How To Fish Corvinas

Corvinus, habitat, and morphology

Corvina is the common name of a species of fish that has more than 50 different varieties, among them the black croaker or the perch regia. In the Mediterranean Sea abound the species of black croaker. Its gastronomic value is well known, that is why there are plenty of dishes and recipes of croaker, both baked, ceviche, grilled, grilled etc. But our interest is mainly focused on sports fishing, and that the fishing of this wonderful fish not only occurs on Mediterranean coasts, but in South America, in the Pacific Ocean, the practice of the croaker fishing is a ritual. Currently, it has been possible to produce fertile eggs of this species in fish farms through aquaculture processes. For more information, most species of corvina are saltwater although some of them are also part of the river waters exclusively. Regarding its morphological characteristicsmore interesting we have to know that their body is elongated, sometimes they can measure more than 150 cm, their scales are positioned obliquely, the color of their body is silver and their back slightly darker, although everything will depend on the species of croaker we are talking about. Its mouth is large because it is a predator of the sea, as we have said, inhabits both the Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific .

Their habitat is centered in depths between 15 and 300 meters , they like to be in coastal areas with sandy bottoms or with mud. Their behavior is migratory, they are very voracious fish, feeding mainly on small fishes and crustaceans. The breeding season of the croakers is from April to June, where they are placed in coastal lagoons and estuaries with calmer waters. A curious fact about their reproduction is that they emit sounds similar to a snoring to attract the opposite sex, this sound is used by fishermen to know where they can find the banks of croakers at any time.

Scientific name : Sciaena umbra (Mediterranean), Argyrosomus regius (Perca regia)
Family : Sciaenidae
Order : Perciformes
Class : According to species
Max weight : 50 kg.
Max. Length : 150 cm

The croaker fishing, tricks, tips and best places

The first thing we need to clarify at this point is that we will not always have the croaker within our reach , in fact, most of the time schools of croaker will be out of our fishing range, however it is important to identify and treat separately each possible fishing scenario since the methods and techniques to be used will vary according to the conditions of depth and distance in which we find ourselves. The croaker reproduces in spring where they approach in large schools of hundreds of individuals to the coast and remain until the summer, however in winter and autumn it is also possible to find some croakers that for reasons I do not know do not follow the normal patterns of migration and stay attached to the coast on a regular basis.

Independent of the fishing scenario, the primordial premise is that the croaker will not be permanently in our fishing area , as it is a fish that travels important distances looking for food and we must have the patience and perseverance necessary to wait for it to appear in our area fishing, this makes the croaker fishing a rare mixture of patience and adrenaline, patience to wait for them to appear and adrenaline because it is one, if not the most, of the species to which we can access from the coast.

Let's analyze in detail 4 typical scenarios of croaker fishing:

Fishing corvinas on the beach
One of the most beautiful fishing shows is given to us by the croakers when at certain beaches they approach the very edge of them to eat fleas, burying their heads in the sand and showing their back and tail in all its splendor. This scenario occurs in the beaches of waves rather quiet and slow, with large banks of fleas that are formed in the pools of the shore, the same as the sole and where it is also common to find nape . However, so that this phenomenon of seeing the corvinas occursother factors must be given, such as a suitable wave height that can cover the flea banks, that the clarity of the water allows the croakers to visualize their prey and some relationship with the atmospheric pressure they indicate to fleas when they come fronts of bad weather or swells in which they simply bury themselves and disappear from the beach. Also in relation to the height of the wave it is important to specify that the high tide or high tide in nautical terms, must be generated in the early hours of the morning since as the day progresses it is less likely that the croakers will venture to the same shore, even more in urban areas.

This is because the croaker is an extremely cautious fish and when people feel close to it they see it as a threat and move away from the coast, which makes us more of an obstacle as fishermen, since we must be extremely cautious and avoid being seen by the corvinas or scare before our presence, when we see the corvinas colear the ideal is not to enter the water and if necessary, avoid walking and just move very carefully, avoid screaming and pound bulla, even avoid brightly colored clothes, in this scenario is quite useful the polarized lenses that will allow us to see the bottom of the beach with more clarity and to visualize the corvinas , finally it is fundamental to keep good distance between one fisherman and another or we will increase the risk of driving away the corvinas.

This scenario is certainly the most difficult to master , it is common to hear the concept that when the croakers are notching with nothing and to some extent is true, as it is quite technical to master the fishing in such shallow water, plus of the psychological factor that results from seeing dozens of corvinas helplessly by our side while we make useless efforts to present our decoy, we have all gone through the mind grabbing them with the hand, with a harpoon or simply hitting a stick, but with patience and work we will manage to master is difficult technique.

