Bream

February 11, 2009 by  
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Common Bream are one of the larger members of the Carp family found in British freshwaters. Mature bream are known as “Slabs”

Bream Statistics:
Scientific Name: Abramis brama
Maximum Weight: 18lb
Average Weight: 3-4lb
Maximum Length: 14-16 inches
Life Span: 15-25 years

Bream Characteristics:
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.

Bream Baits:
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!

Perch

February 11, 2009 by  
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The Perch belongs to the family of Perciformes – fish with spined fins. It is a hunting fish a will often feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Statistics:
Scientific Name: Perca fluviatilis
Maximum Weight: 7lb
Average Weight: 6-8oz
Maximum Length: 20 inches
Life Span: 13 years

Perch Characteristics:
The Perch has striking looks well suited to its predatory life. Its flanks are olive green with six or seven black stripes, camouflaging it among weed and reeds.

Where to Catch a Perch:
Perch can be found in any freshwater system, lakes, rivers, streams, canals and ponds.

Feeding Habits of the Perch:
The Perch is a predator and will use weeds and reeds against its colour to blend in with the environment. As the fish or bait passes by they will strike. At certain times of the year, Perch will group to feed on fry and smaller fish.

Perch Baits:
Small fish, fry, worms, maggots, meat

How to catch a Perch:
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 a double red maggot on the hook.
Spinning – Small mepps spinners are very good.

Barbel

June 16, 2008 by  
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The barbel are very slim and streamlined making them well suited to fast flowing rivers. Barbel tend to feed mainly on various bottom dwelling creatures including insect larvae and crustaceans such as crayfish, freshwater mussels and shrimps.; larger fish also catch crayfish, molluscs and small fish.

With it’s streamline body and large, deeply forked caudal fin the barbel has got to be one of the hardest fighting fish you will ever catch. They won’t give up until they are totally exhausted. Therefore care must be taken when returning them to the water. Hold them in their natural position until they are ready to swim off. Failure to do this especially in rivers could cost the Barbel its life.

Characteristics

  • Upper jaw protrudes over lower jaw
  • 4 Barbules
  • Long slim body
  • Powerful pharyngeal teeth
  • High, short dorsal fin