NOW is prime time for catching bream of all sizes – and great catches of the species include the biggest-ever brace at 18 lb 4 oz and 17 lb 14 oz.

Firefighter Malcolm Harmer netted the pair of giants 11 hours apart. And then, for good measure, he had a 14 lb 12 oz stunner.

Carper Malcolm, 30, fished three rods between 75 to 85 yards where he fished two grains of cream flavoured artificial corn over spodded hemp and corn on the edge of soft and hard silt.

For more on this story, and the amazing venue where the fish were caught, and great bream tips, read this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.