Lee McManus catches second 16lb bream in a fortnight

Former British bream record holder Lee McManus returned to the Leicestershire stillwater that produced his historic fish and slipped his net under his second 16-pounder in a fortnight.

Half-a-lobworm hookbait fished at range over a pint of spodded chopped worms and casters proved too tempting for this weathered-looking 16lb 2oz specimen.

The self-employed 35-year-old carpenter also banked three other huge 14lb-plus slabs to 14lb 15oz a few nights before, taking his tally of doubles for the season to no fewer than  21 fish for almost 40 nights’ fishing on the rock-hard season ticket venue.

“It has taken me 10 years to catch another 16lb-plus bream from the venue and now I’ve had two in quick succession,” said Leicester-based Lee, whose previous British best of 16lb 1oz remains his own pb for the species.

“I’m having a great season and have recently been taking advantage of the ideal westerly and south-westerly winds that usually see the water fish well. I’ve also been lucky enough to spot some fish rolling within casting range, which is always a good result - at times you’d swear there were no fish in here whatsoever,” he added.

Lee has been targeting the big bream three nights a week whenever the conditions are right, but a switch from traditional summer particles, like pellets, maggots and corn to a chopped worm and caster approach has really paid dividends.

He fished a set of three 1lb Fox rods, 8lb Shimano Technium mainline, 2.5oz distance leads and size 6 hooks to catch at range, with his biggest fish coming shortly after nightfall.

All his bites registered as steady lifts on bobbins set on a long drop.