Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle


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25 September 2006.

Carp and chub.

I had a couple of freshwater sessions this week. The first one was to a lake I haven't fished for a while. With the weather being so unseasonably warm I thought that carp would still be a good bet. I chopped half a small white loaf into matchbox sized bits and fished with my usual bass/carp gear.

The first spot I tried appeared to be fishless. I had thrown in a few free offerings and apart from the ubiquitous rudd hammering them to bits there seemed to be nothing bigger. I could see the odd carp basking out in the centre of the lake but I've always found these open-water fish very difficult to tempt. After a twenty minute stint I moved on to another place dropping a couple of crusts into a third spot as I passed.

My second choice proved to be much better and within a few minutes of dropping my crust into the marginal reeds it was sucked in and I found myself playing a reasonable carp. Excellent! After landing the first fish I shifted back to the other spot that I had baited on my way round. I flicked the bait out a few metres so that the line rested over a reed stem. Needless to say five minutes later a modest carp swam along much closer in, mopping up the bits of loose bread. I reeled in, rebaited and dropped the crust in the edge by a patch of pondweed. This time the line lay across the floating leaves (I always like to keep the line out of the water). I waited patiently (by my standards) for about ten minutes reasoning that the carp would come back along on its next patrol. It was something of a surprise when a bigger fish altogether suddenly appeared, golloped down the crust and tore off into the reeds.

The fish was pushing twenty pounds and in beautiful condition so I was well pleased with my session. The following day I went over to the river to spin with the little L Minnow lure. I was using the same gear but with a short wire trace in case of pike. The river was extremely low and clear and the sun was blazing down so I was not too hopeful. However, shortly after I began I hooked a fish in shallow streamy water. "Trout!" I thought but it turned out to be a reasonable chub. In the following hour I found several more chub much bigger than the first but they showed no interest at all. That's fishing I suppose.

First carp.

Approaching double figures and in nice nick.

Bigger and better.

This fish took me by surprise.

What a beauty

This is my best of the year so far.


this one took the plug as I winched it downstream with the current.

Got it!

It clearly had no intention of letting the lure escape.