March has been an absolutely cracking month here in Extremadura with Catch Carp Spain. The month began with an old friend of ours coming up from the coast for a session on Sierra Brava. Beaky was an original customer of our tackle shop in Marbella, and was one of the first clients we took to Extremadura. Beaky had brought his mate Keith with him and another friend Mick was due to join us the next day. When we arrived on Sierra Brava for the first day’s fishing, weather conditions were pretty bad, with strong winds and the roads around the lake an absolute mess from the amount of rain we’d had in the previous weeks. After looking at the conditions, myself and Beaky decided it would be a better idea to crack open a bottle and catch up on old times whilst waiting for conditions to improve. Needless to say myself and Beaky got very little fishing done on the first day, but nevertheless had a great laugh. On awaking the next morning, the wind had died down a bit and the swim I’d chosen was looking promising, so 3 rods went straight out. Within 45 minutes I had my first fish on the bank which was a cracking 36lb Sierra Brava Mirror. After taking some pictures, got the rod back onto the same spot and 30 minutes later another cracking Sierra Brava Mirror was on the bank. This time weighing in at 31lbs. It was after this that events took a somewhat farcical turn. Anyway, to cut a long story short, and to save anyone any unnecessary embarrassment, the next couple of days were taken up with extracting a rather pissed off Beaky’s once shiny 4 wheel drive from a rather muddy hole. So, anyway, enough said….. back to the fishing. As it turned out, Beaky was to have the last laugh as on his first day back from muddy hole he landed a new p.b. a well nice 32 and a half pound Sierra Brava Common. Before leaving the boys, as I had to get back for more clients arriving, I managed a 28lb Common and by the way it was stripping line off my reel, I could have sworn it was a 50 plus fish. I was also glad to hear the next day that Mick banked a lake p.b. 36lb Common. Great time had lads, but next time can we leave out the drama?
In the middle of March it was Catch Carp Spain’s great pleasure to welcome our first fellow Celt group of anglers here to Extremadura. This turned out to be the best session of the year so far. The writing was on the wall from the outset with the lads being from Ireland, St Patrick’s Day falling during their stay with us, and Scotland playing Ireland in the Six Nations Rugby, as per usual Scotland lost the rugby and we all got well pissed on Paddy’s Day. So anyway, back to the fishing. The group consisted of A.J., Ricky, Declan, Gavin, Gary, Brian and not forgetting young Jordan. A.J. and Ricky spent the duration of their time with us on Sierra Brava with some outstanding results. Right from the off the boys were into big fish. On the first morning A.J. was straight onto the fish and had a 39lb Sierra Brava Common within the first hour of his rods being out. The boys managed in the first area they fished over the first 3 days, 3 or 4 fish all over 30lbs, whilst also losing a few good ones as well. The weather conditions at the time were not the best as there was not a cloud in the sky and temperatures were very hot with very little wind. This meant that the carp were milling about on the surface having a good old sunbathe. So it was decided after 3 days to move the boys down to one of my favourite swims on the lake. This swim is not everyone’s cup of tea as it’s fishing right in amongst a mass of snags and is real locked up, hit and hold stuff. After watching the lads fishing over the previous days, it was clear they were up to the job. I could go on forever about the fishing that took place over A.J. and Ricky’s next 6 days, but a brief summary being that the lads banked around 18 to 20 fish between them, with the majority being 30lb plus and A.J. landing the biggest at 43lbs. While the size of the fish were good, I think that both lads were more astonished at how hard fighting the Extremadura carp really are. Both A.J. and Ricky have fished abroad many times and have never seen tackle take so much abuse with rods sounding like they were going to break at any moment, hooks straightening and rodpods bent in all directions. A great time was had by all, with some top angling, and a couple of great gargles to boot. The other lads started their holiday with us on Orellana as they were all keen to land one of Orellana’s monster wild carp.