Catch fish with Mike Ladle.

Catch Fish with
Mike Ladle


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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 four 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. 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 so if you are new to fly fishing or spinning these are the ones for you).

I'll be going on holiday next week so it may be a couple of weeks before my next pages appear. I shall put another 'Seychelles' page up in the Saltwater section before I leave.

05 December 2006.

Pike struggle.

Hasn't the weather been awful? The rivers in this part of the country seem to have been up and dirty for weeks. My last pike trip with Nigel and Ben went ahead despite the fact that our chosen venue was a bit on the coloured side. However, it is rarely completely hopeless and we were in good spirits as we started off. I carried the gear and had a few casts with my spoon while the others float fished witrh fish baits of various kinds.

After the first biteless hour or so the writing was on the wall. We had all resigned ourselves to a quiet afternoon stroll along the river banks. We tried likely spots, we tried 'certain' spots and we tried the most unlikely spots, we fished some places for a minute or two and others for what seemed like ages - all to no avail. We could not buy a bite. We walked down one bank and we walked back up the opposite bank - nothing. We were just about to 'give them best' when Nigel, always keen, decided to try one last place. It was the inside of a large bend with very shallow water and a big bush in the water at the upstream end.

He cast his float into the slack and let it wander round for five or ten minutes. At this point we all decided to pack in and Ben and I started to walk back up to where we had left the rest of the gear as Nigel wound in. We had not gone ten metres when there was a cry of 'fish!' and we turned to see our pal, rod well bent, playing the first fish of the session. The pike was no monster but it put up a good show and Nigel was still playing it as Ben joined him with the big net ready to land it. At that point the rod straightened as the hook came out and the pike swam off. Never mind eh!

Nigel's float.

A bit more colourful than my usual old bit of cork.

Nigel tries another spot.

Just one of the many places we fished that afternoon.

--- but how are we going to land it?.

Ben fishes his bait in a spot where he was almost pleased not to get a bite.

It's on.

Nigel's fish makes a bid for freedom.  It was eventually successful.  Note that Nigel is calf deep in mud.