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).

Luminous lure again.

My green, glowing spinner did the business again this morning. I started fishing earlier than last time and was into fish immediately. The first cast at 04:30hr produced a mackerel which typically fought like stink. Next cast I was in again and until I swung the fish ashore I thought it was another mackerel but it proved to be a small bass. Third cast another small bass and I'm thinking maybe it's a 'bass morning', but no, after that it was mackerel again. The little glowing spinner was absolutely slaughtered time and again. I no longer needed any more for bait so I began shaking them off the hook and back into the sea. After catching several I kept one alive and lip hooked it on the circle hook on my bait rod. For ten or fifteen minutes it swam gamely round but it seemed that there wasn't a bass big enough to have a go at it, so for the last quarter-of-an-hour I went back to spinning. By now the mackerel had thinned out a bit but I probably landed a couple of dozen (I lost count) altogether, plus the two bass.

One or two of the mackerel coughed up sprats which were clearly present in numbers. Despite the presence of bait fish and the fact that I was fishing at first light I still didn't see any pollack. In former years small pollack have been by far the most abundant fish at the mark I was trying. It's been an odd start to the season altogether with the lack of bass, the late arrival of mackerel and the almost total absence of pollack. Perhaps at last things are falling into a more normal pattern!

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These little chaps are what the mackerel are after.


No great size but a pleasant surprise.  Things can only get better.

The lure.

I'm really chuffed with the rubber coated light.  Must give it a go for seatrout after dark.