Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle

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13 June 2003


As I have said on a number of occasions the lure fishing from my local shores has been a bit on the thin side recently. This weekend it looks as if we may have turned the corner (tempting fate!). Not only were a number of bass caught but several were lost. The wrasse, which have, no doubt, been away spawning over the past month, seem to be returning. All the fish caught at the weekend were on plugs but several of the abortive strikes were at surface poppers and with a bit of luck we would have landed three or four decent fish. What an improvement!

My own success was limited - one small bass landed, a couple of fish missed and a decent wrasse landed. However, a couple of my pals 'broke their ducks' for the season and since we have seen a lot of mullet I am hoping that the fly fishing drought is also about to come to an end.

I also caught a few carp this week (ten in a session) but (typically) lost the best fish (a decent grass carp which ploughed through fifty tonnes of weed). I went carp fishing to another lake with Nigel and his son Joe and, of course, Joe had the best carp of the trip. The coarse fishing season opens on Monday so that is another option. They say 'it never rains but it pours' and the problem from now on will be deciding what to do. I expect that I'll get it wrong more often than I get it right.

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Joe's 11 pounder.

My pal Joe returned this good carp (caught off the top) and got splattered with muddy water for his efforts.

The front of my bass.

Well hooked on a J11.

....and the back.

It was a lively little fish.


Not big but satisfying.

Almost flat calm! Good wrassing conditions.

The water was shallow,  gin clear and moving swiftly from right to left.

My ballan wrasse.

Well hooked on the tail treble the fish battled hard and dived into a patch of japweed but was extracted fairly easily.

What a beauty!

1.6kg and a good first wrasse of the year.