TOMMY PICKERING’S ESSENTIALS FOR CATCHING BREAM

TOMMY PICKERING'S ESSENTIALS FOR CATCHING BREAM

by Angling Times |

Bream are one of my favourite species and you can catch them from springtime onwards with the sport just getting better and better as the year goes on. So here are my tips to help you take a catch of bream you’d previously only dreamed about. Try out these great tips for bream at a lake near you and watch that tip go round!

GROUNDBAIT

There are two types of groundbait that I use for bream fishing, either a fishmeal or a cereal version.When deciding which to use I have one simple rule – If the venue sees anglers feeding pellets I always go for fishmeal, a mix of Sonu F1 Natural and Dark.

However, if it’s a more natural venue which doesn’t see carp anglers, such as one in Ireland, I’ll go for a cereal groundbait in Super Crumb Bream. Some anglers like very dry mixes but I mix my groundbait slightly on the damp side, just enough so that it holds together, in fact.

RODS

rods

The rods I use for breaming arethe Preston 11ft 8ins and 12ft 8ins Dutch Master Method feeder rods.

I use the 11ft 8ins rod for casting up to 50m, then the 12ft 8ins model for going further than this. If you don’t use a long or powerful enough rod you simply won’t be able to cast as far as you need to to catch bream – this is no place for 10ft bomb rods.

Likewise there is a danger of being over-gunned and using rods which are too beefy, which will see hook pulls on small hooks. I find the Dutch Masters have a great through action for silver fish and bream, but are still very good for long casting.

HOOKS

hooks

I use the Preston PR333 for small skimmers, the PR344 for normal skimmers and bream and the PR3555 for bigger bream and aggressive fishing.

It’s important to match the hook size to the size of the bait, for example, maggots go on size 18 and 20 hooks and worms on size 16 and 14. I fish what I can get away with, what the fish will accept on the day. In an ideal world I’d like to fish a size 14 every time, but it doesn’t work like that!

LINE CLIP

Line clips

I’ve not always been the biggest fan of line clips on reels for bream fishing, as I’m confident I can cast in the same area and sometimes I like to spread the bait around a bit for bigger slabs. However, there are times when I need to use them and I’d say they are definitely beneficial. They make it easy to cast in the same spot every time, especially if you have a longer and a shorter line, so make full use of them.

WORMS

worms

Bream are usually absolute suckers for chopped dendrobaena worms so I always take plenty with me to put through the feeder. Very rarely do I start off feeding them, however, because if bream don’t want them they can kill the peg.

It’s better to start more cautiously, putting maggots and casters through the feeder rather than worms. Then you can start introducing them and gauge the response. You tend to get bigger weights feeding worms and with worms on the hook, bites are more aggressive. I’d chop worms into big pieces for bream and ‘mince’ them up for skimmers.

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