Soft Plastic revolution has begun.
Every day, anglers are picking up their first packet of
plastic baits and embarking on a new fishing journey.
Soft plastics have been used in Australia for some time
now. Admittedly their use for targeting Bream has only
just come into fashion, but other species such as flathead
have been caught using these artificial offerings for
some time. These anglers have been catching Bream on soft
plastics for some time as a by-catch, so it was only a
matter of time before dedicated Bream anglers began employing
them on a regular basis.
The huge selection of mainly imported soft plastics are
readily available thanks to the enormous USA Bass fishing
circuit. The smallest of these lures have proven to be
deadly on Bream. As a result a flood of imported soft
plastics have hit our shores and been snapped up by anglers
all over the country. A core group of soft plastic styles
have risen to the top of the Bream Sportfishing pile.
Single and twin tail grubs in the 2.5cm - 5cm range are
at present the most popular and account for the biggest
success with Bream. The auger/paddle tail and skirted
styles also collect their fair share of fish and would
make up the next group of successful soft plastic Bream
new soft plastic angler may find the massive selection
of lures daunting, but a few simple tips will make the process of
choosing your soft plastics much easier:
Always buy proven Bream lures. You can find a list of these on fishing
forums and here at Bream Master.
2. Look for the best quality available. These will include
Brewers Sliders, Berkley Powerbait, and our own range of imported
3. When getting started, stick to sizes 2" and below. Whilst experienced
anglers will catch fish on larger size lures, the presentation of
these must be perfect.
4. Choose colours that are proven. You will see a recurrence of
colours such as Pumpkinseed, Watermelon, Motor Oil, Glow, Chartreuse,
and Rootbeer when looking through the different brands. These are
top Bream Colours and your first selection should be one of these.
Later, you can expand your collection with other brighter colours.
successful anglers who regularly catch Bream on soft
plastics employ a range of presentation techniques to entice the
fish to strike. Targeting Bream when they are feeding is a huge
advantage. How you present your lure will ultimately depend on where
you are fishing and the style of lure being used. For example, fishing
amongst snags will usually require that you retrieve in the normal
manner to prevent the sinking lure from snagging amongst the branches.
In more open water you can afford to either swim your soft plastic
just above the bottom, or bounce the jig head off the bottom as
Fishing in deeper water will normally require you to find some structure
such as a bridge pylon, submersed tree or deep hole and sink the
lure alongside either without a retrieve or in a jigging style (bouncing
the lure up and down alongside the structure). Another method proving
effective is letting the lure sit idle on the bottom. Some Bream
will actually dig the lure off the bottom in the same way they would
take a normal bait. Remember the golden rule with Bream when employing
this method. They don't just swallow the bait/lure. They will suck
it, run and spit it out a couple of times before swallowing the
bait. Allow the fish enough line slack to do this or it will spook
and swim off.
assist a lure to swim, a range of jigs are available.
These consist of a hook that has been specially fabricated with
a lead ballast to keep the lure swimming in a fixed horizontal position.
It also makes the lure "swim" back to the bottom when pressure is
released on the line. The majority of Bream anglers will use a jig
around the 1/16th ounce size with a size 1 or 2 hook. When starting
out you will lose a few jigs which are quite expensive to buy. See
of jigs available on-line.
threading your soft plastic onto your jig, you need to be spot on
to get the lure sitting straight. This will become second nature
with time, but here's a couple of tips to help you get started:
1. Keep the curve of your single tails and the curve of your hook
in the same direction.
2. When threading your lure onto your jig, have a look at the length
of the shank in relation to your lure. This way you will know where
to protrude the hook out through your lure. If you overthread your
lure onto the jig it will not sit properly.
3. Try to ensure the hook is threaded through the middle of the
all soft plastic fishing styles require a ballasted jig.
A range of Bass techniques are quite effective . The "Weightless
Rig" is where an unweighted offset hook is simply inserted into
the lure. A fish may strike it as it lands or the lure may be taken
off the surface as it is retrieved. Once rigged, the round of the
hook actually protrudes underneath the lure, and acts as a keel
when retrieving. The tip is passed back through the lure and sits
flush with the top (the very end of the tip is usually skin pricked
to hold it in place). When a fish bites, it pushes the tip out exposing
it to the inside of its mouth. This can be very effective when casting
back to a shallow shore or along a riverbank.
Another effective method called "Drop Shotting" works well when
fish are suspended against a pylon or tree or in mid water over
a hole (ie. they aren't on the bottom). In this instance you can
rig a lure on an unweighted hook somewhere up your main line at
what ever depth you detect fish at. A knot called a Palomar is used
to secure the hook on your main line A small egg sinker is attached
to the end of the main line to hold the line on the bottom and therefore
keeping the lure at the required depth. Again, you can jig the lure
on the spot or retrieve back to the boat.
couple of rigs are designed to swim a lure without using a jig.
They all use an unweighted hook which is usually offset. A sinker
of some form is threaded onto the main line and in some cases glass
beads before the hook is attached. Some rigs will use a special
bullet sinker (Texas Rig) which may run loose on the main line or
be pegged in place by lightly forcing the end of a toothpick into
the hole of the sinker and breaking it off (Pegged Texas Rig). You
can use a normal bean sinker if you wish (Carolina Rig). The glass
bead is optional, and acts to produce a clicking sound when the
sinking hits against it. For a louder click, thread two faceted
glass beads together. You can buy these for around 50 cents from
most sewing shops.
lure and presentation method works for you at your favourite
spot is not predictable. Employ a few of the ideas above to begin
with but don't be frightened to vary both your lure and your presentation
technique. This has bought success many a time when the fish were
thought to be off the bite.
small lures in the 2.5cm - 5cm range
tail and twin tail grubs work well. Paddle tails and
skirted grubs are also dynamite on Bream.(Atomic,
Sliders, Gene Larew Spiders, Bream Master).
Use smaller hook sizes and lighter weights on your
jigs (ideally 1/16th - size 1 or 2)
Always retreive as slow as you can whilst keeping
the lure tail "swimming"
Vary your presentation method and lure pattern until
you find something that works
the rising tide and try to identify when the Bream