The best feeder rig for bream?
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.