CATCHES OF BREAM SOAR IN THE HEAT!
Rivers and stillwaters are seeing summer slabs go on the munch
DESPITE scorching conditions, anglers across the UK are enjoying some phenomenal bream captures from both rivers and stillwaters.
Less than a month into the new season, double-figure fish and 100lb-plus hauls are being taken by anglers on a variety of methods.
The tidal Thames around Kew Bridge is in fine form, and current Thames TideFest champion, Mike Smith, cashed in with a session on the feeder at this free-to-fish stretch.
He told Angling Times: “I had a lovely day, taking several bream including six over 8lb – a couple of which were probably 9lb at a conservative estimate.
“There are loads of bream all along this stretch, but hardly anyone fishes for them. I was the only one on there.
“All my bream were caught on a groundbait feeder with three maggots or a worm on a size 14 hook.”
But it’s not only in the South where bream are on the munch.
On Yorkshire’s River Don, local rod Paul Bilton fished through the hours of darkness to maximise his chances of success – a wise move during periods of high pressure and clear skies.
Watching an isotope on his quiver tip, Paul went on to bank 27 bream averaging 6lb-plus during the overnight session, all of which fell to a worm and red maggot hookbait.
Paul said: “I’ve spent a lot of time locating these fish, but it paid off on my first session as I took 110lb of large slabs. I used a mixture of traditional baits – casters, chopped worm and sweetcorn – over a bed of brown crumb with molasses.”
Despite the current good form of our rivers, many anglers in search of double-figure bream still prefer to target stillwaters.
After a difficult spring, specimen-hunter Phil Smith took a staggering 10 fish over the magical 10lb mark to a best of 13lb 15oz from an undisclosed venue.
A mixture of maggots and 10mm boilies played a role in the downfall of the fish and, like many big-bream captures, this one was taken at night.
A modest Phil said: “I was more than pleased with this result.”
Mike Smith with a tidal Thames nine-pounder.
Phil Smith’s 13lb 15oz bream.