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Boat Fishing for Catfish | River Ebro | Spain

Overview

Tour code: SPA002  

This amazing destination located on the lower River Ebro is a world away from the normal bank fishing. Here we utilise modern boats to target these freshwater beasts and once you have caught your first Catfish from a boat, you will not go back. So far our customers have landed fish to 198LB with the average fish around 100lb. Yes, these are not as big as the Cats that get caught on the upper stretches but playing a fish of this size from a boat is so very different than standing on the bank.

If you are serious about your Catfishing and are ready for an action-packed fishing holiday, then look no further. We are pleased to bring you this great destination, which is located on the lower stretches of the Ebro River. You may be asking yourself why the lower stretches, there is one simple answer – it is far less pressure. This trip is fully guided at all times by a guide who will be driving your boat.

Location

You will be fishing the lower reaches of the Ebro Delta close to the town of L’ampolla, the areas you will be fishing are renowned for there large Catfish and the best bit about these areas is that despite the great number of fish present they are far less pressured than areas that are normally fished by those from the banks.

This destination isn’t your normal overcrowded Ebro style of fishing, all the fishing is done by boat, which means you can reach those less pressured areas. You will get the feeling you are the only one fishing, which couldn’t be further away from your run of the mill Ebro trips, but still, be surrounded by stunning backdrops and awesome wildlife.

Fishing

You will be fishing the Ebro River aboard our fully customised boats that have been modified for locating, hooking and landing very large Wels Catfish. These boats are very stable 17 foot California Skiffs fitted with 50hp Honda 4stroke outboard motors with electric start and tilt features. These engines provide first-rate performance and reliability and allow you great mobility during the course of the day. A typical day on the river will be around 8 hours.

The fishing at this destination is done by fishing with baits ledgered on or near the bottom these baits come in a wide variety but one of the more commonly used baits is chicken, the catfish will move around and hone in on your bait hopefully wolfing it down and then giving you a fight you will not forget. These fish can reach sizes well in excess of 150lb in weight so the correct tackle is needed and this is supplied free of charge once you arrive in Spain, this means that you will have no worries about any tackle you have being under-gunned for the fish you will be catching.

Guides

This trip is fully guided by an English speaking guide who will help you every step of the way to catch that fish you have always wanted to land. These guides will offer any advice you may need and will be driving the boat for you, taking you to the marks and areas they think will produce the fish on the day you are fishing.

Contact Us

You can view all our other freshwater fishing destinations. If you have any questions about our fishing holidays in Spain you can contact us in the office or request a free brochure.

 

 

 

Accommodation
Ebro Guest House

The Ebro is renowned as one of the best destinations in the world for catching the infamous Wels Catfish. These jumbo moggies reach sizes well over 200lb in weight and offer anglers from the UK the chance to catch very large freshwater fish from taking just a short-haul flight to Spain. This holiday is also fully guided so from start to finish you will be I the best possible hands to do battle with these freshwater leviathans.

The Guest House

The charming English run Guesthouse is set in a tranquil countryside location and is ideal for very easy access to the river Ebro with it only being a short 10-minute drive away. The guesthouse is very modern and each angler will receive their own room – all with en-suite bathrooms.

There is also air-conditioning through-out the house, a bar with very reasonably priced drinks and refreshments, outdoor patio with barbeque, English satellite TV with full sky sports package & movies on a 42” wall-mounted TV and washing facilities.

The guesthouse is located a short 5 minute taxi ride away from the very popular resort of L’ampulla, where there is a vast selection of restaurants, bars, a beautiful Mediterranean harbour and a stunning beach.

Food & Drink

With this holiday being on a bed and breakfast basis, you will awake every morning to the inviting smell of a beautiful breakfast buffet wafting through the air. Breakfast at the guesthouse consists of a buffet-style affair with everything from fresh fruit and cereals to a continental style breakfast with fresh meats and cheeses. Cooked breakfasts are available upon request when you are at the guest house, just chat with the waitress and inform her of what you wish to eat.

In the evenings you will have the chance to either eat within the guest house itself or venture out into Caspe and sample one of the many pubs or restaurants within this beautiful town.

The restaurant in the guest house serves traditional cuisine utilising their Mediterranean diet of products sourced from their own vegetable gardens and only use quality meats.

They have set menus for those who want a healthy diet and they also have an A la Carte menu still maintaining the basis of traditional products. For breakfast, they serve an “All you can eat” buffet. There is also a picnic service for trips outside of the hotel great for those choosing to go fishing.

They also cater for vegetarian or vegan menus, low salt diets or gluten-free diets.

