Fishing estero at La Bocana

thehatpd

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Headed to La Bocana next month....any tackle suggestions on how/what to fish in the estero/lagoon....also going to fish calico and yt....thanks
 

tunakid4321

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Small swimbaits and krokodiles. Bring light rods, 10 lb test. Tip the swimbaits with squid strips.

Incredible fishery, imagine SD bay on steroids, with a chance of catching anything really.

I went with a panga guide a few years ago, caught at least 100 fish between my Buddy and I. Spotties cuda corvina halibut jacks etc
 

surf launch

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14 ft Livingston and 12'aluminum skiffs
They have "special regulations" as far as take in that body of water. Pretty sure all grouper catch n release. Not sure about (keeping) halibut, spotted bay bass, corvina etc?
 

thehatpd

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Thanks for info....I have no issue with catch and release in the estero.....I like idea of catching 100+ fish a day on hardbaits, swimbaits, light line and tackle....also, such a wide variety of fish is cool
 
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bobrehfuss

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Morning is best time of day IMO but afternoon can be pretty damn good. The top of the high tide is best time to fish the mangrove edges for lots of small grouper.

Some of the guys there specialize in the estero. The right captain/boat can really make a difference but it’s hard to go wrong. I’ve fished with Juanchys Aguilar and had great grouper fishing.

Rattletraps like you use for largemouth bass and a bass type set up like mentioned above will provide stellar results. Spimnerbaits also work really well but get torn up quick. Also as mentioned above small 2-3” swimbaits/curly tails with 1/4-1/2oz leadhead work great. White and bright colors always seem to work best but they seem to bite any color.

The variety and qualmtity of fish is amazing and one of the few places that I’ve fished where two fish on the same lure is common.
 
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alldaylong

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Morning is best time of day IMO but afternoon can be pretty damn good. The top of the high tide is best time to fish the mangrove edges for lots of small grouper.

Some of the guys there specialize in the estero. The right captain/boat can really make a difference but it’s hard to go wrong. I’ve fished with Juanchys Aguilar and had great grouper fishing.

Rattletraps like you use for largemouth bass and a bass type set up like mentioned above will provide stellar results. Spimnerbaits also work really well but get torn up quick. Also as mentioned above small 2-3” swimbaits/curly tails with 1/4-1/2oz leadhead work great. White and bright colors always seem to work best but they seem to bite any color.

The variety and qualmtity of fish is amazing and one of the few places that I’ve fished where two fish on the same lure is common.
Any idea of how much Aguilar would charge? And for how long? Thank you
 

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thehatpd

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Have tried to call Bear a few times at different hours, but get VM....I leave a message in English, and again in my half ass Spanish and nothing....will try Facebook...thanks