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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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27
Apr 2016

Well after last weeks cracking 161lb Cat from Mequimenza what would this week produce. Nice to welcome Simon and Kevin here which was to be their first time fishing the mighty Ebro. More pleasure  anglers then” bivvy boys” the  garden seemed the perfect place to start. Water still up we squeezed ourselves in with 2 carp rods 1 cat rod keeping it simple until I had had a proper chat and found out what they wanted from this trip. The garden is looking absolutely stunning at the moment and what with the Nightingales providing the music all that was needed was a fish!!   Well 30 minutes in and the cat rod was away, just like last week it absolutely tored off straight down the margin, poor Simon so funny as he hung on with the rod bent double and line screaming from the reel. He gained some line back but this was a very powerful fish and it kept taking it back again. Eventually it locked up s&@t after all that….the fish was still on but although it could take line we couldn’t get it passed the snag what were we to do???? Pump up the dingy and get out there was my answer, out I went which was tricky with the flow but I soon untangled the line from around a fallen tree and Simon was back to being well and truly beaten up!!!! only for it to get back into the snag. Out I went again this time I kept hold of the line as the angle Simon had to play the fish wasn’t good and I duly  pulled the fish into my dingy and rowed back with Simon not knowing what I’d done. Back at the bank the waiting Simon thought he had lost the fish but he couldn’t see I was virtually sitting on it, as I stood up and passed him 85lbs of cat fish. To be honest I was surprised it “only” went 85lbs that was some fight and great start for Simon and a PB.

Simon and Kevin 85lb

Simon and Kevin 85lb

2 hours passed and it was starting to get dark when Kevin was off the mark with a lovely common and new PB of around 22lb that ended day 1. Day 2 started with Simon landing a nice carp into the 20’s and Kevin landing a lovely little cat at 29lbs both new PB’s, so 4 runs 4 fish 4 new PB’s great start for them. Day 3 and we were feeling like a Mequinenza trip, truck loaded up off we went and set up in the Town stretch along with about 30 other rods!!!!!!!!!! All day with no action apart from late on when a 2lb roach manged to get perfectly hooked on a 5/0 with a ring of 5 22mm halibut pellets!!!! and another PB.

Kevin 2lb roach on 5 pellets

Kevin 2lb roach on 5 pellets

We gave it a good go but nothing more came of our trip and only 2 fish were caught here all day. Day 4 we had to go to Ribaroja as the river was being flushed through by opening all the doors of the dam. 3 carp rods out and Simon fancied a go for the big roach so quiver tip out as well . First blood to Simon and a cracker at 1lb 9oz and you’ve guessed it PB number 6!!!!! Now I know as did the lads these were no huge Ebro monsters but never the less 6 PB’s with the first 6 fish is good fishing. Kevin’s go on the quiver tip now and ohh he made Simon wait…….after 2 hours of missing bites he eventually told us he couldn’t see the tip!!!! so didn’t know when to strike ….lol. Bit of adjustment in his sitting position and it wasn’t long before he was into a roach no PB this time but they went on to catch a few more before we run out of swim feeders. The next day they were up and out early to catch their plane back home, great mixed bag of fish 6 PB’s and as always a few stories, good food and banter, thanks lads for a great few days and hope to see you again.

until next time Paul

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12
Apr 2016

Nothing too Heavy!!!!

