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20
Jun 2016

Figgy is Fixed!!!!!!!!

Well as the fishing is proving tough right now, (mainly due to spawning) it’s not really ideal that two very keen guys were next in for their very first trip to the Ebro!

First point of call was Figgy, it’s got to start producing soon surely, but with the evening drawing in  Mick and Ian had just a small cat to show. I had my suspicions that it was at night that they may be getting their heads down so the lads planned a 2 night session. I knocked up some bank side scrum including chicken, fresh dug new potatoes and courgettes to Micks horror as green things are usually for rabbits!!!! and left them to give Figgy the first real go at night for over two weeks. On my arrival the following morning I was met by 2 ropes in the water and 2 smug faces had the lads had a busy night??? Well over breakfast they duly told me all about it as it had obviously been the most incredible and unexpected session of their lives…. 6 fish in total and both of them had experienced a Fig Tree scrap!!!! smaller fish to start but a 60 80 and a 90 finished a great start to their trip…..Figgy is fixed!!!!!

Ian 92lb

Ian 92lb

Mick 86lb

Mick 86lb

Both these fish had the tell tail signs of spawning which just confirmed my thoughts, the day went slowly until in my absence Mick had a hook pull on a very big fish but the evening soon came round more bank side scrum and another night of Fig Tree fishing!! Morning came and again 2 smiling faces as yet more fish were banked, 88lb and 92 amongst others, really great fishing by the lads.

Mick and Ian 88lb and 92lb

Mick and Ian 88lb and 92lb

We fished through till early evening as we planned a trip to Mequinenza in the morning, what would they think of Mequi????? Truck loaded off we set and found ourselves in the middle of the Town stretch and set up dingy and all ready to do battle. I’m not sure exactly the distance out but prob over 180 yards the baits were dropped from the dingy, time to sit back and wait. About 3 hours passed and rod 2 was away but the hook pulled, not to worry as it wasn’t a big fish. Later in the afternoon rod 4 was away and Ian landed a  nice looking cat at 46lb, soon after Mick was in and also landed a 40+ moggie so great stuff both off the mark here in Mequinenza. 8pm and we rebaited all 4 rods ready for the evening session, nothing happen apart from me helping some some lads with a spot of bother next door as one of them landed a 52lb common!!!! Very nice fish indeed and time was nearly up but with half an hour till rods in No. 4 rattled off!!!!! Ian was into a much better fish, this one like the previous came straight at us but then gave Ian a proper beating, as it got close to the bank I could see it was indeed a better fish and at 106lb we had done it and landed that magic “Ton” right at the very end.

Ian Mick 106lb

Ian Mick 106lb

That was that, no night fishing rule ment we had to pack away and as the lads were away first thing in the morning it also brought an end to their trip. What a trip it was, lots of fish caught so many Pb’s and the magic 106lber to finish on,  I’m sure the lads didn’t expect this but that’s what this incredible river can produce and yet another couple who will come back for more. Great banter, great fishing, cats and courgettes what more can you ask for………Ohh Figgy is back!!!!!!!!

until next time Paul

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16
Jun 2016

Something a Little Different……

Well after our fantastic trip last week catching many cracking Ebro Commons it was nice to have Paul and Chris returning after a quite incredible trip last year. They couldn’t fail last year so maybe they could bring us some luck and get these cats feeding……

Last year we fished just short 3 hour sessions morning and evenings mainly because that was all we had to do to catch many cats and carp, this year is proving to be a bit different as the start of their trip proved as we couldn’t even get a bite down the garden!!!! Day 2 saw us at Figgy but the cats weren’t play ball again with just a small cat to show. Same as day 3 !!!! even the garden was not fishing well, the carp were still spawning every where this could be a tough week…. Day 4 came and it was decided that a go for the Ebro’s roach might produced more action so armed with feeder rods and a box of spares off we went to Riba Roja. Well the Ebro is stuffed full of clonking great roach and very rarely fished for!!!! we have landed some stonkers  to over 3lb whilst carp fishing…and it didn’t take Chris long (first cast actually) to land a 1lb 7oz beauty. Fish came thick and fast with many quality roach landed…..Chris landed a huge fish but didn’t weigh or photograph it😡😡😡😡😡 thinking more would come his way!!!!!! Day 5 and after a very enjoyable previous days fishing the decision was to keep going, so roach fishing it was, Paul not being as mobile this year changed swims due to the heat and a snag but proved to be a good move as he landed some cracking roach to 1lb 12oz.

