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).

10 June 2007

Where are the mackerel?

Ben and I were prepared for anything the other morning. We each carted along three rods - a spinning rod, a fly rod and a rod armed with a big circle hook in case we managed to catch some livebaits. We set out at 03.30 but it was about fifteen minutes too late. By the time we were ready to fish it was already well on the way to being light and we always like to start fishing more or less in the dark. The fact that it was a full moon and a very clear sky did not help much.

Anyway, we began to fish. At first we both used the fly rods armed with little white rubber eels, mine was the same 'fly' that had caught palometa and lost tarpon when I was in Tobago a week or so ago. The superglued body of the eel was still as secure on the hook shank as when I'd first attached it. There was nothing doing for the first ten minutes and I was the first to 'break'. I picked up the plugging rod and made a longish cast. the lure seemed to be in the water for just a few seconds before the rod arched over and I was into a fish. The bass fought hard although it was not a big fish and it took a little time to bring it close and slide it ashore on a convenient wave. I took a couple of pictures and began to fish again, after a little while I hooked and landed a second bass. Ben was still fly fishing and shortly afterwards he caught a tiny pollack. I was going to take its picture but it came off the hook so I told him to pop it back.

I picked up the fly rod again and it wasn't long before a reasonable pollack nailed the fly more or less under the rod tip. This one was actually big enough to take a bit of line in its attempts to regain the haven of the kelpy sea bed, however, it was landed, unhooked and returned. I cast the fly again and this time it was taken by a bass considerably smaller than the ones I had caught on my plug. All in all a satisfactory trip but we still await the mackerel before we can test last season's results with livebaits. Patience Mike!

Have a look at 'Fishing in the Caribbean' on YouTube if you want to see a spot of tropical, (mostly) shore fishing action. My pal Steve Pitts has also put on a piece of video about using 'braided lines'

If you have any comments or questions about fish, methods, tactics or 'what have you.'get in touch with me by sending an E-MAIL to -

Bass on the plug.

This one took the Angel Kiss plug at long range.

Pollack on the 'fly'.

A tiddler by wreck fishing standards but much bigger than average it made two good plunges for cover.

My 'fly'.

Well hooked on my eel which is still secure after landing and unhooking quite a few fish..

- and a bass.

Smaller than the pollack but a scrappy battler on the fly gear.

Well hooked.

the stainless hook of the fly is round the bottom jaw.