ELEVEN dou­bles on the feeder - PLUS 21lbs gi­ant is banked!

Angling Times (UK) - - FRONT PAGE -

ONE of the great­est-ever hauls of dou­ble-fig­ure bream has been taken from a Not­ting­ham gravel pit... and An­gling Times was there to pho­to­graph it!

Mark Perkins used sim­ple feeder tac­tics to land no fewer than 11 dou­ble-fig­ure fish to a best of over 13lb when we joined him on the banks of Not­ting­ham AA’s At­ten­bor­ough Na­ture Re­serve.

Dur­ing the mem­o­rable ses­sion the Dy­na­mite Baits and Shi­manobacked rod feeder-fished worm and mag­got hook­baits to take 15 fish in just a few hours’ fish­ing at a wa­ter he be­lieves is one of the finest bream venues in the UK.

“This place is in­cred­i­ble, and ev­ery­thing just came to­gether on the day, said Mark, from Bing­ham, Notts. “The fact that I made such a fan­tas­tic catch with An­gling Times pho­tog­ra­pher Lloyd Rogers on the bank with me made it even bet­ter.”

“We only de­cided to go there the night be­fore I fished, so if I’d had more time I would have put some bait in lead­ing up to the ses­sion. Who knows what I’d have had if I’d got more fish in the area?”

With a strong wind blow­ing into his face on the bank of the wind­surf­ing lake, which is part of the Notts com­plex, Mark fished a ground­bait feeder at 25 yards.

It was packed with pel­lets and cast­ers, then plugged at each end with ground­bait. All of Mark’s fish were beaten with 6lb main­line and a 0.16 mm hook­link at­tached to a size 14 hook.

“The wind had been blow­ing into that bank for about a week so I knew the fish would be there and that there was no need to cast too far out,” Mark con­tin­ued.

“One of the big­gest tips for catch­ing the re­ally big bream is to in­tro­duce plenty of pel­lets through the feeder. Lots of carpers fish this wa­ter and the bream have be­come used to feed­ing on the pel­lets they in­tro­duce.”

Dave Turner, sec­re­tary of Not­ting­ham AA, is ex­cited about the re­serve’s po­ten­tial.

“This lake has al­ways been known for huge catches of big bream and the av­er­age size of the fish just keeps im­prov­ing ev­ery year,” he said.

“I wouldn’t be at all sur­prised if there’s a 20-pounder in there be­cause it’s such a rich, healthy wa­ter and lots of high-pro­tein

bait is in­tro­duced by carp an­glers. Any­one in­ter­ested in fish­ing here should con­tact me,” he added.

Now turn to page 42 for a bril­liant bream feeder rig.

Another bream dou­ble for Mark Perkins.

Mark with just part of his epic bream catch.

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