DOUBLE-FIGURE river bream are rare beasts but reports of them have been coming along regularly lately to Angler's Mail!

Ian Harvey caught the latest monster bin lid of 12 lb 4 oz to set a River Lea record.

The Stevenage, Hertfordshire angler tempted it from Kings Weir Fishery in the same county. The venue is well known for barbel and chub, but bream are never mentioned when anglers talk about the stretch.

Ian said: “To say I was over the moon with this personal best is an understatement and it was a great trip and my first to the fishery.

“I also added others of 10 lb 2 oz and 7 lb 7 oz which would have been a good enough session but the big one really topped it off.

“All three caught using an open-ended groundbait feeder with a hair-rigged halibut pellet,” he added.

Meanwhile, Henry Rimmer who stunned the big fish world last week with his 14 lb Thames bream from Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, in a brace with an 11 lb 2 oz slab, returned to nab a ‘skimmer’ of 9 lb 8 oz.

The 55-year-old landscape gardener, from Flackwell Heath, used the same groundbait feeder approach with worm and caster.

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