Bream in Dorset
YOUNG specialist Ryan Hayden was my companion for 24 hours, fishing an estate lake in Dorset.
With little interest in the carp population he wanted to target the large bream and roach that inhabit the shallow water.
I had recently enjoyed my fill of these, so I was happy to fish for what he didn’t want to catch and watch him enjoy this special, magical place.
I rigged up three rods with single 16mm Sticky Krill boilies and cast them on to firm ground between the weed before adding two kilos of free offerings. The alarms would take care of each outfit and I could now see how my guest was getting on.
Ryan, meanwhile, had used a Spomb to introduce a bucket of pellets into a deeper area out in the middle before casting a feeder with either a mini boilie or a pellet with a quivertip rod.
Given the colour caused by disturbed silt right where he had baited up, I had no doubt Ryan’s tip would bend round. Sure enough, it wasn’t long before the glass formed the sweetest of arcs and the first strike of the day heralded the beginning of a wonderful session.
Double-figure bream and 2lb roach are enough on their own but they took turns on this trip, making Ryan a very happy angler. For once I was content to watch, pleased for him.
I wouldn’t have minded a bit if I hadn’t had a bite but early next morning a 31lb carp crossed my path, as well as a wonderful little jack pike no bigger than a finger that got caught in the net as the carp was scooped.
The trip had certainly been rich in fish as well as company…
A double-figure bream for Ryan.
Pellets served my friend Ryan well.