Enormous 14lb 14oz bream banked by Geoff Collins

Keeping an eye on prevailing weather conditions was the key to Geoff Collins’ capture of this superb 14lb 14oz bream.

The marketing manager, from Rushden in Northants, used a simple groundbait feeder approach to tempt the specimen, along with another just under double figures, during a day session at a Midlands stillwater.

Although the fish falls well short of his personal best for the species ¬ a bream of 16lb 15oz from the same venue ¬ it comes at the end of a productive
12 months for Geoff, who has taken no fewer than seven pbs in that time, including roach, zander, rudd and catfish.

He told Angling Times: “I don’t have a great deal of time so I tend to fish just short sessions when the conditions are bang on and I feel my chances are maximised. I turn up at some places and see people who have been bivvied-up in one spot for days on end, catching very little.

“I much prefer to stay mobile in a bid to get my location right, especially on low-stock, challenging venues like the one this bream came from where you have to keep your wits about you. For example, on this occasion I moved swims twice in six hours before finally connecting with the fish.”

A combination of hair-rigged artificial and real sweetcorn on the hook did the business for 41-year-old Geoff, who packed his feeder with Dymamite Baits Green Swim Stim groundbait and pellets. He presented this on 10lb mainline and a size
10 hook.

“I’ve had a brilliant run of fish of different species lately, all from different waters, so I can’t wait for the next session!” added Geoff.