Keeping an eye on prevailing weather conditions was the key to Geoff Collins’ capture of this superb 14lb 14oz bream.
The marketing manager, from Rushden in Northants, used a simple groundbait feeder approach to tempt the specimen, along with another just under double figures, during a day session at a Midlands stillwater.
Although the fish falls well short of his personal best for the species ¬ a bream of 16lb 15oz from the same venue ¬ it comes at the end of a productive
12 months for Geoff, who has taken no fewer than seven pbs in that time, including roach, zander, rudd and catfish.
He told Angling Times: “I don’t have a great deal of time so I tend to fish just short sessions when the conditions are bang on and I feel my chances are maximised. I turn up at some places and see people who have been bivvied-up in one spot for days on end, catching very little.
“I much prefer to stay mobile in a bid to get my location right, especially on low-stock, challenging venues like the one this bream came from where you have to keep your wits about you. For example, on this occasion I moved swims twice in six hours before finally connecting with the fish.”
A combination of hair-rigged artificial and real sweetcorn on the hook did the business for 41-year-old Geoff, who packed his feeder with Dymamite Baits Green Swim Stim groundbait and pellets. He presented this on 10lb mainline and a size
“I’ve had a brilliant run of fish of different species lately, all from different waters, so I can’t wait for the next session!” added Geoff.