Good catch of corvina fishThe complexity of this scenario is given by two key factors, the first is the low visibility that the croaker would have when walking on the shore itself , so its range is no more than one or two meters which dramatically reduces our chances of presenting our lure at the depth, speed and right moment to trigger the second key in the attack, the other factor is being able to handle our lure at the proper speed that allows us to keep it so deep that it touches the bottom or so high that comes to the surface, all this in no more than 40 cm. of water, which basically translates into a fairly slow swim of the lure which leaves out most of the heavy lures (sparks, goats or jig) or linear swim that require speed to make them attractive.

Notwithstanding this description, what we really need to look for in this scenario is to identify the corvina shelter: The shelter pool is the one formed 30 or 40 meters from the shore , it has more depth which allows the Corvina guard and wait for the wave with the appropriate speed to advance to the shore to capture the fleas for after the series of 2 or 3 waves return to the shelter to await the next series. Another hot spot for fishing is given by the rocks located in the middle of the beaches that generate mini pools that are usually used by croakers and flounders to protect themselves and wait for what the hangover brings.

We have two options , the first is to search directly in the area of sighting with small lures (about 12 cms) and sinuous swim, strictly flouting, as for the color you have to look more than anything at the color of the belly since the corvina You will see our lure from below and definitely the color that works the most are the orange belly lures. But where we will have more options of captures is to try to tempt it in the well protected thinking that at some point the croaker will be returned to the pool and see our lure, also in this area we can expand our range of lures as we have one or two meters of depth to make them work.

As I said at the beginning, it is quite frustrating to see the croakers next to us and not respond to our lure, however we must have confidence in our work, insist on the fishing areas determined and awareness that a single chop is enough to achieve a good catch, make variants in terms of collection speed and try to cover the entire fishing area.

Note : The reference to lures like flouting, suspending or sinking makes mention of the behavior of the lure when stopping the collection, the flouting as it can be deduced when stopping its collection will rise to the surface, which makes it suitable for use in areas of obstacles or where it is required to work close to the surface, the slower it is collected closer to the surface, the sinking lures perform the opposite effect, stopping them or working slowly will tend to sink allowing deeper areas where other lures are not Obviously, you should avoid the use of this type of decoys in areas of obstacles.

Finally the lures suspending to try to generate an immobilizing effect of the lure when stopping the collection, neither going up nor going down but being suspended in the water current, but unfortunately this effect is more feasible to achieve it in fresh water since in salt water the density of the water It varies a lot from one area to another and the currents of the shore make this work difficult.

Corvinas in the trawl areas
Another common scenario in which to fish the corvinas is on the beaches that have a strong hangover that allows a lot of material to be dragged when the waves are collected, clearly marking the dragging pockets. We will identify them because they are areas where two waves converge and join together as much force towards the sea, generating that area of the sand with a strong gradient and marking the current with a muddy coloration in the water at the entrance of the well . Ideally you have to look for the days of medium waves, or so calm that it does not generate important currents nor so strong that it leaves us out of launch distance.

These areas are suitable for the corvinas, breams and canques take advantage of the strong current either to advance towards the shore in search of the fleas in suspension as they wait at the exit of the pool of fleas and crustaceans carried by the waves. The way of looking for the croaker varies greatly from the previous scenario, it is not so necessary to be so stealthy when approaching as the visibility that the croaker will have towards us will be lower, however the constant fall of lures in the area would be our problem, the depth in which we will find the croaker changes, it will no longer be on the surface, but rather on the bottom.
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These pozones are also very productive to look for them with bait, the technique to use is to work as close to the bottom of our decoy without touching it, in addition we must stop trying to search with our equipment along the edges of the bowl and especially try to cross it in its deepest part . Due to the strong hangover it is likely that we take our lure and drag us to the bottom so we must stop recover line and raise the rod to avoid being keyed in the sand, in the same way it is very important to try at the launch leave our lure behind the wave to give our decoy more time to work. Another typical point of dragging is given by the orientation of the waves that we have in our coast, that strike us obliquely in a northeasterly direction, so that any important rocky body generated in its southern edge a strong hangover pool while on the north side a fairly quiet pool, as seen in this photograph .
Little by little we will learn to properly handle our lures among the currents looking to find the exit of the well, the great secret is to get our lure out of the pool during the hangover, we will feel an upward current that will keep us (especially spark lures or spoons) suspended in the current without picking up or making it very slow, while our toe of the cane we mark the drag as if we had on the other side of the line a very small hooked fish, that is the area with the highest probability of a croaker taking our decoy. The equipment necessary to use this range of decoys is quite different from that described in scenario 1, since both weight and work force requires a harder rod that handles weights between 40 to 100 grams. from 3 to 3.3 meters .

