The biggest bream of the year and one of the largest specimens of all time has been landed, tipping the scales at 19lb 5oz.
Chris Ladds targeted an ultra-tough stillwater in Oxfordshire and was rewarded for his efforts by banking the huge fish, that falls just 5oz short of the official British record.
Not only does it set a new personal best for the 50-year-old, it’s also a new venue record, and was taken during a 48-hour session that also produced two other big bream weighing 15lb 3oz and 14lb 13oz, as well as six tench.
The angler, from Finchamp-stead, Berkshire, kicked off his session by introducing 4kg of groundbait, particles and pellets over a gravel patch at 75yds range, before presenting two grains of hair-rigged imitation corn over the top.
Chris, who took the giant bream on his only bite on the last day of his session, told Angling Times:
“The amount of weed and a sparse bream stock that’s believed to number 30 fish makes locating and targeting them difficult.
“Once I’d found a clear gravel spot amid the weed I knew I’d be in with a chance because the conditions were right. It was one of those rare sessions where everything just comes together.”
Chris used a simple straight lead set-up with a coated braid hooklink and a size 10 Korda hook carrying one piece of buoyant and one piece of sinking fake corn.