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).

A few more bass.

My third son Richard has been staying with us this weekend and he's always keen to do a spot of fishing. This morning we were up at quarter to three and down on the shore by quarter past four, both armed with spinning rods. Rich had decided to use a shallow diving plug and I was set up with a soft plastic, weedless lure. When we began fishing it was pretty dark and, as expected for ten or fifteen minutes it was quiet apart from a tug on the plug (Rich said it was probably a pollack). The water was absolutely gin clear and apart from a slight chop was flat calm. Recently the bass seem to have been on the small side so I decided to take off the big weedless lure and try a weighted Redgill.

Five minutes after making my switch I had a bite then a couple of casts later I was into a fish. The bass was no great size but we took a couple of pictures then, after taking the picture, Rich shifted his stance thirty metres to the right and immediately caught another bass even smaller than mine. For perhaps twenty minutes I had fairly regular bites and landed three more fish - none of them large (but bigger than Richards!). Then, suddenly I was into a better fish. Line began to tear off the reel and I called out that it was a decent bass - just before it came unstuck, a fairly unusual event on the big single hook of a plastic eel.

That was it for the session and we went home for breakfast reasonably well satisfied with out catch. Pity about the one that got away!

I shall be away for a few days now so probably no more web pages until next weekend.

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Richard's bass.

Not much bigger than the plug but a start for his only session this year (he lives in Brazil).

My first fish.

A bit bigger but still nothing to shout about. .

- and another.

This one was determined to swallow the eel and within seconds of being beached was covered in sand hoppers.

- and another.

A bit cleaner than the other one and nicely hooked in the jaw.