Lure fishing for bream has become one of the most popular forms of fishing in recent years. Following this trend has seen an explosion of products released on our market. Masses of ultra-light spin rods, small reels and thin line. But that’s only minuscule compared with how many variations of soft plastics and lures there are on the market to target bream. As a consumer the choice is endless and for a beginner angler, the choices are almost overwhelming. To help get you started here are our 10 favourite types of bream lures and our favourite variations of them.

The full video of this article can be seen here – This video highlights the different types of lures, and demonstrate how to use them

Catching bream with Curl tail soft plastics

Small curl tail soft plastics have been a great choice for many years. They’re cheap to buy and the natural action of the tail makes them is irresistible for a passing bream. There very versatile either cast out and worked in open water or fished hard up against the structure. The tail fluters on the drop or when being reeled in a steady pace making it one of the easiest lures to use.

How to fish curl tails – These can be fished with a very simple slow roll which is a constant steady retrieve, or you can hop it off the bottom with some subtle lifts and pauses. We fish these with our rod tips pointing down. These generally come in 2.5 inches and 3.5 inch sizes. We like to rig these with HWS jig heads which helps give a natural movement and is generally less prone to weed and snags. This is because the soft plastic covers the lead leaving only the hook exposed. We generally start with around 1/20 then work our way up or down the scale depending on the conditions we are fishing.

Popular choices include – Zman grubZ, Savage Gear Pro Grub, Squidge wrigglers, Pro lure grub tail, pontoon21 pillo grub, Berkley gulp, Dragon maggots

Popular colours – UV motor oil, UV bloodworm, pearl white and UV black, just to name a few

Scent application – Generally rubbing a little bit of scent in the tail sparingly works well to create a small scent trail that bream actively respond to.

Price point – Generally a packet of curl tail soft plastics will set you back around $10 which is a terrific value.

Best lures for catching bream

Catching bream with Crank hard body lures

I still remember catching my first bream on a crank lure. Sure, it was only 36cm but bream strike cranks aggressively making it such a fun form of fishing. Cranks have a great profile generally around 38mm long and 3-4 grams in weight. They have internal ball bearing which provides noise and weight for casting distance and a set of double treble hooks.

Cranks come in a few different varieties. First, there are different bib sizes. Bibs are the plastic at the end of the lure that determines how deep the crank will dive. The longer the bib the further it dives. Mid diving cranks will get down to about 0.8 meters whilst deep diving will get down to around 1.5 meters. Then there are floating and suspending versions. This is what happens when you pause. Floating cranks on pauses will slowly rise to the surface whilst suspending cranks will remain buoyant at the same depth.

How to fish cranks – There are several ways to fish cranks and the best advice is to get creative and mix up the retrievals. Cranks have a strong constant vibrating action. You can slow roll these, adding some pauses is often when you ger hook-ups. These can be fishing in open water or against the structure, which is great in the warmer months when bream are holding the edges. I generally point my rod tip pointing upright, so you can see the rod tip vibrating. You will know as soon as you get some weed on these as the vibrating action will stop

Popular choices include – Atomic Hardz, Daiwa Presso, Cranka crank, Jackall chubby, Savage Gear Fatheads, Pro lure 36 range Berkley 3B fatdog, Rapala ultralight crank, eco gear cx range,

Popular colours – There is a large range of colours but we like muddy prawn, ghost gill

Scent application – You can rub some scent on the hardbody but the vibrating action of these should be enough.

Price point – Cranks will start at $10 and move all the way up to $24. The more expensive versions have stronger trebles but we have had great success with the cheaper versions such as the Savage Gear Fathead and Atomic cranks work great.

Crank lures on bream

Catching bream with Crab imitations

A few years ago the cranka crab was released into the market and it was a standout product. For good reason too as bream absolutely love them. With realistic looks, trebles in the claws which float that look enticing as it slowly descends to the bottom.

