Abramis brama

Current British record: 20lb 1oz (2011) Simon Lavin, Stoneacres Lake, Oxfordshire


The common Bream has a incredibly deep body and a thin body, some have said that they resemble a dinner plate. The Bream species are usually silvery in colour with a green tinge, their back is darker and its belly is paler in colour. Older Bream tend to change their colour and present themselves with more of a golden lustre.


With the current UK record standing at 19lb 2oz, it shows that in the right environments Bream can reach an incredible size. The bonus with Bream is that they swim in a shoal, of you catch one then the chances are you will catch another. You will find that the average Bream can be from two to nine pounds in weight.


The average size of an adult Bream is thought to be between thirty to fifty five centimetres from top to tail.


Studies show that the average Bream will survive for a maximum of 20 years in the right environment.


Bream can be found in the majority of lakes, ponds and fisheries and are located throughout Europe. Bream feed in shoals and take their time with finding some food and are best suited in deep still waters and rivers. Bream tend to follow the wind, if your in a swim where the wind is in your face then the bream are not far away.


Bream move in a shoal with others of the same size and quality providing security from predators. These fish take their time and are in no rush to find their perfect meal.


Bream are bottom feeders and love to rummage amongst the silt to find a tasty treat. They are a big fan of eating midge larvae, crustaceans, leaches and other species eggs. Bream absolutely adore carpets of ground bait to mop up with their colleagues. Maggots, corn, bread and worms are a Breams favourite meal.


Given one year, the Bream will resemble a miniature of their parents, they will continue to grow throughout their first year and will become sexually mature at the age of five years.


Breeding takes place in weeded areas around spring time. They will lay their thousands of pale yellow eggs ready for hatching in as little as eight days. It is known that at the same time Roach will lay their eggs in similar areas, if a male roach fertilises a bream egg and visa veca you will end up with a roach bream hybrid.


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See you on the bank.

The Fishing UK Team!