Lunches are provided on this holiday and come in the form of a packed lunch to ensure that whilst you are on the bank you are not left hungry, drinks are also included whilst out fishing.

Board: Bed & breakfast
Rooms: Single rooms with En-suite
Telephone: In reception
Internet: Free WiFi
Laundry: Washing machine
Power: 220 volt
Air Conditioning: Throughout Villa
Alcohol: Chargeable
Equipment Hire: Included
Cash Accepted: Euros
Species Information
Catfish
Season: All year
Peak: May to October
Weight: 10lb to 220lb
Average Weight: 80lb
Common Carp
Season: All year
Peak: May to October
Weight: 10lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 20lb
Mirror Carp
Season: All year
Peak: May to October
Weight: 10lb to 50lb
Average Weight: 20lb

Itinerary

Although the fishing has set weeks, we have daily flights departing from the UK, therefore should you wish to either extend your stay with additional days in the beginning or end in Spain, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit.

Day 1:

Depart UK (alternative routes available)
Arrive Reus

Once you arrive, a representative from the Catfish company will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation. This takes a little while but you will get a good sense of your surroundings.

On arrival, you will be shown to your room where you will be free to unpack and relax before your first days fishing.

Overnight accommodation: Guest House (Single room) B/B

Day 2: Fishing Day

Each morning at a pre-arranged time you will be picked up and driven the short distance to your boat ready for your full days fishing with a Guide. All tackle is supplied and will be waiting on the boat each day for you free of charge.

Overnight Accommodation: Guest House (Single room) B/B

Days 3 & 4: Fishing Days

Each day after breakfast our guides will take you to areas that very rarely get fished to target Catfish by boat with trotted dead baits. You may throughout your day get to fish many different areas that all hold huge Catfish.

Overnight Accommodation: Guest House (Single room) B/B

Days 5 TO 7: Fishing Days

Over the next three days, our guide will be on hand to help you in every way and will teach you from their vast knowledge of this river. There are a few different techniques to try and you can discuss this with your fishing guide each day

Overnight Accommodation: Guest House (Single room) B/B

Day 8:

In the morning you will be transferred back to the airport in time for your return flight

Depart Reus
Arrive UK

Prices

Remember that Sportquest Holidays' services are completely FREE! When you book a trip with Sportquest Holidays, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge and flights independently.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/09/2020 30/09/2020 8 7 6 £1,442 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2020 31/10/2020 8 7 6 £1,442 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/11/2020 30/11/2020 8 7 6 £1,442 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/12/2020 31/12/2020 8 7 6 £1,442 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/01/2021 31/01/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/02/2021 28/02/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/03/2021 31/03/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/04/2021 30/04/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/05/2021 31/05/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/06/2021 30/06/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/07/2021 31/07/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/08/2021 31/08/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/09/2021 30/09/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A
01/10/2021 31/10/2021 8 7 6 £1,640 N/A Enquire Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and a single room for accommodation based on bed and breakfast (unless otherwise stated) and are correct at the time of going to press. Subject to time of year or date and currency fluctuations, these prices may fluctuate slightly due to flight price increases or fuel surcharge.

ATOL
Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

What's Included

  • All international flights
  • All transfers to and from Guesthouse and Reus airport
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transfers to the fishing boat
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Access to a professional guide
  • State of the art fishing boat
  • 6 days fishing
  • Fishing equipment
  • Fishing Bait
  • Fishing license
  • Boat fuel
  • Bed linen and towels

What's Excluded

  • Personal holiday insurance
  • Personal items
  • Guide tips
  • Evening meals

Options

  • Other Uk Airports (Subject to availability price may increase)

  • Upgrade to Hotel Flamingo 4*
  • Car Hire
  • Transfers to and from Barcelona and Valencia

Price Supplements

  • If your group size is smaller than 2 then please call a member of the Sportquest team for an updated price.

Price Match Promise

We are so confident that our packaged prices are the best available and offer great value for money.

If, however, you find an identical holiday available with any other fully bonded Tour Operator at a lower price, we will match that price.

Financial Security

Holidays or flights booked with Sportquest Holidays Limited are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority by our ATOL bond (Number 6371). ATOL protects you from losing your money or being stranded abroad. It does this by carrying out financial checks on the firms it licenses and requiring a guarantee, called a bond.

Tour Notes

Visa

A machine-readable passport with at least 6 months before expiry. No visa for UK citizens required.

Medical Requirements

No vaccinations currently required.

Please Note

All details of visa and medical requirements are correct at time of press however please check these requirements for changes.

Departure tax

There is no departure tax from Spain.

