Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle


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Copies can now be ordered (printed on demand) from Steve Pitts at £34.00, inc. Royal Mail Insured UK Mainland Postage.

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Here is the latest review from B.A.S.S Magazine, Issue 168, Autumn 2020 - by Nigel Fairclough

For many anglers, fishing is just something to do to while away an idle hour, to escape the daily grind, and enjoy being outdoors. For others it is much, much more. It is part of who they are. It runs through their veins and is etched into their very being. Most of us will remember John Wilson’s Go Fishing TV series. He travelled the world fishing for exotic species both in fresh and saltwater. Well the guys in this book visit the same areas. Angling on the Edge is a high quality 293 pages of stories from some of the best anglers that have ever grasped a fishing rod. There is so much piscatorial excitement that it is contagious. The names Mike Ladle and Steve Pitts instantly conjure up the image of top anglers, top writers, top film makers and top blokes. So I was expecting that this book was going to be a masterpiece, and it is! However, there are health and safety implications to owning this book. It could aggravate existing health conditions, bad backs, hernias, tennis elbows, etc. I recommend wearing steel toe cap boots when reading it just in case you drop it on your foot. And should you wish to take it on holiday, be warned, it will take up all your hand luggage allowance! Of nearly biblical proportions: it is a true ‘Coffee Table’ Book. Mike and Steve have collaborated with fourteen others to bring us an epic angling adventure book, containing fishing stories from around the world, and from other angler’s perspectives; anglers that truly live for their fishing. Some will be well known to readers of this magazine, some I have had the pleasure of fishing with. And a few just have not yet had the pleasure of my company. The Angling locations vary as much as the temperatures on the beaches and riverbanks. From the frozen north to the sweltering tropics, to the crocodile infested Australian outback. All aspects of angling in the briny and in freshwater are undertaken in pursuit of some veritable leviathans. Some adventures are virtual shoestring budget affairs, and some are at the other end of the scale. Barracuda, bass, bonefish and many more species grace the pages in some stunning photographs. Some writers are happy to spend their Christmas holidays, virtually solo, in self isolation, enduring hardship and struggles just to catch a bass. While others ponder what factor sunscreen to use. They undertake thousands of miles of travel to reach that sacred water course, where their prize awaits them. I particularly like the Meet the Anglers section at the back of the book. These are pen portraits of the anglers who may be known to you through forums and angling groups, or in some cases as actual friends. This book looks impressive and it is impressive. A very big ‘well done’ to the authors, all fourteen of them, and to Mike and Steve for combining these stories in one magnificent volume.

Here are a few taster pages and some more comments on the book.

Bluefin trevally.

A fine snook.

Two cracking stripers.

Giant trevally.

Playing a big tarpon.

What a tarpon!

Record catfish.

Here are some of the comments we've had :-

The book is a masterpiece, much larger than I expected. The printing looks superb and plenty to read on those dark winter evenings.


Without really meaning to I started dipping into the pages of Angling on the Edge and I already know I'm going to thoroughly enjoy reading it.


Mine arrived safely today Steve, and very impressive it looks too.


Received my copy today - looks excellent and I'm looking forward to reading it.


First impressions? Absolute quality.......lovely weight to it...........text/paper/pictures are superb. Just what I would expect from Messrs Pitts and Ladle!


Thanks for putting in the time and effort to get this into print, Steve, a truly superb achievement. You must be so proud. Great production, photography and collection of contributors.


Just received my book and as expected it looks great. Can't wait to sit in front of the fire and be transported back to warmer climes! Best regards


I’ve just opened this book and a big wow from me. Fantastic quality and pictures and destined to become a must have for travelling anglers.


I got through the first few pages before the phone started ringing and Mrs G talking so much she was using all the oxygen in the room. Then I had a vision of Norman Bates hitting 'mother' with his shovel. So given the shape and weight of the book I was very tempted but resisted the urge as I'd hate the book to get damaged. Brilliant work of art so far Steve and Mike, I'm looking forward to reading it all......even if I have to do it in Broadmoor hospital.


Collected mine from Post Office this morning. Didn't even get my coat off before starting into reading it. It's a beauty.


Looking forward to the winter nights, a good read and a port & brandy. Or two!


Loving the book, sped to the Co Kerry section and my spirits soared. Worth the price alone many times over.


It is certainly a weighty tome and should come in handy if I ever decide to press wild flowers. Seriously, I've had a quick flick and the printing and photography are first class and it already looks worth every penny of the purchase price. Congratulations to you and all the other raconteurs involved in the production of what promises to be a wonderful collection of angling stories.


Read mine as I’m on holiday and I found it to be a wonderful and inspirational book which exceeded my expectations.


Firstly, just to say that the book arrived in good condition. I have had a good look through it read one or two sections. It is great, and quite different to most ‘destination’ type angling books. Much more ‘personal’.


It is really good, professionally produced, great writing and some great pictures.


All I can say is what an excellent job you and Mike have done putting it together. Andy in Jersey was delighted to receive his copy a couple of days ago and was impressed with the quality.


OMG without reading a word, a simple flick through the pages and it just reeks of class. Looks a stunner


I cracked a semi reading the first chapter. Is that acceptable?


Just picked up the book from post office (was still away when you sent it) and it looks incredible.


Impressive tomes to say the least. Looking forward to reading all the ‘tales’ over the winter.


A huge thanks to Steve and Mike for grinding out the publication of this fine book. Only yet read the Co Kerry chapter, so glad that the kingdom has been recorded in such a manner. Fantastic.


I had a quick flick through the pages & it really does look superb ....well done.