15lb 8oz bream falls from tough Midlands stillwater

After fishing 25 nights for the sum total of just one lost fish two seasons ago, Trevor Pole could easily have been forgiven for abandoning his bream campaign at a tough Midlands stillwater.

His persistence paid off in the end, however, when he slipped the net under this near-perfect example of the species, weighing in at a new personal best of 15lb 8oz.

The impressive female fish was the result of the 51-year-old’s only bite in three recent trips totalling eight nights at the 170-acre venue, and fell to rubber maggots cast to a smooth sandy area at 100yds range.

“The bream in the venue don’t show themselves often and tend to do the disappearing act for months on end, seemingly refusing to pick up anglers’ baits. I’ve had to wear them into submission by fishing as often as I can,” joked the postman from Birstall, Leics.

“It’s a very special place which holds big examples of most species, but it is rock-hard at the best of times. Bream-wise, it’s produced them to 16lb 13oz in the past, and there could quite feasibly be considerably bigger fish swimming in there.

onditions are perfect at the moment, with little moonlight and long dark nights, so I’ll keep at it until the first few frosts come before returning next year for another crack,” he added.

Trevor’s successful rig comprised a size 14 Korum S3 hook attached to 3ins of 7lb Fireline braid, 8lb Shimano Technium mainline and a 12lb mono leader to enable him to cast his 3oz lead the required distance.