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 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).

30 October 2006

Rough weather.

At this time of the year the weather is, to say the least, a bit unpredictable. Quite often it will blow up overnight so that we have to change venues for a morning fishing trip. Another solution may be to take along some bait in order to be prepared for bottom fishing should the sea be rough and coloured.

The other day I went with Ben to do a spot of dawn plugging only to find that the wind had shifted to the south making things a bit uncomfortable. We had just taken the spinning gear so a change of tactics was out of the question and we decided to 'give it half-an-hour anyway'.

It was tricky belting our lures out against the wind and with the waves pounding against the rocks discretion dictated that we stood well back from the edge of the sea while fishing. I stuck to the popper that I have been using for the last couple of weeks (without a bite of any sort as yet). Ben fished with one of his favourite shallow-diving plugs. To cut a long story short our only bite came to Ben's lure. He shouted 'fish' and even in the poor light I could see that his rod was well bent. The bass was no monster but in the crashing waves and strong undertow it fought like stink. Eventually Ben jumped down into the breaking waves and picked up his catch as I clicked away with the camera (thank heavens this one's waterproof).

After a bit of a tussle the bass was unhooked and returned. We had no more bites but it was a satisfying result in difficult conditions.

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It's on!

The bass has grabbed Ben's plug and makes off out to sea with the rod arched over.

Got it!

After beaching the fish on a breaking wave Ben risks a soaking to land his prize.


One last shot before it goes back.