The faces of Rio Ebro

Wels Catfish

June 2011 .  Spain  .  Rio Ebro

Martin Sack

Ebro, pellet-style-fishing for cats. An angling which had produced unbelievable catch results many times in the past and now having been an essential part of my annual fishing trips. Together with Theo I could look forward to a professional and ambitious work in a good coordinated two-man-team.

Same as in the past we travelled with an off-road vehicle and spent all time at the river banks. We used the motorboat to put the rigs out to the fishing spots, feeding with pellets and fight the cats if required. In the time between we relaxed in front of our four rods at the bank. But the most days we had not many time for chilling.

The Ebro-Cats were really aspired to take our baits and alternated with some nice carps which we fished first time consequently alongside. Thereby happened the most exciting event of the tour: The single pellet of the carp rig was taken from a huge cat which performed a nerve-stretching resistance on the light tackle. Theo attested a lot of sure instinct and I accomplished the grip in the mouth for landing the cat luckily at the first try. One impact with the head and the small hook size 6 would have been bent up! The measuring confirmed for Theo a new personal best with 2,31m. Later I outflanked my biggest cat of this stretch, being 2,36m long.

We met a lot old and new friends and enjoyed belong side catching the finest summer weather. But sadly we had not only nice experiences. At the weekend in the mid of our tour we met people which were absolutely not accustomed to confront nature with respect and sustainable handling. We had to face cats being tied in the shallow water for four days, dragged through the dirt and let dying in the sun by 40°C. Only to have thirty minutes time to take photos with all the catches of the weekend. Carps more than 20kg were put alive in bags into the luggage space of their cars.

We saw both faces of the Ebro and hoped that the good one would be the strongest in the future once again. Because no other catfish water we knew offered more fishes more than 2m, and this combined with a breathtaking landscape of a non industrial navigable river.

Statistic

Angler: Theo , Martin

Cats more than 1m: 81

Cats more than 2m: 10

Carps: Ca. 40 exemplars, among 5 between 18,5-19kg.

1.Day:
1,79 – 1,70

2.Day:
1,80 – 1,47

3.Day:
2,10 – 1,66 – 1,44 – 1,40 – 136

4.Tag:
2,09 – 1,84 – 1,71 – 1,71 – 1,65 – 1,59 – 1,54 – 1,45 – 1,44 – 1,10

5.Day:
1,92 – 1,86 – 1,80 – 1,75 – 1,74 – 1,62 – 1,32 – 1,25 – 1,18

6.Day:
2,361,72 – 1,62 – 1,57 – 1,47 – 1,38 – 1,27 – 1,14

7.Day:
2,02 – 1,80 – 172 – 1,33

8.Day:
2,23 – 1,30

9.Day:
Nothig

10.Day:
2,31 – 1,90 – 1,79 – 1,71 – 1,53 – 1,41 – 1,14

11.Day:
2,202,092,00 – 1,93 – 1,93 – 1,84 – 1,80 – 1,72 – 1,70 – 1,70 – 1,64 – 1,50 – 1,48 – 1,46 – 1,40 – 1,40 – 1,36 – 1,33 – 1,26 – 1,15 – 1,12

12.Day:
2,24 – 1,73 – 1,65 – 1,62 – 1,50 – 1,46 – 1,31 – 1,16 – 1,07 – 1,05 – 1,00

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