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).

Pollack bonanza!

My pal Rob and I recently had a short, early morning session fishing a local tide race. Not a sniff! The following day Rob sent an email to say that him and his dad had fished a local rock mark that evening - here's the outcome.

Hi Mike,

Any luck with the carp?

Me and dad decided to have a crack tonight off the rocks. This morning's blank didn't fill me with confidence but I figured the conditions would be perfect so what the heck!

We got there about half-five and it looked perfect, Nice and flat with just a little swell and next to no wind. I tried a few likely spots with the fly (keen for my first fly caught fish of the year) and dad was plugging away in hope of a bass. After 45 biteless minutes I was starting to fear the worst!

I tried the weedless lure (left on from this mornings fishing) along the drop off to the right but the swell made it impossible to fish correctly so I switched to a small Dexter wedge in hope of a pollack. A change of position brought a decent knock about halfway back on the retrieve (encouraging). The next cast and a double pull had a nice pollack on The line - around a pound.

The tide had started to flood and the fish were biting, dad had a tiny pollack on a wedge and I was getting almost a bite a cast although I missed a few and lost a better fish (turns out the treble was missing two points). I landed 12 on the wedge and lost one or two more.

I pointed out some jumping fish to dad and once he moved to cast at them he picked up a few more fish (7 in total) plus he lost a nice fish (2.5-3 lb) at his feet.

I changed to a 'Kiss plug in hopes of a bass and it got hit on the first cast, another pollack, although slightly bigger than the wedge-caught fish. I had another 2 on the plug before the bites dried up.

We fished on till dark with nothing more showing! In total we had 22 fish between us, all around the 1 - 1.5lb (except dads mini pollack)

It was nice to finally end my run of blanks with a few fish! Now to decided where to fish on the weekend?

Speak soon.


A nice way to end the day! I've often noticed that pollack bite particularly well at dusk although I have caught lots of them at first light too. It's one of those things that needs a concerted effort to fish the same spot on successive mornings and evenings for several days to establish the facts. Hard going but has anyone done it?

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One of the wedge caught fish.


A nice one on the Angel's Kiss.