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Time for Bream

05/31/2017 Craig Joyner

Bluegill BreamBREAM…………..Did I say it loud enough for you to take notice? Bluegill Bream. We all grew up catching Bream didn’t we? No matter it be a little branch or stream, a pond in the country, boat docks and marinas on giant reservoirs, Bream have always been the stand-by catchable little critters that put smiles on so many child’s faces and will fill up the dinner plate as often. No indeed, it’s not the Largemouth or Spotted Bass, not the Striper or Hybrid that we can depend upon so frequently and with such reliability.

When: Full moon in June is best because they will be in the bedding process and are accessible in thin water. Get ready. The light colored, greenish gold sided Blue-Gill female will be in the clear shallows centered in the dish shaped little ‘bed’ guarding the eggs she deposited only a few days ago. The garish male, dark colored, blunt nosed and hump shouldered has vanished after his fertilization process. An attending father he is not.

What to use: light line, light wire hook, a cricket or red wiggler will do the trick. Just toss it in the bed under a float. She just cannot resist. Experimenting one day on a little pond all alone as a child, I caught the same Bream on a worm, put her back and when she returned to the ‘bed’, caught her on a cricket, put her back then caught her again on a Wax worm. Skittish she is not.

How many: The Georgia State DNR has the limit set at 50. There are plenty for you to harvest.

How to cook: Scale, dress, generously batter and deep or pan fry. I like corn bread batter. Sweet tasting indeed. Here’s a tip, serve with grits and biscuits with sausage patties on the side. The combination of tastes will be a treat.

Finished now. I have bream and iced tea waiting at supper time. Caught’em yesterday.

-O’Neill

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