Drake Bay Fishing Report and Forecast December 2015 and January 2016
Yellowfin tuna and wahoo have been biting well around Caño Island. Lots of clear water inshore and sardine schools have been found near Drake Bay. The clear water and schools of bait fish have caught the attention of roosterfish, mackerels and jacks that have been caught with top water lures. Snook and machaca have been biting up in the Sierpe River’s lagoon system.
In December, we expect loads of mahi mahi to join the wahoo and schools of yellowfin tuna surrounding Caño Island. During January, we expect blue water to extend past Caño Island, and many types of fish like sailfish and marlin as well. The bite is normally about 10 miles away from the Caño Island, although sometimes it is possible to catch them closer. In addition, expect cubera snapper and grouper to provide lots of great battles, mostly while jigging or using live bait.
Inshore, big sardine schools will be coming to spawn so big predators like roosterfish, snapper, barracuda, snook, mackerel and jacks will be present. The ideal conditions to catch one of these species is with live bait or top water lures.
On the estuary, we will have clearer water due to little rain and a higher concentration of salt. These conditions will attract more marine species like corvina (seabass) that come to spawn.
Without any doubt, December and January are great months for fishing in Drake Bay waters.
Captain Pablo Chaves