Using Soft Plastics to Catch Bream
By Mark Goverd
Soft plastic lures come in literally hundreds of different shapes, sizes and colors. There are varieties including worms, grubs, prawns, crabs and many different bait fish lures. They range in size from 1″ to 12″ long depending on the fish you are targeting.
For now we will concentrate on 1″ to 4″ lures as bream are the target species. Bream will readily take 1″ to 3″ lures, but at certain times of the year they will aggressively take 4″ lures, as bream can be very aggressive they have been known to take much larger lures, that were meant for other species.
Using soft plastic lures requires a light graphite rod as the rod is used to impart action into the lure, small hops and twitches are made with the rod so that the soft plastic lure swims in an erratic motion, all the while looking like a sick and dying bait fish that will be an easy meal for a hungry bream.
Most soft plastic lures are rigged onto a lead head jig, a lead head jig is basically a lead sinker and hook combined. The soft plastic is threaded onto the shaft of the hook leaving the point exposed, then the lure is cast out in the same manner as normal bait. In most cases the lure sinks to the bottom and this is where the angler starts a series of lifts and hops with the rod, he lifts the rod from say eight o’clock to eleven o’clock then lets the lure settle on the bottom again then winds in the slack line.
The angler repeats this process until almost back to the boat then he winds in completely and starts the process again. The motion of the lure lifting up off the bottom then free falling back down is what attracts the fish. This style of fishing is repeated over and over and is a very successful way to fish. You will need to keep moving around so that you cover a large area and not just flog the same water for hours on end.
Another method is call dead sticking and is similar to using bait as you cast out and just let the lure sit on the bottom motionless, fish being inquisitive by nature will sometimes find your lure and hook themselves. Small curly tail grubs are a good beginner’s lure as the thin wavy tail almost works on its own and doesn’t require much impute from the angler to get it to work. People just starting to use lures should start with these until they get the hang of it.
The different size and weight jig heads are used like normal sinkers, if there is a strong current you would use a heavier jig to get your lure to the bottom and a lighter jig for less current. As a rule of thumb you should try to use a jig head just heavy enough to get to the bottom taking into account wind and current,and fish as light as you can as this feels more natural to the fish. For more information on anything related to bream fishing visit http://www.ausbream.com.au