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).

No mullet this time!

After catching my big mullet on a Redgill the other day needless to say I tried again the following morning. It was just as cold and the sea was still pretty calm but a bit choppier with a swell about 30cm high swishing onto the shingle. I started fishing as it was getting light and the tide was approaching high water. Once more the beach was piled high with maggoty weed but although the black headed gulls were having a feast of maggots there was no sign of feeding fish. You really have to spend a lot of time walking the shore to find the best places for this sort of fishing (a day or two later my mate Bill came across loads of surface feeding mullet in another spot).

Anyway, I flogged away for over an hour without so much as a sniff. The old fingers were beginning to seize up with the chill and wet and I was reaching the stage of ‘another couple of casts and I’ll give them best!’ when suddenly I was in. It wasn’t a big bass – only about 2.5lb – but it gave a spirited show before I could take its picture and put it back. No monster mullet this time but it’s funny how catching a fish warms you up even on the chilliest days.

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My bass.

They really love these big Redgills.

Well hooked.

The big single hooks rarely come out, even with the barbs well flattened.