Drake Bay is located in one of the most beautiful, unspoiled places on earth, the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica near Corcovado National Park. Because of its proximity to the famous Furuno Banks, Caño Island reef and numerous river mouths we offer our clients many fishing options with our sport fishing charter trips in Drake Bay, CR. The surrounding waters here are generally very calm, the water can even have a “glassy” appearance at times. Because of our location, our clients have a wide variety of species to choose from. Where and what we catch is also dependent on the season, weather patterns, tides and phase of the moon, but generally we offer four “types” of fishing opportunities. It may be possible to do a “combination trip” on a full day charter. If you are staying on the southern end of the Osa Peninsula near Puerto Jimenez, Matapalo or Golfito, we have several captains we have partnered with. We can offer half day, full day and even overnight FAD trips for Marlin. The boats available range from 24-45 feet. Fish Drake Bay will handle the reservations and payment for your charter.
Reel Escape or Reel Time Half-Day Trip
For a 1/2 day trip we generally leave at 7:00 AM and return around 12:00 PM. Depending upon what is biting and what species the angler wants to target, we can go out to Caño Island for Grouper, Snapper, Tuna, and Wahoo or stay in-shore and target Roosterfish, Mackerel, Jacks and Snook. We do not go offshore on a half-day trip.
Reel Escape or Reel Time Full Day Trip
On a full day trip the angler has many options. We generally pick up our clients at 7 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. For those anglers who want to target Sailfish, Marlin, Tuna or Mahi-Mahi we generally go out around 15-25 miles depending upon where the fish are. For this type of fishing, we recommend booking the Reel Escape for the best experience and opportunity. It’s often possible to go offshore in the morning and catch and release Sailfish and then move in-shore to fish for some dinner (Grouper, Snapper, etc.) in the afternoon. The key is to communicate with your Captain when you board the boat on what type of fishing you would like to do. For those anglers who want to maximize their opportunities to catch a lot of fish in a wide variety of species, a full day trip is a must!
Big Top Water Tuna Adventure (Reel Escape Only)
The blue water off Drake Bay holds huge schools of Yellow-Fin and Big-Eye Tuna year round. It’s incredible to see these unbelievably strong and fast swimming fish destroy a bait ball, often jumping 5-10 feet out of the water. This is when our clients cast big brightly colored top water plugs. This is adrenaline filled fishing as the Tuna will literally take the rod out of your hands if you are not careful. This charter is for the more experienced angler as we often travel 2 hours offshore to find the schools.
We do not offer fly fishing trips. We have a partner that offers trips on his 25 ft center console. We will make the reservations and payment arrangements for you. The captain has limited gear so we encourage you to bring your own.
Sport Fishing Rates
Reel Escape: Rates are for 1-5 people.
Full Day Top Water Tuna Adventure…$1,600.00
Reel Time: Rates are for 1-4 people.
Prices for the boats are in US dollars. We offer private charters only. We do not offer shared trips. For larger parties, we will reserve additional boats.
Private Luxury Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour
Join us aboard the Reel Escape, our 35 ft CABO Yacht for a luxury Whale & Dolphin watching tour which features air conditioning, full sized bathroom, a dry ride with panoramic views, plenty of shade, comfortable seating. Tours include a champagne, juices, beer, soft drinks, fresh fruit, snack and a knowledgable guide that will explain the species of whales, dolphins, birds and other marine life you will see along the way. Hook up your own device via our bluetooth sound system to listen to your own music along the ride!
*Tour available during Whale season which is generally July-September (this is subject to change based on the migration pattern for the season). $800 for 1-6 people.
Once booked, we will invoice you for your trip through PayPal. We accept VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Cash.
A 50% deposit is required 30 days or more in advance of your trip. There is a 20% cancellation fee if cancelled prior to 30 days in advance of your trip. Full payment is due 30 days in advance of your trip. Cancellations received 29 days or less of your trip are non-refundable.
If for any reason, we need to cancel your reservation, or any segment of your booking, you will be offered an alternative date, boat, or option. If you are unable to accept an alternative, a full refund will be issued.
As you can see, this is not your “average fishing trip”. The key is to communicate with your captain about the type(s) of fishing you desire. Captain Willy will be able to guide you on what the best options for your trip are, given the conditions and season.
See more on how charters near Corcovado National Park, Puntarenas, Costa Rica have a lot to escape to! Check out the video below for some Mahi Mahi footage on the Reel Escape.