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).

Small pike.

It's getting towards the end of my bass/mullet fishing season now so Nigel and I had a sortie to the river the other afternoon. By the time I arrived my pal had caught a few grayling by trotting maggots. After I got there he packed in float fishing and picked up his pike rod. We set off, full of enthusiasm, to try and catch a pike. Nigel was using a float (salvaged from beach flotsam) and a small fish while I decided to spin with a large, soft plastic, Slandra. Despite recent rain river was still very low and only slightly coloured. It was not too cold and we were quite optimistic.

We started fishing in a wide, shallow, muddy bottomed pool. My lure was perfect and wriggled along seductively just above the bottom. On about the fifth cast a pike of about four pounds lurched out of the weeds and missed the lure completely. We decided to leave it and try for a bigger fish. Mistake!!! We couldn't buy a bite in any of the other spots. After a couple of hours we were making our way back to the cars when Nigel called out that he had a fish. The excitement was short lived as it turned out to be even smaller than the one we'd seen earlier. Next time perhaps?

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Certainly not a monster but it saved a blank.


Nigel's pike ready to go back.