Monster 20lb bream taken

Two grains of sweetcorn fished at 300yards has accounted for the capture of one of the biggest bream of all time weighing in at a colossal 20lb 12oz.

After 25 blank nights in pursuit of carp at an ultra-tough Cambridgeshire gravel pit experienced specimen angler Michael Kennedy decided to target the venues bream after seeing a group of fish ‘rolling’ at distances far beyond casting distance.

He used a rowing boat to introduce over 10 kilos of mixed particles, broken boilies and sweetcorn over the top of his chosen area and then used scaled-down carp rigs in order to target the bream.

The 27-year-old’s first session produced a superb 15lb 8oz specimen and after topping up his baited area he returned a week later in the hope that an even bigger bream would graze over his bed of feed.

It proved to be the perfect trap as the new personal best, that falls 1lb 15 oz short of the current British best, took two grains of corn that were fished on a long hair rig and tied to a size 10 Gardner ‘Mugga’ hook.

“I’m still in shock as I thought I’d be in with a chance of catching after seeing so many fish at range, but I didn’t expect to catch a 20 ‘pounder’. “I weighed it three times as I just couldn’t believe how big it was. ” Michael told Angling Times.

“Some carp anglers probably put this fish back without even as much as second glance, but to say that I’m over the moon is an understatement as it’s so rewarding to know that all of the hard work and observation has paid off.

“To me this fish means as much to me as banking an English carp over 40lb and I know that there aren’t many carpers out there that would row their baits out 300 yards to catch a bream, but I’m so glad that I did.”