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).

Stormy weather.

I mentioned in my latest freshwater page that my pal Dave came down from Bristol for a spot of fishing. He was really unlucky. The day before he arrived it suddenly blew a hooley and although I went to the coast and found loads of feeding fish it was absolutely unfishable. However, when Dave came on the following day it had calmed down quite a lot so, that evening we went to the Purbecks only to find it more or less fishable but without any fish. The storm had washed away most of the maggotty weed and had piled so much kelp in front of what remained that the fish didn't bother to turn up. What a downer! At least the pike he caught the following morning eased the pain a bit.

Earlier that week I'd been fishing on my own. The short, early morning session produced two pollack and two bass for me plus a fair few missed pollack bites - all on a large Evo-Redgill. A day or two later I'd been to another spot with another pal, Ben. Again we only fished for a short while at the crack of dawn - before Ben went to work - and although I couldn't tempt anything Ben had used a wedge and landed a nice pollack followed by a garfish.

Anyway, when I next wet a line it will be in the Caribbean. Hopefully I won't miss too much while I'm away as the saltwater spinning/fly fishing season is drawing to its close (for me). When I get back I expect I'll mostly be fishing for pike, grayling etc.

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It doesn't look too bad in this picture taken by my mate Bill but believe me it was ROUGH!

Ben's garfish.

They are wonderful creatures.

One of my pollack.

Most of them couldn't cope with the big lure.


My two bass were caught later than the pollack - as it got light.