Bahia Drake Fishing (Drakes Bay)

Charter a boat for a sport fishing trip in the Drake Bay area of Costa Rica


Sportfishing excursions around bahi drake or drakes baySituated on the northern side of the Osa Peninsula in the South Pacific, Drake Bay (Bahía Drake in Spanish) is an adventure-seekers’ and eco-tourists’ paradise, and also a great place to fish Costa Rica.

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Drake Bay is named after Sir Francis Drake This bay is believed to be a port used by Sir Francis in the 16th century, and legend has it that the British pirate stashed much of his fabled hidden treasure there.

Drake Bay is scattered with lovely, hidden beaches; and hotels, B&Bs and lodges – among the first in Costa Rica – that promote eco-tourism in the incredible Osa Peninsula. The Osa Peninsula has one of the world’s most intense biodiversity, and the gorgeous Corcovado National Park nearby is the jewel of the area’s nature reserves.

To get to Drake Bay fishing charters, you can fly from San José, or drive (about four hours) to Palmar Norte, and then head 10 miles south to the town of Sierpe. Once in Sierpe, take a water taxi or boat – most Drake Bay lodges and hotels provide this – for an enjoyable two-hour trip to Drake Bay. Or, if you want to make it easy, there are daily 45-minute flights to and from San José.

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Often the best way to decide what to include in your own custom tailored sportfishing package is to see what others before you have reserved.

Drake Bay fishing is somewhat new.

Come fish the drakes bay and see what you might catch, many species are available.One lodge had its own boats, and several local Costa Rica fishing guides took people on offshore and inshore excursions on small rustic center consoles, sportfishermen and pangas along the coast, often to the rich Furuno Bank sportfishery, or towards Caño Island, one of the world’s scuba diving hotspots.

Today there are excellent, modern, well-rigged 26 to 35ft boats offering Drake Bay fishing charters. Fishing out of Drake Bay is excellent 365 days a year, and the peak bites for Drake Bay fishing species follow the pattern of the South Pacific.

Anglers who book a Costa Rican sport fishing offshore charter out of Drake Bay can expect Blue, Black and Striped Marlin between December and August. Sailfish peak between mid-November and March, with February a special month

Dorado (Mahi-Mahi) can also be caught year round, the top season being July-October when the rain-swollen rivers spew plants, reeds and branches into the ocean. Yellowfin Tuna come in earliest, anglers who fish Costa Rica out of Drake Bay will see highest Yellowfin concentrations between March and July.

Wahoo are a big part of Drake Bay fishing.

Drakes bay has a variety of sport fishing trips available on a daily basis, including half day and full day excursions.The Wahoo bite picks up in April and continues through May peaking in July and August. Most Wahoo are caught around the rocky points and islands, but anglers fishing Costa Rica in the Drake Bay area will occasionally pick one up offshore.

Drake Bay fishing is an inshore angler’s dream all year round. Feisty Roosterfish, many in the 70-75lb range, dwell in the area. There are big Black Grouper and Gag Grouper, along with Cubera and other members of the Snapper family, plus the very tasty and swift Cero Mackerel.

For more on Drakes Bay, read the Wikipedia Page which we have contributed to.

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