Robalo snook

Manialtepec lagoon an oasis of peace !

Manialtepec lagoonLast Wednesday I spent several hours in the lagoon of Manialtepec. I arrived early at dark in the closed area of ​​La Alejandria where my 2 Ocean Kayaks got a spot. The lagoon is being intensively proven by some 12 professional fishermen, but I’m increasingly making a difference to catch “my” fish. In the dry season the little popper or mini-casting jig is a favorite, but in rainy season,  you have to switch on small shads of max. 5 cm. If you fish it with a lead head, your mini bait will be ignored. In summer, clouds of sprout move slowly below the surface and you just have to present your soft bait in or close to such a school of baitfish, don’t fish it too fast, it’s unimaginable how aggressively the little robalo (snook ) attacks your softbait. Robalo (Spanish for sea bass), gives its prey a blow, returns and devours than the anesthetized or injured bait. For example, when fishing on roosterfish or Jack Crevalle with surface bait, you must stay calm, you can’t react on what you see but only if you feel the fish took the hook the fight is on. Robalo snookSometimes easier said than done because on the video below you can see that even I from time to time got surprised of those brutal attacks. Robalo’s can get heavy, and fish over 20 kg.  are caught every season, however, in the Lagoon of Manialtepec, 2-4 kg.fish are  an exception. The big snook enters the lagoon during the rainy season, spawns and leaves again the open lagoon. Young fish grow and leave the lagoon after about 2 to 3 years. This combined with the net fishery of local professionals causes massive capture of bigger fish in the open part of the lagoon. Hidden in the mangroves some big specimens are hidden and safe and fortunately for the heavy mangrove snappers nobody can enter that area by boat, not even with the kayak. Just try to enter into an “opening” and you are in another world, misty, beautiful, but be careful. Manialtepec crocodileCrocodiles are no problem in Manialtepec, they eat herons or other small animals, fish and are not aggressive. I once tried to approach a 3 meter crocodile but in vain, the animal continued to swim at least 100m in front of me, too far for a decent video shot. More dangerous are the snakes nesting in the mangroves, so always check if there is nothing above your head. Annoying and painful can also be the termite nests in those branches. In January Mark was pulled into the mangroves with a decent snapper/pargo at his fly fishing tackle and during the drill he accidentally hit a termite nest with his rod tip. As a result, the “soldier” termites dropped into his kayak with hundreds and caused him many painful bites. termite mangroveThrowing water into the yak does help but that fish he had on was more important that moment than the termites. A bite of a termite is very healthy and protects you from rheumatism, it hurts but afterwards you do not have itchy bumps. So, Mark will never get rheumatism! Very important at such a lagoon visit is that you protect yourself from the mosquitoes. I have already tried a lot of products and something very effective for me is Vic Vaporub, insects do not really like it and even my dog ​​Fret starts sneezing when he smells it.  Back to my previous fishing day: I had caught like 15 robalitos (500-750 gr) within one hour and a half, missed several bites, big fun but unfortunately my Stella 5000SW blocked. I had to quit, my reel is now in the local shop for reparation and while I was in the Halcon tackle shop in Puerto Escondido I bought a light “lagoon set”:  a short and ultra-light ABU fishing rod made of 1 piece combined with a small ABU reel (both Made in China I think, I paid less than 100 euro for the complete set) and tomorrow I will try it out. Ill see what it does, anyway it looks and feels good, beautiful parabolic action, casting with small 5 cm softbaits shouldn’t be a problem. Guests and visitors always can use my kayaks at a super low price (10 euro / day / kayak), and I can assure you that this piece of paradise will give you unforgettable moments. Enjoy the video below, you will see how aggressive those little robalos attack their prey!

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