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).

Pollack time.

Last weekend the sea calmed down for the first time in a week. Nigel and I decided to give it a go from the Purbeck coast and found it pretty flat and clear. My pal spun with a plug and I used a 7" Redgill. I cant say that it was hectic but at least we had a few bites and one or two small bass so a definite improvement on recent trips.

For the next couple of days I was carless (service and MoT) so I had to wait before I could go again. This time I was alone and I decided to try a slightly deeper spot. I arrived at 05:15 and began fishing with the fly rod armed with a 4" white, unweighted Redgill. It was about five minutes before I had the first bite - it was on! A good pollack making its characteristic dives for the safety of the kelp. It was a couple of minutes before I was able to slide it ashore to have its picture taken. Of course I had no headlamp to assist me in focussing the camera (it was still in the other car) so I did the best I could before dropping the fish back into the sea.

Over the next hour I had loads of bites, many of which I missed. Altogether I landed ten fish in about an hour. They ranged from one pound to three pounds in weight. Most took the Redgill on the fly gear and when I switched, on a couple of occasions, to a larger Evo Redgill on my spinning rod I probably had even more bites but didn't catch more or larger pollack. I must try to improve the hook up rate.

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Nigel's bass.

Taken on his plug.  Earlier in the week it would have been impossible to fish any lure armed with a treble hook.

One for me.

This one took my Redgill.


I just lifted it up and slipped the hook out to release it.

Fly caught.

My first pollack taken on a small unweighted Redgill fished as a fly.

Close up.

It went like a rocket after grabbing the 'fly'.  Great excitement!


This one was caught by spinning with the larger lure.

- and another

Most of them were decent fish - which makes a change.