Craig lands a real cracker at 46lbs
Well it’s been another cracking month here in Extremadura with C.C.S. The month got off to a difficult start with mental weather, high air pressure no wind and not a cloud in the sky. Great weather for sun bathing but crap for carp fishing in February. We had 2 top lads Peter and Charith out from Holland for 10 days during this time and it really was tough fishing but the lads were both experienced carp anglers so knew the score. They started on Lake Orellana with Craig but with conditions as they were it was soon decided that Sierra Brava would be the better option. In these conditions it really was a case of fishing for bites. In the end after a good few swim changes both myself and Craig managed to get the lads some fish, no big ones but they did have 6 runs and put 4 fish on the bank all doubles. For the last few days I had the lads back down at Orellana to see if we could temp a biggie out but it was not to be with no change to the weather conditions. I think the lads really appreciated the effort that we put in for them in very difficult conditions as they are coming back to fish with us later in the year.
Three days after the Dutch lads went back there was a massive change in the weather with a large front coming in from the west with high wind, low pressure and a good bit of rain on the way just what we had been hoping for. We were straight onto Orellana the day the weather changed and what a cracking weeks fishing it turned into especially for Craig. As anybody who reads the news updates will know over the last few years I have been on an incredible run of luck where it’s seemed every time I put a line in the water it came back with a 40lb plus carp on the end. Craig who you have to remember has been putting clients onto fish over 50lb has had bugger all luck, if you can call catching hundreds of thirties no luck. It is unbelievable how many 39lb carp he had last year without breaking the 40lb mark. Things were about to change. Over the first couple of days we were straight into the fish with some nice 20lb plus fish coming out to both our rods and myself having a nice 34lb fish. On the third day Craig shot off to get Stu who was coming up from Seville to join us on the bank for the rest of the week. Craig had been away about 45 minutes when one of my rods ripped off and I was into a fish and a good one. The lads arrived back just in time to slip the net under a cracking carp for me just shy of 43lb, the jammy git does it again. It only took about an hour and the reel was screaming off again and this time it was a fish just over the 40lb mark so I was well happy with the days fishing.
The next day was to see Craig getting the bit of luck that was well overdue. It started with him cracking the 40lb mark with a stunning carp just under 42lb. He went on to top that with a real cracker at 46lb and finished it off on the last day with a 44lb carp. Get in there mate great fishing and nothing more than you deserved. The final tally for the 6 days on the bank was fantastic considering it was still February. Craig in the end had 1 double, 6 twenties, 5 thirties and three forties. Stu chipped in with 2 mid-thirties and I ended up with 1 double, 3 twenties, 4 thirties and two forties. What a great session. I think this year could be Craig’s year though with bookings up and a busy year ahead for Catch Carp Spain it might slow him down.