By Mark Gercovich
Deep vibration lures have changed the face of bream fishing particularly in the cooler months. Not only are they effective in deepwater situations though, but switched on anglers are also using vibes in many other situations such as flats fishing.
The new Daiwa Gekkabijin Vib is a full bodied, hollow plastic vibe fitted with an internal weight that works well in both these luring scenarios. All coming in a small bite sized package that I’ve discovered over the past few weeks bream just love.
Two of the advantages that metal blades usually have over more solid plastic/ resin style vibes is that they get down in the water column quickly and stay close to the bottom easily, where vibe targeted fish are usually holding/feeding. Their strong resonations also make it easy to feel if they are working effectively at depths. The Gekkabijin vib is designed to try to do this also, yet coming in a more realistic feel and profile than a metal blade. The weight to size ratio of the Gekkabijin vib allows it to get down to depths much more effectively than most similar style plastic/resin vibes on the market. These lures often have a larger profile with less weight, thus making them take longer to get to the strike zone. Unlike some fuller body vibes, the vibration put out by the Gekkabijin vib is easily felt through any reasonably well set up luring outfit and is easily shaken off most types of bottom hang-ups, except of course burying the hook into a wooden type snag. The vibe also works on the drop making it attractive to any fish it might travel past on its way to the bottom.
The Gekkabijin vib works well in flats or shallower water situations too. Its weight and compact design allows you to cast it far from the boat to spooky fish and its realistic features and impressive finish is a benefit in shallow, clearer water situations where some less appealing looking lures may be refused. The sujiebiclear comes across as a great representation of a small prawn in a flats situation. The internal paint jobs not only look good but are very hardy once put to work. I have akebono purple vibe that’s now probably now caught well over 50 bream. An externally painted blade would be far worse for wear after such punishment whereas the Gekkabijin vib still looks great. I replaced the treble with a lighter gauge once the skirt had come off and it had no effect on the action of the lure or its success rate. This could be that as well as these lures being a good shrimp replicator, the akebono purple seems, in both size and color, to be a good representation of some of the small soft shell clams that are present in many local estuarine systems.
With the prospect of a long winters vibing coming up for keen breamers why not add some Gekkabijin Vib’s to your arsenal.
Mark Gercovich is a school teacher who lives in the Sth West of Victoria at Warrnambool. Despite being a successful bream tournament angler ( 8 top 10 results from 10 ABT comps, 2nd ABT Vic AOY 2007,4TH ABT GF 2005.) he enjoys a wide variety of fishing scenarios from fishing skinny water for big trout to chasing meter plus Kings on lures and live bait. Mark is a monthly contributor to Victorian Fishing Monthly and a regular contributor to Fishing World, NAFA and Barra, Bass and Bream, has also traveled extensively having fished in every state of Australia as well as Vanuatu.