Hi folks, it’s been a cracker of a month on Orellana with Catch Carp Spain. The lake has been fishing really well this year with some impressive fish hitting the bank. At my last count I had seen or heard of 5 fish over the 30kg mark with the biggest being 34kg. As we started the second half of the year the target was set for one of our clients to crack the 30kg mark and as it had been producing such good fish in the first half of the year we felt that it was definitely on.
We had the great pleasure this month of having the lads over from catchincarpinthecanaires.com for a short break and a good social. It’s the first time the lads had been here and were over to try their hand for one of the Famous Orellana Commons. The weather for their stay was not the best. It was cold wet and windy for the weekend but we still managed a couple of commons for the lads. Unfortunately there were no monsters. A great time was had on the bank with Jon and Ian being a couple of currant buns and myself being a supporter of the cabbage and ribs. There was plenty of banter and wind ups flying around the bank along with a few beers. Cheers for the tee shirt lads I shall wear it with pride and hope to see you here again soon for another crack at a monster common. I will defo be trying to get myself over to your place for a go at some canary mirrors.
The month has also seen the return of our regular clients from Austria, Gerald and Christoph. This is the fourth time the lads have been here and they have had some cracking fish over the years. Their stay this time was shorter than they would have liked but they still had 10 days fishing with us. The two of them usually like to start by having a go on some areas that they have chosen themselves. This is great for us as it means that we get some great feedback on new areas of the lake that we may not have fished ourselves. This time I did think that it could be a bit of a gamble as time was short and the weather conditions were not looking that great but they went for it anyway and fair play to them. It was a difficult first three days for them with a move of location taking place on all three days. It is not that big a deal to do now with our 5 meter skiff and is a must on a lake like this. If you are seeing no fish it generally means there is none and you could wait for ever for them to come to you so it is much better to go and find them. They did have one or two fish over the first three days but nothing that was worth hanging around for so with their time ticking down it was time to hit some of our big fish producing areas that we know with our years of experience come up with the goods. The first spot that we hit which the lads have fished before and had fish out at over 25kg never really worked out for them. They had some fish but still no monster so it was time after a couple of days for one last move. After a chat with Gerald it was decided to go to a spot that they had only fished once before but that I and other clients have had many 20+kg fish out of. We have seen and heard some monsters here over the years and it was feeling right for a monster. It turned out to be a master stroke as on the first night Gerald was straight onto the fish with 4 in a night up to 17kg. I don’t know what it is but you sometimes just get a feeling that something special is going to happen. I had been talking to Gerald that it is time now for the big one and guess what happens the next morning bang and along comes the big one. I was over the moon to get the text that said ‘got him woohoo’ as I knew what it meant. So it was in the boat and off up the lake to take the photos of our first 30kg common and what a fish it was. It turned out to hit the scales at a fin perfect 30.3kg (66.6lbs) with no signs that it had ever been caught before. What a fish again from this incredible water which just seems to get better and better. I was over the moon that it was one of our regular clients who got our first thirty. I’m sure that there are many more 30+kg fish to come. What a year Gerald is having also catching a 39.5kg fish from a lake in Austria early in the year. Well done mate great fishing.
Well as you can probably imagine we are looking forward to the 7 months of fishing before we stop for the summer. Let’s hope that there are more monster 30+kg fish on the way. Come and try for yourself. The fishing here is like nothing you will ever had experienced before.