Pittwater bream on hard body lures

Location – Pittwater

Date: 28-12-2016

Time: 1500 – 2000hrs

Sunset: 20:07hrs

Weather: Warm, very windy with slight cloudy but not rainy

Wind: strong 30 – 50km/hr N NE, dropping into the evening. Bloody windy!

Humidity: 69 – 79%

Air Temp: Top of 320

Pressure: stable at 1008mbar most of day

Weather background: Fine and warm.

Tide: Running in to high @ 2100hrs

Water clarity: clear

Water Temp: approx. 210

Gear: Mainly used the light gear. G-Loomis IMX-S841-2, Shimano Sustain 1000. 4lb fireline + 4lb Sunline FC Rock Bream Special leader with FG knot. This is leader that I had heard a lot of good things about so I’m testing it. Super happy with it and will do a blog post on it sometime soon.

Lures: 86357851

  • Prolure S36 Crank – Tiger Shrimp (bream)
  • Prolure D36 Crank – Tiger Shrimp (flathead and squire)
  • Also used blade and other colours in S36 with no hits


  • Bream x 2 – 35 & 31cm fork length
  • Flathead x 1- 51cm
  • Squire x 3 – 15 to 20cm

Afternoon session in Pittwater for a great afternoon of fishing! It was so windy I spent the first few hours flicking hards, vibes and softs in any sheltered area I could find. The lure that got all the hits was the Prolure D36 Crank – Tiger Shrimp. Three little squire came first from above some seagrass beds, all small but it was nice to keep things moving. I picked up a great eating size (51cm) flatty around a wharf on the east side. Again slow rolling the D36 Tiger Shrimp did the trick.

I was after solid bream so I stuck with the plan and when the wind dropped I moved to some shallow flats and swapped to the shallower diving Proline S36 range. I spent most of the time slow rolling Prolure S36 Cranks in several colours (Tiger Shrimp, Matt Black, Phantom) but again all fish came on the Tigger Shrimp. There is something special about this colour pattern for me.

I was casting in all directions in relation to the wind and slow rolling the lure at a steady speed with the rod tip down when I got smashed by the first bream that came in a smidge over 31cm fork length. The second bream hit me around an hour later @ 7pm. This one fought really hard, probably harder than my last 38cm bream. I love that first look at shiny bream colour as it comes to the surface. The truth mat scored it at 35cm fork, a nice solid fish but not quite the 40cm I’m after.

As always, bream and squire were all released to live another day. I can’t say that same for the flathead which went home for dinner. Sorry Mr Flathead.Matt


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