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River Ebro

Guiding and boats. Please note: We do not offer a guiding service but we have a boat for hire. What we are offering you is the chance of a self guided fishing holiday to fish the Ebro at your leisure. We can of course show you where really good fishing can be found.

Fishing licences are required at all times while fishing in Spain. They are available at several local outlets, or you can order online. They are valid for periods ranging from one year to four years depending on how much you want to pay. The cost for one year is about Ten Pounds. Follow this link for information on how to obtain a Spanish fishing licence for the Catalan stretch of the River Ebro.

Tackle - We currently have Catfish rods, Carp rods and some spinning rods. Rental prices are reasonable and a small deposit is required in case of damage. See our Prices Page for details.

Silurus glanis,

A very hard fighting fish for which you will need very strong tackle.

Catfish in the UK have never been as big as the wells catfish found throughout mainland Europe. In Europe a 150lb catfish would not be unusual. The Spanish record has been broken twice in recent years and currently stands well over 220lbs. On August 1st 2005 the Daily Mail reported on what was then Spain's biggest catfish. It was caught in the Ebro (not too far from us), weighing in at around 211lbs. More recently, on November 23rd 2006, the Daily Mail again reported a new record. This time it was a 226lb catfish.

Preliminary academic research in Flix resevoir using radio transmitter tags has proven beyond any doubt that Catfish are territorial and stay close to thier patch both at night and during the day. During daytime, the catfish were consistently located in the edges whilst travelling further away at night time.

The River Ebro is now Europe's premier destination for carp and catfish angler's, and is well known all over Europe for the large wells catfish, or 'siluro'. The river also holds a huge head of carp which the catfish feed on with the result that the Ebro cats grow at the rate of ten to fifteen pounds per year. The River Ebro has frequently produced many 100lb+ catfish to the travelling angler.

The River Ebro is considered by most anglers to be the best place in Europe to catch catfish. The catfish are getting bigger all the time since the fish have the perfect environment. They have a long growing season due to the Spanish winters being so short, huge amounts of food fish to feed on, and so little competition from other predators.

Catfishing seems to be becoming more and more popular amongst English, Dutch, and German anglers and it is possible that the River Ebro giants will continue to put on weight for some time yet. The wels is known to have a very long lifespan so maybe the record breaking fish will continue to appear for some time yet.

The wels catfish is not a native of Spain. Introduced from the River Danube for sport fishing in the 1970's, it has been reported as living in excess of 30 years, so has a long time to grow. The females usually spawn in May and June so will be at thier biggest then. It is presently confined to the River Ebro and tributaries.

The methods used in Spain are varied. The catfish is reported by some as being a predator, others claim it is a scavenger. It makes no diference, the fact is it will take most baits offered whether they be live baits, dead baits, carp baits, or lures. It is known that they will not eat for days then go into huge feeding frenzies - especially after dusk. They will often decimate whole shoals of fodder fish.

As with most predators catfish tend to eat and sleep, When catfish are feeding the fishing can be fantastic. Landing hundreds of pounds in one session is not unknown, but like any other fishing, be prepared to find things hard at times.

Carp pellets are a very popular hook bait for both the carp and catfish. For the catfish, live baiting and dead baiting with eels, small carp, mullet and bass, is very often successful too. One of the most abundant species in the river are common carp, with a few big mirror carp here and there. Mullet and Eels are also available and these and the common carp are often the best baits to use. Drift them down the margins and near shallow weed beds covering as much water as possible. This method is very productive. Occaisionally the odd albino catfish is caught.

Carp are present in huge numbers in the ebro. The most common species of carp are - common, mirror and crucian. Weights vary a lot. Crucians over a couple of pounds are rare, common carp and mirror carp run to much higher figures with 25-30 pounds being regularly reported.

If fishing for common carp and mirror carp then you are in luck. Lots of fisheries will have lots of small hard fighting fish making up the bulk of your net. Pole, whip, waggler, or feeder works well - just as it does in the uk.

Most fish in the Ebro are not tackle shy, many have never seen a hook! Especially away from the heavily commercialised areas. Remember the Ebro is over 500 miles long. There is more than just Mequinenza, Riba roja, and Flix. Remember also many fishing companies will only show the big fish that have been caught. Just look around the web to see. Don't let this put you off. There are lots of biggies there.