Paul 1lb 12oz

Paul 1lb 12oz

Day 6 and after catching many quality roach from Riba Roja the lure of the 3lbers up at Mequinenza drove the lads to have a go up there……so instead of a truck loaded to the roof with cat and carp gear it was a pair of feeder rods bucket of ground bait and a few tins of the jolly stuff!!!!!!!!! After the drive up and sorting out tickets we dropped into a cracking swim just down from where we have been catching the carp. One thing that was obvious straight away was that the carp were spawning in numbers!!!!!!! Everywhere you looked the carp were thrashing about but we were after roach so out went the feeders. 2 hours past with a couple of poss line bites only, I suggested a move to deeper water so we went and had a look……not for their liking.. so no sooner had we arrived we were back on our way to Riba roja where the lads caught yet more cracking roach to 1lb 10oz.

Paul 1lb 10oz

Paul 1lb 10oz

Their last day was to have 1 last go for a big cat at the Fig Tree but it wasn’t fishing well …..another small cat was all it would give us. So not quite the same as last year but nevertheless they caught some dream roach which was so much better than staring at motionless rods, we ate like kings and had a giggle or 2!!!!!!! Let’s hope the fishing picks up soon ……many thanks for your return Chris and Paul .

until next time Paul

 

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31
May 2016

Mequinenza doing the Business

After a week off back in the UK I was looking forward to seeing if the river or more being its inhabitants had woken up. It’s been a tough start especially with the cats not feeding so maybe they were going to play ball this week. Nice to have Ryan returning and also James who hadn’t even be on a plane before so hopefully they would have a good week. We started off with a late evening through  into the night at the garden, as usual they had plenty of action James had a nice cat at 40lb with Ryan concentrating on the carp banking loads but all doubles. Day 2 we spent at the Fig Tree……1 small cat so no change here !   So the lads done another evening down the garden where Ryan landed many more small carp and James done battle with cracking moggie at 82lb….the biggest we’ve seen for a while.

James 82lb

James 82lb

Well a good start but the following morning the carp had started spawning, even at the factory stretch the carp were in a frenzy over in the reeds so the decision was made to track on up to Mequinenza…….much to Ryan’s delight. Our target was going to be carp only and we were in luck as my fav swim was empty so in we went and soon had camp set. First few hours passed without a bite but early evening Ryan was in and was soon holding a cracking common at 30lb exactly.

Ryan 30lb

Ryan 30lb

Nothing else happened before midnight so it was rods in and sleep till 6am. Next day we got the rods out on our spots, Ryan loving it with rig making and general carp fishing “Stuff” meanwhile James had flopped!!!! Being away in the heat and lack of sleep taking its toll so he slept for the best part of 48 hours!!!!! He didn’t miss much as both me and Ryan lost fish after fish, nice to be getting the runs but hook pulls and being cut off was a tad hard to take even James who had surfaced from his bedchair, as I did a food run lost a fish number 6 on my rods!!! Ryan did manage to put us on track with 2 high doubles and then it was my turn to land a few upto 29lb. Next day started well with us landing a few more fish to high 20’s but we had been forecast thunder storms so time to batten down the hatches!!!!! Well what a storm very windy then rain and hail stones but as it was easing off I had a run landing another 29lb common then another and also Ryan landing a couple of 20’s great few hours fishing even if we did get a bit wet!!!! Following day started well with more fish landed and a couple lost but at about 10am I was into a better fish getting close to Ryan netting it for me when James was into a fish too, ouch proper scrap for James Ryan scooped up mine which we left in the landing net has we went over to help James with his.  Ryan struggled to lift this one out and it soon became clear why ……James had landed a 40 ……I  lifted mine out and thought this is close as it also was a lump….so it was at 40lb 8oz fantastic brace of carp.

James 40lb

James 40lb

Me 40lb 8oz

Me 40lb 8oz

Well what a mornings fishing and the evening didn’t disappoint either with Ryan landing a new PB at 36lb!!!!

Ryan 36lb

Ryan 36lb

All the fish were coming to my favoured boilies and it didn’t stop there we went on to land 28 carp between us with Ryan finishing on a real high landing yet 2 more 30’s at 30lb 4oz and another new PB at 38lb 12oz.

