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 four 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. 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 so if you are new to fly fishing or spinning these are the ones for you).

16 September 2008.

Tiny pike.

I'd seen a lot of seatrout in the lower reaches of a local river recently so I thought I'd have ago one evening with a little J7 Rapala that's been successful in the past. I couldn't fish the main river so I had to make do with a small millstream adjoining it. The water was just clearing after rain and I was quite optimistic but as it turned out my optimism was misplaced. I fished for about half -an-hour with no sign of anything and I was just about to give up when suddenly there was a fish on but it didn't feel very big. In fact it was the smallest pike I've ever caught (I've seen smaller ones when I was electric fishing). Anyway, I thought it was worth a couple of pictures so here they are.

The deadline for a book is looming for me so these will be the last pages until mid-October. You'll have to make do with the archive for now.

- Cheers, Mike.

What a catch.

The lure's only 7 centimetres so you can judge the size of the pike.

Small but beautifully marked.

The first pike I ever saw took a worm and wasn't much bigger than this.  It bit my thumb.