Big Fish in a Big River!
After the weekend in Lleida it was off to the river Ebro for Dick to enjoy the last
100 hours of his fishing campaign to celebrate his 75th year. From Monday am
to Friday pm he fished day and night with his fishing coach gardening friend
Nick Shattock. 2011 vegetable growing experiences and plans for 2012 were
part of the weeks discussions including how best to get the best from the seeds
we now both have from a 1200 pound pumpkin grown by friends of Nick’s
American wife Mandi in Norther New York, USA. Naturally weed caught on the
line was bagged to fertilize the asparagus bed, being so far from the sea and
storm swept up seaweed.
Perhaps we will cut and hollow out the largest as they do in the town of Windsor
in Canada for a down river race. But for us it won’t be for a paddled race but for
one in which we are towed by 100lb catfish!!
What we do is in the laps of the sun and moon gods and there undoubted impact on seed germination and growth.
Luckily they were with us last week and tight, very tight lines at times. Luckily Dick steered some twenty nine fish into the landing net. These included a dozen roach from a pound to 2.3 pounds (something never achieved by Dick when young fishing for tiny roach in England’s and Holland’s canals and rivers), nine carp to 34 lbs (sadly the brother of the 48.5 lb carp caught by Dick in October did not come along!) and eight cat fish with a 100 pounder caught while loading up the car to leave the river. This took 30 minutes to land on the light 25 lb breaking strain fishing line which had been safe for the roach and carp but a big risk for the catfish – but they had ignored the dedicated catfish rod with 200 lb breaking strain line. Interesting the small mouthed roach swallowed large carp/catfish pellets fished on big hooks not the tiny hooks and baits used in the UK.
So for Dick his wonderful 2011 fishing odyssey is over but hopefully our budget allows a couple of trips next year. Having got so tantalisingly near to catching a magic 50 lb carp he will somehow find the funds.
In the meantime Nick will continue to explore new well stocked stretches of the long winding and deep river Ebro -Dick’s cat fish had to be persuaded to come to the surface from its 50 foot deep home – for the enjoyment of himself and day and week-long clients. By the way there are also black bass pikeperch and pike to fish for in the Ebro but the big carp and catfish are the main quarry
If you don’t like living rough and unshaven, as Dick did as you see from the photo or you
just need a good clean up before returning home, guest rooms are available at no charge.
The chilly mist continued through the fishing trip but the river bird life which included
cormorants, buzzards, wagtails, kites, vultures, kingfishers and egrets still flew around.
There is still so much of Spain not spoilt by developers!! Get out and see it away from the
coastal cement jungles.
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