Mill Farm Fishery, 26th October 2018
Mill Farm Fishery is famous for its population of silver bream (Bilcca bjoerkna) and where the British record has been captured a number of times. An easy way to distinguish the silver bream from the more common bronze bream is the large black eye, the silver scales and the lack of mucus on their bodies.
Craig and Margo had their carp gear with them and I'd brought the match set-up so of course there was talk of a mini competition remembering that those boys have two rods out at a time and we only fish a single line (rod or pole) at a time, it would be an interesting day out.
Not so much of a draw but three swims next to each other, so pegs 25, 26 and 27. Luckily we had the winds off our backs, plus some open water and margins to target.
I opted to set-up the pole and a feeder rod. The pole lines would be 13 metres, top two and two sections and my right hand margin. The lake was pretty shallow with an even depth of around two and a half feet. The feeder rod was a simple hybrid setup.
Bait wise, dead red maggots, sweetcorn, micro, 6mm and 8mm pellets.
|My first silver bream|
Craig had kindly cooked up some breakfast which resulted in some down time to enjoy the bacon, beans and egg... well I think it was egg ;-) Cheers matey!
The long pole swim was producing fish very regularly and as today wasn't a match I could have a bit of an experiment and some drop in on the short line swim, potting in exactly the same as I had kicked off the long swim. The same result, fish straight away, more silver bream! The maggot hook bait was also tempting the smaller fish, so a change to sweetcorn saw the bites slow down but rewarded with fish of a better stamp.
I was fishing with a reasonably light elastic and of course the inevitable happened. Good old Mr common carp decided to join in on the action. Five minutes later the net slipped under a small fish around 3-4lb.
|Fish of the day|
I'd had a great morning catching the lovely silver bream mixed with a crucian / brown goldfish and some roach however it was time to get some of the carp that the other lads were latching into. The lads where catching their carp a little further out and there was plenty of activity near the aerator so I targetting this area first. It didn't take long for the tip to go round and the first carp on the feeder in the net.
|Float tactics and sweetcorn for Craig|
I'll certainly be back for more silver bream and I'm tempted to try and target some of the bigger fish in the lake, who knows, maybe the British record could be banked!
Anglers Mail - Duncan Charman tips for targeting Silver Bream