Does anyone know how to spot a pregnant black bream? any info would be great


Was fishing the other night in the swan hooked a nice little bream. Was wondering how you can tell when these fish are pregnant. Unfortunantly this fish was fatally hooked so i kept it. I found what looked like eggs in its stomach and was horrified. (I always put my bream back, even nice big ones). Just wondering if anyone knows how to spot when a black bream is pregant and if its only full grown ones that lay eggs. Any information would help so i can keep an eye out and fish for the future.


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In the swan, Bream over

Wed, 2010-02-24 11:26

In the swan, Bream over 25cm are breeders but fish over 40cm produce ~10x more eggs... So if your looking for a feed and want to 'fish for the future', you'd be better off taking a couple of just size bream, and putting the big ones back...


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if you have a similiar mind

Thu, 2010-04-15 09:09

if you have a similiar mind set as me when it comes to fish, i bet you felt pretty bad seeing those eggs, i would of felt terrible, but hey im soft when it comes to fish, i feel bad killing redfin, good to see you usually throw them back though, no harm in keeping a badly injured fish either.

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if they are abit fatty in

Fri, 2010-08-06 10:31

if they are abit fatty in the stomach and very greedy when it comes to taking bait lure, be wary then.

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When they come up

Fri, 2010-08-06 14:31

their moody and continue to complain of hot flushes and a sore back, and when you put them into a bucket they complain that its to small and they would like to change the colour as soon as possible.

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bahahhah sounds like you got

Fri, 2010-08-06 14:36

bahahhah sounds like you got some experience under your belt Laughing

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Mon, 2010-08-09 19:14

had the exact same thing happen to me a couple of weeks back, fatal hook and pregnant bream