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Bream on soft plastics and hard body lures

To say that soft plastics have taken the bream fishing world by storm is an understatement, the huge number of 1/32 and 1/16 jigheads being found in mooring lines and jetty pylons are a testament to that. Coupled with a few reliable hard bodies and the non bait breamer now has the world at his or her feet.

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Bream Fishing Techniques

Fishing Soft Plastics for Bream

2 and 3 inch shads although supposedly representing small bait fish but closely mimicking prawns in their action have proved extremely effective during daylight hours. B.R.E.A.M. tournaments are popping up everywhere and competitor numbers seem to be increasing exponentially. The recently introduced shrimp styles in 2 inch are having a great run and are worth a try.

Light soft action rods capable of placing these tiny offerings precisely are a must have and line class to match 1, 2 and 4kg being the most popular.

As with most bream fishing getting your soft plastic or hardbody lure close in to the structure is the key to success. Types of retrieve also have a strong impact with stop, wait, short lift retrieves proving potent when trying to entice a bite.

Fish jig heads as light as prevailing conditions will allow, then vary depth from surface to bottom to find where the fish are feeding.

Pumpkinseed and motor oil coloured SP's are popular due to their bream catching record, but others such as christmas tree can outfish these at times. Experiment to find what are the most reliable for your area, and be prepared to change if one style or colour is not working on a certain day.

Hard Body Lures

For some species the best action is no action at all. Those of us that have flicked lures to bream around oyster leases and in the snags know that just the plop of a lure hitting the water is enough to bring a good sized bream out to investigate, as he hypnotically follows the ripples caused by this intruder into his little piece of water. Patience is required, leave the lure stationary the strike will probably come. If the ripples have subsided and no fish has struck a short sharp "twitch" will cause more ripples and the waiting begins again.

If several casts in this manner fail, begin your cast again as above but then several times as the ripples subside start a slow retrieve then stop allowing the lure to refloat to surface before commencing again.

Faster and deeper retrieves should be tried if the above fails, even the best of techniques can have their bad days.

The one glaring weakness for plastics on bream is the fact that they work best as a visual medium, daylight or bright moonlit nights are required. After dark bait comes back into its own.

You may have noticed I have tried not to suggest brands or particular colours as what works well in one area may not fish particularly well in another and I prefer people to find out what works best for them.