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  • Upstate Full Moon Bream

    It was full moon this past weekend, and the bream were on the beds. If you missed catching these feisty fighters, then you will have to wait till the next full moon.

    Some anglers say that catching bream is for kids and why would you want to catch little fish?Obviously, these people have never caught a “bull” bream and catching these boys on a bream buster rod or light tackle is plain fun. When you hook a bream on an ultra-light rod and reel, you will think that you hooked a monster.

    You can use a float to catch bream, but the “bulls” are usually a little bit deeper, and are found on the bottom in 8-15 feet on water. To keep the bream from swallowing the hook, long shank #10 hooks work best for crickets and # 6 or #8 hooks when using worms. Just add a BB or #7 split shot about 8 to 10 inches above the hook, get some bait, and you are ready to fish.

    The best bait for bream is either crickets or worms, but they need a little care or they will die easily. Crickets need to be kept in wire cages in a dry, well ventilated area and out of direct sunlight. Red worms, night-crawlers or Louisiana pinks do not like direct sunlight either, and should be kept in a cool, dry place like a cooler, but don't let them get wet.

    Catching bream is not only a lot of fun, but they make great table fare. A local pond piscator was bragging that he caught eight bream that weighed ten pounds that morning. He said that he filleted the bream out, and he and his wife had them for lunch and enough left over for supper. Maybe on the next full moon he should have a bream brunch for everyone. Anyone else have bream tale to share?

    SC Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley
    Bream Tale
    I caught bream all the way down a 4 mile stretch of the Wateree River last weekend. Caught them on red wigglers and 1/16-ounce spinners like Mepp's Aglia lures and Johnson Beetlespins.