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 - but not for me!

I went bass fishing the other morning. I knew that there had been a couple of fish caught the day before so I was quite optimistic. I arrived in the dark and I opted to try a large weedless soft plastic as there was tonnes of weed in the edge of the sea. Mistake! After 15 minutes a few other anglers turned up, including my mate Bill, and I still hadn't had a bite. Being pig headed I stuck to my plan (in hopes of a big fish) while all about me clipped on Pearl Evo Redgills. I'd realised as soon as I started that the weed was no problem - it really was just in the edge and beyond it the sea was more or less clear.

Anyway, it wasn't long before other people started to catch fish - not monsters but nice lively little bass which fought all the way to the shore. They landed one after another and still I persisted (biteless) with my big lure. By the time I packed in Bill, standing next to me, had landed four fish and lost/missed one or two more. I suppose on a different day I might have been lucky and picked up the biggest fish of the day but as it turned out I blanked. Perhaps if I'd been alone I would have changed my lure and caught a fish or two but I had no real incentive to switch when I could see what was being caught by the others. I stuck rigidly to my game plan in hopes of something different - silly old sod! There must be a lesson in there somewhere!

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One of Bill's bass.  In fine Autumn condition, all prickly fins and silver plated scales.

Well done!

All the fish were this sort of size.  Big enough to provide a bend in the rod.