Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

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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).

More (and better) pollack.

Well at last the weather has improved a bit. After catching a couple of tiny pollack the other morning I was encouraged to go again. The alarm went off at 03:30 so I dragged myself out of bed and drove down to the coast. I was just in time to see the first light in the eastern sky as I made my first cast with the fly rod. For ten minutes or so there was nothing doing so I picked up the spinning rod and switched to the wedge+plastic eel set up that had produced fish on the previous trip. Immediately I had a reasonable bite and landed a pollack. Typically it was small (although several times bigger than the previous ones) but it was encouraging so I kept on flogging.

After that it was a little while before I had another bite This one was much better and the fish grounded me in the kelp (typical pollack) for a few seconds before I was able to drag it from it's layer and bring it to the shore. It was about one-and-a-half pounds, a pretty good fish for the stretch I was fishing. On the next cast I hooked something that fought harder but before I could see what it was it had come unstuck. It was either a bigger pollack or (perhaps more likely in view of the way it fought) a modest bass. Another nice pollack followed and before I packed in I'd landed five pollack and missed a fair few bites. Nothing spectacular but things are certainly on the up and up.

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The first

This one took while it was still pretty dark.

-- the second.

Like all the others it was hooked on the small dropper.

-- the last.

This was my final fish about ten minutes before I left.