Costa Rica has become a number one destination for sports fishing and Drake Bay is probably one of the best places to go.The waters of this area boast a whole load of IFGA records. The southern Pacific in general is tremendous for its inshore fishing, and huge Snappers and Roosterfish are always caught there, year after year. It also has superb offshore fishing for Marlin, Tuna, Wahoo, Dorado and Sailfish. Drake Bay is located on the Golfo Dulce, in the Osa Peninsula. This is the most beautiful region of Costa Rica, home of the amazing Corcovado National Park that known for its incredible and unique biodiversity. Hiking, bird watching, whale and dolphin watching, sports fishing and surfing are some of the activities that take place in the area. This land and its surrounding waters are practically untouched by man and remain virtually intact. Tourism, while growing, is still limited. Drake Bay is also one of the best places on Earth to go Sports Fishing. The main towns of the area, Drake Bay, Golfito, Sierpe and Pavones offer a wide array of activities, and there are very good hotels and restaurants to choose from as well.
Costa Rica is well known today for its world class fishing, with over 40 IGFA records set within the Osa region; it is a fisherman’s paradise. Crews, boats and equipment are first class, such as a full range of Penn International and Shimano reels, for all weight classes, and the fly fishermen will find Sage rods and Billy Pates fly reels. The top-notch professional captains and crew all speak perfect English and are trained in order to provide you with an exciting and memorable sports-fishing vacation.
The Fishing Seasons of Costa Rica
The Sailfish is available all year round for the most; it slows down slightly from May to early June. Marlin is found especially during the month of December although sometimes the Blue or Black shows up if the temperature of the water is right. It is similar for the Yellow Fin Tuna, however these are more abundant around Cano Island, and even further. The Dorado runs from the end of May right through October. The Roosterfish is really common in the region and can also be caught pretty much all year round, with some weighing as much as 100 pounds. The Wahoo however are pretty rare, although mildly present all year round.
Getting to Drake Bay
It is a little heroic to drive to Drake Bay and it takes up to 8 hours. The road, while it is not in a bad condition, is still slow going and it is simply far and difficult to reach. Most people prefer to save time and fly from San Jose to Golfito. Once on site, there are plenty of buses and taxis and it is easy to rent a car if you wish. Tours guides are plentiful and will show you round, making sure you don’t miss seeing the best of Osa and Drake Bay. The local roads are in poor states and are unpaved so a 4×4 is a must.