A bream angler who endured 150 nights in search of a new personal best finally struck gold with fish of 16lb 8oz and 17lb... within five minutes of each another!
Joiner Lee Snow had been targeting a tough southern gravel pit that he knew held monster bream, but he was made to wait for his prize after a string of blanks in pursuit of the species.
He told Angling Times: “As you can tell I’ve not had a lot of luck with the bream at all, I’ve just not been able to get among them.
“The pit has a very low stock, and at 100 acres it’s very difficult to locate where they are, although on this session I found a silt gulley at 180 yards from the bank and decided this would give me my best chance of a bite.
“I spent five days fishing to make sure I did!”
In order to present his baits perfectly the Leicester rod used a boat to introduce his feed and rigs.
Over the five days he fed a gallon of maggots, hemp, sweetcorn and pellets and fished fake maggot and real corn hookbaits over the top – but it wasn’t the bream that struck first…
“My first take of the trip was from a 9lb 9oz tench, which was a new personal best,” he said.
“I then had a crazy five minutes when I managed to bank the two big bream.
“My previous personal best for the species was 15lb 9oz, so it was brilliant that I managed to break that twice in such a short space of time… albeit I had to wait a very long while to even get these bites!
“Two days later I had a 36lb 5oz mirror carp which was another personal best!
“I must admit that I was bream fishing, and those captures are my biggest achievement from the trip, but I’m absolutely delighted to have beaten my tench and carp pbs along the way.”
Lee’s winning rigs incorporated drop-off leads and Korda Heli-safe kits.