Growing up as a child, the waterways of New Zealand played an integral role in my upbringing. Be it on the lakes with the family on our boat, or at the beach dropping a line in to catch yellowtail off the Whangamata Jetty, there’s always been a special place in my heart for a good few hours fishing.
Recently i’ve gotten back into it (after years of absense). Where we live we have an incredibly active coastal system that has a lot of species of fish that can be caught. Off the rocks here we can pick up Snapper, Flathead, Squid, and one of my current favorites, Bream.
Bream are a great fish to catch. They’re natural fighters and even an undersized Bream will give you a thrill as you reel it in. I’ve only just started to learn all about the intracasies of setting up a rig specifically designed to attract and catch these feisty and incredibly smart fish.
Like many amateurs i fell into the old trap of thinking all i’d need would be a rod with sinker and hook (s) and some bait and i’d be getting bites left, right and center. How wrong I was. Sure, a basic line might catch some fish, but not your regular Bream.
These are truly fun fish to go after. They are naturally timid, and rather than take the bait in one hit, they’re likely to go after small bits. The problem is, if they feel tension on the line they’re likely to drop the food and disappear. For this reason, it’s important to keep your rig light and set up in a way that allows for the most natural movement of the bait. You want the Bream to realise there is a sinker and rod attached to its supper after your hook as connected!
This is a similar setup to what i’m currently using:
Essentially, what you’ve got is the sinker (i use a very light / small ball sinker) set about 50cm – 100cm above the hook on a running line. I often give the sinker about 20cm of running movement by putting swivels approx. 20 – 30cm apart on the line and have the ball sinker slide freely between them. Then, on the leader line i’ve been using almost a meter (100cm) with 2 hooks on it, one at the very end (as above) and one set approx. half way up the leader.
For hooks i’ve been using Bait Holders, as i use prawns as my prefered bait and they do a good job keeping the bait on the line.
The only other thing that you really want to use when going after Bream is a light and flexible rod, so that you can get quick recognition that the fish has hit the line.