Text: Mike Ladle & Alan Bulmer Lead image: Constantine Alexander Around the world there are several species of grey mullet. In the UK there are three namely the thicklip (Crenimugil labrosus), the thinlip (Liza ramada) and the golden (Liza aurata). To the untrained eye they may appear to be identical. The streamlined, silver-grey striped flanks, toothless rubbery lips, powerful muscular bodies and … Continue reading TARGETING GREY MULLET
When Dr Mike Ladle was in NZ recently we had a discussion on how he targets large bass with cut baits in very shallow water. This is a technique that he has perfected and it came about largely by accident. One day when he was making his way home just after dawn he disturbed a huge bass close to the shore in calf deep water. … Continue reading RUBBER BAND BAIT FEEDER
Most rivers in NZ have an evening rise when trout seem to appear from nowhere to feed on insects. More fish seem to rise to flies on the surface after dark than during the day. Why is this so and can it be explained scientifically? Dr Mike Ladle, a retired UK fisheries ecologist, spent many years studying this phenomenon and shares some of his insights … Continue reading WHY IS FLY FISHING IN FRESHWATER BETTER AT NIGHT?
Dr. Mike Ladle is not only a world renowned marine biologist but one of the saltwater spin fishing pioneers in the UK. Over the years he has written multiple books on spin fishing as well as regular columns in several fishing magazines. Mike has kindly agreed to let AANZ publish a few vignettes from his book “Operation Sea Angler”. Even though the species of fish … Continue reading THE HOW, WHERE, WHEN AND WHY FISH FEED
Shortly after we received the article from Mike Ladle on his Mullet catching exploits in England (https://activeanglingnz.com/2014/04/21/dr-mike-ladle-mullet-fishing-for-new-zealand/) I received an email from Alan Bulmer, describing the flies that he tied for Mike Ladle to entice Mullet species in the UK….. The e-mail went:- “Hi Paul, First things first, the species of mullet that Mike Ladle catches in the UK is not identical to the NZ Grey … Continue reading MULLET – KIWI FLY CATCHES THEM IN UK
Mullet fishing for NZ Around every shoreline in the World you will find mullet. The sleek grey shapes will be ghosting in and out of harbours, grazing algae from the rocks, rooting in the gloopy mud of estuaries, skimming scum from the water surface or simply basking in the warm shallow water as the tide creeps in over your favourite beach. What you will rarely … Continue reading Dr. MIKE LADLE – MULLET FISHING FOR NEW ZEALAND