Viva Espana - Dean Macey

With the fish all over the UK thinking of spawning, our Guru globetrotter Dean Macey has been away to the wonderful River Ebro for a few days carping. It’s a venue that he has fished a few times but for the monster catfish rather than the carp. This trip he had his sights set on his first Ebro 40lb common but on arrival all reports pointed towards a tough few days with the water three feet up and bites hard to come by.
Not to be put off, Dean and his fishing partner for the trip Neil Cobley headed off to a stretch that was a few miles from where everyone seemed to be heading. The thinking being that the fish may have shied away from the pressure.
The first day they were faced with temperatures of 42 degrees and even though three fish were caught, three fish were actually lost. Deano was not a happy bunny! The following day the two were hit with a sand storm and even though it was uncomfortable, they managed to land plenty of cats and a few carp each. Neil landed the biggest at 37lb; an Ebro PB. Most importantly, the rig modifications seemed to work as they didn’t drop a single fish! The third and final day of the trip was met with heavy rain first thing and a 10-degree drop in air temperature but the two anglers didn’t quit and still managed to put fish on the bank.
Aside from the thirty seven, all the other fish were low to mid-twenties; not exceptional for the Ebro but great sport when things were stacked against the duo and the fish were not really having it.