Brothers Ian and Neil recently returned to Sierra Brava for holiday number three for the Liverpool based family. Roy wasn’t joining them this time, due to running out of fishing holiday tokens, and having to take the misses away instead. Neil couldn’t make it on trip two, but returned for this holiday, along with committed Ian – back for his third trip in just over a year. Ian caught the big mirror last November weighing 45lb 5oz. Dad Roy used to hold the common carp record for clients, until Danish Brain sneaked that title from the Scousers, in March of this year. It has always been great fun with the Gowars, what was going to happen on this trip.
Looking at the weather and free swims available, I opted to put the lads in a swim at the top end of the lake, furthest from the dam, but still in view of the main body of the lake. Armed with plenty of Krill boilies and particle, the lads got set up, and fished at the same distance to keep the fish on the same line as they moved through the swim. They didn’t have to wait long for the first take, and Ian was soon into a fish, which sadly won the battle as it made the tree he was fishing to. That’s fishing!
Brother Neil was next in, as I prepared dinner, and unlike Ian, Neil steered this one carefully to the net. The lads decided on a friendly competition for the week, and Neil struck first blood with the first fish landed. In fact Neil was soon in a healthy lead as he went on to land fish, almost every day, inevitably losing a few along the way. By the end of the week, he had had more than twenty takes, and successfully landed 15 public water carp to a fraction under 30lbs.
Brother Ian seemed to miss out on the action somewhat this trip, landing four well earned carp and losing a couple. Ian has had two great sessions on his last two trips, so we did both comment, that he was probably due a bad one at some point. You can be a good angler, and do everything by the book, but sometimes the fishing still leaves you scratching your head. It did however give Ian time to catch up on some reading (same book from the last holiday), do his press-ups, and spend his days lazily topping up his tan – on the’ boat!’
One notable thing on this trip was the sheer strength of the fish. A 13lb’er took twenty minutes to land, and Ian had his reel stripped down to his mark after getting the fish to the bank – also by a deceiving sized carp.
Neil fittingly took top honours this time, and fished very diligently to boot. It was pleasing to see, and brother Ian, was equally pleased for ‘little’ brother. Dad Roy would have too, been pleased for his son, and hopefully the family will be returning for the “Final assault on Brava”, later in November this year, to mark my final booking with clients at Sierra Brava, and what a honour it will be to guide the Gowars once again.