BREAM FISHING 101
Bream fishing is one of the most favourite activities of Aussie fishos mainly because it is one of the easiest species of fish to catch. You just have to do your diligence, know what they’re biting and where to catch them. The beauty of bream fishing is that it is affordable. You won’t need to buy expensive rods, reels and baits. You can even catch them using a handline, which can be great for the beginners and kids.
Even though bream are being targeted all the time, they remain prolific in densely populated areas even with their slow growth rates. This is probably the reason why they’re good sport fishing targets in the first place. So how do you catch a bream? Here are a few tips you can follow.
WHERE TO CATCH THEM
Bream are commonly found in bays, estuaries and the surf. Look for them in natural snaggy areas like rocky outcrops and close to fallen trees. They also flock to man-made structures like jetties, piers, rock walls and harbours.
• Tarwhine and Yellowfin Bream are found along the Eastern Coast from the far north of Queensland to Victoria. They are mainly caught south of Hervey Bay though.
• Frypan Bream can be found off the Northwestern coast of Australia and north of the NSW-Queensland border up to the Central Coast of Western Australia.
• Black Bream can be found in brackish or freshwater in southern Australia.
• Pikey Bream can be found from the mid-coast of Queensland north of the Northern Territory.
WHEN TO CATCH THEM
Bream fishing is seasonal, but you can always find some year-round. Fishos prefer to hunt bream during late afternoons into the night. Some like to catch them before sunup into the early morning. The great thing about catching bream though, is it will take a bait or lure throughout the day.
ROD & REEL
Go for 7’-9” rods which are reasonably whippy at the tip. Pair it with a 2500 series reel and 4-6lb braid. Reels and rods are subjective and are left to the angler’s preference. As a general rule, any gear used for Whiting or Flathead will do the job. As mentioned above, it’s one of the easiest species to catch. So you don’t need to make a fuss about the rod and reel.
You can use light, sensitive tackle and live or fresh baits of marine worms, shellfish, nippers, crabs, prawns or small baitfish species when catching bream. A lot of good-sized bream can also be caught using different soft plastics. You can pair soft plastics with TT Tournament jig heads in either ⅛ oz, ⅙ oz or ¼ oz with a #1, #2 or 1/0 hook. If you’re using soft plastics though, make sure to pair it with a graphite rod between 6’ – 7’6” in either a 1-3 kg or 2-4 kg.
Bream fishing will take you into snags and rocky areas very quickly. That’s why you’ll need a leader. A good leader can mean the difference between landing a big bream or having to re-rig. You can go for Sunline FC Rock or Jinkai. The leader may come back frayed and chaffed, but the important thing is you get the bream.
• Pliers to remove hooks or trebles
• Landing net
• Bait knife
• Braid Scissors
• Sunblock and sunnies
• Camera (to document the capture)
THINGS TO REMEMBER
Make sure to fish as lightly as possible to present your baits or lure naturally. When chasing big bream, don’t be afraid to cast close to tackle eating snags because that’s where they live.
Are you ready to do some bream fishing? Are you more prepared to go out there now? There’s good reasons why bream are favourite catches in Australia, and it’s about time you get on the bandwagon. Don’t worry if this is your first foray in bream fishing, just heed these tips and you’ll have an awesome and successful fishing experience.
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