Fish is on your bucket list, Drake Bay is one of the top places in the world to catch these amazing fish.
If you are a person that prefers “off the beaten path” instead of crowds and high prices, Drake Bay is the place for you. We have lodging choices available from basic to luxury and a new beautiful airport to fly in to. I would love to take you and your friends and family fishing on either the Reel Time or the Reel Escape. Just complete the submission form and we will be back in touch promptly.
Until next time, tight lines…
Captain Willy Atencio