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).

Chub on a lure.

There just isn't enough time to do all the fishing I would like. The past weekend was an excellent set of spring tides for mullet/bass fishing but because we were staying with one of our grandsons (his parents were away for a few days and he had to be ferried to his holiday job) I couldn't get to the coast. The upshot was that I went to the local river for a couple of short, early morning spinning sessions.

The object of my intentions was chub and/or perch but because the river is heaving with small, greedy pike a wire trace is essential. My lure was a black and silver J9 Rapala, a good all round plug for shallow, weedy water. I arrived at the river full of anticipation but when I got to the first fishable spot I found that it had changed dramatically since last year. A huge willow tree which had stood in the river had simply gone. No longer was there a 'chubby' slack under the far bank. Anyway, I ducked under the barbed wire and paddled into the cattle drink before casting to where the chub used to lie. Nothing! I fanned the casts until on about the fifth one I was casting straight upstream along the near bank. I was still using the Nanofil line that I've been trying recently so the cast was a long one. I retrieved just fast enough to keep the plug working with the flow. After it had gone about ten metres it was grabbed by a decent fish and I was in.

To be honest it wasn't much of a battle before a big chub was flapping at my feet. I paddled to the bank before taking a couple of pictures and returning the fish. At 6.25lb it was the best chub I've had for some time. What a start! I suppose it couldn't be anything else but 'all downhill' from there. I had a couple of jack pike to complete my bag. The following morning I had another chub, this time a tiny one, and three more pike of which the best was about six pounds. However, at least I caught a few fish and from the emails my pals sent it sounds as though the fishing at the coast was a bit slow so I didn't miss anything.

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Nice chub/

The really don't have much go I'm afraid but I like them.


Too much contrast again.  It's always tricky fiddling with the camera's time release when you have muddy, wet hands.


They are greedy little devils and I always keep my fingers well away from those teeth.

Chub again.

This one's tiny but beautifully marked.

Another pike.

I had five pike in all but they were not monsters.