Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle

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I'm away for a few days so no new pages for a week or so.

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).

23 September 2007

Mixed bag.

I've had a couple of short morning sessions since the last page. My livebaiting (half-an-hour) produced nothing. However, I had a mackerel (the bait) and a couple of pollack on the spoon. Despite roughish conditions there seemed to be no bass about. Again I used a spoon and provided you don't let it sink at all and keep reeling there is no problem about snagging up. The fish have been feeding heavily on sprats and the small metal lure is more or less the same size, shape and appearance as the natural food.

My next trip was with Ben and we were specifically trying to catch bass. We both managed to catch but the fish were only small. Ben's took a Maria plug which fishes very shallow, he lost a third fish at the start because his clutch was set too lightly. My fish took a TD Pencil surface popper in very shallow snaggy conditions. I was well pleased to get a bite to be honest. Anyway, that's all 'til I get back in a week's time.

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Lots of bites produced nothing and I suspect that small pollack were the culprits.


This mackerel survived in good condition until the end of the session.

Ben's bass

Deeply hooked but between us we managed to unhook and release it undamaged.  He had another and lost a third.

My bass.

Nicely hooked on my popper.  I'd forgotten how exciting the surface takes are.