Fish Drake Bay - Reel Escape

Fish Drake Bay - Reel Escape

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Escape the crowds and high prices at the marinas and fishing lodges and come fish with us in beautiful, Drake Bay. We are located 50 miles south of Quepos/Manuel Antonio on the northern end of the world famous Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula. We are partners with all the top lodges, La Paloma Lodge, Aguila de Osa, Copa de Arbol, Casa Corcovado, Drake Bay Getaway and Drake Bay Wilderness Lodge to name a few. We have 2 boats to choose from, Reel Escape– a luxury 35 ft. CABO Sportfishing Yacht and the Reel Time is a 26 ft. center console. We welcome all fishermen from professionals to families with children- no experience needed. We are happy to customize the trip of your dreams.
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
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Tim M
2 contributions
Nov 2022
My best friend and I have fished a lot of places on this earth. Drake Bay and Captain Willy rank number 1 in the world. Hands down - no bs - From the bucket list Rooster Fish, to Tuna, Mahi Mahi, Red Snapper, Tarpon, Snook, Marlin, Sailfish, etc. Not to mention the ability of Captain Willy to get us 20 feet from mother and baby humpback whales breeching was a memory that will last a lifetime. We gave a lot of fish to the captain and crew however the restaurants in Drake Bay were happy to prepare our fresh catch and it was amazing!! The accommodations were first class with the best view of Drake Bay hands down. The rental house is called Villa de Osa. Walk down the steps to the beach from the house and there is Captain Willy to pick you up with a smile on his face. A must must go. Pura Vida!!
Written November 30, 2022
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Findon K
3 contributions
Dec 2021
I cannot say enough about this experience and what it meant for us. Costa Rica is an angler's Mecca but the crew of Reel Time made this extraordinary. Captain Willy and his first mate Alonso were true professionals. We mentioned what we would like to catch and they delivered. The first day we caught Rooster Fish with a bonus Barracuda. The second day we went to Cano Island and trolled. They had six lines in the water. Suddenly, one reel went wild with that spin of the reel that accelerates your heart. A huge bull Mahi jumped out of the water and we scrambled to grab the line. Before I could catch my balance, another reel spun, then another, then another. Four fish at once including a monster Mahi, two Wahoo, and a Rainbow Runner! Truly spectacular. Willy steered the boat with one hand and reeled in a fish with the other while somehow keeping us from tangling any of the lines. I have never seen anything like it. We plan to go back this summer. If you like to fish, this is a winner. Thank you Fish Drake Bay for the memories of a lifetime.
Written January 4, 2022
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Joe S
10 contributions
May 2021
Reel Escape are an extremely professional, knowledgeable and fun crew. I was really looked after, fishing was of course amazing but so was the company and the food was absolutely delicious. We wanted to find tuna and we got tuna, it was a brilliant day's fishing I can't recommend them highly enough. I've fished in a lot of countries all over the world and this is one of my favourites. Everything is well planned and the equipment and boat is immaculate. The crew have great instincts they know when to help and when to step back.
Written May 21, 2021
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Jeff J
Millis, MA45 contributions
Mar 2021
The reel escape is an awesome fishing machine with all the right equipment. The captain and crew are top notch and on point at all times. I had a few fish on my bucket list and was able to cross them off the list with my first rooster and Cubera snapper. When we booked the trip I mad an outrageous request which went something like this......... I'd like to get my brother/sister in law and my Fiancé on some sailfish and tuna then go inshore and catch myself a Cubera snapper and rooster fish. This is a tall task no matter the place you fish. Sure enough we went offshore and within 15 min of fishing, my brother had a sailfish to the boat. The captain then direct the boat towards a location where he knew the tuna were and we proceeded to catch several yellowfin tuna which everyone truly enjoyed. At around 12 noon or so we headed to the beach to conquer the bucket list. 10 minutes in I caught the Cubera snapper and within 30 minutes i had my rooster! You guys rock!! I've been big game fishing for 30 years and I will tell you there is no better experience. If youre the adventurous type and want to see the real Costa Rican country I suggest driving to drakes bay (during dry season) but do read up on the drive before you go.
Written March 30, 2021
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Clay O
1 contribution
Dec 2021 • Family
Willie, Maynor and Alfonso were terrific. Fished on the Reel Escape for three days and targeted different species each day. Had a great time and caught a bunch of fish with good folks, can't ask for much more than that. Would highly recommend!
Written January 3, 2022
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NewYorkerInEurope
New York City, NY45 contributions
Jun 2021
A wonderful half day fishing adventure with enormous success at both sport fishing (giant rooster fish as a worthy opponent for my 17 year old) and fishing for dinner (tuna, maki-mahi, wahoo, snapper). Willy and Alonso are patient, friendly, professional and great teachers. They even threw in a sighting of the first humpback whale of the season! As a family we often go on fishing tours when on vacation - hands down this was our best experience, with the most diverse and plentiful fishing, and hands-on teaching. Aguila de Osa, our resort, cooked up the fish for dinner and extras were shared with everyone. Great experience all around.
Written July 10, 2021
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Darren P
6 contributions
Jan 2020
We treated some friends and their two kids to their first a half day sport fishing trip with Captain Willy and crew. We had a great day of fishing even had 5 hookups at once everyone got a picture with a fish! The kids were so excited smiling ear to ear! The captain and crew provided all the comforts on our trip including food, drinks and snacks and kept the fish coming. Our last stop was for snapper and we hooked up a big one. If you want to have a great day on the ocean with a professional crew and a likely chance to catch some fish we highly recommend Fish Drake Bay!!
Written January 16, 2020
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pdan69
Salt Lake City, UT9 contributions
Feb 2021 • Couples
We fished all day offshore and found the thousands of jumping spinner dolphins. We saw other boats that weren’t catching fish while we pulled in 8 yellow fin tuna. Experience of a lifetime and Willy is the mastermind behind it all!! I’d book with him again anytime!!!
Written February 21, 2021
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Lars T
4 contributions
Mar 2022 • Solo
I had a great day of fishing with captain Willy an Alonso. Super captain and excellent fishermen.

For a rookie in fishing out in the deep blue sea like me they managed to find the roosterfish I have dreamed about and further more I caught cupera snapper, wahoo and some tunas.

The trip was perfectly set up, great communication and a super service on board.

In every way a perfect day.
Written March 24, 2022
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dpheinrich
Playas del Coco, Costa Rica12 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a first class operation, right from booking 2 days of fishing with Mark the owner and having him help us with accommodation in Drake Bay, to being picked up off the beach and getting out on the water. The boats, and all the fishing gear are top notch. I firmly believe that captain Willy and his mates are the best I have ever had the privilege of fishing with. On our day offshore we caught Sailfish then finished the day catching tuna with spinning gear...what an absolute blast! The following day was inshore with the hopes of my wife catching a Rooster fish and were not to be disappointed Patti caught 2 and also caught 1.... to catch these beautiful fish with spinning gear and live bait is off the charts fun. We also caught Grouper, Cubera Snapper and Amberjack. If you want to be treated to some incredible fishing plan a trip with Fish Drake Bay and you won’t be disappointed!!!
Doug and Patti Heinrich
British Columbia, Canada

Ps Willy’s wife makes a great lunch and my thanks to her
Written February 11, 2020
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