We decided to end the fishing season in a warmer climate, so we took our annual end-of-year trip to Ebro river. It’s no accident that this wild Spanish river has become one of our most frequent destinations. It has an impressive population of really big fish, which is a lot of fun and perfect for testing out new tackle in extreme conditions.
Our mode of transportations completely ruined our plans regarding the amount of tackle we would be taking. Because of the restrictions on the size of luggage allowed on planes we decided to thoroughly plan our strategy before departure. In the end we decided to make those six days all about spin fishing and hunting for the record-breaking catfish that live in the Ebro river.
For the first four days we focused on perch and zander. We rigged our rods with the infallible Saira lures and legendary Fishunters, enhanced by jig heads from the Jaws line. Our choice of lures quickly proved to be spot on, as we caught the biggest zander (79 cm) of the trip on the very first day using the slender yet powerful Sicario M spin rod and an 18-centimetre Goliat. All four days were a success, as the fish were biting all the time. We all had our hands full and we caught dozens of zander (around 50-75 cm) as well as some beautiful 30-40 cm perch. The tackle we brought turned out to be very reliable and held out perfectly despite countless predator attacks and a difficult riverbed. The Jaws jig heads, which are rigged with strong hooks, never bent under the weight of fish and they withstood all the trees and sharp rocks. In order not to loose our entire rig we used Nihonto Prime fluorocarbon leaders to prevent the braided line from abrasions. They remained very well masked under water. The time we spent spin fishing flew by and was very productive. However, we all knew the best was yet to come.
We prepared everything for the catfish very carefully. Where else do you have the chance to fight a real monster and score a personal best? We didn’t have much time left so there was no room for error when it came to choosing the tackle and lures. We were mostly planning on using the vertical technique. The bountiful river didn’t make us wait very long and we had our first chance to test our tackle after only 40 minutes. Unfortunately, despite an epic struggle, the fish managed to get away using on of the posts of a nearby bridge. We got over it pretty quickly though because it wasn’t long before Marcin had another bite. We knew we had to make it work that time. After a hard struggle, during which the bend of the rod was showcased beautifully, we saw an incredible, 189 centimetre catfish.That really made us think about all the other monsters that Ebro was hiding. Luckily, the river was kind to us and we all had a chance to face off with a catfish before the day was over.
The next day, after a quick rest, we were pumped after the previous days success and we decided to start fishing early in the morning. This time we were using 20 cm Sairas, which are swallow-type lures with a ribbed body. They were rigged with 30-gram Jaws jig heads with treble hooks. Arkadiusz started out the strongest, he pulled out three 150-180 centimetre fish within an hour. Suddenly everything sped up for a few hours as the fish were feeding, then calmed down later. However, the real storm came later in the day, when our Cat Fish rod (form the Cat Territory line) signaled a bite. Mariusz grabbed the rod and, after a few minutes of hauling, he knew he was in for a real struggle. The fish was a true warrior and didn’t go down without a fight. It was the biggest and final catch on this trip – 228 cm. Our tackle made this win possible. We paired the Cat Fish with an incredibly strong Amok reel, which has a smooth drag system, and an eight-strand Octa Braid braided line (0,60 mm diameter). The action of the rod itself was also very helpful – it’s very sensitive and has a huge power reserve, so a secure haul is guaranteed and you can feel the fish moving underwater. Add some fishing skill and you have a great fishing trip.
The time on Ebro was over quickly but we made some amazing memories and came back to Poland wholly satisfied.We were proud that we chose the right tactics and that our tackle lived up to our expectations and never let us down.
Mikado Fishing Team