Fishing Drake Bay

Fishing Drake Bay Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home to some of the world’s greatest offshore and deep sea fishing.  Las Villas de San Buenas is located near Drake Bay which is the launching point for a company that offers fantastic fishing tours. The company we work uses newer boats (one was just built in December 2013) and your fishing trip will not be impeeded by overcrowding. Take a look at the awesome fish caught on the tours over the past six months. The fishing boats are featured at the bottom of the page.

Fishing Packages Available

Reel Escape or Reel Time Half-Day Trip – A ½ day trip is a full 5 hours.  Depending upon what is biting and what species the angler wants to target, we can go out to the island for Grouper, Snapper, Tuna, and Wahoo or stay in-shore and target Roosterfish, Mackerel, Jacks and Snook.  We do not go offshore on a half-day trip.

Reel Escape or Reel Time Full Day Trip – On a full day trip the angler has many options.  We generally pick up our clients at 7 am and return at 4 pm.  For those anglers who want to target Sailfish, Marlin, and Mahi-Mahi we generally go out around 15-25 miles depending upon where the fish are.  It’s often possible to go offshore in the morning and catch and release Sailfish and then fish for some dinner (Grouper, Snapper, etc.) in the afternoon.  The key is to communicate with your Captain on what type of fishing you want to do.

Marlin Trip (Reel Escape only) – Drake Bay is one of the closest locations to some of the best Marlin fishing in the world.  Catching a Blue or Black Marlin is truly an experience of a lifetime.  Feeling their awesome power and watching them dart across the water and make acrobatic leaps is considered the ultimate big-game fishing experience.  Of course “fishing” is “fishing” but the areas we fish have been red hot for Marlin for the last few years.  We have all top of the line equipment that is necessary to battle these big boys.  We usually travel about 1 ½ – 2 hours one way to reach the best spots.  Our professional Captain and two mates will handle everything you need for a day on the water.   Make sure you bring your camera and/or video camera.


½ Day Reel Time                             $   450.00 USD

½ Day Reel Escape                         $   750.00 USD

Full Day Reel Time                          $   750.00 USD

Full Day Reel Escape                      $1,400.00 USD

Full Day Marlin Trip Reel Escape     $1,800.00 USD

Pricing is for up to 4 people on the Reel Time and up to 5 people on the Reel Escape.  We do not “share” the boat but your lodge may be able to help find others who want to fish.

Half-day trips include water, soda, beer, juices, fruit and cookies.  A full day includes all of the above and a delicious homemade lunch.

Large Boat – Reel Time

Reel Escape boat drake bay

Half-day and full-day charters are available.

The Reel Escape is a meticulously maintained, American made, 35 foot 2002 CABO Sport Fishing Yacht powered by twin 450 hp CAT diesel engines. The boat is fully equipped for your safety and comfort with top of the line fishing equipment, an air-conditioned salon, a full bathroom and kitchen.

The Captain is a native of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. Captain Willy is a seasoned international charter captain working on sportfishing yachts ranging from 31 feet to 47 feet in Costa Rica, the United States and the Caribbean for the last 14 years. Captain Willy has spent his life on fishing boats and is considered the best captain in Drake Bay and one of the best in Costa Rica. Willy and his mates will customize each trip based on your skill level and the species you wish to target to ensure you have a once in a lifetime adventure that you will never forget.

The Reel Escape features the following:

  • Air Conditioning
  • Full sized bathroom
  • Full galley
  • Top of the line equipment including Penn, Shimano, and Moimi High Visibility braided line.
  • 900 HP CAT engines
  • Smart Phone compatible stereo system for your favorite music.
  • Furuno Radar, NavNet GPS map
  • Bi-lingual Captain and Mate

Smaller Boat – Reel Time

Boat Drake Bay Fishing

Half-day and full-day charters available

Built in the fall of 2013 and launched on December 28, 2013, the Reel Time is specifically designed for the waters around Drake Bay. The Reel Time is a 26 ft. custom center console that can either go offshore for Sailfish or can fish the river mouths and beaches for Snook, Roosterfish, Mackerel and Snapper.  She features:

  • A Yamaha 250 HP four-stroke engine – a fast and clean burning engine.
  • Garmin Chartplotter/Sounder/Blue Chart.  The Reel Time has the latest in satellite technology, providing your Captain a color, 3D image of up to 2000 ft. below the surface.
  • New top of the line equipment including Penn, Shimano, and Moimi High Visibility braided line.
  • Outriggers built into the custom T-top.
  • Built in live well and tuna tubes.
  • Built in fuel tank for safety.
  • Smart Phone compatible stereo system for your favorite music.
  • Accommodates up to 4 people.