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).

Mixed fishing.

I had a couple of trips to the river last week and in truth the results were poor. On the first occasion I was hoping for chub and perch. I fished the usual J9 Rapala and although I had a couple of snatches from decent chub and saw a monster which wasn't interested in my lure. The only fish I actually caught was a small brown trout - better than nothing but no great shakes for a couple of hour's fishing.

A couple of days later my pal Nigel rang to ask if I fancied fishing so I suggested that we might have an hour after seatrout. I tried a J9 and Nigel had a go with a spinner but again it was slow. We saw a few bulges and bow waves as big trout left the vicinity and one even had a dab at Nigel's lure but our only catches were a modest perch for my mate and a small pike for me. Disappointing!

My third and last trip was even more of a come down. Again I tried for seatrout and I waited until evening, reasoning that they might bite best in the poor light. They didn't! The only compensation was a nice sunset. maybe next time?

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My trout.

A pretty little fish but not what I was after.


It was aquite a relief when Nigel caught this perch.


I never use plugs for pike but fortunately this one wasn't deeply hooked.


As the sun sinks slowly in the west, it's almost time to pack in.