Pit angler breaks bream personal best three times over

Joe Royffe had a session to remember on a large Lea Valley gravel pit, where he broke his bream personal best not once, but three times – topped by a fish of 15lb 10oz.

Targeting the slope of a gravel plateau, Joe introduced a ‘carpet type’ feed consisting of four pints of dead maggots, Vitalin, brown crumb, and a mixture of pellets.

“I decided to bait quite sparingly without any large food items in the hope of picking off fish from a passing shoal, while hopefully holding them in the area for long enough to keep them grubbing around,” Joe explained.

Three hair-rigged artificial maggots fished helicopter style proved to be the winning hookbait.