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12
Jul 2014

Hard Graft

Barry and Les were looking to have better conditions  then last year when they arrived to find the river in full flood. Well that  wasn’t a problem as the river has been at normal levels most of the year so we set off to fish the Factory and Fig Tree. 4 rods set up for the cats as carp are not there target for this week or any as they love their cat fishing.

First day ended with 2 to Barry with the biggest being 48lb so they were off the mark. Following days and a night produced few fish, all small cats 15-30lbs and a 22lb carp that had picked up the 3 pellets. We tried down the Town Stretch for a day but this also only produced 2 small cats ohh dear the river was in good condition but the fish just weren’t having it.

Back to the Fig Tree as this was our best place for a good fish and it was Barry who eventually hooked into a fish that pulled back this resulted in a nice cat at 85lbs at last. Barry 85lb

We stayed into dark but nothing more and we were running out of days. First thing the next day we returned and the rods stayed still till early evening when it was Les to get a bend in a rod and that resulted in a 70lb moggie no monsters but well received.Les 70lb

Next was Barry’s rod to go off, this fish roared off and after a great fight up popped a 50lber which wasn’t really expected.Barry 50lb

The last night they fished the garden a good fish lost and a few small cats was all to show for a very hard weeks fishing. Still they are back in October so surely they will make up for this week then!!!!

 

Until next time Paul

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1
Jul 2014

Liverpool Lads in Town

Next in were 3 lads from Liverpool, picking them up from Reus we very soon established they were glad to be here!! and having asked are we nearly there yet (thanks Jack) so many times the scene was set for hands on week!!

They were all up for some night fishing so it was  straight up to the Fig Tree and we soon had 4 cat rods and a couple of carp rods out. Fishing had been slow the previous week and so was this one as not a lot happened for a while, but soon the rods were off no big fish but they were all soon off the mark with small cats all around the 20-30lb mark.

The next two days  passed much the same the lads starting to calm down a bit enjoying the fishing and baguettes and pizzas, the fish though were getting bigger as a 40 and a 50 were banked but still a few small ones. But for these lads they were loving it and off course that is all that matters and with 3 days to go still plenty of time.

Next morning I arrived early to find the carp sack in the water and a tight rope great hopefully a couple of good fish. Result were a 74lb cat and a lovely 28lb common and 3 happy chappies!! Liverpool lads 74lb and 28lb

The following day they decided to go to Portaventura theme park, great idea and obviously a great time had!!! as they arrived back the following day at 4am!! didn’t ask too many questions as all the gory details I didn’t really need to know! So last day they fished the garden and finished off with again small cats and carp, they fished hard but the biggies just didn’t want to play but still they all had a great time which is the only thing that really matters.

 

Untill next time Paul

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1
Jul 2014

Not Always About The Fishing

Steve and Ricky next in and it wasn’t the first time they had fished the mighty Ebro. They had fished the lower stretch at Amposta and also up at Caspe. Ricky managing a 165lb at Amposta but it was a while ago. So what would they make of Flix??  First night was the opening game of the World Cup so we had a few beers and watched the game fishing was for tomorrow. We went off to the Fig Tree and soon had rods out, I went off at mid day to sort out baguettes and returned to Ricky in full fight mode. I missed most of the fight but eventually it was landed and sent the scales round to 105lb. Great fight and another ton in the bag.Ricky 105lb

The Lads done the night with some more small cats  but had to wait until evening when it was Steve’s turn to have a go on a big moggie. The fight was again mad with it taking so much line but we soon had it on the bank. How Steve had never broken the magic “Ton” so was great to see the scales go round to 101lb.Steve 101lb

They done a second night at the fig tree but not much to report so we wrapped up camp midday as there was a certain football match on that evening  !! England v Italy. So time out from the fishing with 2 good fish in the bag and we had a night out in Flix. Football same old same old disappointment but to ease the pain Gin and Tonics Vodka Cokes and then a few shots ouch!!!! we strolled in at nearly 6am so lay in and breakfast served at 3pm the following afternoon!!!!

