Shimano’s Media Producer Matt Rand has had a couple of successful sessions targeting predators recently, with a cracking brace of pike and zander included. Targeting a Fenland river, Matt spent the evening before his first session walking it looking for signs of bream and it wasn’t long before he found them.
Matt takes up the story…
“I’ve been fishing the Fens for years now and if there is one thing I have learnt it’s not to expect a certain area to remain a hotspot for any species. Without a doubt there is a serious connection between bream and pretty much every other species I target so they are always the fish I try to locate.
On my first session this year I decided to take a walk with the dogs and a bucket of groundbait. With the polaroids on I slowly walked a long the overgrown banks of a local river until I saw what I was looking for… At first a larger fish breaking the surface was spotted further downstream and as I approached the area the water in front of me appeared a lot more coloured. As I sat back on the bucket small pin-prick bubbles could be seen amongst the ripple – the bream had been located!
As I was returning at first light the next morning, I introduced all of the groundbait in order to stop the bream moving away. I took note of exactly where I was and returned the following day. I waited until I could only just see my floats and then cast 3 rods baited with small roach deadbaits right into the thick of the bream shoal.