Welcome to Gary Allen’s Regency Angling.
Garry offers one of the best all year Carp fishing and Catfishing holidays in Spain, with March through to November being the best time for the Cats. He is based in the village of Mequinenza, on the junction of the mighty River Ebro and the River Segre, home of Catfishing in Spain
Private Guiding by Gary Allen
Gary’s roots in fishing go back many years he was one of the founding members of the catfish conservation society in the UK. He is also a well know fisherman in his own write with some big bag catches behind him. due to his local knowledge In 2003 Gary Allen was invited to make a documentary with good friend John Wilson about the Carp and Catfishing around the Rio Ebro & Rio Segre at Meqinenza in Spain.
Gary if a fluent Spanish speaker and moved to Spain having fond the best fishing around when it was then still very much a secret word of mouth location. Soon though thanks to a few newspapers and a fishing video or two the New’s was out the big cats had arrived so Gary’s expert local knowledge was in demand. He soon found himself working as a guide Bavarian fishing campsite on the then edge of Mequinenza town. Over the years he has gained a unique knowledge of the ever-changing river bed as it ebbs and flows in flood and drought.
These days the Ebro is a world-class fishery and know by every fisherman looking for some excitement. We have seen a few large group based guided fishing establishments over the years since Bavarian led the way some have come and gone and a few still hang on offering catfish and carp all year round guided trips.
Gary’s roots have always been in conservation good fish care and preserving the environment he is ok with passing that knowledge on so his approach is much more personal low key one. We all want to catch a big fish but part of that is that it is “your” catch not one where the guide sets the hook when the fish runs and passes it on for the long wind in. it is half the battle so if that’s what you want then Gary’s not the guide for you.
100lb catch guaranty, as a real fisherman you will know there is no such thing. So why do you see it in lots of guiding offers, simply you’re the fish they want to catch. We have seen things like. When fishing in a group then if one person gets a 100lb plus – you all got it, double rooms so if you get your fee “missed the big one” holiday next year then you may well have to pay for the unoccupied bed or bring a friend at full price. One of the best ones is you did not fish the required hours as you wanted to go for dinner early one night. You swapped one rod for Cap fishing one afternoon. They also know you won’t want to fish alone so it’s a good chance next time you will bring a friend who is paying. If you’re ok with sort of thing then read the small print and ask any questions before you arrive and you wont to go home disappointed but you may also not get the 100lb fish in the promise.
First, it is your trip, so you choose what to fish for and when to fish? Second is small and personal with up to 4 people (maybe more if you have been with him before and can fish unaided) but best kept small. He will expect you to follow advice with good fish care and preserving the environment, riverbank and respect the local community.
Garry is happy to give you assistance, show you how and where then you are the fisherman. He can stay with you on the bank till you get your confidence then he is just a phone call away (partly guided). If you would like to go out on the boat then he will be there for you and will show you the watercraft you need and places to fish. He can be with you all the time and provide fully guide stays.
Flexible, you can change your mind on swims that you have a choice in, change from Cats to Carp, bank to boat. Even just finish early and enjoy the Friday or Saturday night in the village.
He will organize and recommend your bait, provide Rod loan / Hire, and help with licenses
The basic accommodation consists of:
A Willerby static cezzane mobile home in the secure gated surrounds of Garry’s home
with fantastic views of the rivers and castle. There is also a tackle store and drying room on-site.
fully equipped with:
Bedrooms: 2 – All bedrooms are complete with bedding.
Lounge/Kitchen – The kitchen is fully fitted and includes all your pots, pans, etc.
Bathroom, Shaded Terrace with BBQ area.
He can organize other types of hostel, hotel, and villa if you prefer but staying in the mobile is preferred as it allows access to the fishing equipment for early starts or late finish if you want them this can be restricted by using other accommodation.