Flight Route & Flight Time

UK – Reus (approx 3 hrs)

Baggage Allowance

Your actual allowance is based on both which airline you are flying with and also what class of seat you are travelling in. Normally in the economy it is 1 checked bag, Premium Economy / Business 2 checked bags, First 3 checked bags. In addition to your checked bags, you are also allowed 1 cabin bag and either 1-laptop bag or ladies handbag. The actual size and weight limit for bags are dependent on the airline. We, therefore, recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airline’s website for the up to date allowances.

If your itinerary includes private light aircraft or helicopter flights we will advise you on your baggage and weight allowance.

Transfer Time

Reus airport to Guesthouse (approx 45 minutes)

Barcelona airport to Guesthouse (approx 1hr 45 minutes)

Questions & Answers

Where is the Lodge?

The Catfish fishing is based near the town of L’ampolla Spain, this accommodation is a short journey from the fishing grounds but also has all the amenities of the town close by. This means that if you need any provisions when on this holiday you will be able to go and get them from the local shops.

Where do they fish?

You will be fishing in the amazing River Ebro, this river is famed for its huge fish potential with Catfish to over 200lb and Carp to over 40lb. You will be fishing from the banks of this large river and your baits will be placed in the best positions to try and catch these fish.

How long does it take to reach the fishing grounds?

The fishing boats are a short drive from the hotel your guides will drive you down to your boat and then you will head out on the river to your chosen spot. The guides are all local and know what places fish best at the right times so they will ensure you get the best possible fishing experience.

What fish will I catch?

Whilst fishing on the River Ebro you will predominantly be targeting the huge Catfish and Carp that live in these waters. There are also chances to catch other species too like Barbel, Ide and Zander.

How many fish will I catch?

When on the Ebro you are fishing for a specimen fish so there may be quiet times but these waters have the capability to produce some absolute monsters so that one run could be the fish of a lifetime. when fishing for the smaller species

How do they fish?

The fishing on the River Ebro for the catfish is done by float fishing dead baits near the bottom, Catfish are bottom feeders so this is the way to target these fish. Big baits will be used and these are dead fish baits as these are durable and the large size means they cannot be taken by smaller fish. Another favourite bait for the boat fishing on the Ebro is Chicken carcasses, these can be a very effective bait on their day.

Do the guides speak English?

The guesthouse manager and staff all speak perfect English and will always help you with any questions that may arise.

Who is best suited to this destination?

The river Ebro is a great destination for all, as the accommodation, restaurant/bar and of course the fishing has been set up to ensure everyone has the best experience of Spain. you will have a guide with you at all time s to ensure that your fishing experience is the best it can be.

What skill level is required?

As mentioned previously, this destination suits all abilities as you have nice weather, protected rivers and a guide who will help you with everything you need.

How physically demanding is this trip?

The destination is suitable for all abilities, the fish can put up a big fight as you would expect from something that can grow to over 200lb but your guide will be there to help you if you need help.

When to go?

This destination is fishable nearly all year with the prime months for the big Catfish being the warmer spring and summer months of May through to September.

How to get there?

You will fly from a UK airport (roughly 2 hours) to Reus where you will be picked up by a representative from guided Catfish. The transfer to the accommodation by car is then around 1 hour.

What is the accommodation like?

The Ebro fishing guest house is perfectly set up for the angler as well as an ideal place to rest and refresh after a hard day fishing on the Ebro. You will not have to walk far for your meals and is the best place in town to share your fishing stories. The Hotel Flamingo is a four-star hotel situated in the coastal town of L’Ampolla, a very vibrant and modern Spanish town. The hotel offers very comfortable and well-equipped rooms with excellent facilities and services. The hotel also benefits from an indoor and outdoor pool with plenty of sun loungers. The hotel restaurant offers breath-taking views over the Gulf of Sant Jordi and also the Ebro Delta.

What is the food like?

There are numerous bars/restaurants which are open every day and is where you will be eating your meals. They have a wide selection for the evening meals and if you request something different, they will try very hard to accommodate you. There is also a good selection of alcohol on offer.

Does the lodge provide fishing tackle?

All tackle is provided at the Ebro fishing and this tackle is of very high quality.

Is internet and phone signal available?

The phone signal and Wi-Fi is very good all around the camp and it is free for customers to use. Just ask a member of the staff for the password when you arrive.

 

Are there other activities available?

The town of L’ampolla is in a beautiful area of Spain meaning that visiting customers can go for a walk or cycle ride. Another option is to visit one of the stunning vineyards close by.

How much does it cost?

We offer the complete package including all flights and transfers. To view, all available weeks and prices click the ‘Dates & Prices’ tab above.