That evening the Lads wanted to see some other spots we are blessed with around here so we went up to Riba Roja in search of a big Ebro Carp.

Camp set with 4 carp rods all on pineapple boilies sit back enjoy the scenery and see what happens. Nothing to report before dark but after the lads had 4 runs only banking 1 fish but it was a typical perfect common just over 20lb’s. We fished till early afternoon when it was time to wrap it up. The fishing was hard but they still banked some target fish 2 100lb plus cats!!, we watched the footy, had a very funny night out in Town and also chilled  and enjoyed the Catalonian countryside. We ticked all the  boxes and with company like yourselves  it was always going to be a great trip, so thanks lads and hope to see you next year.

 

Until next time Paul

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21
Jun 2014

POPICI

I will explain what “Popici” means later but I have been looking forward to this week as an old friend Peter was coming over with 2 mates. Peter used to live here and arrived about the same time as me but returned home to Slovakia some 2 years ago. So 3 Slovakians in house will we have anything to catch after they’ve been and eaten them all I hear you say, yes is the answer. So quick trip to the supermarket bread lots of cured meats and 35 litres of table wine Happy Days!!!

Off to the waiting Fig Tree and we soon made camp and it didn’t take long for Peter to get off the mark with this mid 70.Peter 70lb

That’s great off the mark and more soon followed with them all taking it in turns to play the fish, 2 40′s and another 70lb plus. They intended on staying put for 4 nights so with the first evening coming we got all the rods out 4 cats 2 carp and plenty of bait. I left them to it and returned in the morning to find 3 cats roped up and a nice carp in the sack. Biggest cat was again 70lb plus but the carp was a real Ebro cracker at 39 4oz.Peter 39lb 6oz

Days passed with the odd fish but it was the nights which produced, each morning on my return cats were roped up and a nice carp in the sack.Peter 105lb

This one went 105 lb and turned out to be the biggest cat of their trip but all their fish were quality apart from a small 25lb moggie that they fried for dinner!!  I did have a taste but it was a  bit earthy not for me. Still the fish came following morning 2 80lb plus cats and a 40lb  2oz common.40lb 2oz

Great fishing and was great to see Peter  their final totals were 16 cats with 10 being over 70lb and 6 carp with the best being 36, 39 and the 40lb 2oz. as for Popici  well its Slovakian for very good  or in finer English The Dogs B………ks.

 

Till next time Paul

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10
Jun 2014

Spooky

After just over 2 years Sean returned for another go here On The Ebro this time with Louis with Tom unable to make round 2 due to work commitments. Last time here Sean managed to land the “Resident” at 39lb but no cats!! so target was to get an Ebro cat.

First night we put just two rods out down the garden and fine dined on a BBQ. Just into dark and with the rods out no more than 5 minutes Sean is into a cat. Great fight as always resulting a 83lb moggie so Sean ticked a box in just 5 minutes. Louis managed a carp that night but being the first night and travelling etc.. early night as the “Fig tree” was tomorrows destination.Sean 83lb

So Day 2 and we’re set up at the Fig Tree all good 1 in the bag so lets see what happens. Well slow was the answer but as of late mid day proving a good time as is the night. Sean scored first with a carp nice fish mid 20 then it was Louis to get stuck into a cat. 58lb was the result so we’re ticking along nicely. Night came and went with a few carp and small cats but no monsters. Day 3 again nothing really to shout about until late in the day when a carp rod takes off . Lou is in ohh dear the shear force took him by surprize as it took me to get the bait runner off   and tell him that yes it really is happening!!!! Back in the land of the living Louis soon playing quite obviously a cat, we passed the rod round the tree and walked some 50 yards down the bank as line was getting a bit short! 15 mins and time to land it not as big as we thought but a clean previously uncaught cat that put up a great scrap 64lb and new PB. Following morning we packed up to have a last night back at the house time has flown by. So last chance for some more fish, tactics pellet rod and boilie rod each. Dark fell and the walkie sounded fish on!!  I got down there to a beaming Sean “Ive got It! well I think it is, is it?  Yes you’ve got it!!!  looking into the net looking back at us was indeed the “Resident” 2 years and a month and not out for over 18 months Sean had caught it again. Down a bit in weight but a stunning looking carp at 38lb 8oz.The Resident 38lb 8oz

