What is a Bream?
So you want to know what a Bream is, or to simply know more about these fish. Well you have come to the right place. Bream are pan fish found in most parts of the world. It tends to be a general name for small narrow fish. A large one here in the United States would be any over 2 pounds. Bluegills, Shellcrackers, Sunfish and many other local named fish can be considered Bream. Bream are freshwater fish found in rivers, creeks, ponds or lakes.
How to catch them.
Bream are among the most fun freshwater fish to catch. They are easy to catch and thus a favorite fishing target for kids. And the big fight they put up on light tackle make them a joy for adults to catch as well.
You can use anything from a cane pole to your expensive Bass Rods to catch them. I like to use a Zebco 33 or even a 404 to catch them. For some real fun try fishing for Bream with a fly-fishing rig.
Bream like bugs and will tear up a tube of crickets or grasshoppers. And I have caught hundreds on good ole night crawlers or red worms. They tend to like shallow water with some cover. They come in to hide from the bigger predator fish. Find a tree hanging over the water and there is a good chance a Bream is under it, waiting on a bug to fall in the water.
Bream can be scared out of their hole by a lot of noise but they return quickly. When possible I try to float my bait to them, rather than cast directly into their hole. But a cricket cast near a tree will often bring a strike as soon as it hits the water.
What to do with them after the catch.
I am big on catch and release of any fish, they get to live to be caught another day! But Bream are considered to be very tasty to both people and even more importantly, Catfish.
They are a very good cheap, catfish bait. Used as live bait or as dead but still fresh bait, they are a nice meal for Catfish. To keep them alive as long as possible, I recommend using a stringer. However other fish and turtles will often raid the stringer. So a bucket can be used, if you change the water every 20 min or so. Of course if you have a boat with a live well as opposed to bank fishing-problem solved.
There are many Bream recipes available on the Internet or in fishing magazines. Most people I know tend to fry them up as fillets. You can find a way to cook them anyway you like with a Google search. Keep in mind that fish from all waters are not safe to eat. Check with your state wildlife people for rivers or lakes that are too polluted to eat fish from. Thanks for reading this article about Bream on Associatedcontent.com.