Springtime on the Ebro
On the River Ebro in Spain things are starting to warm up after a long chilly spell. The nights are still cold but once the sun comes up things take on a different complexion and temperatures have been reaching over 20ºc. Of course that makes a huge difference to the guides down there, who can at last expect things to start picking up. The good news is that both carp and catfish are on the move and some good ones have been caught from various sections. Ditch Ballard, of Ebro Mad Cats, has been behind the rods again after having a lay off for a while, and it didn’t take him long to get back into the swing of things with a big, chunky common on his first morning back. He also had some guests out in the shape of partners, Mitch and Kelly, who were there mainly to target the cats. On the very first evening of their Ebro safari they latched in to a huge beast weighing 168lb – but after that came one of the special jewels of the river when they banked one of the colourful Mandarin cats! These are quite rare captures and certainly on the ‘wanted’ list for most catfish anglers. So to get one this early on in the season is a real bonus.
SPAIN: RIVER EBRO Ditch Ballard with a nice welcome back after a break from fishing
Mitch and Kelly with their huge 168lb catfish