The one single thing that can make or break your Bream session is a poor decision on where the fish are. You can have the best rigs, baits and tactics, but if you are fishing in the wrong place, it won’t make any difference!
I never approach any water with a preconceived idea of where I want to fish, I let the lake and conditions guide me. The first thing I do before even taking my gear out of the car is to have a look at the lake to see what’s happening.
Key factors to consider:
- Bream love to follow the wind especially on large open waters, so look for which part of the lake the wind is heading and get yourself on that bank.
- The time of year you are fishing can also have an effect on where you pick to fish. If it’s summer and the fish have just spawned, then the shallow area of the lake would be one of my favourite areas. During the colder months, I would head for the deeper areas.
- Water clarity is another, if its gin-clear the fish will be a lot harder to catch and will probably only feed further out.
If preparation is doing your homework, then the exam is the day’s fishing. I always try to get as much done as I can at home the night before. This usually means mixing the ground bait to get it just right, getting all my feed baits, maggots, worms etc. all cleaned off and ready to go. Setting the rods up and having plenty of ready-tied hook lengths all saves time when you’re on the bank and makes it all so much easier.
Whenever I go feeder fishing for bream I always make sure I have a ground bait mix that I am confident in. One mix I always like to use is Sonu Baits bream feeder mixed 50/50 with Marukyu Luxus. As for additives, I always use braseem in the mix and have recently been adding Sonu Baits bream feeder liquid to the mix which is proving worthwhile.
Worms are a must for bream fishing and I usually have a kilo at the ready, although a kilo will more than likely do two sessions. Casters always draw the better fish so I take a pint with me, dead pinkies and, of course, some maggots.
Preparing the swim
Once I have arrived at the lake and got all my gear set up, I will cast out to a good distance that I am sure I can cast the feeder to accurately even if the wind gets up. Then before I even put the hooklength on I will cast the feeder out laced with chopped worm, casters and the dead pinkies. I do this because big bream need to be fed and love to move over a good bed of bait. As a starting point my hook length will be 0.14 line which is about 5lb to a size 14 hook, remember big bream = big bait so don’t be afraid of putting two large worms on tipped with a red maggot.
At the start of the session, don’t worry if you have to wait up to an hour for the bream to move on your feed and start to get bites, if you have done your homework correctly they will come. I generally re-cast every 15 minutes to top the swim up while I am waiting for the bream to turn up, so as to keep building the swim and keep the attraction of the ground bait and feed going in.
I hope some of these tips are useful for your next Bream trip – let me know if you’ve got any great Bream tactics you swear by!
Tight lines, Matt