Only bream in the lake is 18lb 12oz

Monster slab landed from Kent stillwater

Only bream in the lake is 18lb 12oz

by Angling Times |

CARP angler Richard Eyles recently managed to catch the only known bream at Pan Lake in Kent, a remarkable 18lb 12oz specimen.

He told Angling Times the story of the unique capture...

“I’d been after carp, but with very few fish being caught over the last few weeks, I was keeping an eye out for other species.

“When I joined the lake earlier this year, I remember seeing pictures of a huge bream that it holds. It’s an ancient old thing that comes out a few times each season but, perhaps most unusually, it’s the only one in the lake.

Pan Lake in Kent is home to one very big bream!
Pan Lake in Kent is home to one very big bream!

“It’s a proper old character, with deep bronze flanks and a red belly, and it was one fish I really fancied catching.

“So, when I was struggling during a recent session, I noticed a few fish roll over a spot close in. Most of them were tench, but among them was something I was certain was a bream – THE bream.

“I reeled in one of the rods, did away with the heavy carp rig, and scrambled around in my tackle box for components to make a lighter rig. I tied on a longer hooklength of supple braid to a size 8 hook and searched my bait boxes for something suitable. A bit of fake corn would have been ideal, but plastic baits aren’t allowed on the lake, so I found a small yellow boilie and trimmed it down until it resembled the desired shape.

The rig that caught the 18lb-plus bream
The rig that caught the 18lb-plus bream

“After clipping on a light 1.5oz lead, I introduced a few Spombs of hemp and corn over the area and got the rod into position.

“The first fish I caught were tench, but I stuck at it and eventually my patience was rewarded with a steady take.

“The fish I’d hooked gave a pretty spirited fight, and so I wasn’t exactly sure what it was. I had my suspicions, though, and as it neared the net, I saw the bulk of this huge bream coming across the surface. In the folds of the mesh lay the fish I was after – an immense creature with a deep red belly and plenty of stories to tell.

“I couldn’t believe its proportions, and weighing in at 18lb 12oz, it’s a magnificent fish I’m elated to have caught. I’m so glad I scaled down my gear after seeing it roll!”

Richard Eyles and his 18lb 12oz bream from Pan Lake in Kent
Richard Eyles and his 18lb 12oz bream from Pan Lake in Kent
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