bream fishing is a rewarding fishing passtime some of us do it for the thrill of catch and release and some for a good feed,whatever your reasons there are many many ways to entice and capture the elusive big bream.
46.5 cm Bream caught on Bait 42cm taken on a hardbody lure 40cm on lures soft plastics 41cm on hardbody lures
Bream are common to most waterways preferring areas with structure such as sunken tree's pylons,warf's,or rocky areas.I have caught hundreads of these fish releasing all but a few which have met with misfortune and I can tell you now every one is still like the first one I caught.
lets start with your tackle to begin with and hardbody lures,there are thousands of lures on the market today and most will catch you a fish but a few stand out amongst the crowd and they dont have to be the most expensive you can find either.Too many people today believe you have to spend a fortune to catch a good fish this is straight out rubbish Ive caught them on handlines with bread as bait so lets talk reality..
The quality of your rod and reel wont catch you more fish but they will make fishing easier due to their lightness especially if tossing a lure all day your arm feels like it wants to fall off after a few hours with a heavy setup.Also your other main priority to look for in a reel is a smooth drag system this does play a part in capture of more fish as a catchy sticky drag will pull a hook or bust your line off with ease.
Start out with a rod and reel that you can afford do some research about the reel or rod or check feedback and posted comments about how good they really are,choose something light bream dont need a big reel or big rod I use a 5-6ft rod and a 2000 or 2500 series reel which with 4-10lb line its plenty for most areas these bream live in.If you need advice ask the sellers what they would recommend and if in doubt ask for photo's of their catches nothing speaks louder than a picture of the fish.If you have never fished for bream before or fished much at all for that matter start out with a monofiliment line or a flurocarbon line the latter being the best choice as it is almost invisible underwater due to its light refracting ability's.Choose a 10lb line to start with it will give you a bit more leway to learn how to set your drag and play a bigger fish properly,then as time goes on you will find lighter line and well presented lures will score the bigger fish.Also lighter lines make casting a lure much easier and most experianced anglers will use braid which is a woven line very light and easy to cast long distances but start with mono or fluro unless your willing to go all out straight away whatever you decide is your choice all you need to know for braid is a few new knots and how to join leader to the main braid line but I will cover this another time.
When attaching your line to a hardbody lure leave a loop around 2cm diameter as this will help the swimming ability of your lure,if you don't believe me try attaching one direct then one with the loop and watch the swimming style for yourself.Here is an example of the knot to use for this application
practice this knot as you will use it a lot,if you swap a lot of lures you can attach a small lure clip to make swapping a breeze without re-tying every time.Soon tying this knot will become second nature.
ok now for the lure,choose a lure or color you know is going to work again do some research or ask someone in the know.I do have a lot of lures in my store for this exact purpose which I can personally account for a lot of fish,but check around like i said before there are thousands available nowdays.Bream will attack lures from small 3cm specimens to 6-10cm without too much thought my choice would be around the 5 cm mark...Now are you going to fish deep or shallow make sure to pay attention to the lure dive depth ask if not sure most of my fishing is done from the bank along the edge of a drop off or structure in shallow water around 3-5 foot deep,if you will fish deeper water maybe try a g-vibe type lure a crankbait rattle type lure "lipless" variety that you can learn to control the depth as they slowly sink and after you loose a few to the bottom or start snagging or catching weed you will soon learn how quick they dive,dont worry everyone learns this way Ive lost many a lure to snags this way but this is the cost of the learning how to use lures effectivly.
Next,don't wind in your lure too quick a slow retrieve is best you can even throw in a few rod twitches and jerks to the lure to mix things up a bit,the lure is trying to imitate a sick or stressed fish so the more erratic it is the more attention it will get.As a general rule I wind one revolution every 1 second 1/1000 2/1000 3/1000 this is just a guide and eventually you will find your own style that works for you.
Now go and try out your new found knowledge,if you have questions email me I love to help out where I can...Good luck and remember to leave a few fish for our children and childrens children take your camera and have some fun....