One of the greatest-ever hauls of double-figure bream has been taken from a Nottingham gravel pit... and Angling Times was there to photograph it!
Mark Perkins used simple feeder tactics to land no fewer than 11 double-figure fish to a best of over 13lb when we joined him on the banks of Nottingham AA’s Attenborough Nature Reserve.
During the memorable session the Dynamite Baits and Shimano-backed rod feeder-fished worm and maggot hookbaits to take 15 fish in just a few hours’ fishing at a water he believes is one of the finest bream venues in the UK.
“This place is incredible, and everything just came together on the day, said Mark, from Bingham, Notts. “The fact that I made such a fantastic catch with Angling Times photographer Lloyd Rogers on the bank with me made it even better.”
“We only decided to go there the night before I fished, so if I’d had more time I would have put some bait in leading up to the session. Who knows what I’d have had if I’d got more fish in the area?”
With a strong wind blowing into his face on the bank of the windsurfing lake, which is part of the Notts complex, Mark fished a groundbait feeder at 25 yards.
It was packed with pellets and casters, then plugged at each end with groundbait. All of Mark’s fish were beaten with 6lb mainline and a 0.16 mm hooklink attached to a size 14 hook.
“The wind had been blowing into that bank for about a week so I knew the fish would be there and that there was no need to cast too far out,” Mark continued.
“One of the biggest tips for catching the really big bream is to introduce plenty of pellets through the feeder. Lots of carpers fish this water and the bream have become used to feeding on the pellets they introduce.”
Dave Turner, secretary of Nottingham AA, is excited about the reserve’s potential.
“This lake has always been known for huge catches of big bream and the average size of the fish just keeps improving every year,” he said.
“I wouldn’t be at all surprised if there’s a 20-pounder in there because it’s such a rich, healthy water and lots of high-protein bait is introduced by carp anglers. Anyone interested in fishing here should contact me,” he added.