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 and nuisance salmon.

I decided to try a livebait for perch the other day so, armed with a few maggots, a float rod and a spinning rod with a paternoster rig I went to the river. It didn't take long to catch a few baits and most of them were six inch dace - ideal! I stopped float fishing and lip hooking one of the dace on the circle hook I lobbed it out. Almost at once I had a bite and tightened to find myself playing a three pound pike. As I was about to take its picture the pike escaped so I baited up and tried again. Once more I was into a fish, this time it felt bigger but it wasn't 'bumping' like a perch and sure enough it turned out to be a larger pike. As before it managed to unhook itself before I could take its picture.

Now I know from past experience that catching pike in a spot doesn't men that there will be no perch there so I tried yet again. The next two casts were biteless then I felt another knock. This time I hooked the culprit and could feel it banging about on the end of the line - obviously a decent perch. I reeled it in and took its picture thinking that this would be the prelude to some good fishing but no - that was the last bite I had. My other baits were released unscathed.

On the following day I thought it might be worth a last go for a seatrout so I clipped a size 4 silver Mepps onto the wire trace and set off for an afternoon of spinning. Despite recent heavy rain the river just had a tinge of colour and looked perfect. To cut a long story short within ten minutes I'd hooked, played and released (without landing) three out of season salmon. Two male fish in the six to eight pound class and a female of perhaps fourteen pounds. Not wanting to spend an afternoon catching red salmon I packed in and went home to do some gardening.

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Nice perch.

My guesstimate is about a pound-and-a-half.  The bait is still on the trace.

Red salmon 1.

With the trace wrapped round its snout.

Number 2.

Another male fish of similar size to the first.

And another.

A bigger female fish, also with its nose wrapped in the trace.

Again ---.

A better angle to see the lack of a kype.