FISHING REPORT FOR DRAKE BAY
AUTHOR: CAPITAN WILLY ATENCIO
Greetings from Drake Bay, your off the beaten path destination for incredible sportfishing in Costa Rica. I have been fortunate enough to fish in some great locations around the world, including the east coast of the USA, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean.
People often ask why I decided to make the little village of Drake Bay, my permanent home. The simple answer is it’s the most diverse, beautiful, and best fishing area I have ever experienced. Equally important, I wanted to live in the “real Costa Rica,” not a place with big hotels, marinas, casinos, and crowds. Most importantly as I make my living on the water, there is no fishing pressure here.
As we close out the rainy season and head toward the holidays, the sportfishing gets better every day. As the rains subside, the water clears and the fish return to their normal habitat. One leftover from the rainy season we enjoy is a nice defined “weed line.”
This line, which is held together by currents, consists of many things, including tree limbs and palm fronds. Small fish and bait fish feed and hide underneath this structure. The delicious Mahi-Mahi or Dorado voraciously hunts along these lines, and a well-positioned bait or lure will often produce a bunch of fish. It is a blast to catch as they leap out of the water.
Closer to the shore, the big Roosterfish, Grouper, and Snapper return to the numerous reefs and rocks around Cano Island. This time of year, the big Pelagics like Sailfish and Marlin return to our waters offshore. My favorite the big Yellowfin Tuna on top-water bait, remains strong year-round.
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