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Mar 2015

Transfers From Barcelona

Due to the reduced service from Ryanair into Reus this year I am reducing the cost of transfers from and to Barcelona to just € 50.00. Flying into Barcelona gives you more options on times and days.


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Feb 2015


Quick note to say thank you for your custom this year…

Looks like a busy year again but there are still dates available.

All enquiries welcome via the” Contact Us” page.

See you soon…

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Feb 2015

Urban Baits “Nutcracker” has arrived…………

Well preparations are going well for the start of this season…………and I am pleased to be using Urban Baits proven “Nutcracker” and “Red Spicy Fish” this year.

Urban Baits

Having a quality bait here will increase our catch rates I’m sure,  hopefully we can get amongst the Ebro’s huge carp….

On The Ebro…………getting on the Going Bait!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 2014

Finishing in Style.

What with the weather not great wet and cold it was Andy, Chris, Terry who were to have a go for the second time this year with a new face in Simon. So camp set up lets see what happens. Andy lost a very big fish here back in May but the snag has been removed so should be ok in landing some big uns this time. Well Andy duly did with a fish weighing exactly 100lb what a start and Chris followed up with a big 80 and new PB.Chris 84lb

Conditions wet but they managed a few smaller fish when Simon hooked into a big one. Biggest fish before this trip was a upper double carp so watching him play this one was priceless, didn’t help getting stick from his so called friends!!! but at 104lb the Figgy was still producing.Simon 104lb

Terry (he’s the one on the left) is a non fisherman he just comes for the crack!!!! and well prepared as his luggage turned into full camping kit including luxury sleeping bag, over wrap blow up mattress (shaped like a sheep)!!!! and binoculars for spotting birds!!!!!  Yes we kept Terry down the far end!!!!  Pizzas and Kebabs keeping the lads fed well biscuits, more kebabs, cheese on toast, bacon rolls, more crisps, more tea, more coffee more lots of food they were ok!!!!

Their trip was for 3 nights which soon came round, Andy on strike when a spod rod was away. Andy is a big lad…. used to playing barbel on a light rod and centre pin so when a fish does this to him he knew he had a good fish on. So much line could he have hooked the biggest fish of the season!! The fished stayed low and because it was on a spod rod with carp rig!! He couldn’t put too much more pressure on it but slowly he got it back to in front of us only for a banana to surface!!! Wow  many years have passed with out seeing a true Manderin but we have now. What a fight as well, what a finish to their trip and the season.94lb manderin Andy

Scales pulled up short for it to be a Ton but really didn’t matter 94lb was big enough for this incredible creature. Andy 94lb manderin

Well that’s that, we went out and had a great steak meal and a couple of beers to celebrate, the lads finished my best ever season in style, I’m now going to have a rest before I try and write up all that’s happened this year!!!

The Fig Tree has done the business for most this year lots of big cats, some huge carp kept us cool in the summer and freezing cold in the winter! but with the first full year of fishing here it has produced and done us proud.

Looking forward to next year!!!!!


Until 2015   Paul


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Nov 2014

Cocker Hoop !!

Nice to see these faces again and with a new recruit, it was Mikes retirement hol and what better way to celebrate than with Steve, Sam and Matt fishing the fantastic river Ebro. The river has provided plenty of action in previous visits normally after the dams had been open. But in November there was little chance of that happening and the Fig Tree was in fine form so good time to be here. First thing Sunday morning all well feed truck loaded lets go see who’s in the swim, nobody great so camp set up rods in place so lets see what happens. First on the rods was Matt and just into dark he was in, not a monster but at 50lbs plus a great start for Matt’s first Ebro trip.

That evening we were due a bit of rain but it started at 10pm and poured down all night!!! I arrived at 8-30am the following morning track nearly un passable but didn’t need to tell them that the dam doors were open!!! as the river and no rods in the water told the storey. Now was this down to heavy rain or just a day cleaning the river out of weed?? We didn’t hang around to find out has the river was very close to the track so two trips made and all the very damp camp was back at base. Not a good start and the second time they have been here when the doors have opened!!! Anyway by 4 pm the water started to go down so two trips back and  camp set up again back in business! Steve was on strike and again into dark a spod rod was away…. fantastic fight on the softer rods and he and Sam as his wingman were soon cradling a new PB at 78lb.Steve 78lb

A better night passed with some smaller cats and carp but it was the text message from Matt that was of interest as it read Ton Club just started!!! On my arrival there it was roped up nicely, they weren’t sure on the weighing so we got the huge fish back in the sling and the scales went round too 129lb cracking fish and definately in the Ton Club.Matt 129lb

Well with everybody catching some great fish, well except Mike who should be steeling the show seeing it was his show!!!! but there were plenty of days and nights to go. That evening spod rod away and it was Mikes turn, good scrap, Mike kept saying its not a cat, but by the way the rod was bending it was, strong fight keeping low, I was convinced but as it started to tire up popped a huge carp. Ohh big surprize as the carp had been staying away from the area but after now knowing what it was wobbly jelly legs time!! but it was well hooked and soon we had it on the mat. Huge fish perfect condition and never previously seen a hook all 43lb 3oz of it.mike 43lb 3oz

