How To Fish Blacksmiths


Herreras, habitat and morphology

The herrera or mabraIt is a nocturnal fish, is part of the sparid family and its habitat extends from the Black Sea, South Africa or even the Cantabrian Sea, can be found in the Indian Ocean but with less presence. The blacksmith frequents sand or mud bottoms at maximum depths of 50 meters. The basic diet consists of small molluscs and crustaceans. The dates of reproduction of the herrera occurs in spring and summer and are protected hermaphrodites, males at birth and females when reaching a certain size. For more information, his life is practically nocturnal, that is, they are more active at night. Its body is oval, silvery in color and they run between 8 or 10 black stripes. The maximum size of the smiths is around one and a half kilograms and is of great interest among fishermensurfcasting from coast.

Scientific name: Lithognathus mormyrus

Family : Sparidae

Order : Perciformes

Class : Actinopterygii

Max weight: 1.5 kg.

Max length: 50 cm

The fishing of the blacksmiths, the best tips to succeed

Herrera or mabra For all fans of surfcasting, the fishing of ironworks has undoubtedly become one of the most recurrent practices , we will see what tricks and techniques we should apply to get this fantastic fish. We have already begun to go out at night to look for it by multitude of beaches and we will take advantage throughout all the summer to try to obtain some good fisheries of smiths of good size, those that enter sides and with which we sometimes fill the bucket with just a dozen of them.

For this reason we do not want to leave the opportunity to comment on some interesting clues for those who venture (maybe this very night) to go out in search of that princess of the sands; the herrera.

And is that although we often refer to the sea bream or sea bass as the fish that more fans of sport fishing attract the beach and the rocks, the herrera is not far behind, I assure you. There are true specialists in the fishery of the herrera , and although we believe that it is fish that come to fill the vacuum of other options, nothing is further from reality; the herrera attracts thousands of surfcasting enthusiasts who put their equipment to the limit to reach those sets to infinity to try to find those smiths in grams.

Preparing the equipment to fish big blacksmiths

After a spring that has left us with good memories and beautiful fishermen of good size herders, now it's time to fine-tune with the most active fishing boats. Look for weather forecasts that invite us to one or another beach depending on winds and waves, provide us with really good baits for these fish, and put our best surfcasting equipment to workto look for the best blacksmiths in the area during the night is a priority. It is time to reload new line in the coils of fine thread, supply us with varied leads and different finishes, put everything to the point, but what really touches is to dump 100% in an active fishing, because at night if fish enter get to be very lively, but if it's 2 o'clock in the morning and they do not bite you should not break down. The good smiths is to come, according to the city, the state of the sea, the wind or the moon the same they enter a little while when you least expect it, you can take three or four at a time and that your surfcasting rod is not a enough with so much activity.

Fishing with calm or choppy sea?

The sea like a mirror gives a bit of uneasiness ... the good-sized blacksmiths enter better with some movement , both on the surface and above all, flush with sand. There is no need to fear nights with rough seas, sometimes we start looking for breams when suddenly a herrera emerges and we think about them again. The blacksmiths of good size do not require stagnant sea, it is animated and it is approached with the movement of the water and with the little cloud that forms at the bottom, they are looking for crab, worms, cocos chocos .

Does the wind influence the fishing of smiths?

Fishing reel rod reel surfcastingThe best fishing is usually done without wind , or with some wind of land or west, except beaches and concrete areas, the Levante wind takes the herrera out of the reach of our sets. To this it is added that in many areas the trammel is better with Levante, so we can have the odd barrier that prevents the entry of smiths to the beaches where we are fishing. In itself, the wind is not totally decisive, but we have verified that many fishermen appreciate that the air does not blow, or that it blows smooth from Poniente to fit and opt for good-sized blacksmiths from the beach. It depends on the orientation of the beach and the intensity; sometimes they put smiths, but usually they take them out.

On windless nights, very calm of water, there are few but sometimes very good smiths; you have to be attentive, especially thinking of coves not too big and with some depth in fishing boats of sandy beaches and shallow with some smooth movement, we will have blacksmiths almost certainly shot, but we may need very long hauls.

Fishing silversmiths with moon or dark nights?

Generally the best smiths are captured without a moon , and although it is not something totally determinant, it is usually so; maybe it does not respond to the presence of greater or lesser luminosity in the water, but the certain thing is that the specialists in blacksmith shops usually look better the nights without moon, so if we can choose better to opt for dark nights. And in summer, the clarity in the waters poses a greater risk for small and medium-sized fish, much more exposed by predators. In fact it is relatively frequent the entrance of choves after the smiths, taking from time to time the half of some of the ones that we have nailed in the rigging.

In addition, on nights without moon the smithies are much closer to the rebate , it is true that the little fish that so much bother us, but we will have options almost at any distance without having to be always looking for them at the limit of the cast. On nights without moon perform a very active fishing to detect where the smiths move, in order to achieve very good fishing; keep in mind that the more light there is less time on the beach, give some passes but will not stay long in the same area, and how much less light will come closer and more time may be within reach of our sets.

What baits to use to fish smiths?

I think that in general we are all thinking about the  beach bug , and it is true, the bait of the herrera par excellence in many fishing boats, the more sandy the bottoms and the less polluted the better the smiths enter the window, as the They usually find their tickets to look for food in the area. But I remind you that we are looking for large blacksmiths, so you have to have other options, since you are good size smiths come from larger funds and destroy what is put ahead .... the American worm gives very good results in nights of big smiths and waters a little moved; with these conditions, it is important to assemble large rigs in volume and to bet to look for them in the medium distance until finding the points where they move between the area of greater depth that we can reach and the rebate.

