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).

Two short sessions.

As the year goes on the need for very early rising is less. Last time I went down to the Purbeck coast I didn't get up until after 04:00hr, it seemed quite relaxed. It was cloudy and drizzling a bit and, needless to say, I had it to myself. As it turned out it wasn't very exciting fishing. It was flood tide and just after it got light I had a small bass on a weighted Redgill. Two other anglers had joined me by then and when I left I met a third one who later emailed to say that he'd had a nice wrasse on a 'Slug-Gill' type soft plastic.

The following morning I had another trip, this time with my pal Phil. We went to a spot that I hadn't fished for many years to try and catch a thin-lipped mullet on baited spinners. Phil knew of a handy way to get to the spot (it' had been inaccessible to me for some time) and when we got there the tide was ebbing fast. Phil had dug some superb ragworms so we were all set. As it turned out the mullet were not present (at any rate we couldn't catch them) so, apart from a little bass that took my spoon, we blanked. We gave it well over an hour before going for breakfast and thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time I'm sure we'll catch and I have a few new ideas for baited spinners so that this approach is high on my list of things to do.

We wondered how our pals had fared at the other spot. Well, it turned out that they had also had a good session landing eight bass and a couple of mullet. The conditions had been similar to where we fished but it sounded as though the feeding mullet were a little further from the water's edge.

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This little fellow took my Redgill well and put up a decent scrap. I should have removed the scrap of weed from its eye.


Notice I'm trying some Sebile clips to attach my lures.  They are supposed to be pretty good so (if they don't let me down) it will make a change from my usual non-slip loop knot.

Baited bass

We wanted mullet but this was the only thing that took my spinner.'