By Jamie Robley
When I first spotted the new Gekkabijin Vib on the Daiwa website it was impossible not to be intrigued. They certainly looked the goods, although I wasn’t sure if they would be available at that stage. Within a few days I dropped in at a local tackle store and bingo, they had only just been delivered that day. I purchased two, an akebono purple and the emakiclear.
Unfortunately they remained idle in my tackle box for a while, as I was busy with other fishing commitments. Eventually though, the time came to hit one of my secret bream spots, about an hour north of Sydney.
The first morning I fished this place with a variety of trusted old bream lures, to keep the confidence levels up, as I wasn’t too sure exactly what to expect. Thankfully, bream were there and reasonably active, but results weren’t overly spectacular.
Following up, the next morning I tied on the emakiclear Gekkabijin and from the moment it splashed down I felt bream picking at it. A fish was hooked on that first cast, so I was impressed and confident. From that point on bream kept on hitting this little vib, from the surface, as it was sinking and once it touched bottom. The hits and fish kept coming.
Twenty or so fish later, the hook became quite mangled and two of the points broke off, thanks to the crushing jaws of a 40 cm bream. I persisted with what was left of the hook and although fish continued to bite, the hook up rate wasn’t great. So then it was time to try the akebono purple. Again, bream kept on hitting and coming aboard my kayak.
I tried various retrieve techniques, including slow trolling the vib and everything worked. Most of the bigger bream came off the bottom and on several occasions these fish actually picked the motionless lure off the bottom, as if they thought it was still ‘alive’. Regardless of how I worked the Gekkabijin fish just kept on hitting it, repeatedly, which is something that doesn’t often happen with vibs or other hardbody lures.
After 4 hours on the water I tallied up a total of 60 bream up to 40 cm and would have dropped quite a few others, as well as scoring a lot of other hits. This is my best personal solo bream haul to date and that’s coming from someone who’s been chasing bream with lures for over twenty years. So to say I’m impressed with the Gekkabijin Vibs would be a gross understatement. What an amazing lure !
Jamie had his first article published in Fishing World magazine in 1993 and since then has continued to contribute to a number of popular Australian angling publications. He currently writes for NSW Fishing Monthly, Saltwater Fishing, Fishing Tips & Techniques, Nafa and Barra, Bass & Bream.
He has been fishing since the age of 5 and has spent many years specialising in luderick, mulloway, bream and bass, although he will happily cast a bait, lure or fly at anything. Currently based on the NSW Central Coast, his favourite form of fishing is sneaking around his local lakes and creeks casting lures for bream and through the warmer months bass, mulloway, bonito and kingfish are some of his other favourites.