A Simple Way of Feeder Fishing for Bream

Image of feeder fishing setup for catching bream, with a fishing rod, reel, feeder, hook, and bait.

A simple way of feeder fishing for bream is a simple guide to allow any anlger of all abilities to try out a different way of fishing.

I’m an avid bream Angler. For years I’ve tried hundreds of different baits and methods with various different success rates. I’ve always found myself going back to the simpliest method of fishing with great success. Since I started fishing around 18 years ago, things have just got more complicated, the evolution of fishing and the constant evolving tactics can be a bit overwhelming for people new to the sport. This guide will be to keep things as simple as possible and I’ll link the equipment I use with all baits at the bottom of the page.

Most of my fishing is done at mixed course lakes. Many different species will be present so the base of my bait is bream orientated with the particles being friendly for other fish. Let’s begin the guide to a simple way of feeder fishing for bream.

Fishing Rod

I’ll start with what Feeder rod I use. Cadence CR10 11FT 2. I’m not going to give you a review about that rod as you’ll find plenty of them already. The rod is soft, the action is sublime and the quality is on par with the top brands avaiable on the market today. For this type of fishing I like to go for the 1.5oz tip or at a distance say above 40ft, 2oz. If you haven’t got a cadence rod, I’d use whatever medium tip you have should cover you for everything. Don’t get to caught up with the tips, we’re pleasure fishing, not a match.


The reel I use is CS5 4000 Match Reel. Fantastic value for money and  use it more than my Browning Sphere reels. It’s smooth and probably half the price it should be. Cadence have a fabulous community so worth checking them out.

Fishing Line

The fishing line I use is Preston Reflo Sinking Feeder Mono, 4lb 0.18mm in the winter and 8lb 0.26mm in the summer. With the fishing line, it doesn’t really matter what line you use. I just have my preferences but you can use whatever you feel comfortable with.

Accessory Tackle

Firstly you’ll need the Guru Gripper feeder. For still waters we’ll be fishing with this inline. It will be worth buying some in different sizes to cover the different seasons and most conditions. For a safe bet, just get the small or medium ones for now. Secondly, thread the line through the feeder and make sure the long stem in at the top. Now you should have a feeder running freely on the line.

Next,  get some Guru Quick Change Speed Beads. This is so simple to use. Pull the plastic shell off the bead  and thread the line through the large part of the bead shell you just pulled off. Make sure the open end is facing away from the feeder. With the end of the line you’ll need to tie that to the swivel that was connected to the bead using a grinner knot. (i’ll link a site to help with the knot). Once the knot is tied, pull the bead cover back over the swivel. You should have it sitting just below the feeder. Next step is to put your hookline on.

Grinner knot – https://www.anglingtimes.co.uk/advice/rigs/how-to-tie-the-grinner-knot/


To keep things simple, you can use some pre tied Guru hooks. I like to use the Guru 4″ QM1 and Guru LWGF Feeder fishing rigs. The QM1s are 4″ with bait bands and the LWGF come as 1m. You can trim the LWGF to size and they don’t have bait bands. Of course you can tie your own to your owns specifics.

Once you’ve chosen your hooks, pull the bead off the swivel again to release the end. You’ll notice that there’s a little hook to simply put the hookline on and pull the bead back over the swivel again. The rig is now complete. Just to add, I normally start without a band and trim the LWGF to around 4 or 5 inches. Each venue you’ll find may need to be tweaked. But for the bases of keeping it simple, that should catch you fish. One final step to finish off a simple way to feeder fish for bream


  • Van Den Eynde Pro Gold Bream – Excellent and the most consistent ground bait for bream I’ve ever used.
  • Sonubaits Pro Feed 2 mm Pellets – It’s a perfect pellet and soaks up the flavour well. I soak these in water and bream liquid for around 2 minutes. Perfect texture.
  • Bait Tech Pro Natural Bream Liquid – This stuff is so sweet, bream love everything sweet. Mix a bit in with your water before you add it to the ground bait.
  • Maggots of your choice, I’d prefer red and white.
    Worms of your choice, chop them up and use them on the hook and in the mix.
  • You can use hemp, this is an optional extra and not needed. I only really use this through the summer to hold the fish in your swim.

Once you’ve set up and made your groundbait, it’s time to cast out. I always find with bream fishing, best to get a fair amount of ground bait out. Just make sure you fill your feeder up with plenty of your particles. Once you’ve picked your spot, cast out around 7 or 8 feeders of bait. Just remember in the warmer months to use a decent size feeder and in the colder, opt for a small feeder and only bait out 2 or 3 feeders. I normally give it 10 or so minutes before casting out your bait. I almost always start with a worm, but you can do whatever you feel happy with. Just remember to keep baiting out if you’re catching, top that bait up to fit the session.


To finish

This is my guide for a simple way of feeder fishing for bream. This is no way an expert guide to feeder fishing but something for anglers of all experiences can try and adapt as you progress. Like all fishing nothing is guarantee but this as been by far my most successful tactic on still water mixed course lakes. If you’re after specimen bream, these may not be the best tactics for you either. Although I have had bream up to about 7lb on these tactics. I prefer to fish for bites and not size. Just remember to keep the bait going in and make sure you’re baiting every hour. I hope you enjoyed my guide to a simple way of feeder fishing for bream.

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