The Wahoo Are Biting!

AUTHOR: Captain Willy Atencio

Hello from beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Presently, it is one of my favorite times of the year as the temperatures begin to cool off and the fishing heats up. We will generally get some rain in the afternoon or night, and these changing conditions are good for fishing.

At the time of this writing, our clients are catching a lot of Wahoo. Wahoo is considered a delicacy with its flaky white texture and incredible mild flavor. In Hawaii, they call it “Ono,” and it’s served sashimi style at high-end restaurants. Wahoo is sometimes confused with Barracuda, as their appearance can be similar.

Wahoo is one of the fastest fish in the ocean and grows at a very fast rate. You will know when a Wahoo hits your lure as they strike with velocity. Once hooked, the angler has to keep reeling, as wahoos will often swim toward the boat. My mates and I usually yell “reel, reel, reel” until they are safely in the net.

Wahoo fishing in Drake Bay

Another prized fish that’s also delicious to eat and abundant this time of year is the Snook or Robalo. The fish are so close that we often catch them right off the beach and inside the river mouths. Generally, the best method is using fresh live bait, which my mates and I catch and keep it in our live well.

Once hooked, Snooks are great fighters, and their white, flakey meat is delicious no matter how you prepare it. I have many clients who want to go offshore and chase big Tuna, Sailfish, Marlin, and Mahi, but they always tell me, “save a little time to Snook fish.”

We take fishermen of all ages and experience levels. My mates and I will be happy to help make our client’s experience memorable. We have two boats to choose from; the Reel Escape is a 35 ft. CABO Sportfishing Yacht and the Reel Time is a 26 ft. walk-around center console. We offer half-day or full-day trips on both boats.

Drake Bay, incredible beaten path destination for sportfishing in Costa Rica

We have a variety of accommodations here, from basic to luxury. We also now have a beautiful beach house for rent. Villa de Osa is on a small hill directly on the beach with panoramic views of the bay and cooling ocean breezes. The house is very private, yet it’s only steps away from the town where you will find some great restaurants and markets.

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If you have questions or would like to reserve a trip, email me at Go to @fishdrakebay on Instagram for recent catches. We hope to see you in Drake Bay!
Captain Willy Atencio

Drake Bay, incredible beaten path destination for sportfishing in Costa Rica

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