Two Men Fishing Small Jetty


Everyone knows a wide variety bream species flock to structure like moths round a flame. Getting out in the estuaries and hitting piers, jetties, fallen trees and just about any snags you can find is the best way to take bream. It is hardly surprising. Structure provides ample amounts of food in the form of crustaceans and baitfish; it also provides respite from tides and currents, shade and easy access to deep water.


Dealing with vertical structure involves some thought and strategy. The first thing you want to do is determine at what depth the bream are lurking. They will be sitting behind the structure in an eddy, waiting for the current to take some poor unsuspecting baitfish their way. Once you have established if the bream are feeding near the surface, in the midwater, or down in the depths you can choose your lure accordingly.

You should have decent hardbodies, crankbaits, soft plastics and maybe even some metal blades in your arsenal for just about species of bream. If they are fishing within a few feet from the surface, a hardbody should lure them up. In the midwater, lightly-weighted soft plastics will drift down to them, or crankbaits will do the trick. For the stubborn fish that sit in the depths, hit them with heavier plastics of a metal blade that can get down to their lairs.

Structure like bridge pylons and jetty supports are often located in areas of strong current and tidal flow. This comes in handy when fishing vertical structure. You can throw some lures into the current and give it some twitch as the flow takes it past the structure, into the mouths of the waiting fish.


Under horizontal structure, like jetties, pontoons and anchored boats, many varieties of bream will sit right underneath it near the surface, or slightly deeper in the midwater. Just like with vertical structure, you will want to use a hardbody or a lightly weighted soft plastic or crankbait and use the wind or current to take it directly under the structure.

If this doesn’t work, try luring them out from their den by dropping a slowly sinking lure adjacent to the structure. Give it some movement and life as it falls. With any luck, they will let it fall to the midwater, or even to the bottom in some cases, before taking it on the drop.


Bream fishing can also be successful in open water structure. They will congregate around drop offs, reefs and ledges. I usually fish these slightly differently. I will use metals or heavier plastics to get them down to the bottom on a slackline, then let the lure sit for around a minute. You don’t even need to give the lure much movement. They seem quite happy to take it off the bottom when it is sitting motionless.


I usually opt for a slightly heavier set up when hitting the structure. I have been caught out by a couple of monsters before and learnt my lesson. I use a 2-4kg rod with 6-8lb braid.

Following these simple rules, it will only be a matter of time before you start landing a variety of bream species. The best thing about taking these fish around structure is everyone can do it.


Is there anything you can add to these tips? Let us know in the comments section below.

Peter Hollingsworth

Peter has been fishing all around Australia since he was a boy. He loves camping, fishing and kayak fishing.