Bream in Dorset

Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

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.

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