Catching Bream


I love Bream. They are simply the tastiest fish as far as I am concerned. Smoked or cooked in foil with a touch of lemon and they are simply delicious. They are readily available around Australia and make for great fishing, especially for those who are just getting started in fishing. There is nothing like getting a catch that tastes as good as it looks as a newbie.

Now, there is nothing that is ever set in stone when it comes to fishing, well that’s my experience. But there are some guidelines that do help. I’ve compiled some of my techniques and tactics for catching more Bream on soft plastic fishing lures.


I’m not a huge fan of braid fishing line unless I am using soft plastics to chase Bream. I go with something in the 4-8lb range. I like to use a braid fishing line with a bright colour so I can see the bite easily as well as feel it (braid doesn’t offer much stretch and so you can feel a bite in the rod right away). I’m not bothered about it being visible to the fish because I am going with a leader line anyway.


I’ve also found that I get more bites on light leader line than heavier leader line. I generally go with a 4lb fluorocarbon leader line. That’s pretty much standard for me and works just about all the time. As for length, I go with around my arm span and a half, so let’s say about 3m or a little less, 9ft is a good measurement.


Again, I work with light jigheads and put a little extra care to make sure I rig my plastics correctly. If you are only fishing in around 4ft of water, you can use those “no-weight” jigheads. When I am fishing in 4-10ft, I go with 1/20-1/16th ounce. I rarely go over a 1/12th ounce, and that’s when I am fishing in deeper water. As I said, I’ve found it is really important to rig the plastic properly. I find that Bream nearly always take the plastic when it is on the way down or when bouncing off the bottom. This is why I go with the light jighead so that it isn’t heading to the bottom at breakneck speed as well as making sure that my plastic heads down without spiralling around. If the plastic is spiralling when you drop it in the water, it is time to fix your rig.


Okay, so there are so many soft plastics out there it is easy to get excited and want to buy them all. Sometimes I wonder whether we just want them because designs lure us in with all those colours and shapes. I’ve found that single tails and double tails generally work well. I also have a few that look like prawns or other creatures – so yes, soft plastic crabs also work well. I basically use those soft plastic shapes all the time with the addition of plastic bloodworms. I try a variety of colours but always make sure I have natural colours on hand.


The double hop retrieve is a classic retrieve I’ve found to be very effective when chasing Bream. It’s pretty easy to master. Essentially, you let the plastic sink until it hits the bottom and then pull up on the lure in a double hop motion while reeling in the slack at the same time before letting it drop to the bottom again. I take my time repeating this motion. It’s not a race because you want to keep that lure in the water too. I play with the way that I hop around my soft plastics. Sometimes I will even let them sit for half a minute.

So like I said, nothing is ever set in stone, and that is what I love about fishing but I do bet you will find these tips helpful in catching more Bream.


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Robert M Davies

Robert passed the "Obsessed With Fishing Test" with flying colours. Instead of talking, Robert has turned his hand to writing about his experience in fishing all around Australia.