Angling Times (UK) - - TIP & TACTICS -

GET your lo­ca­tion right and big bags of bream can be yours –and not just small fish ei­ther.

On many rivers bream ap­proach­ing dou­ble fig­ures are com­mon now, so they are a se­ri­ous tar­get. Of­ten, an evening spent on the river be­fore the open­ing will give away the lo­ca­tion of the bream shoals and, if you have the time and in­cli­na­tion, pre­bait­ing with a bucket of bait a cou­ple of times in the lead up to the start of the sea­son can re­ally seal the deal.

On all but the slow­est-flow­ing rivers feeder tac­tics are go­ing to rule the roost for bream.

Fill a cage feeder with 3mm pel­lets and chopped worm and plug the ends with a fish­meal­based ground­bait. Re­cast ev­ery 10 min­utes to keep some fresh bait go­ing into the swim.

Hook­baits will de­pend upon the num­ber of small fish present. Nor­mally, I find worms and mag­gots tend to at­tract too much un­wanted at­ten­tion, even though they are the best bream baits by far. If this is the case it’s wise to have some sweet­corn, 8mm hard pel­lets, or even mini boilies to hand as more fo­cused baits.

Pre­bait­ing is worth try­ing for bream once you have lo­cated the shoals.

Mixed menu for early-sea­son bream.

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