Fishing of the Pagel-Breca: Tricks and Techniques

Today we are going to talk about the Fishing of the Pagel or Breca, a specimen very coveted in the market for its soft and exquisite meat, but more coveted by those fishermen who want to spend an entertaining day, because this fish is very sweet and we can find it in Multiple zones to tempt it in a thousand different ways. Although it is careful and insightful, once it bites it shows an incomparable strength and agility, inviting us to resort to our greater skills as fishermen.

About The Species: The Pagel

The Pagel whose scientific name is Pagellus Erythrinus is known colloquially as garapello, breca, lamote, abretan or spout depending on the region. It is familiar of the bream and friend of the snapper, the pagel is a spice of hermaphrodite nature, abundant in the Mediterranean sea and the Atlantic sea. They reach maturity at one and a half years of age and become males at age 3, choosing autumn as the ideal period for mating.

Physical characteristics of the breca

It can be easily recognized by its oval and flat body on the sides, as far as the head stands out its small mouth and eyes singularly larger in diameter than the mouth, a factor that distinguishes it from its friend the snapper, the color on the other Part is quite similar to the latter, deepening between clear silver, rosy, and some red tonalities at the level of the back. Naturally it does not have scratches, but they can appear when you are scared. It has a line of conical incisor teeth, and two and up to four posterior rows of molars.


Length: They oscillate in their adult stage between the 25 cm and the 35 cm, nevertheless have been registered specimens larger than 50 cm.
Weight: From the age of 3 the Pagel can reach between 300 and 400 grams of weight, nevertheless it is worth obtaining older copies, since at 5 years it is that they begin to surpass 500 grams of weight. The ones that commonly reach a kilo, exceed the 7 years, the largest that have been captured surpass the 10 years of age marking the impressive figures of 1600 grams, 2250 grams and 3250 grams.
Habitat: The pagel usually has a gregarious nature, however it spends a lot of time in areas near the shore, usually between 35 and 125 meters deep, since it performs quite well in the different seabed; From rocks and gravel, to sandy banks or filled with seaweed. In the winter it prefers to migrate to deeper waters that are around 200 meters deep and even 300 meters depending on the temperature.We can find them mainly in the archipelagos of Azores, Canarias and Medeira, and in all the coasts of the Mediterranean.
Appetite: The pagel likes to feed on crustaceans and mollusks mainly, since its nature is carnivorous, however it does not let the small fish that tend it in its fishing zone pass.
The best time for fishing the pagel:  the best time to fish for fish is undoubtedly in the winter months, although in the months of June and July are usually fish of good size.

The Fishing Of Pagel

Being a benthic fish (background), we must take into account the time of year to determine the best method of fishing, because in summer it is easier to find them on the coast and in winter we must embark to find it at greater depths.
On the other hand, this suspicious creature, who is suspicious of flashy outfits and exotic baits, requires analysis and preparation before going on unsuccessful journeys. Likewise you must have a good fishing rod , because although it is a small species, the pagel presents battle and guarantees a difficult, very exciting and entertaining fight for any fisherman who wants to demonstrate his talent.
It is essential that you keep your eyes open at all times during the fishing of Pagel, as its bites are appreciated if you have the hand in the reed, and the attention in the sea. We go with a few tricks and techniques for fishing the pagel.

