As I travel the country fishing, researching stories and gathering material for my blogs and the many publications I contribute to, I come across increasing numbers of anglers who’ve embraced lure fishing and, in particular, the use of Squidgies soft plastic lures. The uptake of soft plastics has definitely been one of the most significant trends in Australian recreational angling over the past 10 to 15 years, and its popularity shows no sign of diminishing any time soon.
Quality softies like our Squidgies are great lures, and they’re not all that hard to use. Most new chums start catching at least the odd fish very early in their Squidgies-flicking careers. But some species are tougher nuts to crack than others, and the humble bream is perhaps the trickiest of the lot. It’s also the one I get asked about the most. The question typically begins with a statement along the lines of: “I can catch plenty of flathead on plastics, but I’m damned if I can work these bream out!”
If you’re in that camp, I’m here to help! Below I’ve listed a simple, five-step strategy for cracking the bream-on-Squidgies code, and this is accompanied by a short, no-nonsense how-to video clip on my “Starlo Gets Reel” YouTube channel. You’ll find it at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wuLI5-M3UQ&t=2s
Okay… Are you ready to learn how to catch your very first bream on a Squidgies soft plastic?