Ryan 38lb 12oz

Ryan 38lb 12oz

The end of a great week had come, we had fished so hard and got our rewards, James was now a different person even though he only ate bacon sandwiches and biscuits all week, Ryan was buzzing having fished this famous stretch of river landing 12 fish 4 being 30’s and me feeling very pleased that we could get amongst the fish big ones at that!!!  Surely won’t be long before the cats come out of hiding, the carp will be spawning on and off for the next couple of weeks, we saw evidence of the cats spawning also so any time soon……

 

until next time Paul

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22
May 2016

Darren to the Rescue……

Well as the tough start to this year continued it was great to have more regulars in … them being the “Crazy Gang”…As I waited eagerly for Tony to run straight pass me as usual at the airport and Pops strolling through the doors followed some time later by Nick!!!!! Umm well Tony didn’t disappoint as he flew past me with his caramel crunch flavoured puffy cigarette thing boiling away!!!!! But no Pops it was Darren and new guy Martyn……change of plan then and hopefully next year Crazy Gang please….Darren had to be on best behaviour being future Son in Law but after a quick chat we sorted it!! and new guy Martyn who had done plenty of time on the bank also in high heeled sequin boots in his Glam Rock days!!!!!                                         What will this week bring???????                                                                                                                  Well after a quick change of clothes and boots for Martyn!!! We were off to the Fig Tree . Truck loaded with drums guitars and sequins…….I mean rods more rods and bivvys we were soon set up nice and cosy ….4 cat rods 2 carp and 3 mugs of tea. As always with the Crazy Gang and new and future members drinking tea is an obsession…..now I like a cuppa once my eyes are fully open but Tony and gang  didn’t stop …….at least they had a kettle this time (Pops!!!! If you read this). So as I got all the rods on the spots and they drank tea we were all hoping that the river would wake up and give us a great weeks fishing!!!! 15 20 minutes passed and rod 4 was rattling, Martyn first up and was into his first ever cat fish, not a monster at 15lbs but a start….I got kebabs in for dinner washed down with tea of course!! and I left them to it for the night. Next morning I arrived to news that they had done battle ….not with a cat but a big carp which was resting nicely in the retainer . Breakfast washed down with tea time to have a look!!!! Wow now that was a great surprise not only bigger than the estimate but a real Ebro stunner all 41lb 4oz.

Darren 41lb 4oz

Darren 41lb 4oz

Darren had got us off to a great start as he had done last year with a cracking 38lb common. We fished hard all day with just another small cat to show for our efforts but we were all off the mark. The night came with the carp rods placed nicely and the cat rods out with plenty of freebies and lots of fish showing….Next morning no cats again but the carp retainer was wet!! Martyn this time with a cracking 33lb common.

Martyn 33lb

Martyn 33lb

Where were the cats????? The next evening looked very bleak, dark clouds loomed over us so we quickly packed up camp and had a lovely meal at the Tapas bar. Coming off that night proved to be a great decision as it poured down all night very heavy rain…..Morning came with breakfast on the balcony looking out to a very wet Nature Reserve ….we left the fishing till the rain eased up that afternoon but got some cat rods out where we managed another small cat. Following day we slipped and slid down the track back to the Fig Tree, other venues had been mentioned but after a good down pour and a pre-baited Fig Tree we decided to finish the trip off here. Tea and toastie making facilities and camp set up we were going to have to improve if we were to get this season started!!!!! Well apart from 240 tea bags, 2 loaves of bread, packets of cheese and ham…ohh 32litres of water and 2 gas bottles not much to tell you…..the lads had fished so hard and done their best but 2 better cats at 30lb + and a 40+ together with a few more tiddlers and Tony with a nice 25lb carp was all we could manage.

Tony 25lb

Tony 25lb

So it ended Tony being a regular here for the last 7 years (thanks bud) had never seen the fishing so hard but what with another trip booked for October we should be able to get our own back then. At least we managed some nice carp which meant as hard as this year has been we have still caught some very nice fish each trip. I’m off to buy some more tea bags and gas and let’s hope the river starts fishing well again soon!!!!!!

 

until next time  Paul

 

 

 

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13
May 2016

Trip Number 9

Yes it really is Chris and Jonny’s 9th trip……as with Russ and Mike who were here last week and many more I can’t thank you enough for your continued custom well it’s more than that as we joked last week with Russ its bordering friendship!!!!!!! Those of you who have been before will have seen these two so many times on the photo boards, they even gave birth to the Fig Tree swim so after a tough start to the season can they bring us some much needed luck?????  Well their trip was delayed 2 days thanks to an air traffic controllers strike by the French meaning their flight was cancelled the day before their arrival!!!! So just 5  days to catch some whoppers…..We started off the first evening down at the garden where the carp got the better of us so we finished the day off at the tapas bar where we ate prob everything on the menu!!!! Food so nice 😄😄. Morning came and it was off to the fig tree, day only trip where we managed to get off the mark with Chris catching a nice 63lb cat.