That night they both had more fish with Louis getting to grips with a big cat, we sacked the resident and had Louis’s cat roped up so morning was photo time. The lads did mention that the cat looked like the same 83 that Sean had the first night and indeed it had the same deformed feeler and yes it weighed 83lb.Louis 83lb

So what a final night “Spooky coincidences” very happy to see the Resident fit and well and the 83 paying a timely return to give Louis a proper scrap on an Ebro cat. Much banter kept the hours passing with some quality fish in between, thanks lads for a great trip sure to be seeing you soon.

 

Till next time Paul

 

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4
Jun 2014

“Manchester’s Finest”

I was eagerly waiting for this group of four, after realising they were nearly all touching 70 years old I thought great Saga Holiday No. 2 easy, put me feet up, might even get a day off, even a lay in  ohh my how I got it all wrong!!!!!!

Meeting them at the airport it was very clear they thought they had booked an 18-30′s holiday (are they still doing them????) well a couple of beers at the airport won’t do any harm. Back at the house no time for fishing but straight out for a steak and well a few beers!!

Morning came Brian THE fisherman and organiser was up 6-30am great I hung on till 7-30 but they were early risers so breakfast done time to get the truck packed for some serious fishing in the Town. Rods set up time to……… yes well why not we’re on holiday beers first!  we’ll cast out in a bit!!! So in between sips  I got 4 carp rods out and a couple of cat rods. Soon Brian was into a typical mid double carp which was followed by a few more soon after. Jim Tony and  Elvis had all now caught a carp so we were off and running and with one of the cat rods going off Jim had caught his first cat all being a small one. That night we had Tapas followed but some liquid refreshment…. ouch can they drink not my little coppas they were on 1/2 litres  JB whiskey brandy but all good with plenty of the usual banter.

2 more Town stretch trips resulted in more carp and lager but I thought they were now up for a cat fishing trip up at the “Fig Tree” well Brian certainly was as it had been his dream to come and fish this incredible river and didn’t want to leave without experiencing the force of a big Ebro Cat.

So 5 days in I still hadn’t had a day off, lay in or even put me feet a little bit up!! but we were off to the Fig Tree  hope it would be kind to us. 4 cat rods out 2 carp and I had to leave them for a trip to get some food and stock up with beer. On my return one off the ropes was dangling in the river could they have caught a cat?????  Looking on Brian’s face no need to ask and soon we had it weighed at 84lb well done Brian and yes he loved the fight pure brut force great stuff.Brian 84lb

That was all the action as we gave it till 6pm time for them a last go back and have an afternoon nap Yes Happy Days!!

9pm off to the village for some food and you’ve guest it liquid and time for Brian to talk us through his great catch and for filling his ambition.

After a heavy night and  persuading Jim that the bars will still be here in the morning!! we got some sleep and a return to the Fig Tree the next day. Well some one had robbed my swim (how dare they) so we went a bit further up. Rods out I again went to stock up and yet again on my return a rope was dangling?????  This time it was Jim to have the smug face and  the scales went   round to 80lb so great fishing again.Jim 80lb

The last 2 days we went back to the Day ticket stretch in the Town, Jim Tony and Elvis all fished out so it was just an easy trip across the” Barca” into the village. Brian stuck at it with some nice carp to 20lbs with the final day producing a lovely carp of 24lb amongst others.

So to sum it up not what I expected but a great week, good fish caught being the hours we fished, where they put the drink I still don’t know, and Brian for filling his dream of catching a big Ebro cat and 20lb carp. Thanks guys thanks Brian hope to see you again soon.

 

until next time Paul

 

 

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