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).

Perch by all means.

Last week, having caught the odd perch when I was after seatrout, I decided to see whether there were any decent perch in the more likely spots. I had a couple of sessions using everything from plugs to livebaits but the results were all the same. Plenty of perch but nothing of any size. I tried with J9f Rapalas, No 3 black Mepps, Home made No5 silver spinners, and live minnows but it made no difference - they were taken by little perch. They must be some of the greediest fish in existence and even though I was using a wire trace to avoid bite offs by pike (I didn't hook any pike!) the little stripeys gobbled them down. I did try a minor experiment by trying to make a snagless weight. I simply sleeved the bomb in a piece of black rubber tubing - it seemed to work but only time will tell.

The only diversions from the little perch were a few bites from modest trout/seatrout on the spinners - all missed and a couple of takes from decent chub on the plug - also missed. Ah well, better luck next time.

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A little perch on the J9.


Another one on the black Mepps.


- and another tiddler on my home-made spinner.

Circle hook.

This one took a paternostered minnow.


My little circle hook and weedless weight on top of the bait tub.


Yet another little one on a live minnow.