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QUICK GUIDE TO CATCHING MORE BREAM ON YOUR KAYAK IN WINTER

Even though we think fishing is more fun in the warmer months, there are plenty of fish to be found during winter. Most of Australia is not subject to the cold of other countries, which gives us the opportunity to catch a load of species that are active in winter.

Heading off to a warmer area is a great excuse to take a holiday. Apart from picking the right place and the right time, gearing up to stay dry and warm is key to enjoying a fishing trip in the colder months. Furthermore, pick the right place to board your kayak you so can stay dry before you get started.

WHERE TO KAYAK IN THE COLDER MONTHS

Larger high-pressure systems passing slowly over the inland provide ample opportunity for kayakers to enjoy calmer weather. Sheltered creeks or rivers or even lakes and bays with high banks are excellent locations for fishing in the colder months. Anywhere you have some protection against the wind will make your day out fishing a whole lot better.

KEEPING YOURSELF WARM

Keeping your feet warm will go a long way to keeping your body warm. Thick socks and wetsuit booties are an excellent option for this. There is nothing worse than cold and wet feet to kill a day’s fishing.

Gloves without fingers are another great way to keep the body and hands warm without losing dexterity. Full length waders might seem like a great idea but they can be very dangerous if you capsize.

Kayak fishing lifejackets are also another great way to stay warm because they have all those extra pockets much like fly fishing jackets.

Related: Quick Guide to PFDs for Kayak Fishing

KAYAK FISHING FOR BREAM IN WINTER

Bream are a great target in the winter months. Excellent Bream fishing can be found on the southern coasts. Yellowfin Bream are plentiful along the coast of New South Wales and Queensland. They are commonly found towards the lower reaches of estuaries.

Yellowfin Bream normally spawn around the mouth or near beaches and by headlands while they may also move up towards small creeks close to shore.

Ironically, Bream can also found in the same locations as they are plentiful during the warmer months and Bream can be found scattered throughout waterways, open lakes and broadwaters. If you are in doubt, head towards to the mouth of the estuary and then try further upstream.

FISHING TACKLE FOR BREAM IN WINTER

Average sinking rate lures are the best. You will do best with small vibrating lures and soft plastic lures. The rule is to go slower and deeper. Nevertheless, there is nothing like good old fashioned bait when fishing for Bream any time of year. Fresh or live bloodworms, sandworms and fresh bait are normally a good choice.

Most types of lures will work on Bream but you must choose something appropriate for the environment. Larger metal vibes are great for larger rivers and smaller and lighter plastic vibes are the best choice.

Winter waters are normally much clearer and you need to keep this in mind when fishing for Bream. It pays to use a 2-3kg fluorocarbon leader or a full reel. You want enough strength to deal with Bream and getting caught up in snags.

Related: Quick Guide to Common Plastic Fishing Styles and Applications

 


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Bill Matthews
bill.matthews@dinga.com.au

Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.