How to fish crab imitations – These are ideal cast hard up against or into a structure such as bridges, jetties, boat hulls, rock walls or shadows. Very little action is required when working these lures. Cast near the structure, let it sink then wind in the slack and let the natural current and the lures lifelike claws the water do all the work. This technique is called dead sticking. There are many variations out now but the cranka crab is hard to top.

Popular choices include – Cranka crab, Savage Gear 3D crab, Power crab, crusty crab

Popular colours – Match the hatch is our advice. If your area has plenty of dark coloured small crans then go with that.

Scent application – We haven’t typically used scent on crabs, but rubbing a little bit on the lure surely couldn’t do any harm.

Price point – Cranka crabs retails for around $22 each which is double the price of competitor options. So it’s a choice that you as a consumer will need to make whether you can justify that steep price point.

Catching bream with hard body lures and stick baits

Hard body lures are a great option when targeting bream especially in shallow water or around the edges. The typicall profile is a slim blank starting at 30mm all the way through to 60mm. They have internal ball bearings to provide sound and casting distance. They too have a bib but generally come as shallow or mid diving.

How to fish hard body minnows – There are a few ways to fish these and the best advice is to mix up the retrieval speeds, jerks and pauses. You can simply cast and slow roll with your rod tip pointed towards the ground. Or you cast and then use a series of pauses, downstrokes and lifts. Often you will get bites on the pause. You can add a lot of action to the lure by moving around your rod so don’t be afraid to mix things up.

Popular choices includeDaiwa Double clutch, EcoGear SX40, Nories laydown minnow, Pontoon21 crackerjacks, Duo Realis, Daiwa tournament spike 53sp, Jackall squirrel, OSP dunk minnows

Popular colours – We really like flashy colours in silvers and golds.

Scent application – You can rub some scent on the hardbody but the vibrating action of these should be enough.

Price point – There is a big price difference amongst styles and brands. Generally, they start at $10 and go all the way up to $30. The very popular Daiwa Doble clutch generally retails around $24

Catching bream with Paddle tail minnow soft plastics

These small plastics are dynamite on bream and one of our favourite choices. There such a simple design yet so very effective with an enticing tail action. The profile of these are generally 2.5 inch mimicking a minnow or bait fish.

How to fish paddle tails – Just like curl tails, you can fish these in various methods. You can do a very simple slow roll which is a constant steady retrieve, or you can hop it off the bottom with some pauses. These soft plastics are great for casting in open water and covering ground. You can also fish them against the structure.

Popular choices includeZman slim Swimz, Savage Gear slim minnow, Berkley T-Tail, Pro lure paddle grub

Popular colours – We like colours that represent a natural baitfish. Your colour choices should include UV motor oil, Golden spec, watermelon, UV bloodworm, pearl white and UV black.

Scent application – Generally rubbing a little bit of scent in the tail sparingly works well to create a small scent trail that bream actively respond to.

Price point – Generally a packet of curl tail soft plastics will set you back around $10 which is terrific value.

Top 10 lures for catching bream

Catching bream with Blades

Blades have been around for a long time and continue to be a great option for catching bream. Generally ranging in sizes from 35mm to 42m in shiny flashy colour ranges. New variations of blades have stinger hooks which are a small set of hooks behind the blade which works really well. Blades allow you to cast generous distances which is great for open water, deeper water and to get right into the strike zone. There also a great option when trying new water systems as you can cast a long way covering great distances and in winter when bream are holding deeper water.

How to fish blades – simply cast them and do a constant steady retrieve or let them sink to the bottom and follow with continuous lifts and pauses. What makes them work so well is the vibrating action and the flash colours. Sharp vibrating action, Because of this I like to keep my rod tip upright and rod tip constantly moving. You can slow roll these or pauses with sharp lifts and you feel that really strong vibrating action on the lifts.

