Whether you are in Brittany, the Atlantic coast or the Mediterranean, Sparidae are fascinating to look for from the shore. In addition, as real fighters, bream often give us a great feeling… Here’s how to act strategically and technically to catch bream. Text and photos by Jérôme Japa.
Kingfish are the Holy Grail for many anglers. The body is oval-shaped, gray-blue in color with silver sides, the belly is white. A dome-shaped forehead, powerful jaws, thick lips, a mouth with strong square teeth similar to molars.
The bream has two characteristic spots, one red-black and the other golden, on the forehead between the eyes – hence its nickname “beauty with golden eyebrows”. Its dimensions can reach 80 cm for more than 8 kg.
Clearly defined fishing spots
To choose means to refuse. This is primarily a difficulty, because in case of failure, you always think that it could have been better elsewhere. Scouting and gaining experience at two or three points first will allow you to gauge the potential of the sector and determine the hours of passage, if any!
The queen inhabits sandy and muddy bottoms. Sectors combining a sandy beach and small rock blocks with seaweed are favorite spots. Sectors rich in shellfish such as mussels and oysters are also frequented by royalty.
Morning or evening shooting?
Before talking about morning or evening shoots, the weather is the first element to consider in order to be successful. Therefore, the sea should be calm. Rarely does royalty venture into stormy waters. The morning often brings very good results, and it is often at this time that the most beautiful specimens are active.
Kingfishers move and feed in fairly heterogeneous schools consisting mostly of fish of the same caliber in order to maintain and balance the food hierarchy of the group.
Nevertheless, you can catch bream at any time of the day. To get to the “specimen”, it is best to fish during the day. Like many species, sea bream is very active at sunrise. The tides do little to change his behavior.
Therefore, he prefers calm weather, calm seas, the lowest coefficients and small tides. If these conditions are met, the chances of him biting will be maximum.
The body is massive with a rounded forehead and a yellow stripe. Its hooked snout hides a very toothy mouth with six large conical incisors and five rows of slightly rounded molars in the upper jaw. Its single dorsal fin has spiny rays.
The back is dark blue, with iridescent highlights. On the golden sides we notice more or less visible dark stripes. There is a purple spot behind the eye, and a pink spot on the edge of the lid.
Illustration of the methods: the case of seawalls and beaches
Of course, depending on the place of fishing, you can use several methods. Here is a brief description of methods for tracking Sparidae on board.
Light angling is recommended from the dams and ports, usually from 3.60m to 3.90m. The water there is often crystal clear and requires the utmost care. For this, we use small scales on thin rods, which provide the greatest discretion.
On the beach, for long-distance fishing, traditional surf rods from 4.20 to 4.50 m will allow you to explore larger areas and, above all, offer a more stable bait such as a green crab or the famous bibie.
In any case, and from experience, it is better to look for single-layer nodes made of quality materials. Whether you are in the Atlantic or the Mediterranean, 28/100 is the universal diameter for making your piles. Fairly inexpensive, fluorinated coatings are a good alternative in terms of invisibility, elasticity and, above all, flexibility.
To make the rig as invisible as possible, increase the length of the pile (2 m, 2.50 m) to give the bait more freedom and emphasize its natural appearance. Conversely, for stronger seas, the stack should be shorter (1.50m, 2m) or use rigid fluorocarbon to limit twisting.
The sliding node will be used mainly for breakwaters and port areas
To this day, it remains a safe chance to delay beauty. Simple to make and inexpensive, it is effective for light fishing around the canal, for example. Using a light weight, ideally less than 80g, will make it even more catchable. To guarantee feel and provide discretion, we use this assembly directly on the nylon spool.
The Spanish URFE collection makes it easy to train from the beach
The URFE provides rigidity thanks to the metal rod and greatly reduces the risk of entanglement during casting and fishing. Obviously, this allows you to present the bunch in an optimal way and is intended for stronger peaches that require the use of a normal mass of 100 to 150 g. At your own discretion, using a pile of at least 2 m allows sufficient separation of the fish from the group.
We don’t see kingfishers in the same way as groupers because they have very different feeding methods. One crunches before swallowing, and the other sucks and swallows the prey.
With hooks that are too thin, there is a risk that they will crush in this powerful cobblestone and miss a trophy fish.
Therefore, we recommend that you use strong chinu type (short rod) iron hooks in the size 2 to 1/0 to calmly hunt down the biggest specimens.
Our selection of 5 baits for spawners
The jaws of the Sparidae are very powerful and, above all, designed to crush all kinds of worms and seashells: nothing can stop its majesty. There are baits for catching fish of various families (worms, molluscs, crustaceans) and especially for all types of hooks. Sometimes you have to pay a lot, even too much, for these famous “miracle lures”. Is it still worth it?
American worm is usually sold in boxes of 8/10 pieces.
Effective for medium-sized spawners. This worm needs to be carefully threaded with a needle and not punctured, otherwise it will quickly bleed and become unproductive.
Trawl: bream roe
The trawl worm remains a must for catching kingfish in the Mediterranean. True, this big worm is very expensive (~10 euros/piece) (20 to
50cm) will come in handy for your fishing as it is threaded, always starting at the tail, with a section of 8/10cm. It must be placed carefully on a strong iron hook on size 2 short rods for optimal presentation.
Bibi: chooses a big fish
Very resistant to casting, the bib is great for targeting desirable species as well as late season bars. Small parts between
6 and 8 cm are easily cast and do not lose their attractiveness even after 30 minutes of fishing.
The bait is different from the usual: use a needle with an eye to optimally present the bait.
Knife: economic bait
Very economical and easy to purchase, the knife is a universal bait of choice.
A knife that can be gifted whole or cleaned/bound will allow you to try your luck at a lower price. The knife is picked up after deflation. It is thrown on the beach in quantity.
Crab: sea bream candy
It is easy to pick up in rocky places, the crab chooses the largest fish. The use of a leash, two “wishbone” type hooks, provides an optimal presentation of the crustacean, and increases the chances of catching this predator!