Below are some comments from some of our past clients who wanted to let you know about the time they had with us.

“My friend and I, Mick Gee of Anglers World Holidays, decided to visit the region of Extremadura in Spain during summer 2010. Mick was on a trip to ascertain course fishing venues. Our guide for the week was Alan Hughes of Extremadura Fishing.

We fished in extremely difficult conditions in July, baking hot sun, clear waters and bright skies.

On meeting Alan it was our pleasure to immediately sense his passion for angling and his keenness to help in anyway he could. I felt at ease in his company straight away. Alan is fun to be with and a real genuine guy, in fact we have become friends since our trip.

The waters of Extremadura are vast and without knowledge of access and locations we would not have had a chance. In difficult conditions we caught Carp, Barbel and Catfish (channel). For anyone prepared to fish throughout the night in July and August the results would have been excellent. The tackle supplied by Alan is excellent, no need to take anything with you bar favourite hooks and end tackle items.

Alan’s partner, Susan, prepared delicious food for us to eat on the bank. Susan is a lovely lady too, nothing too much trouble and a great sense of humour.

I could not have asked for a more helpful guide. Over many years I have fished different locations with different people, Alan is the best. When spending money on a holiday it was a privilege to be with someone who is genuine, knowledgeable and honest. For anyone planning a trip to this area to fish I would have no hesitation in recommending Alan and Susan at Extremadura fishing.

If you require any further recommendation please do not hesitate to contact Alan for my number.

Yours sincerely

Steve Raisin”

Hi Alan,

Thank you for looking after us during our vacation in Extremadura, The time we spent with you was most enjoyable to say the least. Your service was at the top end for marks for the fishing, the locations you took us to were panoramic and peaceful, The food was delicious and plentiful, we couldn’t of asked for a better guide and hostess. We wish you all the success in the future and look forward to seeing you again next year.

Best wishes

Darren & Phil


N. Lincs

Hi Alan,
now I have my E’mail up & running I would just like to thank you once again for the way you made our holiday really memorable.
I can honestly say that the effort & detail you gave us resulted in the wonderful catches we had. With crusians, the like I have never seen before, bulging nets of 42 fish to five pounds plus, carp to over twenty five pounds and tench to over eight pounds, not forgetting the odd barbel or two, this has to rank among one the best of holidays yet.
Apart from the fishing, I must say that the way the day is organised, with the delicious meals with wine by the lakeside, would finish off the day perfectly. You’ve definitely got a winner there.
I hope to get a date for comming over next month when we can try out some more venues, as i’m sure there is even more to come.
Best wishes & tight lines
Paul Cosby
Milton Keynes

One Response to Extremadura Fishing

Keith Jackson says:
June 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm (Edit)

Found Alan our guide very friendly and knowledgeable. He made us very welcome.
I had a very good catch rate in such a short time, for such a big water, and would definitely like to return for a much longer period.
Stunning scenery, excellent weather.

51 thoughts on “Testimonials”

  1. With over thirty years experience of fishing holidays between us,myself and my fishing buddy Pete have witnessed all kinds of service and guiding and we have to say that Alan and Sue have been the very best we have had.
    From the moment we were picked up at the airport by Alan and his Spanish friend Minolo nothing was too much trouble for his team.
    A typical day was up at 6.45am,breakfast at the excellent Plaza Hotel before Alan picked us up at 7.30.
    We would then drive to a specially selected area to fish on the mighty Guadiana and Zujar systems which are basically dammed rivers which flood into great bays of water,very fishy.
    Alan would then proceed to do his utmost to help you catch the fish of your dreams which happened on many occasions including Comizo barbel to 6lb common carp to 15lb and best of all,mighty great Crucians to over 5lbs,magnificent!
    Lunch arrived around 1 o clock which was a delicious selection of cold meats,cheeses,breads and salads,washed down with cold beer.
    We would continue fishing in the afternoon catching pure wild fish that had never seen a hook before,on one day we caught near 300lbs of common and Crucian carp,imagine catching scale perfect Crucians,one a chuck, like bars of silver averaging over 3.5lbs each,fantastic fishing by anyones standards.
    At around 7 o clock,Minolo would bring us our evening meal on the bank which consisted of the best fresh,home cooked food imaginable made by Sue,and a lovely bottle of red to compliment,extremely pleasant eating fantastic food,catching fantastic fish in fantastic countryside with fantastic company.
    We continued fishing up until dusk then packed away before nipping to Alans favourite bar Vicentes for a couple of cool ones before being dropped of at the hotel to shower,rest and do it all again the next day.
    If you think this sounds too good to be true,believe me it isn`t,for anyone contemplating a fishing holiday of a lifetime at Extramudera,contact Alan and his team and you will fulfill all of your dreams.
    Roy Redhead

