First of all, if you’re a regular reader of my blog you will notice that there is no video part this week. Well, after seeing several give up the ghost over the years, I invested in a quadproof camcorder. Even though it’s been in the drink a few times and toppled on a regular basis, this last time was on concrete and the touchscreen shattered. So for the time being at least, no video, but the good news is that the blog continues.
Now on to the actual fishing – I’ve often declared that my favourite fish is the perch although I’ve never really gone beyond that. After all, I’ve never felt the need to produce a list of species in order of how much I like them or whatever. However, if really pushed to name a second fish after perch, the bream would stand a very good chance of making it.
By bream I don’t mean the small ones that are referred to as skimmers by anglers. Not that I have anything against them of course, but it’s once they reach a certain size that they really interest me. When you compare a 1lb bream with its 10lb counterpart it’s as if they are a different species and with an overnighter planned, it was with the latter on my mind as I set off from home.
Without exception, my big-bream fishing is done on huge pits. It’s the type of venue that you associate with the sort of fish that I’m trying to tempt. They’re also tough places as well, apart from the size of them and therefore fish location, they’re more often than not gin clear. In addition your bait is usually competing with lots of naturals. I’m always up for a challenge though and without a doubt that’s what these venues offer.
Setting up on quite a slope it wasn’t a comfortable session that lay ahead, but I’m not bothered about spirit-level swims in manicured surroundings. I go fishing to catch fish and as darkness descended that’s exactly what I expected to do. You need to be realistic of course in angling, as indeed in life, but a dash of confidence never did anyone any harm in either.
As you can see from the photographs I avoided a blank, and very often, as far as specimen bream fishing is concerned, that in itself is a result. Regardless of the size, whether they make the magical double-figure or not, it’s just great to bank fish. My bait was 3x SBS corn-shaped poppers, fished over SBS Flumino groundbait and Proactive multimix pellets and sweetcorn. (Published May 2 2015)