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Boat Fishing for Catfish | River Ebro | Spain


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. 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 pressured. This trip is fully guided at all times by a guide who will be driving your boat.

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.

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. During this time you will be trotting dead baits fished close to the riverbed, then, once that float dips, get ready for an epic battle, one that could mean you land a beast like you have never caught before. 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 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.

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.

Ebro Guest House

The charming English run Guest house 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.

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
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


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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 at the beginning or end in Spain, the itinerary below can be tailored to suit


Day 1

You will depart from the UK (alternative routes available) and arrive in Reus Spain.

Once you arrive, a Sportquest Holiday representative will be waiting to transfer you to your accommodation.

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.

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

Day 3: Fishing Day

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.

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

Day 4: Fishing Day

It is very possible that you may find yourself hooked in to a fish that may take up to an hour to land, but our guides will be there to help you.

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

Day 5: Fishing Day

Each day our guide will be on hand to help you in every way and will teach you from their vast knowledge of this river.

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

Day 6: Fishing Day

The areas you will be fishing are some of the prettiest parts of the lower River Ebro, therefore you may see things that no other angler has seen.

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

Day 7: Fishing Day

The guides know these rivers like the back of their hands, so will try their hardest to put you on fish every time.

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

Day 8:

In the morning you will be transferred back to the airport for your return flight back to the UK.


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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. Plus what’s more if you book with Sportquest Holidays your holiday is protect by our ATOL and the Travel Package Regulations Act. To see more details CLICK HERE.

Start Date End Date Days Nights Fishing Angler Non-Angler Availability Notes
01/01/2019 31/12/2019 8 7 6 £1,429 N/A Book Now N/A
01/01/2020 31/12/2020 8 7 6 £1,479 N/A Book Now N/A

Price Notes

Prices are based on two adults sharing transfers, fishing and single room for accommodation (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.

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 Guest house and Reus airport
  • All accommodation as per itinerary
  • Transfers to fishing boat
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • Access to 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


  • 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 larger than 2 then please call us for an update 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


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 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 is dependent on the airline. We therefore recommend that once your flights are booked you check on the airlines 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 Guest house (approx 45 minutes)

Barcelona airport to Guest house (approx 1hr 45 minutes)

Questions & Answers

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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.

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 hotel your guides will drive you down to your boat and then you will head out on the river to your chosen spot.

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.

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.

Do the guides speak English?

The hotel 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.

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 Sportquest Holidays. 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 days 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 costal 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 out door 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.


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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




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




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




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




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




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




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




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


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


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


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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