So far  this year we have had some very nice carp and although last week was tough we got off the mark with a couple of nice cats. This trip  it was nice to see back again Martin and Angela, busy people back home so it was going to be all about relaxing enjoying a few different venues with a bit of fishing “nothing too heavy”. Day one we had a few hours after their arrival so we put a couple of rods out down the garden and got off the mark with some nice carp. Nice meal that evening and the plan was to have a look at Mequinenza after both the cats and the carp. On arrival we were unable to get in my preferred swim but the next one down was and a bit more comfortable being in the nice spring sunshine. We put  4 cat rods out and we had a great looking margin so 2 carp rods here, with all looking so good time to sit back and enjoy. Nothing really happened a few recasts but the wind was so strong very cold and blowing straight into our faces we gave it till dusk but decided  a nice steak meal was in order. Following morning we all relised the result of not putting on sun cream even if the wind is freezing the sun still burns as all our faces were very red and burnt!!!!!! Day 3 back up to Mequinenza but a more comfortable swim with the wind on our backs, 4 cat rods out and 2 carp rods cast into the weed patches where we had seen some carp moving. Day past with the only action being me rowing our baits out well over 180 yards into the old river bed. With the Sun going down and the river looking lovely rod 3 taps then pulled over we had a run!!!!!! Martin picked up the rod pulled into a very solid resistance, let battle commence !!!!! To start with like many people experience the cats don’t always do much, as was the case here, the fish came towards us, then over one of the other rods under another but we had it all in control until it woke up an Martin knew then it was a good fish. Powerful bursts of power, unstoppable power, were we hooked up to one of the Big Girls!!!! Fight must of lasted 15-20 minutes before I reached down to see its huge head come out of the murky water and glove her out. An incredible sight not just the fish lying there but of Martins face has he relised he had achieved a life time fishing goal and probably relief the fight was over!!!!!

Martin and Angie 161lb Wels .....Mequinenza

Martin and Angie 161lb Wels …..Mequinenza.

Martin 161lb

Martin 161lb

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At 161lb a really great result, this river system has to be up there as one of the best  fishing venues, surely the best in Europe.

Day 4 we went to Ribaroja targeting PB roach and carp. 3 rods out for carp and a feeder rod out for roach!!!! After an hour of constant casting, getting a nice bed of ground bait out the roach started coming and some very nice ones too with Martin getting 3 new PB’s the best being 1lb 10oz

Nice roach fishing at Ribaroja

Nice roach fishing at Ribaroja.

Four days completed four different swims and many boxes ticked we decided to finish off the trip at the garden, great sport with both Martin and Angie catching many carp Angie with a nice and quite rare Mirror and a good common of 22lb. We put a cat rod out which ripped off but what with the flow and not much room to move it was always going to be hard to land a big fish, unfortunately the hook pulled. Last day started well with a nice carp and 33lb cat, with only half an hour of their trip to go the cat rod was away again, Martin pulled into an absolute steam train, it screamed off down the margin taking so much line. Martin got it back to a point where I took over, prob only 20 yards away the hook pulled …….Ouch!!!!! that was a good fish. Well that was the last action and didn’t really spoil a really great trip.

The goal for Martin and Angie was to relax and do a bit of fishing ….. Nothing too Heavy!!!! we did that, the company, banter and food not to mention a very heavy fish!!!! completed one of those memorable trips not just for Martin and Angie but for me as well …..new target at 161lb for us all to go for ……roll on the rest of this season.

until next time Paul

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10
Apr 2016

A Couple of 80’s

With the season off to a good start with the carp it was nice to welcome Danny, Curtis and Jozef here and they wanted cats !!!!! There was no wasting time either quick look at the factory stretch and “Figgy” on the way back from airport, quick change of clothes and off we went. River was still flowing but with a little extra lead the baits were held in place nicely, little but often baiting approach, camp set, off we go!!! First 24 hrs was a chance to see if anything was showing and where!!! Talking to the very enthusiastic lads the following morning it was apparent that there were fish here but on our normal line which wasn’t reachable casting heavy leads so dingy was brought into action and all baits dropped a further 30 yards out. 5pm second day and Danny is into a fish, now the factory stretch does flow but with 2 doors of the dam open the current was strong and this fish was taking full advantage of it!! Great scrap with the result being this 85lb moggie.

Danny and  Joz 85lb

Danny and Joz 85lb

With the lads off the mark mood and confidence was good and with many fishing showing late evening and into dark the signs were there for more fish. 1am and it was Curtis who was in……another great fight in the strong currents and dark!!! and another 80lb + cat banked .

Curtis 83lb

Curtis 83lb

Following day was quite very strong winds and current up and down mixed with a lot of weed coming down meant for tough fishing conditions but the lads stuck at it keeping the pellets going in. Night came with nothing, following day not much better….but with the 4th night the wind had dropped and again the fish were rolling over the bait but it produced nothing. Was it time for a change???? Well the first swim looked promising trouble is when you have invested a lot of time effort and pellets in one area and with fish rolling it’s a big decision to move……well the lads stayed put one more night but again nothing. Eventually we did move but it seemed the cats here just not feeding probable cause being cold water temps just 8 degrees!!! although the 2 they had caught at the start were full to bursting!!!!!

last day they had in the garden swims where they caught a few carp to low 20’s…….. So to sum the week up good start, prob should have moved after day 3 and a few carp to get a bend in the rod at the end. Said it many a time it’s not always easy but there is always another day!!!!!

