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).

Still a few bass about.

My pal Ben has been extra busy for the past week or two so at the weekend I had to go fishing alone. Of course there's nothing new in that but it does tend to slightly restrict where I go and what I do (I've grown more cautious as I've aged). Anyway, after a horrible wet and windy night, I thought that conditions were going to be rough and I was astonished to find the sea flat calm. As it turned out I'd also left things a bit late and I reckoned, from the light in the sky, that I should have been fishing a rather sooner than I was. To add to the complications when I arrived in the car park there was already another car there - someone had beaten me to it. In fact by the time I got to my chosen spot I could see two vague figures casting away in the gloom just where I'd intended starting - bugger!

Etiquette prevailed and I crept past the other anglers to take up a position about a hundred metres further on - no chance of crossed lines. As luck would have it, first cast with my shallow diver I found myself playing a fish. The bass took only a metre or two beyond the rod tip and it was not very big - but it was a bass - I was delighted. A few casts later I had a second bass a bit bigger than the first one - excellent!

Meanwhile the other two lads, who were now clearly visible as the sky lightened, had a couple of bass too. More or less at the same instant all three of us decided to move on and try another spot. As it turned out the 'competition' was a couple of my pals who, it seemed, had cursed me catching fish as soon as I got there.

We fished the next spot together for a while. During this period I managed to slip into a hole in the rock and to soak the sleeve of my jacket. But for the chesties and the waterproof I'd have been saturated from top to toe. Anyway, I moved on leaving the others to it so I don't know what they caught. I only had one tiny pollack to finish off my morning but at least I know that the bass are still about. Perhaps next weekend?

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First cast.

No great size but an excellent start to the session.


This one was a bit better and put up a good show on the spinning gear.

Last of all.

I was actually hoping for a wrasse in this spot but only caught a small pollack.