LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) - If you are in a hurry to get in some bream fishing, you might swing by the local supermarket for bait.
Yes, you know the store doesn't sell live red worms or crickets, but it does sell shrimp.
Shrimp for bream is a game plan for Homer Circle, who served on the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in the early 1970s and is a legendary outdoor writer. Circle often writes about bass fishing, but he, like many Arkansans of all ages, is a bream fishing enthusiast.
The Circle shrimp plan is simple. Go to the frozen food section of the supermarket where selections of shrimp are displayed. Ignore the big shrimp, the jumbos and others that do well on a dinner table. Look for the smaller sizes of shrimp, and pick the cheaper ones if you have a choice.
What you want is unpeeled shrimp. They will be headless but with tails, and the shells help the bait stay on a hook better.
Toss the package of frozen shrimp somewhere into your vehicle or boat but not in a cooler. Unless you are five minutes from the lake or stream, by the time you arrive, rig up, get the boat in the water and reach the first promising bream spot, that frozen package of shrimp will be partially thawed.
Pick out or break off a shrimp and work it on to a bream hook. Fish with bobber or tightline - doesn't matter.
The shrimp bait will be fully thawed seconds after going into the water, and the rest of the package will soon be thawed in Arkansas heat. So what if the bait is a little cold. Bream aren't choosy. They'll go for shrimp as quickly as they will worms, crickets or other bait - or they will ignore it. This is bream fishing.
You will have clean hands too, not wormy or cricket smelling. Besides, if the bream don't cooperate, you can always eat your shrimp bait.