Two Preserved and cased Record Bream, caught by J. J. Perkins at Eynsham in the River Thames on 20th September 1928 Weight 10lbs 13¼oz & 9lb 14¼oz.
Preserved and cased by J. Cooper & Sons of London.
Latin name - Abramis brama
Colour - its back is dark brown, the sides (flanks) are a lighter yellow brown and its belly is silvery.
Size - Adults are 25 - 45 cm long (10 - 16ins). Bream are slow to grow and usually take 11 years to reach maximum size
Characteristics - The bream has a humped back, a deep (wide) body and a forked tail.
Diet - It eats worms and insect larvae from the bottom of the river. It feeds with a sucking action.
Habitat - Bream like slow flowing rivers. It is a shy fish and lives and moves in shoals (groups) near the bottom of the river.
How fished for - Bream is caught using a float and/or ledgering technique. Ledgering involves the use of a lead weight to keep the bait near to the bottom of the water. Baits include maggots, worms and bread.
Interesting facts - Bream are now only eaten in Europe but were once a main part of the diet of rural peasants in Britain.
British Record - 11lb 2oz (5.4kg)
Preserved and cased Chub, caught F. Taylor in the River Thames at Cherwell, on the 7th December, 1927. Weight 4lbs 6ozs.
Latin name -Leuciscus cephalus
Colour - It has a dark greyish green back, grey, green or bluish sides with a yellowish belly. The lower fins are reddish brown and the others dark brown.
Size - Chub normally weigh 1.5kg (3lb) and grow to 50/60cm in length. Chub can live for over 12 years and the biggest fish ever caught weighed 7.5kb (16lb).
Characteristics - The chub is a member of the carp family. Its body is long and its head is wide with a wide mouth. It has large, black edged scales which are characteristic to the chub.
Habitat - The chub likes deep, clean and slow flowing water and it typically found in the middle reaches of rivers usually in shoals.
Diet - They feed on crustaceans and insects and the larger ones on smaller fish and frogs. The chub is not a fussy eater and will try most things it comes across.
How fished for - Bait used varies widely as they are attracted by many basic food stuffs
Interesting facts - An old English name for the chub is Loggerhead.