Fishing Of Pagel And Breca From Boat

The best times to carry out fly fishing on the fly are in the spring and autumn seasons, as the best size specimens are found at medium depths (70 to 125 meters). While winter we must reach them between 125 and 200 meters deep. We need a boat that is resistant to the thrust of the wind that stays stable and is carried smoothly by the currents, since this creates a very desired effect in our lures, allowing our baits to cross the seabed very naturally, leaving a wake Sandy area that catches the attention of our prey. The most recommended areas are usually those with mixed or near-reef pools. Especially in the hours before high tide.
As for your fishing equipment, we recommend using lightweight rods with a sturdy body, preferably with flexible tips to better detect the soft bites of the Pagel, and your reel does not necessarily need brakes that are too powerful, it is valued rather than avoiding the knots when releasing and Pick up the line and respond quickly to the fisherman’s voluble requirements. The line for its part should be fluorocarbon (invisible under water) whose measurement ranges from 0.20 mm to 0.30 mm to make it easier to detect the sting, instead fishing hooks, steel or carbon, measured Of the 1 or the 2, with the tips sharpest since the nose of the pagel is very hard and does not usually bite the bait abruptly but carefully, finally, the weight of the leads you use will depend on the current, Greater weight).
When the Pagel itches, it usually does it without arousing suspicions, although depending on the bait can do it abruptly, nevertheless one has to be attentive to those small touches: Usually it begins smoothly, soon it pulls a little stronger, when you begin to feel the cabezadas, You can be sure that you have it, when collecting you must do it quickly even when you feel the soft line, because many times the fish is swimming towards the surface in an attempt to deceive us, and then lashes with all its forces towards the bottom, moment in the Which we will be more careful, because to continue to cut with force could cut the line, we will have to grind the brake as the prey pulls, the stronger it swallows, we will slowly release the line, and if it gets tired or rises, we will take advantage of to cut . The peak moment is approaching when the prey looks at the boat and is frightened, giving new and spirited heads to release, have patience and continue with the method explained above, until you can remove it from the water with relative ease.
This fishing has a great admiration in the Catalan and Valencian coast where they emphasize the fishing of the pagel in valencia and in the Costa Brava.

Assembly For Fishing The Pagel:

A very interesting assembly for the pagel is using a single hook with lead sliding, being a fish very suspicious eat the bait will not detect any resistance and will hook without problems. This assembly we must have it in the background without moving it and is usually very successful. When combined with the use of American worm. We will use 1.50 meters of monofilament or fluorocarbon wire  of 0.25 mm. The pagel of more than a kilo is a very suspicious fish and we must try to deceive it using fine diameters. A good choice and with proven results in high competition is the SEAGUAR NEOX (high range) or the ION POWER ISO PROFESSIONAL AWA-SHIMA (economical range).

Fishing of Pagel or breca from the Coast

Although The Pagel Is Usually The Typical Boat Fish, In The Fishing of the pagel to surfcasting the younger specimens usually frequent the coastal shores, however it is better to wait for the summer season or in any case spring, in which it is more likely to get Larger specimens on the shore. The best areas to find them are usually those bow coves pronounced with sandy or mixed natural backgrounds, as they often hide banks of small fish, molluscs or annelids, that is, a true feast for the pagel.
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The brecas cross the funds and although they get close enough to the coast, our sets must reach the maximum possible distance, preferably surpassing cleanly the 50 meters. However it is better to make several sets at different distances to check where they are prowling groups of this species, always placing you as centered as possible in the cove, test first with the shortest distances and progressively see throwing at a greater distance, Have greater probability of capture thanks to the currents that are formed in the middle. Anyway, if you’re not lucky, turn a little sideways to try out new areas. If you have a second cane, leave it testing nearby areas just in case there is a nearby feeder that can go unnoticed.
As with fishing from the boat, we must be very attentive, not only with the bites, but with the conditions of the sea and the wind, because if it gets cloudy on one side, it will cause the fish to come for food, and if it blows A lot of the wind can drive them away from the place where you were succeeding.
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Leads And Baits For The Pagel

We leave for the end the key points for the fishing of Pagel, because these 2 elements will mark the difference between success and defeat.


Being a suspicious fish, the pagel prefers to choose carefully its food, always opting for the best delicacy of the area, leaving aside the dishes too “exotic”.Therefore it is essential to check the area and check what is abundant in the funds, so that we can offer you a good sample of what you find naturally.
Avoid artificial lures, flashy colors, scandalous gear or unconventional baits in the area.
The best options are live baits, small crustaceans and mollusks, although certain annelids can work very well.
The American, the Tita and the shrimp are baits that should not be missing in your fishing box if you want to tempt the pagans with more options of success.


Remembering that the pagel is a kind of funds, it is important to keep the line in that area, for those who fish from the boat the leads are mounted at various points of the line because the depths are considerable. While if you fish from the coast, the bass line carries the weight.
The exact weight of the lead is always determined by the current in both methods, but it should not be too heavy, since the gentle movement with the current is indispensable to attract the attention of our prey.
A curious trick given by some experts is to line the leads with phosphorescent colors, for the Pagel, although wary, will want to know what this shiny object is about under water, obviously will not sting it, but it will surely put it closer to our bait Nearby that will look very succulent and “safe” compared to lead.
We hope this article helps you on your journey and as always we wish you the best catches!