The fishing of corvinas from coast
There are many beaches that, because they are very flat or stuck , prevent fish from getting too close to the coast, likewise in "flea" beaches when the water volume conditions or proper visibility on the shore are not present, Corvinas stays at a good distance from the coast so the fishing zone moves away and it is common to find the corvinas between 80, 100 or even more meters awayIn addition, in this distant area it is common for large schools of pejerreyes, sardines or anchovies to circulate, which, when ambushed by corvinas, dorados or cabrillas, rise to the surface and are detected by birds, accusing their activity with constant boobies and attacks. aerial We must take advantage of these moments of food frenzy to the maximum, however we have a big problem, the distance.

For remote fishing, it is desirable that the sea is a bit moved and where we will try to locate the pockets far to the shore, behind the wave where they are marked by a change of coloration in the water and where many times a sort of semiremolino, is where we will try to get, the fishing technique will be to let our lure touch bottom and work with punches and pauses in the collection to give more mobility to our lure but always without losing the tension of collection keep our lures more stuck to the bottom than the surface and concentrating on working in the active fishing area , and closer to the shore we will try to collect quickly to make a new set since the shore itself is of low productivity.

Fishing corvinas from rocks

This last scenario occurs at the edge of deep rocks that allow the croakers to cross the huirales and sea inlets abundant in crabs, small schools of fish, octopus and seafood, and depending on the orientation of the sea we can access fishing areas behind the wave train that gives us the guarantee to work our lures more freely. In this scenario we will try to let our lure work well attached to the bottom and to the very edge of the rock, generally we will find not only fishing for croakers but also other species such as cabrillas, logs and even golden and cojinovas, the challenge comes when charging the piece since it requires help to be able to hoist it among the rocks without counting the inherent danger of fishing in rocks.

The perfect equipment for fishing corvinas

The most common lures are the Chispas or Chivos types , leaving aside the fish type lures as it is common to find areas with enough obstacles and in terms of equipment, heavy equipment is required to work large pieces and eventually be able to hoist them, similar to those described in scenario 2 and 3. Some general concepts analyzing the 4 scenarios described we can realize that the ideal conditions for croaker fishing will vary according to the scenario to be used, ranging from a relatively calm swell to pulgear, an intermediate for the trawl areas and moved for remote fishing, however there are some constants to consider. The first is that the croaker needs water to get close to the shoreIn addition, the time when you approach the shore is essential, being clearly more active at dawn and in the second place at dusk, during midday or in the afternoon only approaching in areas far from the public and where you feel comfortable.

On the other hand, the incidence of the moon would be given, according to my empirical experience in the subject, that on nights of full moon there is a greater nocturnal activity of the croaker, achieving good catches with bait and even with low speed lures such as the oscillating spoons during the night and dawn, making the catches almost zero by mid-morning, but on new moon nights, there is much more activity morning until well into the morning, in relation to the sol-lunar theory, I must clarify that this lies in a statistical study on the amount of catches landed in port and its relationship with the positions of the sun and the moon, marking periods of increased activity of the fish but that is drastically altered when we talk about shore fishing where in that table they are not considered fundamental factors for the croaker fishing as previously discussed in relation to wave height, visibility, speed of the wave, turbidity, etc.

A fundamental element in the fishing of the croaker is the constancy, we can locate a well where we know of catches and where our lures work properly but for long periods of time we try without success because the croakers have not appeared, but remember that the croakers constantly cross the coast and at some point will pass through our preserve and that's where we must present our decoy at the right time and remember also that the schools of croaker are numerous so if we achieve a capture it is very likely that we continue to collect pieces so at that time we must be cautious not to drive away the school that we hope so much, avoid shouting, unnecessarily entering the water, and almost like an urban myth of which I am quite convinced, if you leave the school is gone (But after a while they return).

