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5
Oct 2014

Not All Bad!!

Well what a start for the Manchester boys, David, Michael, Aaron and Josh had a 2 hour delay leaving Manchester and were then diverted to Valencia!! due to bad weather in the area. The expected arrival time of  10am turned into 6am the following morning after a long wait and a coach trip back up to Reus. So late breakfast and lets go fishing, we left the Fig Tree to try a swim further up where there is more room to set up camp. Josh first on the rods as it was his first time and he was soon into a good fish. 60lb cat for Josh his first from the Ebro good start. Evening came all rods re-baited and let see what the night brings. Following morning with all the lads catching up on some sleep, I arrived with all the rods out of the water! A snag had caught up all the rods (must have been a long snag) and 6 lots of tackle lost to it! and no fishing done first night. Only thing to do was to move to the Fig Tree. It didn’t take long to set up camp, terrible start to their trip but they were fishing again on 8 cylinders!!  So with nothing more that could possible go wrong and the day ahead expectations were high. Evening came and so did another thunder storm, lightning heavy rain and thunder……… nightmare weather but by midnight it eased off…..and it was Aaron who had the first run. This was a powerful fish taking lots of line, slow plodding runs hugging the bottom this was a good fish. A good 15 minutes passed when a very long fish surfaced and Micheal with a little help from everybody else heaved it up the bank. It was 2m 35cm in length and weighed 134lb what a great result and not the first time this year a big fish had been banked after a storm.Aaron 134lb

The next few days produced some small cats as well as a nice mid 20 carp for Josh and an 80lb cat for David, but we came off the Fig Tree as every night thunder and lightning was not helping the fishing.Josh 20 David 80lb

We finished off at the garden with more cats and carp, Aaron with a pb 28lb common and cats to 70lb. It was a great effort from the lads who never gave up given their horrible start. The weather played a part in the journey getting here and then with their fishing but they all caught fish and what with Aaron’s pb carp and his cracking 134lb cat it wasn’t all bad!!

 

Until next time Paul

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5
Oct 2014

Tidder Bashing!!

David and Christian had never fished the Famous Ebro so what ever happened it was going to be an experience. We set off to the factory and with the “Fig Tree” being occupied we settled for the next few swims up. We only had the afternoon in front of us but we soon had the rods out. Cats rolling out in front of us was a good sign and soon it was David’s rod that was trying to get out of it’s rest!! First time Catting and David now knows how hard they pull, but it didn’t take long before he was cradling a cracking 82lb Ebro moggie.David 82lb

Second day we got into the Fig Tree and early afternoon it was Chris was into a good fish. Another excellent fight and yet another 80lb plus cat.Chris 80lb

Fishing was slow but Rudd bashing proved a winner in passing the time and with the odd small cat coming out the lads were ticking over nicely. Next David was into another good fish  and another 80 great stuff. Lots more Rudd came to the tiddler rod before Chris was in, proper scrap this one, could this be the magic Ton!….no another 80lber but was the 4th and with the other smaller cats and all the tiddlers it was a great first time experience here on the fantastic Ebro.

 

Until next time Paul

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22
Sep 2014

licorice Allsorts…..

After have most of August as a break it was time to welcome back  Chris and Jonathan for their 7th visit. The “Hands off Fishermen” were back in Town and my first job was to open all my Birthday presents they had bought me!! Lots of boilies a very smart new visitors book and a vacuum sealed tub of licorice Allsorts for fish!!!!!  Fig Tree was first port of call as it was exactly a year ago Chris caught a cracking big half mandarin which in turn started the Fig Tree ball rolling….   So off we go round 7 and it was Jonathan quite late in the day to get attached to a biggy……usual mad fight and a cracking start as Jonathan had equalled his PB at 105lbJonathan 105

Second day fishing was slow but a couple of small cats were banked and as Jonny’s fish came quite late on there was no need to panick yet! With dark closing in fast we packed away the carp rods first, we started on the cat rods when rod 3 was doubled over and it was Chris’s turn to be attached to a wacker. A proper reel screamer this one, it headed down stream fast and with over 100 yards of line gone in seconds it was a close call to pass the rod round a tree and chase the fish down stream…. but remember Chris is an old hand at this game and soon had it turned and all he had to do is wind it in!!! Some time later it was getting close and when it surfaced for the first time it became aware this was another half mandarin and a big one!!!  we weighed the fish before roping it for daylight pics the scales showed 123lb new pb for Chris and a very good start to their trip.Chris 123lb

The next two days we were also going to do nights……yes beer burgers and banter nights!!! and surely Jonathan had some good Uni stories for us!! The night passed quietly with beer burgers and some crackers from Jonny…… made dad Chris’s eyes water!!!!I want to go to Uni!!!! with a decent cat I had a 20lb carp. Morning came and went as did the afternoon but night two and Jonathan is into a good fish, great fight and a nice fish of 84lb landed. Morning arrives and Chris is in, this is turning into a great session and trip as after another great battle another “Ton” at 102lbChris 102lb

We left the Fig Tree to have an weekend at the garden swims, that evening we had yet another fine steak meal washed down with more Cava and why not!!!  Garden produced some smaller cats and carp but we were a bit short on hitting 800lb for their trip just one more good cat would do it. So with the last half hour and thunder rumbling all around us it was Chris who got the final fish……good fight would it be enough to get them their 800lb????? At 76lb indeed it was and a great finish to yet another very enjoyable trip with Chris and Jonathan. Fishing was great 3″ Tons” , 80, 70 and many others, presents for me (thank you guys) burgers and banter night and what about the licorice allsorts……. every fish caught the pellets were tipped with a fishy treat….Get on em fishy licorice allsorts,  could they be the future!!!!!! Really hope you can make it back next year for round 8!!

