17.06.14

Couple Quit Their Jobs, To Fish Full Time - Part Eight

We’d fled the ice-cold wind in Southern France, hoping that conditions would be friendlier in Extremadura, Spain. We had been exposed to the elements for too long. It was too much. However, we suffered one week of non-stop rain in the middle of Spain while people in North Europe were enjoying T-Shirt weather. The local people looked depressed, they were not used to these conditions at beginning of April. We were trapped on a campsite. It took days before the urge to go fishing was strong enough to get us out; for two days fishing in the rain in our small Vaude two-man tent, sleeping on the ground on two tiny mats. Back to the basics. Just like during my first trip to France, almost twenty years ago.

However, we soon realised that static fishing really bored us. We felt trapped after fishing for two days in the same spot. A boat was only tolerated if it was small. A licence for a larger boat, on the other hand, seemed to be impossible to get. The certification documents for the boat were needed. After half a year the boat license might be sent to your Spanish address, so we were told. Without our boat, moving spots and searching for carp was not possible. Most Spanish carp anglers fished from the car. We saw plenty of them last weekend. We counted more than a dozen carp hunters. Seemingly, a carp match took place. Our Delkims stayed quiet for the two nights. We had to do something and a change was urgently needed. The static nature of our fishing made us almost depressive. Just some hours later we were back on the campsite. Frustration was flushed away with some San Miguel beers and a plan was made. We wanted to try something that does not seem to be usual in modern carp fishing… trekking.

Today we packed our backpacks. Our plan was to take only the most important stuff with us for one week’s fishing. We wanted to search for the carp actively, on foot. Only the bare necessities resulted in around 60kg of weight. It does still sound quite a lot, I know, but it all seemed essential for our trekking carp trip. We packed the minimum amount of three kilos of boilies for a week. For our own nutrition we were dependent on Mother Earth. We planned to cook tea of lake water, collect wild vegetables and catch some small pike. Three carp rods, a spinning rod, three Delkims, three banksticks, two roll-mats, a small trekking tent, a ground sheet, a little gas cooker, basic nutrition for a week, two pots and a pan, some pop-ups and so on. We split the load into 40kg for me and 20kg for Caroline. Finally, the weather had changed and the sun showed its Spanish side. It was almost too warm, from around 15 degrees Celsius in the rain during the last week to a hot 28 degrees.

Whether trekking and carp angling on a 12,000-acre water are compatible, we should know next week. The goal is to have a good overview of the shallower part of the lake and to fish as many spots as possible. I would love to net a 40lb carp while trekking. Caroline wants to put even a bigger one on the mat! Hey wait, we won’t take a mat with us, nor scales. Most of our kit stays in the van that is parked on the campsite. Any carp we catch will have to be unhooked and measured in the water. Keep it simple. Will our plan work out with the gigantic distances here? Will the weight be too heavy on our shoulders? Can you fish a 12,000-acre lake without a boat? We will know very soon. We are just about to leave!

So long,
Alex and Caroline

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