THE decision to abandon a dour tench fishing session and switch focus to big bream proved a wise move for Gary Knowles as he went on to land seven double figure specimens to 12lb 6oz during a manic overnight stint.
The Dynamite Baits-backed angler had struggled to attract his intended species while fishing a tricky North West stillwater but had been plagued by line bites throughout. Convinced the indications were being caused by bream moving into a shallow bay, he drove home to pick up tackle more suitable for targeting slabs.
On his return he put out a large bed of hemp and pellets at 50 yards with a Spomb and cast two mag-aligner rigs over the top.
A 10lb-plus bream then signalled the start of a frantic spell of action which saw six other doubles and a brace of 9lb fish landed in a five hour period.
“I was certain that the line bites were bream moving towards the weed to spawn but before they began I knew they’d be unable to resist feeding.
“From previous experiences I thought a few fish could be possible but I didn’t expect the best multiple catch of my career,” explained Gary, who used 9lb Korum Xpert mainline, a 20lb Kryston Jackal hooklink and a size 10 hook.