Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle


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12 February 2003

A miscellany of fishes.

I guess that people looking at the website may wonder why there is rarely more than one fish in a picture. The truth is that my pals and myself generally return everything to the water as soon as we can - including sea fish. I don't possess a keep net but, very occasionally, I will keep a couple of small fish in a bucket for bait or to take a picture.

To obtain a few natural baits for last week's pike fishing activities I spent an hour or so touch legering with maggots. The rig was very simple - one AA shot on a dropper and a size 12 hook on the end of the line - basically a tiny paternoster. On the whole it was very effective and when the fish were feeding it was almost a fish a chuck.

Anyway, I took a few pictures of my catches, just for amusement and here they are. I have to say that I quite enjoyed catching tiddlers for a change but even on fine nylon it is difficult to get a fight out of them.

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February 12th 2003


Dace are one of the commonest species in the local river and the main food of the pike.


Looking a bit like tiny barbel (there are none in the Frome) - but there ends the resemblance.


These little fish are a true pest for the maggot angler and bite as hard as much bigger species.


The Frome holds some monster roach on the tidal stretch but bread fished at dusk is the best method for the big ones.


Only a very young grayling but as greedy as anything.  A quick strike is needed to avoid them swallowing the bait.


There are relatively few perch in the River so catching one is unusual.