What Should I Throw ?

Your Lure Guide to Breaming Success by Grayson Fong

Have you ever asked yourself the question when heading out for a breaming session, ‘what should I throw today?’ When you take into account the weather, the tide, water clarity, terrain, season and finally what’s left in my tackle box, it can leave you in quite the lure dilemma deciding what to tie on. We all have our favourite ‘go to’ lures that are a guarantee to catch fish and then there are those lures that you have bought because somebody won a comp with!! But where does this leave you?? Keeping a simple game plan can often reap better rewards which may turn any lure in your tackle box into a ‘go to’ lure.


Terrain is probably the biggest influence on lure choice as it is a great insight to a bream’s eating habits. For example, shallow rubble flats may mean bream feed along the bottom crunching shells and hunting for crustaceans while herding baitfish into shallow waters where reef bommies may mean bream cruise the deeper drop offs to ambush baitfish and target reef ledges for shrimps and other small resident fish. So taking these factors into account can give you the heads up on your lure choice.


Key: Bounce lures along the bottom in ‘feeding zone’

Depth: 1-5ft

Terrain: Rocky bottom, medium boulders, weedy patches

Lure Choices: ATOMIC HARDZ

Crank38(Mid and Deep)

Shad 40(Deep)

Shad 50(Mid and Deep)

Bream Shad (Deep)

Semi Hardz 40 Stick Minnow


Key: Bounce deep diving lures on top of bommies and down drop offs

Depth: 4-8ft

Terrain: Reef patches, big rocks, large drop offs, coral and small weed


Crank 38 (Deep)

Shad 40 (Deep)

Shad 50 (Deep)

Bream Shad (Deep)


Key: Keeping the lure in the strike zone approximately in the middle 1/3 of your water depth without snagging weed.

Depth: 1-6ft

Terrain: Weedy bottom with sand patches or rock formations

Lure choice: ATOMIC HARDZ

Crank 38 (Shallow, Mid)

Shad 40 (Shallow, Mid)

Shad 50 (Mid)

Bream Shad (Mid)


Key: Keeping your lure along the bottom to stir up food by dredging the sand

Depth: 1-4ft

Terrain: Sandy flats, sandbank run offs, Sand flats with weed patches.


Crank 38 (Deep)

Bream Shad (Deep)

Shad 40 (Deep)

Shad 50 (Deep)

Semi Hardz 40 Stick Minnow


Key: Working your lure to mimic injured or fleeing bait fish. Long casts essential.

Depth: 0ft

Terrain: Smooth water, Slight rippled water


K9 Pup

K9 Walker

K9 Bulldog

Pop 50


This is an topic that has fuelled many ongoing debates amongst anglers for several years with no rights and wrongs. As a ‘general rule’ transparent coloured lures are suited to clearer waters giving them natural tones and subtle camouflage. On the flipside, solid coloured lures tend to hold good contrast in murkier waters giving them outstanding lines and features that tend to grab the attention of feeding predators. Being a general rule it is very open to be proved wrong as many anglers have done in the past. We all have our favourite lure colours for all different situations so finding what works in certain fishing arenas is all part of the fun!!


As I was first introduced to breaming using a braid/fluorocarbon line combination it is certainly my preference when throwing hardbody lures as the sensitivitysuits my style of fishing. Gaining in popularity is fishing hardbodies with straight thru fluorocarbon line. Both techniqueshas several pros and cons, but I believe at the end of the day it really comes down to the angler. Braid certainly gives great sensitivity, durability and versatility as it can be matched with several different strength leaders. On the flip side, braid can also have over sensitivity that can tend to spook flighty fish when the bite has shutdown and when you matched with the tedious job of retying leaders, this can be enough to sway many anglers to the straight thru fluorocarbon option. Fluorocarbon also has great versatility and durability but it’s true strength lies in it’s flexibility. It’s stretching capabilities can be an anglers’ best friend when fighting stubborn bream as their runs and lunges can be absorbed through the line therefore reducing the chances of pulled hooks and lost fish. But this option also has it’s disadvantages with the biggest being the lack of sensitivity especially when setting hooks in a bream’s mouth. Line stretch can add a time delay to the angler when feeling a lure hit or a take which can lead to missed hook ups or ‘spat’ hooks therefore decreasing the number of fish caught. Also the lack of opportunity to change leader strength while fishing can leave an angler fishing too light or to heavy depending on changing terrain. As stated before it really comes down to what the angler feels best suits their fishing style as this may vary between each angler and their surrounds.


As most seasoned breamers have at least one or two (or a dozen of the same colour!!) of these essentials in their tackle box, it’s usually the model that has ‘smashed them on the last session’ or ‘nabbed me my PB’ over the years. But be warned, this can also be a trap for young players as what may have worked last week may not work this week. So when recreational and tournament fishing, thinking outside the square and trying new lures can sometimes reap rewards as a lot of lures have the potential to turn into a new ‘Go to’ lure.

In closing, using your general rules of thumb when picking your next lure to throw, as in terrain, depth, colour and action, gives you a start on creating more opportunities on catching your next fish. Patience and persistence also plays a part when finding your next favourite lure as giving each lure a good run will definitely satisfy your curiosity on whether something works or not and who knows your next cast may be the one that beats your previous personal best!!