Corvina: how to raise the star of the season

In line with the arrival of spring and its consequent increase in ambient temperature, varied coastal fishing Begin to resume action which had been interrupted by the cold months. And among the typical species who make up that select group there are one that stands out above the others: the blonde croaker. Not precisely because of its gastronomic and culinary value, but rather because of the sporting nature of its capture, and whose intense search makes it the true star of the summer season.

Without a doubt, it is one of the most sporty fishing there is. The great adaptation of the species to different areas allows its presence in almost any seafront in the country and even the least experienced fisherman can enjoy its tremendous fight. It could be stated, without any intention of being wrong, that in Argentina it is found from the estuary area of ​​the Río de la Plata to the northern part of the San Matías Gulf. Is a euryhaline species, that is tolerates a wide range of water salinity and also temperature.
The croaker generates a special enthusiasm among fans. Anyone who uses a rod in the sea between the months of October and April knows that they will be able to catch it with the hope that it is not a grunt (young, small specimen) but a good blonde weighing 2, 3 or 4 kilograms. . The latter usually occur at the end of the season, at the end of March, before beginning the migration towards the north. You don’t need great technique or highly specialized equipment to find them either. Sometimes, it’s a matter of luck.

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However, there are a number of details that the fisherman can take into account to find them exclusively. Although there are times when fishing is practically exclusive, given that it comes close to the coast to eat, it is usually interspersed with other species such as whiting, stickfish, chuchos, brotolas, rays or cats, so put into practice some techniques punctually can give surprising results.
As it feeds on bivalve mollusks, polychaetes, snails and the like, rocky bottoms may be the best setting. It is usually there eating the small mussels that form in the verdigris of the stone. The complications then come from the difficulty of hooking up and the possibility of losing the gear. But the motto that reigns in the fishermen is clear: “The croaker is in the stone.” That is why many play a full game. And they are almost always right, especially when the water is somewhat mixed and with slight movement.

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But small crustaceans and some small fish are also in their diet. This is where the bait. An incarnation with prawn or shrimp is the common denominator, but the latest records establish that combined in sanguchito with the Anchovy works very well. In general terms, the so-called white baits are to the taste of this species, so You can not miss in the conservative some strips of squid, silverside and even carp.
There is two lines that play an almost central role. Although it is a kind of background, A 1.20 m rig with one or two 60 or 70 cm branches working above the lead is best. The thing is, trailing hooks don’t always work well. And in sectors where the bite is far away and you need to distance yourself, then a variant appears: the famous seesaw, which has the branch line attached in the same line to the mother and a swivel that runs when the hook is released from the baitclip and rises. In both cases, The bait always stays off the bottom. That is one of the keys.

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The croaker has a clear bite, many times with lowering of the rod included and other times with slack. That’s why the hook must be neat and leave the death of the hook exposed, which can vary from 2/0 to 5/0. The thing is that sometimes the piece is swallowed, but other times it is barely held by the lip. It is important keep the catch always in tension, since in the fight it can be released. Regarding fishing moments, dawn performs a little better than dusk, but both are preferable to the day. The time before high tide and its subsequent hours are usually ideal to find them.
There is no mystery in teams. Whether from a breakwater, a dock or the beach itself, a casting rod that can range from 3.90 to 4.20 m, a front or rotating reel loaded with 0.30 mm or 0.40 nylon is enough. mm and chicote. At the close of this edition of Weekend, The blonde croaker made its massive appearance throughout the coastal front and even those who are just starting out or the less experienced can enjoy beautiful specimens. That’s why he is the real star. Summer hasn’t broken out yet, but the star of the season is already with us.

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