Bream pack­ing on the pounds

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

WHEN I first heard sto­ries of dou­ble-fig­ure bream be­ing taken reg­u­larly from ‘TC Pit’ and Dorch­ester La­goon, close to the Thames, they were fish of mys­tery. Now, if you want bream of that size, there are quite a few places, where you’d have a fair chance of catch­ing one.

Lon­don’s Waltham­stow Reser­voirs has them in abun­dance, so does Not­ting­hamshire’s At­ten­bor­ough Grav­els (see pages 4 and 5).

Back in the early 1990s, when I was a Daiwa rep, the late Steve Toone waxed lyrical about the ‘big’ bream of 4lb-5lb fea­tur­ing in matches there.

A 2011 An­gling Times fea­ture found bream that av­er­aged around 7lb but Mark Perkins, just five years later, has shown how fast th­ese old fish – I’m sure they are Tooney’s four-pounders – are grow­ing. How big will they be in another five years, I won­der?

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