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Brótola, a deep water dweller

Despite its unhurried ways, the brótola is one of the most sought-after species in the fishing world, because of its high culinary value and its agile and sneaky ways of taking bait, which forces fishing lovers to always be on their toes.
This species inhabits areas averaging 15 meters in depth.

Seasons and Places

Brótola start to appear in the fall months, and high season extends all the way to September. To a lesser extent, they are are also available off season. The best fishing for brótola takes place on the west side of Punta Ballena, a classic fishing spot favored for its depth, and on the beach area located west of the bank of José Ignacio Lagoon.

Brótola fishing trips can be organized from ports in Atlántida, Cuchilla Alta, Piriápolis, Punta del Este, Jose Ignacio, and La Paloma.

Fishing and Equipment

Brótola inhabit deep waters above muddy seabeds over 20 meters deep along with the conger, a species valued in the culinary world, but not so much in the sports fishing world.  It is the only fish that tries to free itself when the fisherman attempts to pull it near the surface by convulsing its head violently. This forces one to try to keep the tension on the fishing line, because if the fish is hooked by its lip it can be easy for it to get away.
For this reason, it is useful to have a net on the boat to help to bring the fish aboard.
Given its agitated behavior, to catch brótola the weights should always rest on the bottom of the seabed, motor noises should be avoided and the line should be kept loose so it floats. This species boasts an impressively large mouth, so an elaborate, large, and varied bait is needed, involving pieces of different fish, since the brótola is quite picky. Rods of 1.8 to 2.1 meters are used, holding up to 30 pounds, with rotating reels and 20 to 25 pound lines, which is a good example of a standard set in all fishing boats native to Uruguay's maritime coast.

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