Monday, June 17, 2013

All About Bream Fishing Australia

Heaps of Australian fisherman love their Bream fishing, and it's just about the best time of the year for Bream fishing in Australia so we thought it was worth taking another look at the basics .

 Back in the day, Bream fishing was all about throwing out a chunck of  mullet gut or fillet out in the water but now soft plastics are the terminal tackle of choice for bream. 

When selecting an outfit to chase bream make sure you go as light as possible. Graphite rods are the better choice as they are more responsive, lighter and have better control. The line rating on the rod is very important a rod between 1-4kg and around 7’ to 7’6” in length is the way to go as this will give you the distance in the cast that you need and still retain all the feel as well.

Reel choice is also very important, a reel size between 1000-3000 sizes is ample. The Shimano reels are ideal as they have a tapered spool lip this is a great aid when casting as the line feeds off the spool a lot easier giving you a longer cast.

When choosing the line for your reel, braid is the better choice as it has next to no stretch, this gives you better bite detection resulting in a better hook-up rate and more fish. The size of the braid is also very important the lighter the better, anything 4lb or under is the go. The lighter the line you use the more natural the presentation and the better it will perform.

Leader choice is vital, as any line just won’t do the job. Good quality fluorocarbon is paramount to fishing for Bream, as it is next to invisible in the water, because it does not reflect light and this is very important as Bream are a very spooky fish.

Soft plastics like the Berkley Gulp 2” shrimp, curl tail grubs, 3” minnow patterns and Berkley Powerbait 3” minnows are a good start when looking for the right lure. When selecting the jigheads to suit, the Tackle Tactics hidden weight system is the go, as the weight of the jighead is inside the lure making it look more natural. Weight selection will vary depending on where you go fishing, the current flow and the depth of the water, anything from 1/40th of an ounce to 1/16th of an ounce will do the job but the lighter you can fish the better results you will get.  

When it comes to lure action you are the driver, so what you do with your rod tip will be replicated at the lure. Using the plastics a couple of quick whips of the rod tip and then letting the lure sink again works really well on the open grounds, where as if fishing around structure small little hops works better as you can keep the lure in the strike zone longer.

And if using hard bodies lures like the Sebile Crankster, Atomic Hardz, EcoGear SX40 and the Shimano Lure Project lures all work really well. These lures have their own inbuilt action, so working them is very easy, a couple of quick winds to get the lure down to the bottom and then just a slow wind keeping the lure on or near the bottom.

Bait fishing for Bream is not as simple as it used to be. Bait selection is something that should be very high on your priority list when fishing for Bream, the fresher the better and if you can get small live baits then that is better again. Baits like live prawns and hardy heads are perfect for Bream. But if you can’t get live bait then good quality frozen bait will also work.

There are a number of different rigs that you can use for Bream, the most popular being the running ball rig, but you will find a floating rig and also a paternoster will also work well in deeper water. As with any type of fishing try and limit the amount of weight that you use the lighter the better.

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