Mabey on the slabs

Assistant manager of Carp Team England, Graham Mabey, continued a brilliant year as an all-round specimen hunter this week – taking a catch of five double figure bream to an impressive 13lb 10oz.

The South Coast Rods, Clearwater Angling Solutions and For Life Experiences Director was fishing a Colne Valley gravel pit when the big group of slabs turned up. 

He said: “I’m happy to have had another good specimen session. This year I’ve had some large perch, chub, carp, river roach and now bream. Might have to break the tench gear out soon!”

All five bream were caught on single fake pieces of corn fished on size ten hooks over a bed of hemp and pellets. Graham also attached a small PVA stick of groundbait to the rig on each cast for extra attraction. His specialist tackle consisted of Free Spirit Hi S 10ft rods with a 2.75lb test curve. These were matched with Daiwa GS 4000 reels.