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.