Feeding maggots or caster over ground bait won’t work everywhere. It will in the reservoirs behind the dams but in the main river it just gets washed away. Try the old favorites that the locals use. They will often out fish boilies and pastes on little fished waters. Try Par boiled baby potatoes, beans, boiled corn, maize, bread, paste, luncheon meat and sausage meat. Don’t ignore fruit flavors though. Use lots of free offerings. Pop-ups are also a very good bait. Finally, just to push it home - never ignore old fashioned bread crust or flake. Try this in the summer when the fish are visible on top. Live baiting is not permitted. night fishig is banned everywhere and carries huge fines and impounding of equipment.

In the depths on the embalses, use the feeder. Not only is it effective, but it’s often the only possible method. Float fishing is often only effective using a slider or trotting. The ‘method’ works well for small and large carp. This technique is becoming more and more popular amongst the local anglers nowadays.

To catch large specimens, then the classic specimen methods used in Northern Europe will score. If your water is rocky or snaggy, then tackle must be stepped up accordingly, with ‘rotten bottoms’ for your lead links. If you decide to try for crucians, then corn or maggot is often best. Fish classic crucian style – very light and hit the slightest of bites. Feed little and often to keep the fish close.

Zander prefer to hunt in low light conditions, so dawn and dusk are best. Use artificials or deadbaits. Spinners, vibrating lures, and plugs also work very well. Use a short wire trace and 10lbs line.

Fish for them as if you are fishing for pike or perch. If using deadbaits then stick to freshwater fish. Fish these free line or with as little lead a possible. If float fishing use thin pencil floats which offer very little resistance. Zander hate resistance and will drop a bait if they feel any. Zander can often run into double figures and in Spain are mostly eaten when caught by the locals. We would prefer it if you return them alive.

Mullet are often seen shoaling up near waste water outlets. The shoals can be enormous. Where this happens, it is usually a hot spot for the catfish since they know its an easy supply of food. They often go into hugefeeding frenzies and this is a perfect spot for seeking out those big elusive catfish.

Bass give good sport,and can be fished for on a variety of methods. Try fly fishing, spinning, float fishing, or jigging. It is a good idea to fish using the roving method, carrying a small bag of jigs, lures, mepps, forceps and a landing net. Spanish anglers tend to use small four centimetre rapalas. Most patterns work well and mottled patterns which look like perch or pike are especially effective. July to September are the best months. The Bass are of the black wide mouthed american variety.

The river Ebro is only 5 minutes drive from our farm. The river Ebro is approximately 565 miles long and varies in width from about 100 Yards upwards. The River is the longest and only major river in Spain that flows into the Mediterranean sea and only the Ebro and it's tributaries hold catfish. Where we are, the fishing pressure is not as intense as further up river at Riba Roja or Mequinensa even though we are less than 10 miles from Riba Roja and less than 18 from Mequinenza - an easy drive if you want to go there. The catfish were originally introduced from the river Danube in the late 1970's. They can now be found all the way down to the Mediterranean sea and far upstream.

The river Ebro is one of Europe's best known coarse fisheries and is world famous for the large stock of fish it holds. The river holds many species including Wild Carp, Mirror Carp, Crucian Carp, Chub, Barbel, Roach, Rudd, Dace, Black Bass, Eels, Wels Catfish, Mullet and Zander . There are many safe accessible swims for you to try and there are tackle shops here and there from which you can buy your bait etc. There are 35 dams on its length, and there are several good areas for fishing nearby. There is no close season and the fishing on the River Ebro is amazing! Nowhere else will you be able to enjoy such good sport. Where the waters are vast, many guides rely on boats and fishfinders. Where we are, this is really not needed since bank fishing presents no problems either for locating the fish or for playing them. The most productive methods in our area are live baiting, dead baiting, drifting, lure fishing, and in the slack areas particle baits work well. The river ebro in this area is not heavily fished so catches can be very good.

During the spring the river normally carries a lot of water due to the snow melting on the Pyrenees so during this period the current can be very strong. April is the wettest month so come prepared, but don't be discouraged some huge fish have been caught during these months.

The River Ebro is an anglers paradise. Catalonia is one of the most popular destinations for coarse fishing holidays in Spain. The area is absolutely stunning and the fishing can be fantastic. The summer tends to be more popular for catfishing holidays and in the winter, carp fishing holidays are more popular. In winter the carp tend to form huge shoals which can result in fantastic bagging up sessions.

If you have a real a passion for angling then come fishing on one of our cheap fishing holidays in Spains beautiful catalonia. You'll love the place!

River Ebro catfish fishing can result in 100lb+ catfish like this

A magnificent catfish from the river Ebro near our farm.

River Ebro - you could be cat-fishing here!

Some of the catfishing is in locations like this - The Ebro Valley.

River Ebro Boat Hire

Our boat is available for hire.

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