Just about any boat can be used for bream fishing, from a kayak to a massive cruiser. But if you want to specialize or even enter a bream fishing tournament you will have to either customize your own boat or buy a specialized tournament boat.
There are a few things that are essential for targeting bream successfully.
1. You will need an electric trolling motor fitted to you boat, preferably a foot controlled model. This will give you the ability to move the boat around almost silently to position the boat for the best cast whilst not scaring the fish.
2. You will need reasonable quality electronics by that I mean fish finders that also display temperature. You need to be able to read the fish finder and be able to distinguish what the fish finder is showing on the display.
3. If you want to fish tournaments you will need a recirculating live well, to keep the fish alive until the weigh in, as all tournaments are catch and release.
There are many other items that you can fit to your boat but the ones outlined here will get you started.
Ten years ago tournament fishing started in Australia and every boat was an aluminum punt of some kind usually customized by the owner to meet tournament standards. The tournament scene has grown exponentially to the stage that aluminum punts are almost a thing of the past. Newcomers to the tournament scene are usually young guys and girls that don’t have the money for a big glass boat, hence the reason you still see some punts around.
Tournaments have evolved at a fast pace as have the boats that now grace the tournament fields. Bass boats from America have almost taken over, Australia does make a couple of locally produced boats which are gaining popularity but have a bit of catching up to do.
These boats are powered by massive outboard motors that really get up and go. The boats also have many feature that make the anglers life easier like built in live wells, full length rod lockers, storage hatches, onboard battery chargers etc.
A lot of these boats have foot operated throttles known as “hotfoot” and trim levers on the steering column, so you don’t need to take your hands off the wheel to trim the motor up or down. The electric motor on the front of the boat is foot operated giving the angler two free hands to fish with. These boats are capable of speeds over 70 mph and ride exceptionally good at that speed.
Some people may say why would you want to go that fast, the reason is in a tournament you are on a time limit, if you need to travel 10 miles to your fishing spot you want to get there fast and start fishing. After all if you haven’t got a line in the water you won’t catch many fish. It’s also very competitive and you want to be the first person to certain spots. To find out more about tournament fishing and boats go to http://www.bream.com.au