Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

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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 several 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. As you see I also add the odd piece from my friends and correspondents if I've not been doing much. 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).

13 April 2006

Italian fiasco (I mean archaeology trip).

Well, we're back from our holiday. Fantastic archaeology - much appreciated by my wife and even I was impressed by the scale of some Roman edifices. We stayed in an hotel about an hour from Naples (a big, rubbish strewn coastal city) and I found no time to fish. Although the little rod went everywhere with me (much to everyone's amusement) I only spent five minutes dangling a Mepps Mino from a pier on Capri but apart from attracting a shoal of ?wrasse - nothing!

However, I did see one or two interesting things. While waiting for the ferry in Naples harbour I saw several men fishing. They were all using the same tactics - short, telescopic rods and nylon line with a simple leger baited with a piece of bread flake about the size of a 50p piece. They fished straight down the wall and laid the rods down while waiting for bites (no one had a bite in the fifteen minutes I was watching). I presume that they were hoping for mullet. The water was deep and dirty as in any big ferry port. One bloke had a 'rod rest' permanently fixed to the butt of his rod - something I've never seen before.

We visited a large eighteenth century 'palace' with a couple of big lakes in the grounds but I think that the carabinieri would have taken a dim view of me fishing for the goldfish, carp or black bass. (I was tempted to have a chuck).

On the whole the water was clear but it was obvious from the various sanitary items drifting in the sea that a substantial amount of untreated sewage found its way into the Bay of Naples. I saw lots of tiny brown and purple jellyfish that I've never seen before and there was a good deal of mussel farming activity (can't say that I fancied eating the mussels). Some locals were fishing from the rocks with long, thin rods but again I saw no bites. One or two people braved the risk of disease and were swimming in the sea.

Anyway, I shouldn't paint too gloomy a picture. The weather was wonderful and we had a fascinating holiday visiting sites that many people never get a chance to see. Hopefully, now we're back, I'll soon catch a few fish to illustrate the website.

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Those were the days!

My picture is a bit fuzzy (perhaps not surprising after 2000 years).  Clearly the fishermen of Pompeii caught dogfish, electric ray, bass, gilthead, squid, octopus, gurnard,etc. etc.

Anglers on Naple's quayside.

These men had no vestige of a bite while I watched.

Unique rod rest.

Note the rod rest attached to the butt of this rod.


Only a few of the thousands of goldfish were gold coloured.


Many of these were twenty pounders.  The black bass stayed too deep for me to get pictures.

Rock fishing.

The sea here was full of unpleasant things - the fishing seemed slow.

Mussel farm.

Cliff top picture.  The mussels are suspended from the buoys - only a short distance from the last picture