15lb bream caught from low-stock venue

Targeting a 20-acre stillwater holding only a handful of bream could seem a daunting prospect to many anglers, but not Dave Smith, who was rewarded for rising to the challenge when he slipped his net under this 15lb fish.

The Gloucester-based rod made the journey to Bluebell Lakes in Northamptonshire specifically to target the big slabs in Mallard Lake, and landed the new personal best after it took his snowman rig comprising of a  10mm Dynamite Baits Robin Red bottom bait and an 8mm banana pop up.

Several carp to 20lb also graced his net during the trip, and Dave told Angling Times: “There are fewer than 10 bream in the water but I’ve landed four doubles from it in the last couple of years.
Bream may not have the kudos of big carp but, for me at least, this was better than a landing 40lb mirror or common!”