Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle

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For anyone unfamiliar with the site always check the FRESHWATER, SALTWATER and TACK-TICS pages. The Saltwater page now extends back as a record of over four years of (mostly) sea fishing and may be a useful guide as to when to fish. The Freshwater stuff is also up to date now. I keep adding to both. These pages are effectively my diary and the latest will usually be about fishing in the previous day or two. The Tactics pages which are chiefly 'how I do it' plus a bit of science are also updated regularly and (I think) worth a read (the earlier ones are mostly tackle and 'how to do it' stuff).

06 September 2005

Mixed fishing.

I wanted to catch a few fish on the fly so it was an early start again. I arrived at my chosen spot too early (still very dark) and began to fish. I was using a resin bodied streamer fly and over about ten minutes I had two plucks from small pollack but failed to hook them. The first glimmer of dawn was appearing in the sky when I heard a voice say "Hello Mike!" I turned to see my pal Brian with his son Jamie clambering down the rocks. Jamie had a new spinning rod that he wanted to 'Christen' and was rarin' to go.

Shortly after my friends arrived I had a couple of sharp plucks on the line and before I knew it I was into a mackerel. As usual it put up a game struggle making several runs against the drag of the fly reel. Eventually I landed and returned the fish. I suggested that Brian might like to try his fly gear from where I had been standing and shifted to a spot nearer the cliff. Within minutes I hooked a tiny pollack marked with lovely bronze and blue so that it deserved a picture. Almost at the same instant I looked up to see that Jamie, spinning a Toby, was into a fish. Eventually the fish dropped off but next cast he had another - a nice mackerel. Brian was also catching mackerel on the fly.

Jamie was well into the mackerel and after a while Brian and me both switched to spinning with plugs to see if we could catch a bass. In fact we both caught fish, Brian's a small bass and mine a garfish hooked on the tail treble of the big plug. By now the sun was coming up, the sea was calm and it was time to pack in. A very satisfying session for everyone concerned.

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Little pollack.

The flash photography doesn't do the colours justice.


Jamie spinning and his Dad using fly tackle - still pretty dark.


Still darkish but the first mackerel landed on the new gear.


Usually I get lots of bites from gars and fail to hook any.