When I’m in search mode, I frequently substitute the hook and live bait with a tiny jig or even a sponge-spider fly so I’m not constantly rebaiting. The search for beds is the most difficult part of bream fishing. They’re pretty easy to locate in a pond or small lake, but there’s an art—and maybe a little science—to it on larger bodies of water. Bream require a bottom composition soft enough for them to fan their bowl-shaped nests but firm enough that the nests don’t wash away. Sand and pea-gravel banks are ideal places to look. Typically, bream beds will be in a protected pocket, not far from some subtle change in depth, like a creek channel or a shallow ditch. Early in the season, nests may be in 10 inches of water, but the most productive beds are usually 4 to 6 feet deep. Shellcrackers frequently nest a bit deeper. I’ve found beds in 10 feet of water.