Is a 4lb bream a ‘skim­mer’?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

WITH the Su­per­cup Fi­nal on Septem­ber 17 at Soli­hull’s Barston Lakes, my pal Steve Ringer main­tains that catch­ing skim­mers will be the key (see pages 30-33).

How­ever, what he de­scribes as ‘skim­mers’ are flip­ping great bream, of­ten 4lb and above!

Mind you, he also talks about ‘fish­ing short’ at six joints of his pole. I think that’s 11m on my pole so Steve’s ‘short’ is about the same as his ‘skim­mer’. How times change... I must in­deed be reach­ing the ‘fo­gey’ stage.

Barston bream don’t ‘skim’ read­ily ei­ther, but I have seen some fab­u­lous bags there in the Tight Lines Young An­gler days. The team that gets their ‘skim­mer’ fish­ing right will al­most cer­tainly win... and if I wanted ad­vice about catch­ing 4lb skim­mers, I’d ask some­one with Ringer as their sur­name!

Steve Ringer with a Barston Lakes ‘skim­mer’. Some of them run up to 4lb!

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