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Bream Lures

A Guide to the Best Bream Lures and Bait

Very little compares to the experience of a good bream fishing trip, and in order to make the experience the best possible, you will need to stock up on the best bream lures and bait. If you have fished for bream before, you may be looking to trade in your current lure or bait for something a little different. If you have little experience fishing for bream—or little experience fishing at all—then you should pay attention because the information here can save you a great deal of time and money!

The Location

Before we dig into bream lures and live bait, it’s important to understand the habitat that this fish frequents. This species likes to stick to places that make it feel safe, which is basically anywhere that provides decent shelter. Freshwater weed beds are the best place to start if you’re looking for bream. Not only does the mass of weeds provide excellent protection for the fish, but it also provides food. Fallen tree logs, large rocks, small stretches of land, and other miscellaneous items are other places to consider as they too could be a typical hangout for a bream. Bridges, docks, and piers should also be considered as they often attract food and provide shelter for bream. Shallow waters near land are usually where this fish’s preferred meals are found—and where the food is, the fish will be. Although bream are usually not cocky enough to swim into these open areas during the daytime, they can be found out for a hunt in the evening when the daylight has faded. They may swim out into open areas if there are few other structures around, but this is most likely to happen in the autumn when food starts to become less plentiful.

Top Methods and Bait/Lures

Fly fishing is a highly recommended method for bream fishing. If this method sounds like one you’d like to try, then you may want to start out using small poppers or a small ant pattern to attract the fish’s attention. If fly fishing isn’t your cuppa Joe, then why not try good old fashioned still fishing? If you’ve never fished a day in your life, then that means the everyday casting from a pier, dock, shoreline, or a moored boat. For this, you may have better luck using two fishing poles—one with live bait, which you can allow to sink a bit and stay there, while the other pole uses a lure which you can cast and re-cast over and over again until you “lure” the bream closer to your live bait. Some good live bait to use for fishing bream are minnows, crickets, and caterpillars. You might also try beetles or ants if you can get a hold of them.

Still fishing does take a great deal of patience on your part. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then drifting may be just the method for you—and it is yet another good way to fish for bream. Drifting consists of sitting in a boat while letting the current or wind be your guide. Live bait, particularly the kind mentioned above, would work extremely well with this method, but you don’t have to limit yourself to it. Jigs and small lures work very well also. You could even cast more than one rod (at different depths, of course) to cover more water and increase your chances of snagging some fish.

At the end of the day, almost anything will do for your bream lures as long as it is relatively small. All bream, regardless of their size, have a small mouth and large lures can often put them off.  Just remember to keep it small and stick to the areas which provide the most shelter, as bream will never stray far from food or protection. Happy fishing!