Well very fitting as Mike keeps Koi Carp back home and given the choice he would have gone for the big carp rather than cat. Still a few days to go and it was Sam to get amongst the cats with a 84lb beastie. More fish came nights were cold so the typical early morning just into dark times were producing fish. Following morning and I was met by a very wet cold Sam, apparently trying to score a goal like Michael Owen used to, resulted in Sam’s trainer flying and did it fly straight into the river good side up so it floated down stream!! by the time it got to the sunny patch some 500 yards down stream it was starting to sink so down to his pants in he dived straight in and saved it!!  Mean while back by the rods there was a dark shape tied up, Steve had felt the full force of a biggie that night proper scrap taking best part of half an hour to land, they done well as to not drag it up the bank and simply roped it up, so they knew it was big but not what it weighed. Whilst cooking breakfast the rods were away, Matt landing a 99lb cracker and Sam again with a great fight resulting in another one for him at 84lb. What did the biggie weigh, we were going to try and get all 3 fish photographed together but the big one was a bit lively so we done it first, scales went round to 136lb.136lb Steve  Long fish at 2m 38cm and a very happy Steve and company, what a trip, lots of fish caught some real big cats, plenty of others to keep the lads on their toes, Mikes carp a cracker, all this with heavy rain, river in flood, cold nights, only one shoe its enough to make you want to cry!!!!!! but thats fishing and makes stories to tell, and I’m sure they would rather catch the fish they did in adverse conditions, then sun bathe.

This weeks total added to the last 2 pushed the tally to 6,800lbs truly incredible end to the season and with one more session to go!!!



Until next time  Paul

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Nov 2014

Could The Record Be Broken !!

Last year James won my Comp with his 138lb cat, with James “Skinner” James back again  and a new recruit  Steve. So 25th Oct normal fiasco renting a car they arrived late  so plan was to hit Figgy in the morning. Sunday morning quickly set up camp, rods out time to get some pellets drilled. Yes I know an electric drill  does it quicker so does trailing a long net catching fish ( reference to our eastern friends who think its great fishing this way up at Caspe). But you have to pass the time away somehow (James is on level 500 of candy crush so you know how he does)!!!! So James drilled loads, Skins done some New boy Steve’s turn…….. Now ive had lots of cheap drills here for years but last week my brother kindly lent me his good one!!  10 years old and never let him down…. so 10 minutes in Steve’s hands BROKEN….Steeeevve . Anyway I quickly forgot the brakeage and gave him one of my crappy old ones which give you cramp!!

Rods out not that long and already fish on the bank, Small cats but a welcome mid 20 carp for James. Morning came first things first deal with James being snagged up with a big fish still on….ohh that snag claimed some big fish this year, I got my dingy but to no avail lost fish!!!Next thing…had Steve broken anything!!!! no thank god but 3 tight ropes ment that they had been busy!! First night, early morning producing 2 x 90’s and an 88 for the lads great start, OOO and a cracking common to Steve all 39lb 7oz of it!2x90 88 James, Steve39lb 7oz Steve

After the morning session time to drill more pellets and have a cuppa, hard work drilling pellets when your 10 year old worked very well indeed drill had been broken but hay bit of elbow grease pellets done. Breakfast served tea made and Steve has one of his moments and broke the handle off one of my mugs, 11 years ive had them mugs yes 11, Steve break every thing Steve had struck again! No time to give him any stick as rod 4 is away and its Steve’s turn. Decent fight this but no monster…….I remember clearly telling him of the SNAG but Steve let it go straight in. Now im not one to loose my cool but 2 fish in a matter of hours adding to drills and mugs broken!!!!!!! So cool as a cucumber I rowed out and pulled from every direction until YES… I was gaining up it came rod bent triple up up up……SNAP!!!!!!! ouch rod shattered but the cut line had wrapped around an oar. Pass me gloves lads quick.. Steve throws it straight into the river!!!!! James better shot as I pulled up on the line by hand up it come first to show was a tree trunk, followed by a 40lb cat!! Steve had let a 40lb cat take him in the snag!!! still no problem has I had the flaming snag. On the bank we pulled branches covered in lost tackle….my lost tackle, leads hook links swivels all new great result even at the cost of a rod, The Snag was no more!!!!! IMG_20141028_155145IMG_20141028_155138

Morning events over and  Skinner was in…..ooo yes this was a good one towel needed for the nether region…….time to drill some pellets!!! and more tea in fact  time for lots of things as this one was proper angry.  Great great scrap resulting in a lovely dark brown coloured beastie weighing in at 131lb new PB for Skinner.131lb James

Next day went without drama, more fish landed but  much quieter until Steve was in again, now we had given him some stick over well lots of things but 10 minutes in and I saw the pain on his face this was a good fish….20 mins poor Steve was hanging on we pulled all the other rods in as a huge head surfaced. No snag was bliss and we hauled this huge moggie up the bank….. well done Steve you had broken something else!!!! your PB as it pulled the scales round to 135lb.135lb Steve

Well what a trip, great fun, figgy and the boys doing the business. Next morning they had a fish not weighed but roped up, I took Steve and Skinner back for a shower. On our return we meet a slightly bothered James!!! where have you been!! well something like that.. We told him to bring a couple of rods in but superman James! had a big fish on rod 4 when rod 6 ripped off!! ha ha because rod 6 was the other side of a tree!! Anyway we heard his storey!! (100 times) how he managed to play two fish and unhook them yawn yawn!!!!!! now there were 2 fish roped up and another rod was bent over double. Great fight resulting in another 90lb cat. Time to weigh the others to find one was 101lb the other another 90 what a few hours fishing!101, 96 James

This brought their total to a few pounds sort of 2000lb of cats and carp, time for one more, small 50 but it took them over to 2000lb mark!!!

Great week again over 5000lb of cats in the last 2 weeks, snag gone and lots of laughs and giggles on the way. Last weeks record wasn’t broken but everything else was (thanks Steve)!!!!!

Season coming to an end but the fish are feeding well so what will the last two parties do???????



Until next time Paul


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