Common Bream are one of the larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. Mature bream are known as “Slabs”
Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-25 years
A mature bream has a dark back and a greenish tinge with silvery grey sides and a whitish belly. Young fish are silvery and known as “Skimmers”. Bream are relatively thin fish, but make up their weight due to the depth of their shape. The are easily identified as larger fish have a hump shape and their mouth face downwards as they are bottom feeding fish.
Where to Catch Bream:
Slow moving rivers and canals. Gravel pits, lakes and large ponds.
Feeding Habits of the Bream:
Bream are often found feeding on soft bottoms, so muddy areas are best. They feed in shoals so if you catch one be prepared for others.
Maggot, meat, sweetcorn, hemp, bread flake
How to catch a Bream:
Popular methods include waggler or pole fishing methods with a simple float and hook.
Feeder methods with maggotts and ground bait in the feeder with maggot or corn on the hook.
As they are a shoal fish, when you hook one try to throw a few maggots in to keep the other bream feeding and not spooked.
A bream will often put up a good fight, but then just float to the surface ready for netting. The fish are very slimy and will leave a trail of slime in the net!