Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle

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Recently, for the first time in years, I went fishing for thinlipped mullet. There are lots of big thinlips in the estuaries of the local rivers. However, the Environment Agency does not recognise the difference between using ragworm with an attractor spoon and intentionally spinning for salmon and seatrout. In consequence mullet spinning at the river mouths is frowned on. Recently, my friend Mark Loose showed me that thinlips can be caught from the shores of Poole Harbour and we had an interesting session fishing for them. SEE CURRENT PAGE FOR LATEST ENTRY

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September 3 2001

Mark uses a different type of mullet rig to my own. His (two) spoon blades are set well ahead of the baited hook and an uptrace lead keeps the tackle down in the strong flows. The fish often took a more or less stationary bait.

Mark drawing his thinlip to the surface after a bit of a tussle.

Of course, as in all baited spoon fishing, there is no need to strike. In fact a strike will only pull the bait away from the fish.

Mark's thinlip landed.

Note the uptrace position of the spinner blade. The fine wire hooks take a firm hold in the tough upper lip of the fish. All fish are carefully returned alive and well.

A lovely fat thin lip being unhooked.

My own spinners have plastic bead bodies and only a few centimetres between the blade and the hook. I had to put a lead in front of mine for the harbour but both types seemed equally effective.

A thinlip on one of my spinners.