Big bream! 17lb gi­ant leads catches

Su­per-sized slabs have been caught from all over the UK, topped by this mag­nif­i­cent fish of 17lb 6oz. So what are you wait­ing for?

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

THE cap­ture of one of the big­gest bream of the year, along with many other huge fish, proves that it’s not too late to smash your per­sonal best.

Tem­per­a­tures might be drop­ping, but spe­cial­ist Steve Stones banked a 17lb 6oz slab, his big­gest-ever, on his only bite dur­ing a 48-hour ses­sion at a large Mid­lands still­wa­ter.

The 45-year-old free­lance jour­nal­ist and Ko­rum con­sul­tant from Stam­ford, Lincs, beat his pre­vi­ous per­sonal best for the species by just over 2lb.

Fish­ing at 50yds, Steve did the dam­age us­ing a dou­ble im­i­ta­tion corn hook­bait, fished over par­ti­cles, pel­lets, 10mm boilies, dead mag­gots and ground­bait.

“Line bites started at 1.30am, with the bob­bins on both rods ris­ing right to the top be­fore fall­ing back down again, re­peat­edly, for 30 min­utes,” said Steve.

“It was driv­ing me crazy, but af­ter 30-odd nights on the wa­ter this year with just two bream and a carp to show for my ef­forts I didn’t want to risk strik­ing a liner as there were clearly a few fish out there feed­ing on the spot.

“Fi­nally, at 2am, one of the bob­bins rose to the top and stayed there, and when the freespool on the reel clicked a cou­ple of times, I picked up the rod and lifted into a heavy, plod­ding weight which came to the net like a typ­i­cal big bream. Look­ing into the mesh, I could see that it was in a dif­fer­ent league to any bream I’d ever had be­fore. It was ridicu­lously fat!

“I was be­gin­ning to think I’d missed my chance for the year, but this just shows there’s still time to catch a big one,” he added.

Mike Townsend proved that you don’t have be out all night to catch big bream when a cou­ple of short day ses­sions pro­duced 15 slabs topped by a 13lb 10oz fish from a York­shire wa­ter. A feeder con­tain­ing chopped worm fished along­side a lob­worm tail nicked on to a size 16 hook was the suc­cess­ful com­bi­na­tion for Mike.

All his fish were beaten with a sim­ple set-up made from 8lb line, a 5lb fluoro­car­bon hook­link and a size 16 hook.

Adopt­ing the same tac­tics as Mike was Mark Do­herty, who landed fish weigh­ing 13lb 5oz, 12lb 10oz, 11lb 15oz and 10lb 12oz.

The Worces­ter Angling Cen­tre­backed an­gler also added a 9lb fish to his tally dur­ing a ses­sion to re­mem­ber on a Wilt­shire still­wa­ter.

The Swin­don-based rod fished with his dad, Mal­colm, who also net­ted a 10lb 12oz slab dur­ing the same ses­sion.

All their fish were taken us­ing a Method feeder topped with pel­lets and boilies.

Lay­ing down a big car­pet of feed soon whipped the bream into a frenzy for Matthew Tann, who fin­ished a re­cent ses­sion with a fine per­sonal-best fish weigh­ing 12lb 10oz.

Ar­riv­ing at the venue close to his Hamp­shire home at first light, the Dren­nan-backed an­gler quickly put down a big bed of hemp, oats, casters and other par­ti­cles to try to prompt a re­ac­tion from the lake’s res­i­dent bream.

A Method feeder baited with a dou­ble pop-up corn hook­bait was dropped over the top of his loose­feed and the shoals re­sponded al­most in­stantly. As well as the big one, Matthew also banked spec­i­mens weigh­ing 8lb 8oz, 9lb 3oz and 9lb 12oz.

STEVE STONES’ HOOK­BAIT Two pieces of rub­ber corn were popped up 1ins off the deck with a small split shot to an­chor them. Real corn was in the spod mix. YORK­SHIRE Mike Townsend with a 13lb 10oz bream, best of a catch of 15 slabs over two day ses­sions on a lob­worm

tail over chopped worm. WILT­SHIRE The big­gest of four dou­bles on feeder tac­tics taken by Mark Do­herty weighed 13lb 5oz.

Steve Stones and his 17lb 6oz bream.

Matthew Tann’s 12lb 10oz per­son­albest bream fell to a popped-up corn hook­bait. HAMP­SHIRE

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