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    Quote Originally Posted by iain t View Post
    When do skimmers get classed as bream? Is it size or weight?
    Bill Taylor who was Oxford-based seems to have picked up the term from fishing with some Midlands anglers, including Billy lane and Peter Tombleson. Back then skimmers were referred to as 'skimmer bream' and seems to be fish up to about 8oz or 10". By the time time a bream is a pound it starts to get a bit of bronze, at least in rivers as opposed to modern highly-coloured commercials. Razor blades were very small bream, fish of just 3 to 5".

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    Quote Originally Posted by iain t View Post
    When do skimmers get classed as Bream? Is it size or weight?
    It rather depends on who you are talking to. My own definition is a bream of no more than a pound would get called a skimmer. Anything bigger just being a bream. However, my interpretation originates with the older match anglers that I'd have first heard the term from.

    I've heard plenty of anglers, mostly commie anglers, carpers and specialists referring to much bigger bream as skimmers. I can only think that it's an evolution of the term, perhaps based on the stronger gear that is likely to be used by them. Perhaps a 1, 2 or even 3lb bream really is a skimmer to them. It was unlikely to be genuinely considered as such by someone using a light match/canal rod with hooklength around a pound or so.

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    I defy anyone to skim a bream regardless of size! I never use the term out of respect for the noble bream; well hardly ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Wintle View Post
    Bill Taylor writes of Skimmers in his 1966 book, Bream Fever which is mainly about the Thames.
    Thanks Mark, It could well be the earliest - 2 years even before I took up fishing!

    skimming' bream is well understood if anyone has ever skimmed stones.... also the term 'tail walking' when referring to pike and marlin!

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    also known as tinplate bream

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawb811 View Post
    also known as tinplate bream
    That would be as opposed to the more mature "Dustbin Lids" then? Pete.
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    Skimmers are a good pike bait but are terrible to cast because of their shape they seem to wobble through the air.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hawb811 View Post
    also known as tinplate bream
    I'd heard the expression 'tinplates' and did a bit of checking and my old reference books state that tinplates are silver bream as opposed to immature bronze bream (the skimmers referred to in this tread). Another name for silver bream was 'bream-flats'. Reference Marshall Hardy and Faddist.

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