Spring­time on the Ebro

Carpworld - - ECHOES -

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

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