Lovers of rough ground, the bream arrive back from their deep sea winter haunts in April and May and do so in number. They are hard fighting – perhaps because they are such good eating – and though they do not grow large, can provide cracking sport on balanced gear. Tactics will vary but often the bream are in shallow enough water to make float fishing a viable option and they are none too fussy when it comes to bait. Almost anything fresh will tempt a bite, and though squid is popular, this is due to cost as much as its appeal.
A three pounder is a good fish, with the British record double that, and should you keep one for the pot (leave the females alone) then they do fillet rather well.