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).

Maceio (2).

This is my second contribution from my trip to Brazil. The fish weren't the only interesting creatures that I saw during my stay. Since the weather was almost always hot and sunny we usually ate our meals at a table outside the house. Just behind my chair was a brick wall and, on the first day I noticed a large wasp hovering around where I sat. Fascinated by its behaviour I saw it return several times with parcels of wet mud and begin to build a little pot on the wall. Within a few hours the pot was complete and the wasp left. The following day, as I was eating my lunch, I saw the wasp returning. This time it was carrying a fat, green caterpillar which it proceeded to stuff into the pot. Over the next couple of days at least another half-dozen caterpillars were added to the store before the wasp came back with more mud and sealed up its nest. Presumably the wasp laid an egg on the pile of paralysed insects before it sealed the nest. Unfortunately the young wasp hadn't emerged from its pot when it was time for us to fly home.

When it comes to fishing I'm not proud and I always find it interesting to see different fish. We caught allsorts and in addition we saw a wide variety of small stuff in the nets of locals trying to catch their evening meal. perhaps the most bizarre creature that we landed was a gold spotted snake eel. Apparently these snake-like creatures burrow under the sand and feed on a wide variety of fish and other animals. Almost as strange was the tonguefish - a sort of sole.

Anyway, I've put pictures of a few of the species seen at the bottom of this page. I must go out and try to catch a real fish now.

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The beach.

This is about one minute from Richard's fron door.  The chap beach fishing in the distance is the only rod fisherman I saw in three weeks.

Wasp pot.

A neat little construction for an insect..


My wasp is just adding a caterpillar to the pile.

Beach seine.

These fine meshed nets were widely used.


Typical of the size of fish landed in the nets.

The catch.

Small snook, halfbeaks and croakers made up most of the catch.


Mullet like this were also netted - but not many.


These red eared pilchards were the only type of real shoaling baitfish.


Richard with a king croaker - a type of drum.

A young snapper.

This was one of the commonest species.

Gold spotted snake eel.

One of the weirdest fish I've ever seen.

Mutton snapper.

Another juvenile.

Latin grunt.

There were many species of grunts - all small.


One of the smallest jacks I've ever seen.

Peacock flounder.

Lovely fish.


Rather like a sole..