Patterson River Bream
  |  First Published: December 2010


Sometimes you just can’t see the forest for the trees, or the bream from the snapper for that matter. The Paterson River complex is an estuary anglers delight with bream, flounder, salmon, mullet and even mulloway on offer.


Even though this area fishes well year round, it is the warmer months when exceptional things happen. Best results will come at varying times, but I do like the evenings when the heat of the day is gone.


With bream the main target species, your gear choice of outfit will go something like this: a Shimano Stradic Ci4 2500 on a Shimano Nexave 702 spin rod and I use 4lb hi-vis Fins braid.


Assuming that you are lure fishing (as it is all the rage) the rig is very simple once you perfect the knot. I run a rod length of 4 – 6 pound Nitlon DFC as a leader. It is joined to the main line with a back-to-back uni knot or a slim beauty. The slim beauty is better, but a little harder to perfect. Then just tie a lure on and your ready to fish.


If you work structure, you will catch fish. Even though you may not be Mr Popular, most big bream live under moored boats, particularly the ones that never leave the wharf.

Boat jetties and any other structure are also good. Just keep your distance and be as accurate as possible. The closer your lure gets, the more strikes you will have.

Just remember, you technically are a guest, so try to do the right thing at all times.


The Squidgy 80mm Bloodworm wriggler is my go to bream plastic and I just love vibes too. Hardbodied lures such as Ecogear SX40 and Little Jack Shirasu minnow are also deadly.


I only fish for bream for sport, as they are an extremely slow growing fish. If I want a feed I go whiting or flathead fishing.


If you want to do it the easy, but very effective way, try an unweighed freshwater yabby on a small Owner Mosquito hook. It is just too good, but you will get a lot of small fish.

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