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).

A few bass on lures.

Together with a few pals I've had a couple of exploratory trips after bass/mullet this week. I didn't do any good myself but some of the others had the odd fish or two - mostly small. To be honest the conditions were rarely ideal. Even though there were Coelopa maggots getting into the water, it was often windy which made fly fishing for the few mullet that were in evidence extremely difficult. Nigel and I both had a quick flick with the fly gear but neither of us had a bite. In fact by the time I'd picked up the fly rod and braced myself to have a cast the fish had gone so it was futile.

Bass were also thin on the ground. On one evening I spun with a Slandra and didn't have a sniff - on that evening Nigel had already landed a small bass by the time I arrived - he had nothing else. The next time Bill managed to land a schoolie and dropped another bite while I missed two bites - the other two anglers fishing on that occasion didn't even have a bite. I put the missed/dropped fish down to them being too small to tackle the lures we were using. Bill's fish was on an Ima Sasuke Sanborer plug - he says it's a bit like throwing your wallet into the sea.

Our pal Rob has had a couple of small fish recently and Bill landed two better ones a few days back but it's quite hard work trying to catch one as you might expect at this time of the year. Things, as they say, can only get better. All the pictures were taken by Bill.

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Typical school bass. These little fish struggle to engulf a big lure.


Nigel retrieving his lure.


Yet another futile cast.

Bills latest fish.

Another schoolie but at least it's a bass.