Summing up we could say that the lures with greater effectiveness are those that swim more slowly with sinuous movements and in little water but that can not be thrown too far or go deeper than one meter , as the launch improves the lure loses mobility and For this reason, we must work faster, to finally reach the lures with a spectacular haul, but they are fierce, lacking all attractive mobility, on which we must inject the best possible movement with the cane, that is, the less effective the distance. lure. On this point I want to stop for a moment, as we enter another fundamental element in the croaker fishing, which visibility.

Fishing Bait

In order for the croaker to attack our lure several factors must be combined , one we have already seen, the depth of work, so when they are walking they appear at surface level while in the running pools at mid-water or close to the bottom to finish looking for them directly in the background when fishing it among the rocks. The second variable will be conditioned by the clarity of the water, which will determine the time that the croaker will have to detect the decoy, analyze if it is a potential food, if it is within reach of it and most importantly, if it is worth the physical effort. The result of this equation will be conditioned by the turbidity of the fishing zone, remember that on the same shore when it pulses is very low that visibility, in the middle of the current when we fish them behind the waves is also difficult to see and not so much at the exit of the trawl pool as behind the waves on the rocks , all this in direct relation with the swim speed of our lure, the slower we can keep our lure in the active fishing zone, the more favorable this equation will be, to improve this aspect we can give more visibility to the lure type spark adding a tail of goat hair, rooster feathers or synthetic hairs.

Knowing this fact we must adapt our tactic to use the decoy that covers the appropriate scenario at the best possible speed (we already know the slower the better), so if our fish-type lures are at launch distance, we will choose them because allow us a slower swim, then oscillating lures like koster and krocodileto leave as a last option the lures that tend to have a faster collection due to their weight, especially if the sea is cloudy. As for the colors of the lures, we must keep in mind that the fish do not see the world as we do, the visual capacity of the fish is not centered on the details or on the colors like the human eye, so lures with 3D eyes, scales engraved with laser and that the thread of the hooks are of this or that color are more effective to capture fishermen than fish.

The vision of the fish is determined towards the movement, which explains why bucktailjig types are fished with no apparent relationship with any animal but the attractiveness is its up and down movement, as well as the spectrum of colors visible under the water it is highly affected to the extent that we gain depth, it is more, the first color that is lost only at two meters is red (so famous red head white body can easily be seen as a gray head white body), this generates a world closer to the gray than to the arcoiris under the vision of the fish, being more important than a particular color the contrast between them, being proven successfulcombinations White / red, Yellow / white, White / Blue, Black / Yellow, Yellow / Green .

Lures for corvinaConsidering this point it is important to note that the decrease in the sense of vision of the fish will be largely compensated by other finer senses such as the ear and its lateral line with which it captures the vibrations of other fish, this aspect is used in some lures that emit vibrations and sounds through the rattle of metal balls inside, especially useful when visibility conditions are low which allows to capture the attention of predators. Notwithstanding the foregoing, when visibility conditions are optimal and water clarity is excellent, it is advisable to opt for more traditional colors to common prey such as silverside fishing or sardines, ie black or blue loins, silver flanks and white or orange belly and adapt the collection speed giving it more speed than usual.

The croaker does not allow mistakes within the range of species that we have at our disposal on our coast , the croaker is undoubtedly one of the most worthy opponents, although it is true that there are true sea oxen like the toyos or bodybuilders cristallas (golden in the north), the combination of power and speed of the croaker requires a lot of self control and absolute control of the capabilities of our team to be able to beat our opponent. Every detail is important in this fishing because if we are lucky we can find great prey that at the slightest fault will leave us with the bitter feeling of having lost the great opportunity to raise a trophy fish.

It is perhaps the least important element in relation to the capture and release itself , its importance goes more by the side of launching and working correctly the lures that we use and as we saw at the beginning they go from a light rod for lures to heavy rods of longcasting but that at the time of the fight does not make much difference except in the case of fishing on rocks where we would need to manipulate our prey vertically. Obviously the feeling of the fight will be different in relation to lighter the cane stronger will be the feeling of fighting and more technical will be the capture and as sports fishermen we should aim for this type of team where we give the fish a chance to fight in better conditions.

Fishing reels
A fundamental element when evaluating a reel is its ability to brake, usually tends to evaluate its maximum braking capacity, which is vital in the fishing on board where it is necessary to stop the dives of very powerful fish but in the case of croaker the capacity of brake used would rarely exceed 6 kilos real per what more to look for reels of great braking power what we should try to obtain is a microregulated brake, which allows line to be delivered evenly and consistently, without jerks or locks. Unfortunately, this performance characteristic is directly related to the value of the reels since the economic reels have a fairly basic brake system that, in the face of a sudden fight, tend to heat up and lose brake capacity or work as a result of sulphation.

