Big bags of bream are making all the headlines at Wiltshire’s Shearwater Lake.
The scenic 37-acre venue has been in fine form all through the winter with the area’s matchmen enjoying some splendid bream fishing including Des Shipp who netted a staggering 127lb of bream to 4lb to win an open match at the lake recently.
You can fish anywhere on the lake and bag up but anglers seem to be succeeding more from the road bank or what the call ‘The Lawn’. Tactics are simple as long as you can cast a feeder to around 50-yards out as this is the distance where anglers are catching the most in around 12ft of water. A medium sized open-ended feeder with a fishmeal based groundbait and micro pellets is the best way of getting some feed down fishing either dead red maggot, caster, worm or even corn on the hook. Mainline of around 6lb and a 2ft hooklength of around 0.14mm diameter is what Des used to win his match so aim for a setup like this.
The lake is better know for its head of specimen carp which reach a whopping 34lb and most anglers target these meaning the bream have been going untouched up until now.
Prices: £10 a day, £6 juniors
Contact: 01985 844496, 07889 625999
Location: Shearwater Lake, off Clay Street, Shearwater, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 8AE
Rules: No keepnets or carp sacks, No nuts, peas, beans or party mix, barbless only, no braid, no dogs, fires or BBQs
Facilities: Café with toilets