 

until next time Paul

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12
Mar 2016

Tough Week……..Good Results

Time for Phil and Conner’s trip, Phil had done a bit of pleasure angling whilst Conner was just getting into his carp fishing so what would they make of it here On The Ebro?????

Arriving late Saturday I set them up down the garden, the river was flowing with 2 doors of the dam here in Flix open, cold snow melt was going to slow the action down but I was confident of a few bites. Late evening and Conner was off the mark with a lovely 16lb common so with 1 in the bag its was off to the local steak house!!!!! Day 2 and with the river still flowing we fished the garden again. Not ideal but between the trees in the slack water there are always a few fish so with maize and the ever faithful pineapple boilies we squeezed 2 rods in. Phil got off the mark with a high double and Conner chipped in with another 16lb common but that was it and a trip to Mequinenza awaited us in the morning. Truck loaded off we went first thing and we headed for a swim I just love. For me it’s got everything open water margins and trees with proper banks!!!!!! Unlike much of the Town Stretch here. What with cold water flowing I decided that it’s best to target the carp first, with all 6 rods on pineapple snowmen, so with rods out ovals up and kettle on!!!!! time to sit back and enjoy the scenery. First action came to Conner as his right hand rod rattled off, steady fight resulting in a cracking common and a good one at 27lb 7oz and a new PB……good start.

New PB for Conner 27lb 7oz

New PB for Conner 27lb 7oz

That passed without anything else, as did the day so with the evening drawing in we made sure all the rods were on the spots see what the hours of darkness bring. That night I landed a 22lb common and Conner a 17 ….it should have been Phils turn but he’s a deep sleeper and hard to wake up!!!! Windy cold evenings were taking its toll on Phil, I’m sure when you think about fishing in Spain you expect Sunshine and fish galore!! this is the Ebro !!! but early Spring and the snow melt meant we were going to have to work hard if we were to achieve goals!!!! The mornings were calm and the sun shone…..well on the far bank it did we were in the shade!!!!! To give Phil a break from the river bank and with the egar  Conner happy to stay fishing I took Phil off for a shower and a round of golf. All clean and refreshed we set off to the local coarse. Second hole and it’s starting to rain well sleet really!!!!! We almost run round the coarse cold and soaked through back home to dry off and collect the cat rods as they really wanted a go after the moggies.  With 4 doors of the dam in Flix now open making fishing here impossible we headed back up to Mequinenza, we put 2 carp rods out and 4 cat rods out on pellets……the waiting game began….. That night the cat rods stayed quite but we managed a good carp through the night Conner was on it and another PB at 31lb 8oz, morning came and one of the carp rods were away again…..Conner onto it, (Phil trouble getting up again)!! Better fight this, it snagged us up for a bit then line caught in the bamboo with a good fish wallowing!!!! but all came good as we netted a cracker and another new PB for Conner.

New PB for Conner at 33lb 3oz

New PB for Conner at 33lb 3oz

Phil 31lb 8oz

Phil 31lb 8oz

The next 2 days went with just 3 more carp landed and 2 good fish lost to a snag, ohh and  the obligatory 2lb 2oz roach!!!! We ended a tough trip with no cats but 10 good fish and 4 new pb’s. This trip was another example of its not always easy here, for me this makes it all the more exciting but also understand people’s ideas of coming to Spain and the Ebro catching loads of fish whilst sunbathing, drinking beer enjoying a good nights sleep and breakfast on the balcony …..yes it does happen but had we not stayed out all week this trip would have ended in just a few double figure carp. So “hats off” to both Phil and Conner who stayed with it till the end and went home exhausted but with a few good carp in the bag.

