Fishing Techniques

Fishing for la dorada is not without its difficulties, especially since the dorada is a fish of capricious and unpredictable customs. The technique used for fishing of dorada varies depending on the place. We can fish golden in the interior of the ports or along the outer rocks, of the malecones, in beaches of sand, in the mouths of the rivers (sometimes tends to rise them), in the lagoons where it is sheltered during the winter and , Above all, where you can find hatcheries of mussels and oysters in which it produces havoc.


In the case of a type of hold catch it is advisable to use at least two rods . The normal thing for the fishing of the dorada is to use canes for surfcasting of between 4 and 4.5 m;Usually of three stretches and quite consistent, with a strong toe, as it will have to endure sets with heavy weights, complicated recoveries and powerful pulls.

In the reed a very robust reel will be mounted with fine nylon thread of 0,20 mm or 0,25 mm (that supports at least 8 kg) to get more distant hauls. In the final part we tie a line bridge (also called rat tail) of about 15 meters in length which progressively increases the thickness from 0.20 mm normally up to 0.57 mm, which will allow us to make quite a Powerful without danger of breaking the line.

In the case of shallow beaches with little slope and shallow waters where the waves usually break away from the shore, we will try to make very distant sets because we will find the best specimens far more than 100 meters from the coast.

We will place the hooks in line basses that we will create before the fishing action. These basically consist of a piece of nylon in which on one side we hook the line by means of an emerillón and at the other end we will have a lead with emerillón. As for lead we will use a weight, depending on the action of the cane and the conditions of the sea, between 100 g and 150 g. It is convenient to have different configurations of line basses, with different number and size of hooks, different types of threads (preferably we will use fluorocarbon of day), different lengths in the hooks depending on if there is sea or not, presence of algae … Between All the possible configurations we propose to you next one specially thought for the fishing of suspicious species like the dorada:

We will pay special attention to the hooks since the powerful jaws of the big goldenfish will fold hooks of low quality. We will use hooks of great size and resistance. The fishing action of the dorada to the surfcasting is simple: after baiting the bait with the chosen bait, we will throw offshore and then we will leave the cane leaning in our pica.It is very important to loosen the brake since the force of thrust of the goldfish can easily break the line.

During the bite, the gilthead, by putting the bait in the mouth, first turns it and then chews it to later move away;So, if he notices even the slightest resistance, he leaves everything and flees.As soon as we hear the brake buzzing, we will grasp the shaft firmly with one hand, shake the line with the other, and nail it decisively.Then we will leave the gold chain all the necessary thread for its envigíes and races with the aim of making it exhaust its forces.

When we see that the headbutters already refer, we will begin to close the brake gradually and recover the fish until it is taken to the shore.

We must take special care in the last meters, where the wave breaks, since a bad movement or a too strong pull can cause the powerful teeth of the fish to break the line.

Bait bait is used for gilthead bait such as sandstone, hermit, razor and tit.It is important to place the baits correctly and present them to the fish in the most natural way possible since the goldfish has an extraordinary vision of binocular approach covering all fields of vision: lateral, frontal, upper and lower and has a nature Distrustful


Although the goldfish does not make large displacements, it is a shallow-water marauding fish that alternates both sand and stony areas where it feeds along with other species such as sea bream, snappers and bream, approaching the rocks in search of limpets, mussels, Conch shells, sea urchins and crabs.

For the fishing of the dorada in rocky areas we will use medium or heavy hauling reeds and we will mount in our reel coils of great capacity with thick nylon thread, of 0,45 or 0,50 mm. We can also use twisted wire. In this case it is preferable to use running weights of about 100 or 120 grams. Those that have fins work very well to avoid the hitch with the rocks of the bottom. Fishhooks must be strong and resistant to abrasion, with little or no memory. The most traditional mount for fishing in breakwaters and rocky areas is the one that consists of a lead sliding on the mother line and ends in a pearl + emerillón from which hang the gametes with the hooks.

During the fishing action we will throw our cane by depositing the bait in the bottom near the rocks.After placing the cane in our pica, we will not excessively tighten the line nor will we tighten too much the brake of our reel.If we observe movements in the pointer of our reed from which we deduce that the fish is not nailed, we will take the reed quickly by tilting the pointer towards the surface of the water, always with the loose line so as not to make the fish suspicious, and before This will become tense again, we will nail firmly raising the shaft strongly with the line imprisoned between the index finger and the cane.In order to remove large goldfish from the water in springs and rocks, it is essential to have the aid of a sacadera, preferably used by another fisherman while we carefully approach the fish to the shore.

As a rule, soft and fragile baits are cleaned by roamen even before they reach the bottom. That is why it is preferable to use hard baits like razors, mussels, crabs or a good string of conch segments without removing the cap or plug.


We will board the boat in shallow waters of beaches near the mouths of the rivers.Although it is not strange to fish gilded at depths that are around 40 meters, it is much more common to fish them in depths less than 10 meters and with the sea not very revolted.

A good tip for fishing for goldfish from boat is to anchor two anchors, one at the bow and the other at the stern.This will avoid the borneo of the ship and the movement of lead.

We will use short reeds , maximum about 2.70 m in length that allow us to put the sacadera.Many times it is almost more difficult to put the sacadera to a goldfish than to fish it, especially if we embarked alone in waters with strong currents.We will use highly sensitive hybrid pointers to avoid dragging the lead.

Light reel spinning type with 0.35 mm twisted wire. Sliding lead of about 60 g, small steel quitavueltas and gametes of 0,30 mm of fluorocarbon with 1/0 carbon hooks.

When we are in our fishing boat we will first launch the bow anchor leaving enough chain or rope.We will let the anchor itself place us in the direction of the current.When you are tense and in line with the boat, we will throw the stern anchor and a few extra meters of rope.Now is the time to tighten the two anchors by picking up a few meters from the bow anchor.

IMPORTANT: If the sea starts to get ugly, pick up the stern anchor.

Once correctly anchored and after priming our baits with specific bait for big gilt like razors or crabs, the fishing action consists of throwing to about 20 meters of the boat and to maintain at any moment the line sufficiently tense to appreciate the sting.

Once we have nailed our goldfish when we notice the chopped, it is important to work the goldfish while we collect thread from afar so that it arrives tired to our sacadera, since unlike the fishing from shore in which they are running out of water as we rewind Our reel, the depth of water in the boat fishing is not reduced and the fish will fight more than from shore to the end.

It is very important that the tips of the reeds, absorb the movements of the ship, without loosening the lines. Therefore they must be very sensitive and resistant.

The tides in boat are fished during the dead tides, since it is very difficult to fish with hard bait from boat during the live tides. However there are certain places such as behind the pillar of a bridge, where a countercurrent occurs in the tides, being an exceptional place to tempt them.