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You Can Catch Big Bream

Day 4: More Tactics to Find Bream

Banging a Bed:

Click for Larger ViewMost anglers face a problem with big-bream fishing. What do you do when the bream stop biting? In the spring of the year when bream are bedding, a good fisherman often can limit-out on one bream bed, if he knows about the bedding habits of bream and how to work with the fish. Bream usually bed in a half circle from the bank, while others will be further-out in the water. The temptation for most anglers is to try for the fish they can see close to the bank. However, this error may cost them their limit. A hooked bream usually will run for deep water. If a bluegill is hooked close to the shore, the fish will run-through several-other beds before it reaches deep water. Click for Larger ViewWhen that happens, the fish on those beds are spooked and leave. After this process is repeated several times, most of the bedding bream will have left an area. Then you’ll only have an opportunity to take a few bank bream from that large bed. To solve this problem of spooking the bedding fish, work with the bream and not against them. When you locate a bream bed, start casting in front of the fish you can see hoping to catch the bream bedding on the outside edge of the school. Then, when a fish is hooked and runs to deep water, it won’t disturb the other bedding bream. As you catch the outside fish, gradually work your way into the bank bream. This pick-off method will help you to systematically work a bream bed, taking more fish with less running. Besides the pick-off method, another key to catching trophy bream is to have more than one bed spotted. When the action on the bream bed stops, move to another. If the second bed fails to produce, return to the first. Back-and-forth bed-banging can lead to your landing limits of bream.

Bottom Mopping:

Click for Larger ViewClick for Larger ViewAlthough many outdoorsmen seem to think bream die after the warm rays of the summer sun hide from the biting winds of the winter weather, bream can be taken in the wintertime. Often, cold-water bluegills are harder to find, but mopping the bottom gets results. By dragging red worms across the bottom of a pond, a river or a creek that you know contains big bream, you can have pole-bending bluegill action all winter long.

Tomorrow: Tips for Taking More Big Bream


Check back each day this week for more about "You Can Catch Big Bream "

Day 1: Where Some of the Biggest Bream Live
Day 2: What Baits Catch Big Bream
Day 3: How to Find a Bream Bed
Day 4: More Tactics to Find Bream
Day 5: Tips for Taking More Big Bream

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Entry 663, Day 4