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).

16 June 2008

Still not good.


I keep hearing of good fish caught only a few kilometres from where I fish but, whatever the reason, it's been dire again. After a good stint the other morning Ben and me resorted to taking pictures of nice plants on the cliff. Having said that we did see our fair share of 'wildlife' on our way to the coast. That's the benefit of an early start. Two species of deer, one of them on the shore. A badger, rabbits, hares, a young fox running along in the headlights (and uncertain where to go) and a stoat.

All in all we must have walked six miles over boulders, flat rocks, cobbles and shingle. We spun, plugged, popped and fly fished all more or less without effect. In fact we were quite pleased when Ben finally managed to catch a bass not a great deal bigger than his lure. Thank heavens for the sixteenth of June I say, at least I'll be able to go over to the river if I fancy a change. In fact, in desperation, I had a dabble for salmon this morning (see freshwater page) - it shows how frustrated I am getting.

Anyway, hopefully when I do my next page there will be something more interesting to write about.

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 -

He's got one.

Ben called me back to say he had a fish.

How did it manage that?

Even tiny bass can manage a decent sized lure - particularly if they tackle it from the tail end.

Prickly Ox Tongue.

With it's characteristic bristly leaves this is a common cliff plant.

Horned Poppy.

Beautiful yellow flowers, attractive crimped leaves with a grey bloom and enormous seed pods.

Viper's Bugloss.

Perhaps the most attractive plant of all with its blue and red flowers.


this little plant merits a closer look.