Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

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Mike Ladle


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Freshwater Fishing

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).

The River.

Nigel and I went to the river for a spell of pike fishing the other day. It was a beautiful afternoon, warm, sunny and just like the summer - amazing for this time of the year. We managed to catch a few baits - but it was quite hard work and when we started piking it was no more lively. We tried several likely spots before Nigel had a decent bite and was into a reasonable fish. The pike put up a good show and took a little while to slide into the net. As usual it was neatly hooked on the circle hook so we removed the hook easily and after one or two pictures - back it went. By now we were perspiring a bit and both of us took our jackets off.

A little while later I managed to land a smaller pike, again nicely hooked round the maxillary bone. After releasing the second pike we fished on for a little while but no further bites were forthcoming so we went back to the car and picked up the float gear and maggots. The idea was to try and tempt a grayling - just for a change. We tried a wide range of fishy looking glides and runs all to no avail. Neither of us could buy a bite even from a dace. I wandered off downstream in search of a fish but after a while I decided to go back up and see how my pal was getting on. At first I couldn't find him and I was beginning to wonder how we could have crossed paths without seeing each other (or whether he'd managed to quietly fall in and drown) then I heard a shout. Clearly Nigel was into a fish and was screened from my view by the head high nettles and even taller reeds along the river bank. I hurried towards the call to find him standing in the river with the rod well bent as a big grayling struggled to make good its escape. Nige's centrepin was buzzing and spinning like a dervish as the grayling battled in the strong flow. I grabbed the net and paddled as far into the water as I dared in my wellies. I had my camera in one hand as I waded and managed to take a couple of pictures of my pal in action. It must have been five minutes before I trapped the fish in the meshes and struggled ashore through the mud. We weighed it at two-and-a-quarter pounds - not a monster but a beautiful fish. A good end to a fairly quiet day.

The only down side to the episode was when I discovered that I'd somehow managed to delete the pictures of the grayling from my file on the computer. Ah well! You can't have everything..

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Nigel's pike.

Worth the wait.

Good hooking.

I don't know why circle hooks are taking so long to catch on with anglers over here - they work extremely well.


Nigel played his grayling for quite a while in the strong flow.  That big fin area and the ability to 'back away' makes these fish difficult to deal with.