The iconic sinking stick minnow has a great reputation for catching bream when the going gets tough. A popular retrieve is to skip the lure quickly over the surface (like a fleeing prawn or baitfish) then pause and let it sink.
This pause results in any following fish to see the lure sink right in front of their nose.
A temptation most can't resist.
Stick Minnow: 40mm 3g Sinking
Pencil Minnow: 40mm 2g Floating