Porth's bream are on the munch. Will the 100lb mark fall?
Big Cornish reservoir sets new best with a bream bag just short of the ton.
A new record weight has been set at Porth Reservoir, Cornwall with a huge bag of bream weighing in at 98lb 14oz.
The weight, taken during the recent Whiteacres Preston Innovations Festival, was put together by Yorkshire angler Mal Proctor and featured fish to 8lb.
A natural venue known for its silverfish bags, the 40acre Porth has seen bigger bream feature more and more in recent matches, with this huge bag showing that targeting the species at range can produce the goods after it beat the previous best by over 10lb.
“I weighed in Mal’s catch and as soon as I got there and saw he had two nets in the water I knew it was going to be a good weight as we have a 60lb net limit,” Whiteacres Fishery Assistant Steve Prowse told Pole Fishing. “There were some impressive specimens in there, a least three fish around the 8lb mark, and the average size must have been around 5lb, all of them dark bronze like proper bream should look.
“It's great to see these kind of bags of bream being caught,” continued Steve. “The fish are getting a lot bigger thanks to the amount of bait being thrown in by the carp anglers targeting Porth now. The fact that you can bag up like this has also leveled the playing field, and a lot of anglers are now fishing for the big bream shoals at range instead of targeting the roach and skimmers.
“It can be risky though, and a few guys have blanked with the approach, but when you can catch like this, it’s a risk worth taking,” he added.
Mal’s winning tactics saw him fish a method feeder with micropellets and a small amount of ground bait with an 8mm white boilie as hook bait. The fish came as he alternated between two rods set up exactly the same but with one clipped up at 46 turns of the reel and the other at 34.
Peg 71 was the flier that produced the fish which were shoaled towards the middle of the water, not only setting the new record but also seeing seven out of the 10 days of the Festival on Porth dominated by big bream bags.