Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

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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 cool and not 'mad on'.

We've had some lovely sunny weather lately and the winds have often been offshore, giving us flat seas. However, even the slightest breeze can feel icy cold before the sun gets up. The chilly wind means that it's always worth wrapping up warm to go fishing and the other morning, when I went with Ben and Phil, Phil had neglected to bring enough 'layers' of clothes. Fortunately Ben was able to lend him a spare jumper so it could have been worse.

Even when you're well wrapped up the casting finger can get pretty cold after a few minutes of chucking plugs. Anyway, we lined ourselves along the beach and began to fish. We'd put Phil in what we thought was the best spot because he doesn't come with us very often. However, as usual, things did not turn out as we expected and I was the first to have a bite - a nice fat little bass, well hooked on my plug - excellent!

Ten minutes later and Ben gave a shout. I looked up to see him with the rod well bent and the fish taking line. I reeled in and nipped back for the camera. As I got close enough for a picture Ben was just carrying his prize ashore, a lovely four pounder. I gave him my pliers and took a few more pictures before returning to the fishing.

We fished for a while longer with no more bites and walked on to try a couple more spots - nothing! We bashed on until the sun appeared over the cliffs but that was it for the morning apart from finding the corpse of an oiled gannet on the beach. So much for putting Phil in the 'best spot'.

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 - docladle@hotmail.com

My bass.

No monster but in mint condition.

Ben's got one!

Ben walks ashore with his fish firmly hooked on the plug.

Unhooking.

The lure makes a useful handle but pliers always reduce the risk of a hooked or spiked hand.

Enough.

Ben and Phil have a chat as we prepare to pack in and go for breakfast.

Sad.

A beautiful bird killed by a spoonful of oil.