Bream packing on the pounds
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?