Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
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).

Dropped perch!

Once or twice a year I go spinning on a local river with my pal Richard, a keen all-round angler. Anyway, the other day we had one of our sessions with the intention of catching perch and/or chub. We were each geared up with fairly light spinning tackle and wire traces (jacks are everywhere). Richard favours a spinner for the perch and he started off with a little Rooster Tail lure while I used a small, slow sinking plug.

We began fishing in a large pool downstream of a weir and it was not long before Richard was into a fish which turned out to be the ubiquitous small pike. Shortly afterwards I hooked a small perch (they have a characteristic 'bumping' feel on the line) but it soon came unstuck. Then I hooked a much better perch which, after a short battle also managed to unhook itself. This, it turned out, was to be the pattern of the session and though we each landed a couple of pike, every perch came off. We never actually managed to lay hands on a perch although Richard came near with one that flipped off at his feet. The chub were seemingly absent although I had a 'follower' which, to judge from the position and the bow wave behind the lure was probably a chub.

All in all it was a bit of fun and it was good to have a chat about fishing (we don't see each other very often.

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A pike.

Richard unhooks his first pike.

The biggest pike.

This really scabby looking specimen took my little plug.

Nearly a perch.

A decent perch wriggles free as Richard is about to land it.