Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
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).

The spice of life.

There's nothing like a spot of variety and since I've been trying out my modified 'Mepps' type lures recently I thought I ought to see whether the Rapala was going to be effective in the slightly raised and coloured water following last weeks heavy rain. One evening I tried for seatrout. As dusk approached I'd not had a sniff but as soon as the sun began to go down behind the trees the bites started. It wasn't hectic but not only did I catch a (small) seatrout but I had several perch. Interestingly bot the perch and the trout were in the shallow tails of pools. Presumably trying to catch minnows shoaling there for the night.

A couple of days later I had another session. This time I tried a deeper, slower stretch with lilies and overhanging willows. It was full of jack pike and I caught several and missed almost as many bites. The perch - which I know are there in numbers - were more discerning and I only managed to land a couple. both my trips were enjoyable and as always I learned a bit more about the behaviour of the fish. No fishing is ever a waste of time.

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Not big but an attractive fish nonetheless.


A fat fish which took the mid-body treble.


I still regard these as a nuisance because it means I have to use a wire trace.