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  1. #21
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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    I think skimmers are a very handsome fish, but I can't say I am keen on catching them.

    This summer gone, I foul hooked one, about 1.5lb,bang in its ringpiece. It only made one significant dash, but it pulled about 3m of red hydro elastic ( about 20 rating ) out of my pole.

    Thank god for barbless

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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    There are some majestic bream in a tiny river near me, shoal of about a dozen. They are extremely elusive, I only know of 2 being caught and I had one of those, one of the smaller ones at 4lb, the other was about 6.5lb, they look massive in that stream. Got some happy memories of bream fishing generally over the years, Billy Lane swing tips, pinkies n squatts, diamond pattern Ivan Marks groundbaiting.... jumpers for goalposts etc. One of the best scraps I had as a kid was a 3lb bream I foul hooked in the tail. I was gutted when I got it in mind, I thought it must be a monster til I saw it

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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    My M8s Nan used to loved eating tench.. Cant say I ever tried them myself but hell I hadnt lived through two wars.
    Jack Pike is nice lots of little bones but was poached in butter and Milk by a cheif from the circle de touch de blanc from Glen Eagles I was fishing with that day.. I had it 25 plus years ago whilst fishing loch Ken..
    I would like to try perch as well but from a clean lime stone venue or fresh water loch.
    Lightly grilled with butter lemon salt and pepper very popular.

    But one treat we should all try at least one in our lives is roast cormorent....
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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    I've eaten pike a few times but wouldn't bother again, well not unless I develop a liking for mud and bones. Not tried perch but heard of a chap who regularly camped/caravanned at Coniston, dining regularly on perch he caught from the lake, reckoned they were some of the best fish he'd eaten.

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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    I've eaten pike from Windermere and perch from the Baltic. Both excellent. The perch were hot smoked on the shore over juniper twigs, fantastic.

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    Sorry guys I just could not leave this out. I was down in West Sussex visiting some friends and found a hidden stream not so far from them. The water is tiny, most of you would probably not even consider fishing in it but it has a massive pool. On this particular session I had caught some pound-ish chub and a few perch and a dace when I decided to head back and dangle in the pool. Few casts with my big taddy in hope for perch or chub and this big lump got connected. The fight was a bit of a disappointment though, even on my 0 weight rod.



    I do not suggest you fish for bream with 5mm tungy head tadpoles though

    Yours,

    Pete

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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    Now thats a proper bream from a tiny river, lovely stuff and on a fly too!!

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    I have had Bream on nymphs in Winter when they shoal up and take anything. I have never caught any in summer so the buzzer idea sounds intreasting as I some of scratch's buzzers. Has anyone ever tried Carp on Buzzers as for the life of me I cannot seem to catch one when I target it with my bread fly.

  9. #29

    Default Carp and bloodworm

    Hi Runner,

    I have caught a few carp on bloodworm from man-made lakes.
    Nothing fancy just glass or brass bead head and size 10-14 buzzer hook (but of strong-ish wire) with rubber ribs and marabou tail. I must admit I have only sight-fished for carp with bloodworm but it definitely catches them. I am sure you can catch them casting out blind and slowly working it back along the lake bed. If you need pictures of my tying just drop a message.

    yours,

    Pete

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    Default Re: A few Bream on the 2wt Today

    Thanks Pete. Will give it a go.

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