Bream in stillwater
As with most stillwater fish, the best time to catch bream is in the evening, night or early morning in warm weather. In cooler conditions brought on by rain, the fish may feed throughout the day.
The most difficult thing about fishing for bream is finding the shoal; once they have found your bait, catching bream is relatively easy.
Groundbaiting and feeding on a large (or even massive) scale is probably the best bet for getting bream to your bait (and keeping them there).
In shallower water the shoal is easier to find large patches of bubbles and stirred up mud will usually be caused by bream, the occasional fish rolling over on the surface will confirm the shoal has ‘moved in’.
If the bream shoal is far from the margins and the stillwater is deep, then you will be forced to fish without a float. A light leger rod and a 1oz lead will hopefully get you near the feeding ground.
Because bream are such poor fighters, float fishing is preferable on very light tackle. There are a couple of advantages with this method Firstly, you know exactly where the bait is, and secondly, if the bream are not so hungry, you will notice the smallest of bites.
If you do decide to use a float, make sure the bait is on the bottom, as bream seldom feed elsewhere.
Bream are easily scared off, so don’t get too close to the shoal. Maggots are usually favourite, but paste or worms will do if you are having trouble with smaller fish.


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