Re: canal bream
Heres my advice but first I would say that Bream of 8lb are good for a canal. There are obviously exeptions but I wouldnt be dissappointed with an 8lb canal caught bream.
My first bit of advice is get to know your canal. Find out the known "Bream Holes" . Take walks along the canal in all weather. Take advantage of when the canal is clear you may see the shoals especially if you can get a vantage point like a bridge. Ask the locals of any known hotspots ask the local tackle shop. Tackle shops are the places to be to listen to anglers bragging about their huge catches. These boasts may be exaggerated but I will guarantee the pegs they are talking about are known hotspots. Match reports in the angling press usually mention the peg and the species caught so tehy are always a good reference.
The bream that you catch in the summer are tightly shoaled in the winter. Find the shoals abd you will catch them. Also remember those same fish wont go chasing baits so slow everthing down so that you are virtually placing the bait in their mouths. Bream love groundbait but in winter go for one with little or no food content but flavour it as much as you want. In my experience bream love sweet stuff and molasses are my favoutire additive. Worm caster maggot will all work but be patient and find the shoals. Hope that helps adnkeep us informed how it goes