Chris 63lb

Chris 63lb

That evening it was the steak house where again we found it very easy to eat our way through most of the menu!!!!!! Morning came and it was time to roll up our sleeves, trip being cut short by 2 days meant we were going to have to fish a couple of nights so we set up camp in the fig tree. Days were very slow but it allowed me and Chris to play who could take the best photo comp too which I think we called it a draw. The one thing that did keep us entertained was a pair of Ospreys which stayed around for a couple of days, probably on their migration but stunning to see them diving for fish, we manged a couple of pics but even our 21st century cameras couldn’t zoom in that close.

Osprey homing in ......and doing better than we were!!!!

Osprey homing in ……and doing better than we were!!!!

That night we celebrated just being there with desert wine, cava and ouch Desperados… thanks for that Jonny!!!!! Far to drinkable but in the early hours my carp rods sprung into life which ended in me landing a nice common.

29lb 8oz

29lb 8oz

Morning came and after a couple of tablets ……thanks again Jonny!!  we set the rods for the morning session but ohh so slow……I went off to restock up on Desperados as Chris missed out the night before….on my return they had a rope in the water, well done to them both….left unattended after 9 years of training they had actually hooked landed unhooked and roped up a decent looking cat!!!!!!

Jonny 85lb

Jonny 85lb

Well done Jonny and Chris at last a decent fish, we stayed that night but only had the desert wine more cava more Desperados to show for our efforts. We landed a couple of small cats during the day but that evening the tapas bar was calling so round 2 of tapas it was. Morning was a couple of hours down at the garden but even here we couldn’t get them to bite……a continuation of a tough start to this year, we have caught some very nice fish but boy they are making us work hard for them….got to be down to the very cold North Easterly winds that just don’t seem to want to change direction. So trip 9 came to an end not our best but plenty of food, cava, jelly snakes, Desperados, photos, woolly hats, butterfly’s and of course obligatory banter. Jonny is off to work this year after passing his Degree with more than flying colours so very good luck to him, Chris is going to the board room to tell the big bosses Paul says we don’t need a High Speed rail link just upgrade our c@£p phones so we can Face Time …🤔🤔 and I’m going to have a word with the river!!!!!!!

until next time Paul

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28
Apr 2016

The D Team…….

Time for Russ and Mike’s return after missing out last year. We always have a laugh when they’re over so I was looking forward to seeing them again. Peace and quite has to be top of the list for them so  garden it was . Didn’t take long for Russ to land a small carp quickly followed by Mike. Day 2 garden again and a couple of carp and small cats graced the bank followed by a sea food feast that night, so all going well. This was their 9th trip here, and never previously wanting to fish Mequinenza we felt it was time to give it a go. The swim I’d caught some good carp from earlier this year ticked their pueace and quite box so it was there we headed. Luckily the swim was vacant so great stuff and we were soon all set up for a 2 night stay. Carp rods out to start but we had a plan to get some cat rods out should we want. Weather wise wasn’t great as it was so windy and it is  quite open with huge waves crashing straight at us but that evening one of my margin rods was away, after steering  it clear of a couple of snags it was Russ you took over to land a very big carp. Now Russ you could say is a big lad but he makes big lads look small just ask my bed chair!!!!!!! So you just have to take my word for it this was a big 41lb 2oz stunning common.

Russ 41lb 2oz

Russ 41lb 2oz

Great start then and another big carp from this swim. Nothing much happened until we brought the rods in as no night fishing allowed here apart from one of the funniest nights ever, probably due to the good quality wine or should I say the good quantity of wine but you had to be there!!!! Hence the D team is now official ……( take too long to explain!!!).

Next morning …..tad of a sore head but one of my rods was away again, I lifted into …..well nothing as my main line cut off straight away but it was a bit of action. Mid morning and with us all catching a bit of sun down one end of the swim one of the alarms was on melt down…….it was one of Russ’s rods which was down the other end!!! Well Russ is a big lad but cricky he can move !!! but after playing the fish for only a short time it found a snag and dumped the hook!!!!  The day was so much better than yesterday and by evening a good few fish were showing, trouble being was getting them to feed …..we gave it our best but even put out 2 cat rods we couldn’t add to the 40 on the first day, 2 more lost fish to my rods due to a snag littered with old line. This was just a short trip so we packed up early which gave them a couple of hours back at the garden where they managed to finish their trip with a small cat. It will have to go down as one of the funniest ever, and with a nice carp to show for their efforts, Russ is back later in the year so look forward to that and we should get amongst the fish then.

 

until next time Paul

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