until next time Paul

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2
Mar 2016

Fabulous Start to 2016

Well its soon come round and it was nice knowing James and Paul were to be the first in and that rather than looking after them I was to have a little fish with them. The trip was arranged last year where we had a carp only trip up at Riba Roja, lots of fish to 26lb but no Ebro Monsters so the plan was to head upstream and give the Famous Mequinenza a try. A bit of pre season looking around found some lovely looking swims away from the concrete of the Town stretch and it was here where we headed managing to get into my preferred swim,

Weather was ok, the main problem we were going to have to tackle was a faster than normal flow of very cold snow melt, but with a fresh batch of my favourite Pineapple boilies I was confident. We soon had camp set James and Paul to the right and me upstream to the left, rods out mug of tea (thanks for my new mug James) in hand, Happy Days 2016 had started in ernest. All day we kept an eye out for any signs of fish showing…well I say we I mean me and James as Paul was deep in his bag rattling some weird noises out!!!!! Ouch he can snore!!! That evening we saw very few signs of fish we kept the rods out till 12pm (no night fishing allowed!!) and got them back out first thing. Nothing through the night and apart from kippers  and poached eggs for breakfast nothing in the morning either. All day we watched the river for any signs but very little to show us where they might be, I had a Red Squirrel in a pine tree above me, nice to see even though his discarded pine cones were landing rather close!! Second evening approached and apart from a huge roach coming to Paul (think it was James that pointed out that the continual alarm bleeping and rod bouncing was a sign!!!!). As dark was upon us James had a screamer ….proper head shaker and a surprize as a mid double cat popped its head up……not the intended target but James and Paul off the mark!!! We had all now changed rigs, baits etc and although no need to panic yet, ive always said when it gets hard go back to basics and my tried and tested yellow snowman is just that. So out went both my rods  over the baited area and there they would stay until time to reel in. 11pm and I get a bleep then a screaming take I pulled into a very heavy fish which took off straight out into the middle of the river. The other two where in competition for who can snore the loudest so after a really good scrap I climbed down the bank to land what looked a very good carp. I put her in a retainer over night and kept an eye on her a few times before time to get the rods out for the morning. Morning came and time to wake up James and Paul, Paul was already awake but James was buried deep in his bag……obviously Paul won the snoring contest!!!!!! So both of them hadn’t a clue of my efforts last night so time to have a good look, weigh her and take some pics.  Big fish which went 37lb 1oz37lb 1oz

The morning passed with nothing else but there were fish showing now, mainly down the margins so I put some bait out down towards where they were showing and my left hand rod over the top. James could also see the fish show along the margins and quite along way down, quick look and he had found a nice little swim right on top of the showing fish so with just this night to go he up sticks and moved. late afternoon and my margin rod was away, Paul who was awake!!! came to give me a hand slow plodding fight with the odd shake of the head not a big fish I said. Paul climbed down the bank to land it and as it came to the net we realised it was another corker. This one totally unmarked absolutely stunning fish and at 39lb 2oz so close to magic 40.39lb 2oz

Little later I get a text from James to say he had lost a big fish to a straightened hook !! could he be on the fish as well. Paul moved a rod to the margin and we settled in under the oval shelters with a kebab as it started to rain. Boy did it rain but at about 11pm my margin rod was away again……strong fish screamed off down the margin another good fish and soon with help from Paul it was in the net. Bigger this one incredible session as the digi Rubens said 42lb 8oz that’s a new PB for me.42lb 8oz

The wind and rain were brutal all night, we were planning on rods out at 5am but we were cold very wet, I woke at 8am and the rain had eased so it quickly got both rods out as it was also time to start packing up and everything was soaked. As we got the ovals down and were loading up the truck I noticed a tap on the margin rod and it wasn’t long before it was away, Paul who was next to me and only a roach to shout about was onto it, another good fight and as it came to the net another good fish. 32lb 12oz and a really great way to finish a fantastic session.32lb 12oz

So the end of a hard but great trip, yellow had done it again, possibly could have had more fish in the end, James had no further action in his swim.

2016 off to a flyer, 4 stunning big Ebro Carp and a new area to fish this year, we’ll not be neglecting The Fig Tree but for those who want a crack at the Ebro’s huge carp a trip up to Mequinenza is well worth a shout.

 

until next time Paul

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