The pejerrey como ya bites in the caves


Every time the cold hits and frost sets in, the fisherman who frequents the beaches of Mar del Plata to the south begins to wonder about a species that drives more than one fan crazy. He odontesthes smitti, better known as manila silverside, native, yellow tail or horn by most canoeists. This fish used to break into the beaches of southern Buenos Aires when the waters reached 8° C, in a reproductive migration, but in recent years, It has not had a significant presence, only isolated captures. The reason is not clear, but the reality is that each year that passes, it is more difficult to achieve a horn.

All this panorama changes completely on the Río Negro coasts, with a species that enters frankly and firmly bites. Jorge Duran, our reference on the coasts of the southern zone, owner of an emblematic business in the field, Costa Pirata, in the town of the caves, He always keeps us informed of the fishing activity in the region. He told us that there he already They are fishing very well. They use graphite rods, many of those assembled by hand and others as they come from the factory, cshort years that can reach 3 to 3.20 meters, since the shot is short, no more than 15 to 30 meters from the coast. Generally you look for the breaker, and pull behind it. Point action rods, 2 to 6 pounds, the most used, although they can use from 4 to 10 pounds, depending on the quality of the pejerrey that is coming out and the abundance, since, if there is a lot of doublet and triplet , is reinforced with a more powerful rod so that we do not run out of strength and that we do not operate only with the reel.

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They use low profile rotating reels, the famous toads or little eggs. The key is that they are fast, good relationship. As for the tackle, they are used lines of three hooks, thoroughly, without roller, since they usually fish in the same way that they do in the competitions of Patagonia, and in said regulations, their use is not allowed. A good hook is important, I prefer the model Masu de Viva Cormoran, in this case, No. 8 or 9, although if we use the same model of the line Owner, we must use the No. 5. The plumb bob they use is 70 to 90 grams.

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In this area, the bait What else do you use? shrimp or prawn, it is peeled and cut to the size of a hook. Usually they tend to color it yellowwith the addition of some flavoringusually against bonito fish oil your other
Right now the vedette is the manila, but during all summer the attraction was the pejerrey escardon or white, as the locals call it. This variety remains very firm until the first cold weather appears and it gives way to the horn. Also, from now until mid-October there is the option of fishing bass, a very combative species that fish it in rest areas and stones, with lines of one or two hooks, eagle claw type No. 1/0 to 3, the most popular bait in the area being the purple clam, prawn or shrimp, with flat sinkers to avoid hooking between 40 and 60 grams.

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To try his fishing, the entire Atlantic coast of Río Negro, throughout its 400 km of extension offers various types of coasts, alternating low and sandy areas with ravines that sometimes form large cliffs interrupted by the mouth of rivers and streams. there we find innumerable fishing boats, both south and north of San Antonio Oeste. we highlight The corner place, perhaps one of the most traditional fishing grounds, the shores of Las Grutas itself, the fifth descent, El Paso, as well as Las Coloradas, El Buque, El Tanque and El Sótano. Also, to the north, good fishermen are La Alcantarilla or La conchilla.
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For the Buenos Aires fan there are two options, wait and be lucky in a few months, with a strong pass of the horn along our coasts, or, to analyze the chance of a walk through a place of great beauty and abundant fishing like Las Grutas. The invitation is made, the techniques and the data on how to fish them are there, so all that remains is to cheer up and go for the manilas.


  • Good baits and fishing gear in Costa Pirata, by Jorge Duran. Collector 330, Las Grutas, Río Negro.

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