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).

Smaller pike.

As I said in my latest Saltwater page I'm just back from a long weekend in Nottingham. After catching a bass in the early morning I went pike fishing for an hour in the afternoon. The river was still extremely low so again I decided to use one of my Slandras. The water was clearer than last time I fished so the rippling tail of the lure was clearly visible for most of the retrieve even after a fairly long cast. On about my fourth chuck I was just bringing the soft plastic back towards the surface under my own bank when there was a green flash, the rod bent and I was in. The fish fought surprisingly hard to say that it was only about six pounds and it was a little while before I could slide it out and unhook it. Good start.

I moved on uspstream and saw the bow wave of a decent fish moving in shallow water. I cast the Slandra across the shallows and whatever it was had a couple of swirls at it in the way back before losing interest. A little further downstream in a deeper slack area I had a good bite which was on for a couple of seconds before coming unstuck. It was a pike, probably in double figures, but wouldn't come again. I returned to the shallows and switched lures to a J9 Rapala but the fish wasn't interested in that either. A few casts later on a different pool I had another bite on the Rapala and this time landed a pike of perhaps three pounds. Fortunately, despite the two trebles, it was only lightly hooked and I released it without lifting it from the water.

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Pike one.

This one took the Slandra as though it really meant business.

Pike two.

Much smaller and in good nick.