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Lines and threads

The use of super multifilament lines gives us an important improvement over nylon, first of all its low diameter allows us to lodge more line in our reel which allows us to reduce the size of these to the line 4000 (shimano, 3500 daiwa) only weigh about 300 grams, we will usually use lines of around 20 pounds ( about 10 kilos of resistance ) which only has a diameter of 0.22 mm that in nylon equals 0.45mm., on the other hand its characteristic of not having elasticity allows to transmit the pin in a clear way even when fishing at great distances, even when fishing at close range it would be enough to affirm the rod and the movement of the fish generates the pin.

It is important to note that both the spool guide and the rings of the fishing rods must be prepared to use these lines or otherwise their low diameter will generate grooves in them. Among the main brands that we find in the market such as herculine, Sufix or triple fish, they have good characteristics of the mentioned ones but suffer from several disadvantages such as low resistance to abrasion, shaped and not rounded, they capture a lot of water and sand making it very heavy and declare a diameter much greater than the real one, so if there is a possibility to acquire a premium brand like Tuff Line, Power Pro, SpiderWirewhich have a high cost but do not suffer from any of these problems, will give us a great advantage in fishing. A final point to consider is that multifilament lines due to their very low diameter often produce painful cuts in the fingers, so I suggest protecting them with elastic bands, gloves or simply a good quality waterproof band-aid patch.

Line leader or bass
Undoubtedly the line lows are the point that generates more controversy, the term leader comes from the concept of the Shock Leader (Initial Part that receives the impact), which are a few meters thicker than the line we have in our reel that is placed at the end of our coil and that allows to absorb the peak of tension both when launching and when collecting a piece. This element was very used in the fishing of long launches (longcasting) with plumbs of 100 to 180 grs. where it was customary to load the rod badly that the tension produced by the lead exceeded the resistance of our line, remember that most of our lines support an average of 20 pounds (10 kls) and the output pressure of a single lead 100 a cane of 3.5 mtrs. generates an output force of 16 kilos so any blow to the toe,

Under this premise it is useful to think of a long leading shock if I intend to work weights that are around or exceed 100 grams. But under those launch weights it is totally valid to abstract from using leading shock whenever we use super lines of very good resistance that will support without any problems the impacts of lures of up to 70 grams without the need to add to our equipment a joint knot. leader that will inevitably be a point of friction and cut hazard. Different is the concept of adding a leader of about 60 cms. Fluorocarbon, which is a special material (and quite expensive), within its characteristics stand out that invisibility under water, especially useful when fishing with lures when the water conditions are very clear, also have very little elasticity and memory,

Fishing accessories

Many of our lures and our armadas with bait, turn around when they are recovered, which causes our line to twist progressively to the point where knots are generated spontaneously. To remedy this problem is that it adds to the end of our line a system that turns around, which cancels the rotation of our lures on the line to have an internal rotor that turns freely. In the local market we will usually find the typical lock swivel that, due to its construction, does not resist more than 10 kilos and that in more than one opportunity was opened at the least indicated time, that is why I recommend the locking system to avoid she undergoes pressure on her, giving us more confidence in the fight.

Fishing hooks

This point becomes vital in the fishing of the croaker, especially in fast lures such as sparks or goats since many times due to the erratic movement of the lures in the water the croaker is hooked from outside the mouth when the lure moves at the exact moment. When the croaker tried to ambush him, so our hooks should have the maximum possible edge to get hooked to the least contact with the fish, a difficult issue since most of the hooks with the blows on the stones lose quickly the edge, in addition they must have the suitable resistance to tolerate a good attack and not to open like the majority of the generic hooks that we find in the market, once again the equipment of quality mark a substantial difference and if it is possible to resort to famous brands in the market as Gamakatzu, Owner,Mustad, Maruto, eagle clown, we will achieve at the end of the day to photograph our capture and not to martyr ourselves in thinking about what size was the monster that we left.

