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).


I generally check the MoD firing range website if I think that the range walks could be closed and that my fishing options might be restricted. Last weekend I knew that there would be a problem so I not only looked on the internet I also rang up to find that the ranges would be 'out of bounds' on the 15th and 16th of November. Anyway, Ben and Phil picked me up for a dawn session and we made our plans accordingly. It was pretty windy and it was a huge tide so our venues were a bit limited anyway. We opted to try the east side of Kimmeridge bay.

Another pal had got there before us and walked well round to the east but we looked at the breakers and the rapidly rising tide and decided to fish just by the car park. To my surprise, as it got light, we could see at least five people fishing on the ranges - clearly I had been misinformed. I don't know whether any of them caught anything.

Anyway, we managed a bite or two. I had a pollack of about a pound that dropped off and wriggled back into the sea before I could get a picture. A little later Phil had a smallish bass, so I suppose it was not too bad for mid-November. Nigel rang to tell me that he'd fished bait the previous evening and had a six pounder. He said that it was only five or six metres from the edge. There's no doubt that bait fishing picks out good fish at this time of the year.

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Phil tries to avoid pinning himself to the fish as he unhooks it.  The little ones don't half wriggle..


No monster but better than nothing.  Ben's plugguing away in the background.