Black Bream

Black Bream

Black bream are a sub tropical summer species around our shores which are a fantastic tasting fish not to mention great sport on lighter tackle!
Legal keep size for bream is 9 ½ inches or 23cm.
Guilt head bream are different 

Rigs:
Flapper rigs: 60lb Rig body & 20-30lb hook trace 30cm 2 or 3 hooks size 2 through to 1/0 hooks
Wessex rig: 60 Rig body & 20-30lb hook trace 30cm size 2 through to 1/0 hooks
Paternoster clip down: (If at range) 60lb Rig body & 20-30lb hook trace 30cm size 2 through to 1/0 hooks.
Pulley rig: 60lb Rig body & 20-30lb Hook trace 30cm+ with size 2 -1/0 hooks.
(Same rigs are good for Guilt heads but use a strong hook pattern for them as they have a hard fight and string teeth that will snap off lesser hooks, I also up the poundage of the hook trace to make sure I get it in.)

Baits:
With Bream not being particularly fussy feeders they will pretty much take any bait you put out there.
Rag worm: used on small hooks sometimes half a worm is more than enough 

Lug worm: small lug used whole threaded onto the hooks with a little hanging just beneath.

 Squid: strips of the mantle slightly longer than the hook to flap a little for attraction  is brilliant for Bream and a tougher bait than most resisting some of the breams surgical strikes

 Mackerel strips: As with Squid strips work well and just whip onto the top of the hook shank to keep in place.
 
 Crab: using half a crab whipped onto the hook.( best bait for GUILTS peeler being the best)

*One of the best ways is to put a bit of rag worm on the hook and then a thin strip of squid that flaps a little past the end of the hook on flapper rigs this can be deadly for bream.
Note bream have sharp teeth and also have spines in the dorsal fin.

Grounds:
Sea bream are found in a variety of grounds, you’ll find them near rocky areas or rocky
reefs, on sandy sea beds as well as anywhere with a lot of sea grass about.