A little about the Bream Fishing here at Nineoaks?
Good sized Bream can be found in the House Pool which has a depth of about 8-10ft,with 4ft deep margins. Here the biggest Bream is around 4lb with plenty between 2lb and 3lb, with lots of good sized skimmers 1/2lb to 1.5lb. In the Novices Pool there are small numbers of little skimmers up to 1/2lb. The Main lake has started to show numbers of 1/2lb Skimmer Bream and is reputed to have a huge black Bream about 7lb in size. No fish of this
size has been lost during our ownership, since 2004, nor has one been seen of this size, but there must be a couple of better Bream to produce the smaller offsprings? Although, one angler who fishes here regularly, and is a real Bream specialist, does find and catch the larger Bream in the Main Lake using bread or sweetcorn and often from the large “Helicopter” platform at the end of the Lake.
During the summer months the best times are definitely early morning and from late afternoon (4pm which is when their dinner bell rings) and the Barbel will be on the lookout for food. They are also known to take bread off the surface, just like a Carp. Maggots while being an excellent bait will also provide Roach and non-carp species too. Method mixes fished with a preferred bait will provide some terrific sport. Dog food, Cat food
and tinned "beef tongue" or the likes of Coshida Trout & Salmon Cat Food should produce some good fishing. However, the use of boilies and excessive amounts of ground bait going in are discouraged.
Fishing Methods for catching Bream:
Most methods including float, ledger or feeder with the feeder considered the best method. Bream respond well to ground baiting and can be voracious feeders, feeding mainly on the bottom. In rivers and big lakes pre-baiting may be necessary to get them in to your swim. Lay a bed of groundbait using brown crumb or ready mixed groundbait with sweetcorn, casters, chopped up worms with some of your hook bait mixed in before fishing. Once catching don't start balling extra groundbait as this can scare them off. Think about it, what would you do if someone started hitting you on the head with balls of groundbait? Large catches have resulted from laying down a carpet of groundbait which holds the shoal in the area.
Once a fish is hooked pull it away from the shoal quickly before it spooks them off. Use a 4 lb main line with 2.5 lb hook length and size 16 hook. Accurate casting is essential to keep all your bait going into the same area. Laying on (i.e. fishing over depth say in 6 foot of water, then set your float 8 foot from the hook this will leave 2ft lying on the bottom) which is a good tactic when fishing for bream.Use an open-end feeder when feeder fishing filled with groundbait mixed with bits of your hook bait mixed in, and a hook length of 18 - 24 inches. After casting in wait until the feeder has reached the bottom, then wind in the slack line, then wind in a little bit more to put a slight bend on your rod tip.
Bream often suck in and then blow your bait out as if "tasting it". When this happens wait until the float has gone under properly before striking. However, bites can also be fast. When float fishing bites are seen by the slow disappearance of the float. When ledger / feeder fishing by the steady pull round of your rod tip. Bream are not known as a fighting fish and generally after a few 'nods' (tugs on the line as you reel in) come to the net with little resistance.
Baits for catching Bream:
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