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).

09 June 2008

Nothing much.

Why is it that when you have a poor, near fishless, spell, you always hear about other people catching lots of good fish? I tend to push these reports to the back of my mind or I would go mad trying to 'chase the tales' in search of fish. I generally store the details away and (if I believe the stories - I often don't) I try the places/tactics of the successful anglers when conditions repeat themselves.

Anyway, that's by the way. It's still quiet at the spots I have been trying. The mullet came in to feed on maggots on the last lot of springs but they were either too thin on the ground or too far out for successful fishing. We managed a few small bass from amid the shoals of mullet and Ben had a bass on the maggot-fly (he thought it was his first fly-caught mullet for a while). I went with Dave Baker one morning and we caught a mackerel (mine - used as livebait - not a sniff) and a small bass that took Dave's plug as he was lifting it from the water. On another trip Ben had a bass on a fly (and very little else in the way of strikes) but all I managed was a dozen missed bites on my spoon (intended to catch livebait). I'm sure that my bites were tiny pollack nudging the spoon as I missed a few on the fly too. When I'm fly fishing I can see the pollack ring the surface as they dart upwards. Anyway, it has to improve soon eh!

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My mackerel caught on a small Angels Kiss plug, it didn't tempt a bass.

Ben's bass.

The poor picture is my fault.  This one fought like stink on the fly gear.

Ben's other bass.

Taken on a maggot fly and pretending to be a mullet.  This picture is from Ben's phone.