  2. Hi Alan, hope all is well!
    We would like to thank you for
    an excellent fishing trip and all your hard work, you worked
    So hard for us. It was a nice touch to stay with us at the
    Bank whist we fished. Other guides have just dropped us off.
    We all had a good laugh,although the weather was not on our side
    Cheers again.
    Trev,Brian and Gareth.

  3. Hi Alan

    I’d like to send just a note of thanks for yet another memorable holiday. I was lucky to miss the rain the previous week but I don’t think luck played a part when you took me to a completely new set of venues as these were again full of fish. Large crusians to 51/4lb with the net weighing over 100lb, tench to 51/2lb & carp to 19lb.
    This area has so much to offer that you neeed never fish the same place twice, although I can’t wait to revisit river/lake area with it’s fantastic wildlife performing in front of us as we were pulling out carp one after the other.
    Thanks again to Susan for the super meals and i’ll see you again on 22nd May.

    Kind regards


  4. hello alan and sue, Thankyou very much alan in makeing sure our week was spot on and enjoyable, you and sue made us very welcome,thankyou for helping us with our fishing,got some good tips for the future, really enjoyed the venues you took us to,overall we had a fantastic week and look foreward to seeing you next year,we also want to thank very much val and brian for letting us stay with them,for there lovely company and forever friendship and to top that off val,s fantastic meals which were top quality.thankyou to you all xx

  5. Sorry its took so long alan I’ve been really busy with work, but I would just like to thank you and sue for the great hospitality and the brilliant experience that I had when I came over in april, brilliant fishing something different everyday, the barbel & the nets of fish we had were something special, and not to mention the fantastic meals. Once again thanks for a great time! I have spoken to some other anglers in our club about your place and what you do, the are going to contact you about coming out to you next year. We lookforward Seeing you again sometime in the near future. Darren Rushton

  6. Hi Alan
    24 Sept 2011
    Jusr like to say what a great time we had, the places we visited were stunning just for the locations alone and the food in the town. As we know the weather was really a bit too hot but still we enjoyed good sport and all of us caught a PB carp and lost just as many!! We have enough tales to keep us going until we can get back again.
    You were a great companion and please say hola to Manolo. We cannot wait to get back we all wish you and Sue all the best and hope to see you soon.

  7. Dee and I went over to Extremadura for some coarse fishing, not particularly bothered with tryng to find monster fish, simply, a weeks fishing and tranquility.

    We caught; Common Carp, Mirror Carp, Crucian Carp, Tench, Bass, Pike and Sunfish. Biggest carp weighed in at 13lbsish but fought like a 20 pounder (not that I would know)

    I cannot speak highly enough of Alan Hughes in Talarrubias and his skills a fishing guide.

    We fished for four days, Alan picking us up at about 9.00 am and getting back at about 8.30 – 9.00 pm most evenings.

    We did not require any gear, Alan supplied it all, including bait and drinks and a packed lunch.

    The area is fantastic, even in its sun bleached state, and we saw, Black Eagles, Vultures (by the score), Herons, Blue Magpie and other variety of bird life along with deer and wild boar.

    The amount of water is so vast that you really do need someone who knows the where and how, otherwise one might just tip up and bung yer line in where there are none.

    The countryside is rolling hills, meandering rivers, deep lakes and dams, and jagged mountains. It is really stunning.