On those nights, it is important to alternate the baits according to the distance we are looking for with each cane; with those that we have launched at the top, we have to build wormholes to gain meters, but with the ones we are using to fish in nearby areas, we want to mount larger baits, such as the American one. If we notice that begins to enter sea bream is not bad and good, since they will not leave bait with bait, and good because it can happen that after the little ones enter smiths many times of good size.

Use ultra-fine lines and long lines

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This is the time to take advantage of our finest fishing threads that we dare to ride on our reels, since in a generalized way we go out to look for smiths on sandy beaches and with few hooks; Moreover, even in mixed beaches, if we have already taken the position to the rocks and slabs, we can bet on loading very fine lines to achieve better sets and to prevent the smiths from feeling the tension of a thick thread. This can happen to a greater extent on moonlit nights with very calm waters, conditions that favor that the smiths among something more suspicious, and that when the time comes to take the bait they can miss that "something" that weighs or pulls, although there is to say that if we use lines, it will be difficult to detect it, although just in case,better to use the finest fishing lines, a 0, 14 or even a 0.12 mm in diameter , yes, we use new fishing line.

The perfect rigging to fish blacksmiths

Fishing hooks for blacksmiths Interesting to form long branches if we are in entrance areas of smiths of good size, 300 or 400 grams; there is interesting to assemble a rig of a single branch, about two meters, with hook long leg and offer baits of good size, because in this way the blacksmith enters suddenly and if you have good mouth is nailed herself in most of the occasions. We will have some chambel rig prepared for moments of great activity at distances not too long, then it is worth changing and fishing with two or three hooks if we see that smiths have entered or that there is a band hanging around our post; if there is activity it is not strange to realize several doublets and even triplets, yes, eye on recovering if we have opted for very fine lines. And as always in the fishing nothing is mathematical and perhaps this is the truly beautiful thing about this sport, try and try again until we find our unique and most effective way to find our favorite fish.

Changing the fishing area to capture large-scale blacksmiths

Fishing enthusiasts of the blacksmiths usually search with special intention the open beaches of fine sand, without stones, we do not care if they are shallow beaches, because we know very well that at first dates of each year there are occasions in which they take very good catches of blacksmiths almost in the same rebate , and in any case we are accustomed to the long cast. Even so in these beginnings there are occasions in which the best captures are made from rock, adapting our search to the entrance of the first banks of blacksmiths that approach the stone to look for food. So we are going to start some references that may help us to nail the best when we start the season again.

Herreras "half kileras"

Fishing smiths mabras on coast The first blacksmiths of the season usually happen to us because we wait for them in alluvium as soon as spring arrives , and in fact there are areas in which they begin to be within a shot of cane since the beginning of the year, with fluctuations depending on whether the funds are affected or not. temporary So at this point there are already some good fishermen, and especially some good tip of seven or eight hundred grams, loose specimens, but which are preludes to the generalized entry at the beginning of the year. Many of us have our usual fishing boats, fishing boats that we started visiting from mid-March and especially with the arrival of April; is to enter the spring and the amateur surfcasting everything becomes rushedas soon as he hears or reads that on this or that beach they are taking out good smithies.

On this occasion, and simply for having checked it in repeated seasons, I dare to propose a change in habits in terms of the search for the first blacksmiths, fish that go over half a kilo, which move in groups that are not very numerous and that go accompanying little by little those schools of herreritas that will soon colonize our beaches. Yes, it is risky, maybe break our habits or force us to venture exploring new fishing areas, but I recommend at least try two or three days to find these first blacksmiths launching from rock , either natural rockers, mixed beaches or from breakwaters and breakwaters; the premise is to look for rock fishing boats from which we reach areas bordering sand and rock, as well as sand clearings between stone slabs.

Rock fishing with sand bottom

Rock fishing with sand bottomThe blacksmiths go along the beaches as they enter the coast and stay in certain areas. It is something cyclical that begins to notice in the local markets; as soon as you see almost every day medium-sized smiths and some large ones in the stalls is that the entrance or the approach to the coast is producing. In the face of our fishing trips this warning serves to put us to the limit to try to get right with the day and the right place in which this year's fishing can be achieved; with these fish we know that there are occasions from these dates in which everything blocks and in a few full hours the cube of large herrerons, clear symptom that the activity, the amount of food and the state of the sea and background are aligned for this massive entry to occur at certain points.

Little by little and without hurry

We can not remain with the idea that the herrera only eats beach worms in clean sand; the smiths, and especially the medium and large, enter everything, from any worm to the hermits, crab, knives. Small mussels grab them, and from all this they find sometimes in good quantity for quite some time in the vicinity of the rocky and mixed bottoms, right where there is sand very close to the rocks, areas that are not punished by trawling and that they conserve a good potential to house fishing all year round. The challenge is to change our dynamics and adapt to fishing in the boundary of the rocks with the sandy bottom, and especially from there. In a constant search of openings in which we can detect the presence of smiths, because the larger bottom of these fishing often makes it difficult to locate pools directly,

Herreras in sandy areas and in rocky area

We have to change our fishing action a bit, it is not the same to fish long on sandy beaches than to do it at a variable distance on a mixed bottom or border between rocks and sand, depths that require good casting precision and to strive to touch all the possible points more than to reach great distances . Moreover, many times the best catches are relatively close, especially fishing on rock plates or sand clearings between large stones. Perhaps we notice that the smiths enter our bait more easily than when we fish on sandy beaches, and this is because the blacksmiths near the rocks are less suspicious than those who settle on the beaches; the sands always cause longer displacements and more time to be discovered, which is why blacksmiths and other fish tend to be more suspicious.