Popular choices includeeco gear VX and ZX range, StrikePro cyber vibe, Atomic hardz metals, TT switchblade, Berkley big eye blades, Pro lure V35 blade, Savage Gear 3D minnow blade,

Popular colours – We like shiny silver and golds. We also like browns coppers and blacks.

Scent application -Scent isn’t required its the vibrating action that makes blades effective

Price point – Most blades are valued between $10 and $20

Catching bream with blades

Catching bream with Vibes or Shads

Vibes are used in a similar fashion to blades. Simply cast them and do a constant steady retrieve or let them sink to the bottom and follow with continuous lifts and pauses. The vibrating action of the vibe is what bream find irresistible. They are prone to snags but are still a great option.

Popular choices include – Strikepro hummer, cranka vibe, Atomic Hardz shad, duo realis shad 52MR, Ecogear SX48

Bream with crustacean, worm & Yabby imitations

This another great option for targeting bream natural looking soft plastics that mimic a yabbie or crustacean. These can be worked very slowly or amongst structure or slow rolled with lifts and pauses like a paddle or curl tail soft plastic.

Popular choices include – Pro lure live yabby, Gulp crabby, Berkley turtleback worm, Savage Gear 3D manic shrimp, Zman CrusteaZ, osp dolive craw, gulp nemesis, Shimano biotough crawler, gulp shrimp, Zman crawZ.

Catching bream with Surface lures

Catching bream on surface lures is one of the most exciting forms of fishing. Having an aggressive bream smash the lure makes for sensational topwater action. Surface lures come in several different types such as poppers, pencils, stick baits or minnows. There are a few different retrieval techniques that work well. There is walking the dog, then there are sharp down twitches to generate some splashing and tap into the breams aggression, then there is basic retrieve with pauses.

Popular choices includeOSP bent minnows, Savage Gear popper, OSP louder popper, Daiwa slippery dog, Nomad Styx minnow, Bassday sugar pen,

Rod selection to catch bream with lures and soft plastics

We would highly recommend investing in one high-quality fishing rod for targeting bream with lures and soft plastics. These are generally rods 6 foot 6 to 7 foot in length, ultra light, highly tapered and quite stiff. They are generally 1-3 or 2-4 kilo and really give you control over your casting and overall fun experience. There are plenty of good options on the market brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, Abu Garcia, Savage Gear make a great range of custom bream rods to cover different budgets.

Reel selection to catch bream with lures and soft plastics

There are so many bream reels on the market at various price points. We would highly recommend choosing a reel in 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel. We really like reels in the 2004 size which give lightness and comfort. There are plenty of good options on the market brands such as Daiwa, Shimano, Abu Garcia, Savage Gear make a great range of custom bream rods to cover different budgets.

Line selection to catch bream with lures and soft plastics

Using braid is a must when targeting bream with lures and plastics. Braid is thinner and doesn’t stretch allowing you to feel those little nibbles and stay in contact with your lure at all times. When bream fishing select braid between 4 to 8 pound where possibly use a good quality braid with a thin diameter which will increase your catch rates, resistance to wind knots and improve your casting distances.

Leader selection to catch bream with lures and soft plastics

Fluro carbon leader is specially fused fishing line making it thinner and harder to see in the water. This is especially important when bream fishing. We always recommend using about 1 rod length of quality fluorocarbon leader. We would suggest using 4-6 pound or if you really enjoy a challenge going as low as 2 pounds.

Jig head selection to catch bream

When fishing with soft plastics you will need to select a jig head. Weights of the jig head depending on the style of fishing that you’re doing, the depth and tidal flow. These range from 1/12 all the way through to 1/48. We would suggest using the lightest jig head that you can get away with. This allows for more natural movement and longer drops which is great with curl tail and paddle tails. I prefer HWS jig heads which stand for hidden weight system. This means the lead component of the jig head sits inside the soft plastic. Making it a lot less prone to snags and weed, it also makes the soft plastic look more natural. Try to remember to rig your soft plastic as straight as possible which will help ensure the soft plastic is moving in the water properly.

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