Damien with a 52cm mangrove jack that was released after a photo.

Soft vibes in Broadwater

Hi everyone,  It is the time of year that our favourite season for local estuary fishing starts.

The water is cooling, which brings a change of species, including flathead, flounder, tailor, jewfish, winter whiting, blue swimmer crab and squid in bigger sizes and numbers compared to warmer months.

Something I love doing is trying new lures, and lately I’ve added the MMD Soft Prawn Vibes to my daily arsenal.

I rate them up beside Samaki Vibelicious and Ecogear ZX40.

The MMD Soft Prawn Vibe range has been added to the author’s current arsenal.


As a fishing guide, strike rate is vital when using lures and these vibes do not disappoint.

They come in six colours, measure 70mm and weigh 9.6g.

To get the most out of them, it pays to use the right tackle.

For soft vibes, PE 0.6 braid and 10-12lb leader are ideal, rigged on a 2500-size reel and 7’ 2-4kg rod.

I find the Okuma Ceymar HD reels and TT Red Belly Spin rods are ideal for using soft vibes, and you can find this great value combination at good tackle shops such as Sporty’s Fishing at Bundall.

Geoff had tailor fun on a charter with the author.


Here are a few tips to get the most out of the MMD Soft Prawn and other soft vibes.

Apart from using the right tackle, use scent to smear over the lures.

We use Smithy’s Sax Scent in UV Prawn flavour.

Occasionally, I also like to use a Spike-It Scented Marker pen to draw red or orange on the underside of the vibes to provide contrasting colours.

It seems to work very well and the colour stays on permanently.

Also, the MMD Soft Prawn vibes have only one strong treble hook attached.

While it does miss hooking some smaller fish, it less frequently snags and fouls on the line.


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