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blankfrank

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blankfrank says:

canal bream

hello fellas,  hope  yous  had  a  good  new  year .  my local canal has a good head of bream , only going up to about 8lb, but plenty of them. i can put a good bag together in the warmer months but wandered where they go in colder weather? is it not worth fishing for them till it gets warmer? do they still feed in winter ? or am i wasting time targeting them . any advice apprieciated .

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ironfever

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ironfever says:

Re: canal bream

Hi Frank

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     

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norfolkinesox

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Re: canal bream

Tony is spot on ,location is the key in the colder months,my local canal,the louth canal has some good bream too and they always shoal in the same stretch every winter and 100lb catches are possible being so tightly shoaled.like most fish i believe they have their summer haunts and winter ones

prepare for the worst and the best will happen!

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mrwell

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mrwell says:

Re: canal bream

Can't fault the advice spot on.....you can catch Bream in winter but you need to locate them first and seeking local advice is always the best place to start.....pointless us trying to tell you what methods to use if the Bream are somewhere else but yes as tony says Groundbait with high sent attraction is the best way to get them on the feed in these conditions but they will not feed much so little food substance is needed.......location location location.....no not the property programme just advice on how to catch Bream in Winter

I make mistakes i am only human well half the time.

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blankfrank

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blankfrank says:

Re: canal bream

thanks for the advice fellas . sometimes about 6 of us go fishing together so we can alternate swims until we locate them . i usually use a fishmeal based groundbait (quite smelly) so i will cut down on the amount given .  ive only weighed one nice bream , just under 8lb.  i have seen the shoal ( in clearer water) and they always seem to be on the move.

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