Tuna, Tuna, Tuna

January/February 2020 Fishing Report


Greetings from your off-the-beaten-path destination in Costa Rica for awesome fishing.  The start of this year’s weather pattern brought us a little more rain and cooler temperatures than normal.  The cooler water temperatures have certainly helped the overall fishing here.  In Drake Bay, we are blessed to have tons of places to fish, many just outside the bay.  Because we are bordered by land that can never be developed (Osa and Corcovado) the scenery is stunning.  Instead of condos and cars we see nothing but beautiful beaches and rain forest.  As an added bonus, the undeveloped Cano Island is just 12 miles from our homeport and as any angler knows structure holds fish.

For those people who prefer to stay in or near shore, we offer great fishing opportunities.  Regular catches include Grouper, Snapper, Amberjack, Pompano and a variety of Jacks.  Most serious anglers want to target the magnificent Roosterfish because of their beauty and incredible strength.  Due to our lack of fishing pressure we are one of the best places in the world for size and quantity.  Offshore the billfish bite is good but not yet great.  We expect that to change soon.  As we enter March and April, the number of Sailfish and Marlin should steadily increase.  On the other hand, the Tuna bite offshore has been crazy.  It’s not unusual for us to have double-digit days on Big-Eye and Yellow-Fin.  Everyday is different offshore so we use “every club in the bag”, including squid, jigs, live bait and poppers.  Watching a Tuna destroy your lure is a sight to see.

I am often asked what else is there to do in Drake Bay besides fishing?  We have great scuba diving and snorkeling, zip lining, horseback riding, bird watching and of course hiking in Corcovado National Park.  Come to the real Costa Rica.  Come to Drake Bay.  Check us out at and on TripAdvisor.

Until next time, tight lines

Captain Willy Atencio