Blogs

Reviews

Paul

Just a simple thank you for a dream trip, what next?

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Well, where would you like to go? we have a massive brochure

I will give you call soon to help you put some thoughts together

Regards

Peter

Lee

I have been to spain many times for the cats and fancied something different. when i found this trip it looked exactly what i was after. I have spent many days lined up on the bank waiting for a bite so when i saw you could fish from a boat i wanted to go. The guide was very good and spent a lot of time helping us find fish. if there were no fish he would just move to a different spot. We all ended up with Cats over 100lb and will be back next year as i am hooked

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Lee, after going with us to our other Catfishing trip so many times i was glad when liked our new set up in Spain. The boat fishing option is the way i would go, so much fun

The guides do work very hard and we always get great comments on how professional they are

Thank you for your comments

Regards

Paul

Carl

Top marks to our guide who never failed to find us fish. It is such a different fight from a boat and a lot more enjoyable as you really feel part of your surroundings. The accommodation was great and the food to match. Many thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thats ok Carl glad we could help and i am pleased you mentioned about playing the fish from the boat as i try to explain this to new people and its hard for them to understand.

I shall pass on your kind remarks to our guides over there

Regards

Peter

Daniel

This part of the Ebro is so picturesque, it was like a completely different place compared to the other parts of the river i have fished. The cats were not as big but fishing from a boat made up for that, they just seemed to pull even harder.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

We often get comments on how stunning this area is and how it appears to be almost untouched. When we talked i did mention that the cats are on the smaller size in this area as it has not been filled in with pellets. But an average of around 80lb's is still a big Cat

Hope the trip lived up to your dreams

Regards

Mel

Jack

Being a coarse fisherman my PB was an 18lb Carp so with this trip booked, to say i was excited was an understatement. My new PB is now a 140lb Catfish and even managed a 28lb Carp. Fishing from the boat was hard going but the Guide moved the boat around to help me, i think it might have something to do with my age...... I will certainly consider going back next year

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jack, when i first spoke to you and you mentioned your PB i smiled to myself as i knew you would be coming home with something a little bit bigger

I always make people aware that from the boat it is much harder to land these huge fish as you have not got any solid ground underneath. The guides are very good

We have some great weeks available for next year Jack so please do get in touch

Regards

Peter

Tony

Thanks Paul for sending us to this part of Spain as the fishing was so good, we all caught lots of Cats and will be contacting you soon for next year

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

You are more than welcome Tony. Hope you have some great memories and i know the guides would love to have you back

Regards

Paul

Jack

The set up was spot on from the transfers to the accommodation and the fishing was fantastic. The guide helped us to get amongst some huge Cats in stunning surroundings, very rarely saw another angler which is completely different to the norm.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Hi Jack, we are pleased you liked this destination. It is quickly becoming the new way of catching those big Cats and don't they pull hard when you are on a boat.

Some of the pictures you gave us looked great and we will be than happy to help you for next year

Regards

Paul

John

Superb trip for two of us, thanks

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Thanks John for all your holiday ratings, we aim to please and so glad you had a great trip. Its nice to cat catfish on bait. Regards Peter

Ian

We had a great 4 days fishing on the Ebro River this February - Al and Martin were fantastic guys and managed to get us 4 cats between us ( biggest 168 lbs ) despite some very challenging weather conditions. Nothing was a problem for them - thanks to them both and especially to Martin for getting us safely home on one very stormy day - Cheers guys !

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ian, wow some amazing fish and in some cold weather, glad you liked the whole trip all our staff really do go that extra mile to ensure our customers enjoy themselves. Cheers Paul PS thanks for the 100% score

Ross

The guides were superb and the fishing fantastic...159lb, 153lb, 81lb, 80lb etc etc. The only thing I would have liked to be consulted on was the flights, it would be have been much more convenient to fly from Birmingham airport even at a greater cost. Stansted is a 3 hour drive and I had to pay for a weeks airport parking.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Ross, thanks for your comments and catch report, wow some amazing fishing you had, love the pictures. I am sorry about the flights I am no sure why there was never any mention about flights options from Birmingham, I will check this out with the staff as this would have given us a score of 100%. Hope to see you return back with us soon. Regards Mel

Michael

Fish were not very cooperative due to the weather, however I did catch every day and achieve my aim of a big cat over 100lb my biggest was 115lbs.

Reply from Sportquest Holidays

Michael, thanks for coming back to us, sorry to hear the weather slowed down the fishing, but great to hear that you caught catfish each and everyday. Plus congratulations on catching on your new personal best of 115lb. I look forward in managing your booking again. Regards Mel

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