Common Bream are one of the
larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. They have
deep, narrow bodies and can swim with ease through weedy or shallow water.
Vital Statistics: Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-20 years
Young Bream, called Skimmers, are silver. As they mature, they turn a dark, golden olive colour.
Fully mature Bream have dark backs and greenish bronze flanks with white undersides. Some Bream with disorders of the
nervous system appear two-toned - one half of their body is darker than the other half.
Where to find Bream:
Bream favour still waters such as gravel pits, lakes or slow moving rivers or canals.
The Bream is a bottom feeding fish which seldom rises to the middle or upper water levels in search of food. Consequently most anglers
fish for Bream on or very close to the bottom. This is particularly true of still water Bream. In slow moving rivers anglers often catch large numbers
of Bream by trotting a bait slowly downstream. The main food of Bream consists of minute aquatic insects and larvae. Bloodworms are a
constant source of food for the Bream.
A large shoal of hungry Bream can eat vast quantities of food, and because of this, Bream fisherman often deploy
huge amounts of groundbait to hold feeding Bream.
Anglers often talk of their Bream catches in terms of stones or even hundred weights of fish.
When a shoal of Bream moves in and starts feeding it is possible to catch fish after fish.
Although Bream have large appetites they can be extremely finicky in their choice of food. As a bait that caught fish
one outing may produce poor results the next, it is advisable to carry a selection of baits on all Bream fishing expeditions.
The most popular Bream baits are Red worms, Bream Baits - flake and paste, maggots and sweetcorn. We have found the best all round bait seems
to be red worms, usually as in a large bunch.
Authors preferred baits:
Bunch or worms, bread flake, sweetcorn or luncheon meat. Maggots if on canal or river.
How to catch Bream - Techniques at a glance:
Ledgering, swimfeeder, Float fishing tight on the bottom.