    We stayed with a couple called Brian and Val who are very keen fisher people and they looked after us extremely well; to the point opf stretching my waistband even more.

    Personally; when we go again it will be on a B&B basis as it is nice to get out and about a bit, and the tapas are great.

    As I said at outset, I really cannot speak highly enough and would encourage you to give it a go.

    Kind regards

    Allan & Dee

  8. Arrived in Madrid at the start of our hols and were picked up by Alan our guide as arranged, no messing about which was great. Arrived safely at our hotel after a few stops at some local pubs for a wee beer and a chat about the fishing we were going to experience. Alan was very friendly and enthusiastic which is Alan in a nutshell, the fishing was great and Alan was well up for suggestions as regards the fishing and start times. Even though Alan was poorly for 3days he still made all pre arranged fishing commitments with a smile and plenty of free advice and tips, all in all we had a great fishing adventure and hope to return next april for the big girls and some more arm pulling and great fishing banter with Alan, a top notch friendly guide

  9. Floriana Sbisa says:
    November 26, 2011 at 1:22 am

    This fishing holidays where an incredibly memorable experience catching lots and lots BIG BIG fish in lovely autumn sceneries with a peaceful panoramic.
    Beautiful warm weather with 18°C in the last half of November.
    Alan was a perfect guide, teacher and gentleman helping me with BIG BIG fish,
    taken care for everything.
    Susan made me very welcome in here house, excellent accommodation and cooking.
    I will come back for many times special in the wintertime for longer weekends.

  10. Hi, everybody.
    I am one of four clients fishing with Alan last weekend. I´m writing on behalf of my friends, as we are all Spanish (yes, extremadurafishing is not only for people outside Spain). We live about 200 kms from Orellana and it’s impossible for us to do any prebaiting for a weekend sessions, so we contacted Alan who happily agreed to do the work for us, so when we arrived on Friday evening and were taken to our swims by his ‘socio’, Manolo who explained distances to cast and all the details, so all we had to do was to cast our rods out and wait. First night we had plenty of liners (a good sign that fish were in the baited area) but we didn’t get any fish as they didn’t seem to like our boilies. Next morning Alan came and brought some Nutrabaits boilies with him, which we used immediately in our rigs. The results? two carp, 17 and 21 KILOS no pounds, and a tench which tipped the scales to 5 KILOS and which I suppose Alan will have uploaded by now.
    This weekend was only a way to gauge the lake in an area we didn’t know. Now that Easter is just round the corner, we have already booked our trip with Alan. Although we have more time to feed the area and try fishing on our own, we will trust Alan and Manolo at EXTREMADURAFISHING to do the most difficult part for us.
    Amigos, hasta pronto

  11. Hello Alan,

    First of all, Charles and I would like to thank you and Susan for a most enjoyable holiday.

    We really liked the house, the area, the fishing and so on.

    We found the best fishing in Garcia de Sola, where we caught a fair number of black bass. We also saw (but did not catch) some pike.

    We tried the Guadiana and Orellana but had no success. Perhaps it was just not our lucky day.

    I am sorry that we were unable to talk before we left. In fact, it took us a long time to return the hire car at Madrid airport (because of the inadequate signage at the airport). Then Charles mislaid his sunglasses and we had to go back to the car rental office to find them. So we had to rush to catch the plane in the end.

    I am sure that we will be back soon. If there is anything that you would like me to do for you in the UK, please let me know.

    Kind regards,


  12. Having just returned from fishing in Spain I have had a great time. Many mirror and common carp were caught on a regular basis of a good size that never knew when to stop fighting as well as barbel of around five to six pounds. The accommodation was excellent and transportation from and back to the airport was spot on. Breakfasts and evening meals were at the local restaurant and very reasonably priced. We were well looked after by Alan of Extremadura fishing holidays who has a wealth of local knowledge of the lakes in and around Talarrubias surrounded by beautiful unspoiled scenery.

