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Lure Review


The Evergreen Bream Slide Comes to Life on the Snap


Date: 1/14/20
Tackle Type: Lure
Manufacturer: Evergreen International
Reviewer: Cal


Thanks to a distributor partnership with Daiwa USA, most of Evergreen International's bait catalog has been made easily available here in North America. Albeit, many of the product names have had to be changed or abbreviated to meet some type of commerce law, but nevertheless, if you want a Wild Hunch or Shower Blows, you can get them. There are still a handful of intriguing baits, however, that haven't quite made the migration to easily available. The subject of today's article is one such product. Here's our look at Evergreen International's Bream Slide swimbait.


Evergreen International Bream Slide Specifications

Type Topwater Glide Bait
Length 6"
Weight 3oz
Depth 0-4feet
Material Plastic
Colors 9
MSRP $70


Impressions: Evergreen International's Bream Slide is a six inch (6"), three ounce (3oz) bait resembling a sunfish. It comes with hand tied, feathered hooks (that you must install yourself) and is every bit as JDM as it gets implying it's almost too pretty of fish - almost. Just a season ago the bait was relitively challenging to find but now the expanded distribution has brought the bait to US shores and can be found at e-tailers like Tackle Warehouse.

Introducing Evergreen International's Bream Slide

Real World Tests: I fished the Bream Slide on board my Doomsday Tackle T475710MFC cranking stick paired with my 13 Fishing Concept Z spooled with Sunline's new formulation Machine Gun Cast nylon monofilament.

Having acquired these baits pretty much on sight with no knowledge of how they're supposed to be fished. I just knew I had to have them

Having acquired these baits pretty much on sight with no knowledge of how they're supposed to be fished. I just knew I had to have them. For the tests, I simply had to go into full blown experiment mode. The first thing that hit me was I didn't realize this bait was a floater. It sits right on the surface after your cast, so I thought, ok, this is a wake bait not a sub-surface glide bait. After my first real cast with the bait, I started my typical wake bait retrieve. To my disappointment, the bait didn't really do much.

During straight retrieves the swimming action of this bait is so tight with the single joint design that the action it imparts is very subtle, almost so subtle that you may begin to wonder if the bait is even swimming properly.

Almost too pretty to fish... almost

So, on my next cast, instead of the straight retrieve, I gave the rod tip a couple of twitches. The bait darted around, but not side to side like I thought it might since it's a two-piece design.

The second that I started mixing in a couple of quick cranks of the reel with those rod twitches and the magic started to happen.

Left still in the water, the Bream Slide sits perfectly right at the surface

The Bream Slide is an erratic surface swimming bait designed to be fished quickly and mimic a sunfish in kind of panic mode. You can pause it and it will sit perfectly right under the surface with the feather trebles spreading out and waving around with current. Fish have to be in an active feeding mode to go after this bait and once they are or once they do, hold on. The hits are explosive!

Get it moving and it throws off a good wake

Design/Ergonomics: The first thought when looking at this bait is how is a bass supposed to get this thing in its mouth. It's a tall bait, but somehow, those crazy largemouth manage. The two feathered trebles that come with the bait are very sticky and all the external fins, save for the dorsal and anal, are soft plastic, so there's a lot of movement from this bait when it's sitting still on the surface.

If you can find them, the Bream Slide is available in nine different colors and retails for $70

Price & Application: The Bream Slide is available in nine different colors and retails for $70. This is pretty much par for the course for a premium JDM bait like this, but it is still a serious investment for any angler. With hand-tied feathered hooks this bait is designed to appeal to bass, but can also effective for targeting stripers as well.

The Bream Slide is one of the most realistic looking big bluegill swimbaits available, right down to the soft rubber pectoral fins, and fished with a few aggressive reel cranks and snaps of the rod tip it really comes comes to life, drawing vicious strikes from bass.  


Evergreen International Bream Slide Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Evergreen International at their very best, this bait exudes quality throughout 10
Performance Fished quickly on the surface, or dead stick it ... this bait is incredible in your hand but just sick in the water 9
Price If you want one cost is pretty much tertiary but I do have to score it nonetheless. 69.99 is par for the course for a premium swimbait like this, but it is still a big investment 6
Features Feathered trebles, soft plastic fins, and perfect floating position 8
Design (Ergonomics) Feels big at first, but totally fishable and actually not very heavy by big bait standards 8
Application When fish are active on top, this bait is really fun to fish 7

Total Score


Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
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Pluses and Minuses:


+ Incredible detailing/paint schemes - An investment at $69.99 each
+ Solid Build - Not very intuitive to fish at first
+ Once you figure it out, crazy action - Best for warmer water, when fish are feeding near the surface
+ Feathered trebles are a nice touch  

This review may have been brief, but my enthusiasm for these baits certainly is not!

Conclusion: For a bait of this magnitude, this write-up feels awfully short. But honestly, once you know this bait is meant to be fished on top either quickly or on a deadstick, there's not much else to share. The darting action is erratic and realistic and its position in the water when at rest is so convincing. The only wild card, as usual, is the fish. They have to be in the mood to not only hit something on top, but chase it down. Once you find that magical window, tie the Bream Slide on and hold on because it's a wild ride. It's top water fishing on adrenaline and a bait that easily wins our Ultimate Enthusiast Award!


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