Well the Season going well and plenty of good fish landed, Ian travelling by car from the Uk down to Southern Spain was stopping off for a few days fishing and some peace and quiet.
Thats exactly what he did…… the big cats were still off the feed due to spawning but the smaller ones obliged as did some nice carp too.
We fished days only, fishing with light tackle so although the fish were not the real biggies we made sure we had plenty of fun.
Next in were Les and Nick….. bit of a character is Les…… London Cab driver!!!! Yes you can imagine the stories……. anyway having visited most of the other guiding services locally Les seemed to like what was on offer here. Thought I’d get them in the Fig Tree swim and doing a couple of nights….. They had never been night fishing before but I got them all set up……. and they done very well because they had landed 7 fish in the first 24 hours. A few more fish came the next day as did a couple more into dark, but 2 nights was too much for them so they reeled in at midnight and got some sleep.
We fished days only for the remainder of their week here…… which ended with 18 cats most of them 50 -70lb…. They tried their luck on the final day for the carp but ended up with a couple more cats…. good fun on the carp rods.
Now Phil is a good friend from school days….. he was accompanied with Rob Olsen….. author of “Waterlust” and “Tom’s Book”. Both dam good anglers “Old School”. Having been here in my early days when we fished from the boat our goal was to tackle the Ebro’s Roach.
Early fears were soon realised as it was a bit early in year for them. So we concentrated on the carp. “ Touch ledgering” down stream in amongst the streamer weed…… it was exciting stuff and in a swim that hasn’t been fished in for ages. Rob landed a cracking common at 24lb but after 3 morning visits we decided to explore above the dams by boat.
We fished for carp in some cracking inlets off the main river ….. also Bass and Perch on a fly rod!! fantastic fishing. Rob allowed me a Phil 1 morning to have a bit of fun with the cats….. Phil had brought over with him a very nice “split cane” rod .. matched with a beautiful centre pin reel spooled with 35lb nylon. To give us a bit more chance of a bite I set up 2 Spod rods to accompany Phil’s setup.
We got all 3 rods out on pellets….. and were just hoping that it was the Spitfire that ripped off. We had fish rolling over the baited area but took over 2 hours before we had any interest. Unfortunately it wasn’t the rod we really wanted but Phil still enjoyed his first scrap with a decent sized Catfish on a spod rod.
We had a few more goes at the carp from the boat… but settled for what we had caught and look forward to October next year when the Roach will most certainly be about.