May + sun + Trolling with lures = Dentex in shallow water.
This formula is as little mathematical as easy to prove.
With the arrival of the good weather and the gradual warming of the sea, dentex, until now lazy and apathetic frequenters of great depths, begin to put their nose – or rather their teeth – in shallow water. Very shallow, at times.
Catches at less than 15 meters depth are not to be considered accidental, especially alongshore or near the top of small or large shoals.
A simple and effective technique for catching dentex consists in trolling minnows (and similar) slightly deepened, exploring the depths up to 20 meters.
Here’s are some figures to make things clear:
– Floating minnows, about 11-13 cm;
– Good Quality Fast snaps for lures;
– 20 meters of nylon, with a diameter ranging from 0.40 to 0.50;
– A good 30lb braid;
– A good 12 lb tackle;
– Quick Release sinkers, from 250 to 750 g;
– A full-equipped AL CUSTOM (indispensable! Ed.)
Once lowered the minnow and released the nylon leader, a 500 g quick release sinker should be fixed, before pulling down further 35-40 meters of braided line.
At a trolling speed between 3.5 and 4 knots, this system will allow us to probe the layers of water ranging from 8 and 12 meters, deep enough to intrigue any predator hunting in shallow waters, with dentex in “pole position” followed by Atlantic bonito, sea bass and bluefish.
testo e foto Marco Dodich
Team AL CUSTOM AL25 “Malefica”