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).

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Piking with Dave.

No more pages for a couple of weeks I'm afraid. Hopefully there should be plenty of new stuff then.

I went fishing with my pal Dave last week. Conditions were not perfect but we both felt the need of a 'fix'. We started at about two in the afternoon so time was a bit pressing. I'd found a couple of long frozen herrings in my freezer and Dave had a good selection of his favourite lures. He started with a fair sized Mepps and I progged one of the herrings through both lips with a circle hook and wobbled it slowly under a cork. My herring was in the water for no more than ten seconds before there was a swirl and away went the cork. A brief pause then I tightened into a modest sized pike. After Dave had netted my fish we took its picture and returned it to the river. I cast again and the bait fell off - clearly my attempt to rehook it had not been adequate. Now I had one herring left.

We plodded from pool to pool giving each a few minutes before moving on. Dave changed his lure - more for something to do than in hope of changing his luck I think. We had a couple of bites between us and I managed to rescue the herring from the jaws of a small fish but apart from that there were no more hook ups. By now it was getting a bit gloomy and we'd come to the last decent pool on the stretch. Dave changed back to his Mepps. In went the herring. Twitch, twitch and a BIG fish (20lb?) swept up, grabbed at my bait and missed. I swished the bait about a bit but when there was no further sign of life I lifted it out for inspection. There was a huge slash in one flank clearly cause by the pike's teeth in the lower jaw. How had it done that withouth getting hold of the bait?

we tried for a little longer without success then we tried a bit further up for ten minutes before returning to the 'hot spot'. Still the large pike failed to show but Dave did manage to hook and land a smaller one on his Mepps from more or less the same spot. I'll be back!

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ready for his first cast with the Mepps dangling.

Dead bait.

Hooked through both jaws herrings are reasonably durable baits.

Circle hook.

There's little point in using a tiny hook with a big bait. Being a 'sea angler' I'm well used to larger hooks but the barb has been more or less flattened.

Ten seconds.

This pike was keen and took my herring straight away.


Dave had this fish on his Mepps at the last gasp.