Pb's with Pontoon 21
The day was now getting old & we were fishing some deep edges on the way out of a small tidal creek for nil. I suggested that we try another arm of the channel, one that had seen some good fish taken by us last week. As we prepared to enter I noticed some flashes of silver over a deep flat. The tide was still good here also with the water lapping invitingly just off the high edges. I thought that the bream would be sitting under the edges for sure & it only took a few casts to have this belief confirmed.
The Crackjack 48 was literally slammed on the pause and in the shallow water I could make out easily what was to be my best bream to date. It was led fairly easily at first, but once out into deeper water the bite began to really give the gear some curry. I had to dance around the boat, dodging the outboard at first, then the fish went deep, pulling 8lb sunline from the Daiwa with seemingly herculean ease. I prayed that the hooks were up to the job, that my leader had not been frayed, & that my knot joining it to the mainline would hold. Hold it did & as I netted the leviathan I gave out a cheer as I knew this fish would easily cast aside my old PB. I wondered however by how much. I’d never seen anything like it. It was huge, perhaps not as fat as I’d have imagined but long & dare I say it heavy. I took a couple of juggling grips of the net to get it aboard.
As I rummaged around for pliers, cameras, & a ruler, I had my thoughts drawn away by a howling drag & the unmistakable splashing of a large fish. My husband was now hooked up also & from my vantage point on the bow I could see that it was another big one. Oh No, game on, no one’s going to beat me. Hubby did a great job of keeping the fish out of the timber under what was probably an under tightened drag & on about three occasions I thought it was over, but he held on, and I managed to get on the electric motor to pull us out and into safety. Hubby was pleased also as this too was a new PB for him @ 44cm and a few inches up on their previous best. The waning enthusiasm was once again ignited & another cast made into the likely area. Almost instantly the Berkley Drop shot was loaded up again as another tough opponent had slammed the Pontoon 21 Greedy Guts. This time things went a little more smoothly, the drag done up a notch or two but it too was a determined fish and it was by no means a push over.
We continued to work this flat, seeing numerous fish of similar proportions to the last two, but they were no longer interested in our offerings. So in dimming light, a threat of rain, & an increasing onslaught of mosquitoes, we pulled up the electric, kicked the Yamaha into life & skimmed over an almost glassy sea to end the day.
The above scenario is one that plays out for many Australians on a daily basis when chasing any one of our bream species. Here in Southern Australia, Black Bream are the predominant species and they have a certain penchant for 48mm Crackjacks & 55mm Greedy Guts lures from Pontoon 21, in particular, in my mind at least, the Colour code A01 or perhaps better known here in Australia as” Ghost Tiger Prawn”. I am not sure what it was that drew me to this colour initially, but it was after the above scenario & seeing how this colour along with some others in the range stood out like a beacon under UV lighting that confirmed my faith in this lure & its colour scheme.
Whilst the range of lures is primarily aimed at the European freshwater scene, here in Australia I fish lures like this for Bream. The suspending and excellent casting capabilities of the range is a key to their success. Black bream in particular like a well worked lure, but it can be the pause that seals the deal in enticing an onlooker into commitment and ultimately a hook up.
There can be no doubt that stealth is important in any fishing situation and being able to make long accurate casts to the structure that bream like to call home means that I am almost assured that the fish will not have any inkling of my presence until it’s too late. The suspending nature also helps greatly for me. A tactic I find deadly on our Southern Blacks is to cast up current of suitable structure. If that structure takes the form of semi submerged timber or deeply undercut banks all the better. On touch down the lure is ripped quickly with two swift strikes of the rod so as to get the lure down to its working depth. The lure is then paused with small occasional twitches and allowed to drift under or in front of the structure enticingly until it has left the strike zone. Occasional twitches give the lure the look of a sick or injured baitfish and really helps to fool the sometimes wary bream.
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