PS  Umm Chris where can I buy some????

 

Until next time Paul

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30
Aug 2014

Back for the “Hundred”

David back looking to get a” Ton” under his belt and making up the pair was Ryan, carp angler back home could he handle the Ebro!!!!

Much the same as previous weeks with steady fishing bigger fish going to David to start with including this brace of PB’s in the 70’sDavid brace of 70's

Fishing in patches good, but nights were slow with fish coming early mornings and evenings and it was shortly after a re cast one morning that David was into a cracker. I received a text to say big fish roped up so with breakfast in a baguette packed, off I went to see just “how big”.

Big fish could it be a Ton for David his goal for the week……. yes as the scales went round to 102lbDavid 102lb

Last couple of days were fished at the garden, more cats were caught including Ryan with 2 new PB’s on the trot 76 and 78lb.Ryan 78lb

Their last day here ending with more fish including David catching “Lumpy” at 88lb.Lumpy 88lb

So a good weeks fishing over 40 fish landed, David getting his “Ton” Ryan had his first experience on the Ebro catching new PB’s. David is back in September for some more…..some people just can’t stay away!!!!!

 

Until next time  Paul

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30
Aug 2014

First Timer’s

In came Shaun and Matty this was to be Matt’s first trip abroad so all new for him, so first question from Matt , Why are we driving on the wrong side of the road???? Ohh dear was it to be one of those weeks!!  No was the answer but Matty provided us with some cracking ammo which we let him have on regular occasions thanks Matt!!

Fishing was steady as it had been the previous weeks, plenty of action with cats around the 50-70lb mark all good fun for the lads as most were coming to the carp and spod rods.Shaun 84lb

Bigger fish were coming to the rods of Shaun at first but then it was Matty’s turn to feel the force of an Ebro Cat and soon proudly holding an 80 for the camera.Matty 80lb

Fishing was ticking along when about 4 days into their trip I returned from a food run. Rods re baited time to eat……..Umm no the cats had a feeding spell where we just couldn’t keep a rod in the water… all good fish crazy but great fun.Shaun 80lb

The lads decided to stick it out at the Fig Tree so they had time to hit the magic Ton, days passed with more 60’s 70’s but no Ton until…… the last day, in fact the last half hour when Shaun was into a good fish, cracking fight nothing but heavy steady plodding about could this be the one??? Well it was a very long fish but after weighing it twice it came up short at 94lb but big fish and a very happy Shaun.Shaun 94lb

That was the last of the action time to wrap it up, but they finished on a high and with over 40 cats landed they had a great weeks fishing. I think this incredible river has got two more well and truly hooked.

 

Until next time Paul

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30
Aug 2014

It’s a Sprint not a Marathon

Time for Paddy, Adam and Stuart to arrive, Paddy and Adam have been before but what would Gareth make of it. Fig Tree to start then so truck loaded up off we go, with my super organisation it wouldn’t be long before we would be fishing!!!!! Hello Gareth, oval set up first in the middle of the track!!, bits over here lots over there  ohh dear what a mess, but it didn’t take long to sort him out and soon we had a neat row of rods and ovals with the picnic table in the middle….just as I like it!!!!.  Eagar Gareth (can’t knock eager) was first on the rods and it wasn’t long before he was into a cat good scrap resulting in a 50 plus moggie and a very happy Gareth new PB.Gareth 50lb

With Gareth knocking back the wine, Paddy just chilling and Adam waiting for the rods to go all was good in camp. Fishing was steady with small cats and good carp when the next day and Adam back on the rods has a run on a carp rod. Good plodding fight could it be a good carp or a moggie when it surfaced all was clear a good carp!! Always after knowing what you have hooked you get the nervous moments but we soon had it landed and what a cracking carp. Previously uncaught in scale perfect condition and 34lb well done Adam new PB.Adam 34lb

The next few days and nights passed with cats to 70lb but we came off the fig tree mainly because Gareth wanted a 1kg “T Bone” on the BBQ wow he can eat, well  nearly 3kg of T Bones it was then and a fine feast was had by all. Next morning the plan was to fish the garden, breakfast done went down to have a look only to find a raging torrent!!!! Ohh dear weed clearing day so we went up to Mequinensa to show the lads what they’re not missing!! That night BBQ number 2 yes Gareth Paddy and Adam were up for another steak and fine trimmings. So now you have to picture this. Gareth jumping up and down wanting to go fishing, Paddy up for it and Adam listening to me and getting some sleep. The  river was up passed it’s banks all day so very slippy muddy dangerous and pitch black….We’ll be fine I can still hear ok but your on your own guys! Half hour passes and I hear voices below, I go down to see whats up? Paddy is leaking blood from a head wound ouch Gareth is leaking blood from cut arm  but worst still one of my bank sticks is bent!!!! Turns out that Gilly was right and the bank was slippy muddy and dangerous lol so wounds patched up couple of beers and wait for morning where we could see what we were doing.

The next couple of days proved great fishing at the garden, Paddy managed a new PB 70lb moggiePaddy 70lb

Adam some nice cats topped with a new pb 78Adam 78lb

Gareth had a great final two days catching the Resident at 37lb 12ozGareth 37lb 12oz

And ” Lumpy” at 88lb Lumpy 88lb

Excellent weeks fishing lots of fun on the way, lots of food and some cracking fish caught, thanks lads great company come back for some more….

 

Until next time Paul

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