Final tips for fishing croakers successfully
We already talked about the fighting power of the croaker, the importance of having a good line, if necessary a leading shock and good quality hooks and knots well made but make no mistake, it is not a hook and a croaker remove it by brute force, consider that there is a last point of contact, the snout itself of the fish, if we abuse in the battle we run the risk of tearing the snout of the fish and losing the piece. That is why it is very necessary to know our teams very well, to know their limits and to master them. When we talk about croaker, we talk about brake, we know the capacity of our line, for example 20 pounds or 10 kilos, the knots always reduce the maximum capacity of our line by a certain percentage, grant it a 20% loss, we have 16 pounds left,

Let's do a practical test, we put our rod and reel on the end of our line we will use a balance to measure the loading pressure on which our fishing reel should start to deliver line, we tighten the brake to almost the maximum and pull the line with our balance, the results that we should have would be: With the brake to almost the maximum the reel would deliver line around the 7 kilos of load . With the brake half-tighten the reel would deliver line around the 4 kilos of load .

With the brake released the reel would deliver line around 2 kilos of cargo. Recall the previous calculation, for our line type of 20 pounds we should not go over a total load of 3.5 kilo s, a very tight brake puts our capture at risk of cutting, usually in the knots or in the same snout of the fish, even more if we fish with fast lures we can hook the croaker from outside the mouth where the resistance is even lower, a brake too loose offers very little resistance to the fish running the risk of delivering too much line that can leave us without reserve or complicate to overcome obstacles like stones or huiros.

The point I want to reach is that to know how to get to regulate our reel with the 3.5 kilos of load; it is necessary to do this test to feel what is the proper brake pressure to apply. The croaker pique is always frank and abrupt, sometimes several corvinas pursue our lure and it is common that we feel a first blow that may be an attack that I can not get hooked for various reasons, as that the croaker attacked our lure in an angle that prevented our hooks from getting hooked (an attack from above to a fish-type lure, for example), but a second blow immediately comes so there is no need to vary the speed of collection, if we have fishing hooksof good quality, and we use lines without elongation like the multifilaments the corvinas will hook themselves so we will only feel the weight of the animal in our rod, and it would be enough to affirm the rod to achieve an optimal penetration of the hooks, if we use monofilament nylon and fish Some distance would be necessary to secure the pin with one or two strong lifting of the cane to ensure proper penetration.

How to fish blond corvinaOnce hooked the croaker we must always work with the rod in vertical position at an angle of 90 ยบ , this allows our cane to work the fish that added to the correct regulation of our brake will offer the right measure of resistance to fight the fish safely . The fight will take different directions in direct relation to the size of our prey. For small girls weighing less than two kilos, we will feel a very nervous fish, trying to pull up to the sides but that after a few seconds tend to stay still, it does not differ much from the fishing of groupers, breams or cankers. Part as a very active prey but is exhausted by walking a little. Las Corvinas weighing 3 to 8 kilos They are the ones that present the most frantic fights, to feel hooked undertakes a very strong first race in search of deeper water, what we should do after hooking and lift the rod to the vertical position is to hold the rod without touching the reel and leave that end that first race that can vary between 30 to 70 meters, even may that at the end of that first race the Corvina jumps out of the water giving us a great show.

It is a big mistakehurry and try to stop at all costs this first race, the only thing we will achieve is to end up breaking our line and even damaging our reel, once the corvina feels the fatigue produced by pulling the line of our reel overcoming the applied brake and fighting against the flexion of our rod will stop and stay for a few seconds immobile, it is in that second when we will just take the handle of our reel and try to recover line, with only recover a few meters the croaker will undertake a second race very vigorous but not so long like the first, at the end of that second race we will have half of the fight in our favor, without rushing we will continue to recover line and stopping the collection before each new race that will be shorter each time,and close to the shore the croaker can start a very dangerous last race as it would only separate us a few meters of distance between the fish and our rod, which increases the tension on our knots, so you should never be tempted to close the brake of our reel, even when we believe that the croaker is defeated, then with the help of the waves we will be able to safely chase it.
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Within the fights that we can offer the large croaker there are two behaviors that present difficulties in the collection of the dam, the first is when the croaker, which has great speed, nothing towards us leaving us without tension on the line which can cause to release the hooks, this is where a quick pick-up reel is appreciated to recover the tension as soon as possible. The second behavior, especially critical when fishing with lures equipped with 2 or 3 triple hooks, is when the croaker is hooked triple the tail of the lure and runs parallel to the beach and away and then introspectively return in the opposite direction, doing this is very common to be hooked on the outside of the snout with the triple of the head of the lure, releasing three times the tail and remaining on only outside the snout so it is very easy to tear and release the triples.
When it comes to corvinas of more than 8 kilos the races are usually less fast and long but much heavier, so the patience in the fight is essential, never rush them as the risk of cutting is greater, although they tend to tire before , the biggest problem arises when trying to beach it, especially if the current of the waves does not help us.