Posted by LEW on April 26, 2003 at 10:10:29:
In Reply to: P.S. Re: How to Find Them Bream Beds posted by Kerry Grissett on April 19, 2003 at 23:08:55:
Bedding Bream Float
Tackle tips for a quick strike
When bluegills and sunfish (bream) are fanning shallow depressions in bottom
during the warm-weather spawning season, fishermen score big on good-eating
panfish. The key to success, however, is to put a bait - usually a worm or a
cricket - right in a fish's bed. An angler's bait that invades a bream bed
is almost immediately eaten, and a fish is then caught.
This is a simple and effective fishing system, except when bream are bedding
in water so deep that their beds can't be seen, or when they're in
But intrepid Southern fishermen have learned how to let their standard bream
tackle act as a shallow water depthfinder to locate bream beds to catch more
A small, lightweight, adjustable cigar-shaped float is used for fishing.
Dangling below the float is a baited hook, and a split-shot or two for
casting weight. To locate fanned-out bream beds that are deeper than
surrounding bottom, keep slightly adjusting the cigar-shaped float up the
fishing line until it lays on its side - horizonal to the water's surface.
This indicates the sinker and bait are just touching bottom. Now cast the
rig, wait for the float to lay on its side, then slowly retrieve the rig.
When the float turns upright, positioning itself vertically, the sinker and
bait have dropped into slightly deeper water - usually a depression made by
bream fanning beds.
Stop the retrieve, and if a bedding bluegill or sunfish is present, you can
count on a quick strike.
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