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).

Fishing in Kerry.

My pal Dave just sent me a report of his recent holiday in Kerry. Clearly the fishing wasn't spectacular but he obviously had a wonderful time.

Hi Mike, here are a few piccies from Kerry.

Bass were hard to find. Big seas and rain at the weekend caused poor conditions(the peat from the river Inny turns the sea into tea colour) but I had 7 to 4lb when the weed cleared and it was a bit calmer.

Heatwave alert in mid week (1 day only),where should I fish? Tried a new spot for pollack and it was amazing.Mid-day, low water and pollack from 3lb to 6lb taking plugs.The 6 pounder cleared the water by 2ft snatching the J13 at the end of the retrieve.

As you can see the mountain loughs were stunning and heaving with brownies.Saw a very rare white tailed sea eagle as well.

How about that? Well, one thing's certain - I'd have enjoyed it. Nothing strikes a lure quite like a big pollack. Thanks Dave!

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Four pounder.

A decent bass by any standard.

Pollack gulley.

Typical of the spots where big pollack like to lurk.

Nice fish.

I'm over the moon if I get one like this in Dorset.

Nicer fish.

This six pounder took Dave's Rapala.  I guess you could easily lose both fish and lure in the weeds on that first plunge.


Dave's nephew spinning in a freshwater lake.


Typical little lough trout..