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).

School bass.

My pal Bill emailed me the other day to ask if I fancied an hour or two spinning for bass that afternoon. I couldn't get away at the same time as him so I said that I'd follow him along. It was a fairly big spring tide so by the time I arrived on the shore it was already well in and I hurried along to see if I could catch up. By the time I reached the first likely spot there was no sign of my mate. Apart from a band of fine weed in the edge of the sea the water seemed to be pretty clear so I decided to have a few chucks before pressing on. First cast with my 18cm Pearl Evo Redgill and I was in. Clearly the bass was no monster but it took a bit of line against the clutch and splashed about on the surface as I played it in. Excellent start! Of course having caught a fish I had to have another cast or two and before I knew it I'd been fishing for an hour and the tide was too high for me to follow Bill any further. While I was fishing I'd had three more schoolies so I was reasonably happy with the session but I couldn't help wondering what my pal had caught.

I trudged back to the car and as I was starting the engine I looked back and could just make out a tiny figure standing on a headland way back along the shore. No point going back now I thought, so I drove home. As it turned out I'd been lucky because Bill's email the next day said that he'd had just one wrasse. I went down the following morning hoping to bag up after my four small fish but as it turned out things were much slower and I only caught one although I did drop a better bass a couple of casts before the one I landed. Anyway, it was nice to catch a few fish for a change even if the biggest struggled to make three pounds.

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The first.

I couldn't believe it when I had a bite within seconds of the lure hitting the sea.

Well hooked.

The huge hooks on these Redgills really get a grip.

Next morning.

Another small bass well hooked.  I prefer these pictures taken in poor light..

Bill's wrasse.

He's not keen on 'brown fish' but it looks to be quite a good specimen.