Biggest bream of the year

IN-FORM specimen angler Dave Sharps emerged as an early contender for this season’s Drennan Cup when he smashed his personal-best bream weight for a third time in just a few weeks.

The Stoke-on-Trent rod, who had been waiting 20-years to break his personal best before his amazing run of form began, bagged this whopping 17lb 9oz bream, along with six others to 15lb 5oz for an amazing combined weight of 101lb 12oz.

The Three Counties Specimen Group member tricked the two biggest fish on popped-up maggot baits from the same prolific swim that produced his previous personal bests of 16lb 6oz and 16lb 8oz only weeks ago.

Dave once again dispelled the theory that catching big bream takes mammoth casts and he told Angling Times: “I’ve been catching all these bream on a patch 40yds out over a bed of wheat and dead maggots. If you put enough bait down, then the slabs will usually find it regardless of how far out it is.”

Anglers are now beginning to suggest the mystery southern pit that Dave’s fishing could produce a shock British record in the not-too-distant future.

“Plenty of carp baits get fed on the venue, so the fish will certainly be packing on weight as they must be eating them,” Dave added.

“The 17lb 9oz certainly still had room to bulk out a bit more. When you add these two factors together, then you have a venue that could possibly produce a record bream in the future,” he said.


● Dave wins a Drennan Cup weekly award for the capture of his new pb.