Q&A

The best feeder rig for bream?

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WHAT rigs and hook­baits should I be us­ing when tar­get­ing bream from large lakes?

Gra­hame Forster, Wed­nes­bury

THE eas­i­est rig to get to grips with is a run­ning feeder set-up, with the feeder slid­ing on the main­line above the hook­link and a buf­fer bead. This pro­duces pos­i­tive bites and rarely tan­gles, plus it won’t fall foul of any fish­ery rules.

As a start­ing point, use a 5lb main­line, a 4lb hook­link and a size 16 hook. The weight of feeder you choose de­pends on how far you need to cast and whether there’s any

un­der­tow, but a 30g model should cover most sit­u­a­tions.

As for hook­baits, there are two schools of thought – tra­di­tional (mag­gots, cast­ers, worms) and mod­ern (corn, pel­lets, mini boilies). If the lake is used by carp an­glers, the bream will see a lot of pel­lets and boilies, so it could pay to go down that route with your hook­baits, with fish­meal ground­bait in the feeder. Al­ter­na­tively, try a tra­di­tional ap­proach with a worm and caster cock­tail hook­bait and a sweet ground­bait mix in­cor­po­rat­ing chopped worm, cast­ers and dead mag­gots.

You can at­tach the hook­link us­ing a stan­dard swivel with a rub­ber bead over the top, or you can use one of the new breed of beads that houses a quick-change mech­a­nism for the hook­link. By us­ing a quick-change clip on the run-ring hold­ing your feeder, it’s quick and easy to swap to a heav­ier or lighter model, should con­di­tions change. If the lake you fish is fre­quented by carp an­glers, then use a fish­meal ground­bait in the open-end feeder. If it’s more of a nat­u­ral venue, opt for a sweeter mix. MOD­ERN BUF­FER BEADS GIVE THEM A VAR­IED DIET On nat­u­ral venues, sand­wich a pinch of cast­ers and/or dead mag­gots into your feeder. On carp waters, swap th­ese for pel­lets and/or mini boilies. SPEEDY CHANGEOVER SWEET OR SAVOURY?

NAT­U­RAL AT­TRAC­TION Bream adore worms, and a sec­tion of den­drobaena on a size 14 or 16 is deadly for bream to about 5lb. For big­ger bream, use a larger worm and size 12 hook.

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