Here's what i do and why... if i am fishing rock,rip-rap, or otherwise snaggy bottom areas, I hook the bream somewhere in the back portion(i.e. behind the dorsal fin). and if I am fishing above a weedbed or with a float, or on a fair bottom, I hook the bream through the eyes. Reason being, bream, when hooked somewhere in the back portion, will swim upward from the bottom and consequently away from the snags somewhat. When a bream is hooked through the eyes or lips(warning...hooking a bream thru the lips is not advised), they swim with their head down, which is ideal for suspending over a weedbed with a bobber, and not so ideal for fishing in rocks or stix as he will likely run u under the rocks or into the stix. Just my penny and a half..