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moved to the left as the boys’ rods
started to sing their merry tunes. Robbie had gotten into the largest fish, a
nice looking low 40 with a couple of
mid 30s following. Shane, not having
as much luck, only seemed to find
20lb-plus fish with his biggest going
27lb.
The next morning we had to be off
but not before the boys received
some more action having three runs
in five minutes with two small 20s
and Robbie catching a 36lb fish. As
we packed away the gear we vowed
to return after we had celebrated the
New Year.
Once again, after kneading a nasty
hangover we made our way to the
same spot as before, and thankfully
there was no one fishing the swim. I
had literally only had my rods in the
water for around an hour when one of
my rods started knocking – a true
winter take. After striking I was met
with some force and the clutch
started to whine. After a spirited fight,
the fish slowly made its way to the
net and went in first time. It looked a
right lump, and on the scales it went
47lb, a new Spanish PB and equalling
my St Lawrence record, so I was truly
ecstatic. My fishing went downhill
from there and over the next two days
I only managed two small carp. The
lads were getting into the fish though
and landed a couple of low 40s and a
host of smaller fish. With time not on
our side, we made a slow pack up and
I wondered to myself when I would
be back.
Once back in Riba Roja I got onto to
my emails to find that a group of lads
from the Black Country wanted to
come out at short notice so with no
delay they flew out three days later
and once again I found my way
upriver to the same spot. Turning up
at the area I was a little disappointed
that someone else was in the swim,
but after some twisted Spanish I
found they were leaving the next day,
and as we had a week ahead of us we
could be patient. Whilst fishing fur-
(Top) Robbie with a low 40.
(Left) Chilling by the fire.
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