    We were taken daily to the most productive areas to fish and helpful advice was always readily available. Overall we all had a wonderful time and I would certainly want to return again having seen a specimen 42lb common carp caught that very morning. The area offers great potential and exiting fishing for carp, tench, barbel and crucians of a very impressive size. Thanks Alan for making it a great fishing holiday.

  13. Hi Alan and Sue!
    I just wanted to say what a fantastic week I’ve had – totally awesome! The fishing and locations have been amazing and your hospitality has been second to none! You’ve really looked after me and made sure I’ve had a wonderful holiday – THANK YOU!!

    I’ll definitely be recommending Extremadura Fishing to everyone, in fact, I’ve started already!! My diary’s open ready to book my next trip!!

    Once again, thank you and speak to you soon.


  14. Hi Alan,

    I just wanted to say a massive “thank you” from my son Luke and myself for a fantastic fishing holiday. The fishing was just as you said it would be, with lots of opportunities to fish totally different waters for different species.

    Luke and I had so many highlights. For him, it would be lots of double figure carp in a day topped off with a 21 pounder from the margins on the last cast. For me it was having to empty a keep-net of crucians and barbel at lunchtime and then filling it up again in the afternoon after one of your excellent lunches. However, it is the sheer numbers and potential of the barbel fishing that will bring us back.

    As well as the fishing we were in awe of the spectacular scenery and wildlife, the eagles and vultures in particular.

    On top of the beautiful surroundings and great fishing, the company was excellent as well, both Steve and yourself were great fun (although Steve was much better and regular at making tea!). You took the time to really understand what we wanted from our holiday and then worked very hard on tailoring our holiday and delivering exactly that. This made the difference and you are a top guide as well as an ok fisherman…….well maybe a bit better than ok, but not as good as Steve and I.

    Thanks Alan…..see you next year.

    Paul and Luke

  15. Hi Alan,
    Thanks from myself, Steve, paul and Kevin for our recent week fishing with you.
    I have fished the Ebro for 10 years and Extremadura for the last three. Our trip with you was the best trip we have had. You worked very hard to find us different venues, the bait was spot on and the tackle perfect for each venue. Your assistance on the bank was invaluable especially for ‘novice’ Kev. We enjoyed our social time together with great food, drink and conversation. The accommodation was quite luxurious, definately the best we have ever enjoyed. All in all an excellent trip and we all look forward to meeting up with you again.
    Anybody looking for a Spanish fishing experience should look no further. I cannot reccommend your services highly enough.
    Best wishes to you and your family.
    Ian, Kevin, Paul and Steve.

  16. Hi Alan, Having just arrived home after my week of fishing with you in Extremadura. I have to thank you for your support and direction with all fishing matters. As a relitive novice to this type of fishing I would not have had such a wonderful time, and had so many many fish without you help. With so much water, rivers and lakes in the area we would not have a chance of catching without your knowledge and experience.
    The week was fun and interesting meeting other fishermen and seeing all the wonderful scenery and catching lot of fish. Thank Sue for the wonderfull lunches she provided, also your attention for detail that makes for a most enjoyable fishing holiday. Brian

  17. We thats my wife Veronica and myself have recently returned from a 1500klm trip across Spain,where we spent a magical 3 weeks with Alan Hughes of Extremadura Fishing Fame….Alan was Ace, top notch, the perfect guide
    from the time he picked us up in the mornings ,,,,sometime as early as 6am he gave his 100% undivided attention to my wife,,,(,as some of you know she is totally confined to a wheelchair ) which enabled me to also have a fishing holiday,,,so once again Alan thankyou,,we will certainly be looking forward to another visit in 2013 if not before….the fishing was excellent and one water produced over 1500lbs of fish for us during our stay,,,,for anyone looking for a special fishing holiday look no further than Extremadura Fishing….good luck for the future Alan you deserve it

  18. Without hesitation, the best fishing trip EVER. Alan and his friend Steve were kind, welcoming and made us feel right at home. They are good, kindhearted people with a real sense of humor and we enjoyed their company a lot.

    Our decision to go fishing was kind of a spur of the moment idea. We weren’t really on a fishing holiday, and we went fishing for just one day. In those few hours