Former Drennan Cup winner Ted Bryan has got his spring bream campaign off to a flying start, taking just three hours to land a trio of double-figure specimens from a Kent lake for one of the best slab hauls of the year so far.
The 54-year-old Nash Peg One consultant took the fish in quick succession from a clear area 40yds out, saving the biggest – weighing 16lb 2oz – until last during a hectic short burst of sport. The smaller pair registered 15lb 10oz and 14lb 4oz.
“At 10.30pm and 11.30pm I had the first two bream, then at 12.30am I had the big one. At first I thought it was a carp – for a bream it put up a good fight. On the scales it went 16lb 2oz and I was very happy with that,” said Ted, who lives in Sydenham, South London.
The successful bait was 10mm Nash Rainbow pop-up boilies over a bed of Frenzy Halibut pellets and groundbait along with Monster Squid flavour Nash Chain Reaction tablets threaded down the hooklink.
“I’ve only been using the Chain Reaction tablets for a week but they’re fantastic and I’ve got so much confidence in them. They’re brilliant for making any rig anti-tangle as they keep the rig away from the lead and mainline. More importantly, you get a concentrated pile of food and attractants right next to the hookbait.They’re so much easier to use than PVA in my opinion,” explained Ted.
“Bream also love the oils in the groundbait!” he continued. “I tend to use more fish-based baits like halibut pellet-based products for bream and then, when the tench fishing starts as it will soon, I’ll switch to fruitier flavours. This approach has served me really well down the years.”
Ted – who celebrates his 50th year of fishing this summer – used Nash Hooligan rods, Pro-Logic reels, 10lb Bullet mainline, size 10 Nash Fang X hooks and small inline leads combined with short mono hooklinks.