Biggest bream of the year banked only 5oz off the record weight

The biggest bream of the year and one of the largest specimens of all time has been landed, tipping the scales at 19lb 5oz.

Chris Ladds targeted an ultra-tough stillwater in Oxfordshire and was rewarded for his efforts by banking the huge fish, that falls just 5oz short of the official British record.

Not only does it set a new personal best for the 50-year-old, it’s also a new venue record, and was taken during a 48-hour session that also produced two other big bream weighing 15lb 3oz and 14lb 13oz, as well as six tench.

The angler, from Finchamp-stead, Berkshire, kicked off his session by introducing 4kg of groundbait, particles and pellets over a gravel patch at 75yds range, before presenting two grains of hair-rigged imitation corn over the top.

Chris, who took the giant bream on his only bite on the last day of his session, told Angling Times:

“The amount of weed and a sparse bream stock that’s believed to number 30 fish makes locating and targeting them difficult.

“Once I’d found a clear gravel spot amid the weed I knew I’d be in with a chance because the conditions were right. It was one of those rare sessions where everything just comes together.”

Chris used a simple straight lead set-up with a coated braid hooklink and a size 10 Korda hook carrying one piece of buoyant and one piece of sinking fake corn.