Roosterfish and Tuna Galore

AUTHOR: Captain Willy Atencio  

Hello from beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. It’s a shame we have fewer tourists this time of year versus in the dry season. While I understand everyone likes bright sunny skies and no rain on their vacation, travelers should not miss a chance to visit during the “green season” as well. 

The humpback whales are making their magnificent migration through our waters now, and it’s a sight to see! This year has been nothing short of amazing, with huge pods residing here for months. Their grace, beauty, intelligence, and acrobatics make a whale-watching trip a must.

Because Drake Bay is in a remote location, only a handful of boats make the experience even more extraordinary. This time of year, I tell our Fishing clients that we include free whale watching as a bonus. It’s enjoyable to be around Caño Island catching tuna, wahoo, snapper, and grouper and watching a show


The last several months of fishing have been excellent. Offshore we have been focusing on big tuna and lots of them. Most days offshore, we even find a feeding frenzy, which is truly a sight to see when the ocean is alive with birds, bait, and tuna going crazy. The inshore bite recently has been dominated by roosterfish.

I recently had a half-day trip on the Reel Time where the clients caught and released ten roosters and fought another ten or so. There is nowhere else in the world that I know of where 20+ roosters bite in a half-day is possible. For full-day trips, it’s possible to catch tuna offshore in the morning and roosterfish in the afternoon.


If you are considering a trip to Costa Rica, your focus is nature and wildlife surrounded by lush jungles, and ocean Drake is the place to be. The travel experts say that there is so much pent-up demand that the next several years will be extremely busy. As I only have a few days left in January and February of next year, we can already see that.

We would love for you to come and fish with us; we welcome all fishermen regardless of experience. We have had the pleasure of having lots of kids recently, and there is nothing better than to see a huge smile after catching a big one. 

We remain the #1 rated tour for all tours on TripAdvisor. Check out our recent catches on Instagram and Facebook, or email us at [email protected]

Until next time, tight lines

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