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).

Bass again.

At last I've managed to go bass fishing although the results were not quite as I might have hoped. While I was away my pal Nigel had a couple of five or six pound fish on bait (mackerel fillet and live pout) and Ben had a blank plugging session or so. Anyway, at the weekend I had an hour on my own then Ben and I went for an early morning session.

On my solo trip I had a bite on about my third cast on a popper, a TD Pencil, and landed a very small bass. I thought at the time that it might be a sign of good things to come but it wasn't - I never had another bite. When I plug fished with Ben he had a couple of bites but both were small fish and both came unstuck. Another pal, Rob was also down there on the same morning at the crack of dawn and after we left he had moved on further round the shore and taken a couple of reasonable fish - 4lb and 3lb plus a tiny wrasse - excellent stuff! We were obviously too hasty in leaving.

My only other trip was a bait fishing attempt. Conditions looked perfect, a bit of a chop, some colour in the water and easy freelining conditions but again - not a sniff. That's fishing I suppose. Perhaps next time?

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Good stuff!!!.

When I hooked this one I thought I'd got it right - but no.


Not much of a picture but it shows that the lure was nearly as big as the fish.

Ben's small bass.

This one took a plug.  Little ones kick a lot and can be the worst to unhook.


Ben's a big lad so the fish looks even smaller than it was.

One of Rob's bass.

That's more like it.

The lure.

Another picture of one of Rob's bass, nice fish eh!