How true ‘skim­mers’ got their nick­name

Angling Times (UK) - - YOUR FISHING WEEK -

FOR the past 20 years or so I have bit­ten my lip and kept silent when I read of bream be­tween 1lb and 2lb be­ing called ‘skim­mers’.

In my younger days, fish­ing the Fen drains, a skim­mer bream was deemed to be a fish of about 12oz to 1lb.

The word ‘skim­mer’ came about be­cause you would float­fish the drains, skim small bream over the wa­ter and catch them in your hand.

Try do­ing this with a fish of 1lb-2lb on light tackle and you will lose more than you land. Keith Arthur may well agree with me. Derek Ham­mond, Spald­ing, Lincs

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