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Brimmin’ for the perfect Bream
  |  First Published: June 2011



Bream are more active fish in these cooler months and are one of the most popular fish amongst young fishers today.

Bream are one of the best fish to target so a kid to learn many aspects of fishing and can be a nice fish to eat. It may take some time to learn all there is to know about these fish, but it is well worth it as they can be a lot of fun to fish for. You can fish for them in many different places and in so many different ways. This makes them an easy target for anyone who wants to get out on the river for a fun day of fishing.

As always, when you’re fishing, you can’t just go to a place where there is water and expect to catch bream. You need to look closely at the water to try to see where they might be hanging around.

If you’re fishing off the beach, look for some gutters. You’ll spot these as darker patches of water just off the beach. Try and cast your bait over the gutter and wind it back in slowly over it. There could be a large, hungry bream just waiting to take your bait.

If you’re in a boat on the estuaries, there’s a fair chance you’ll be able to catch a few bream. In estuaries, bream like to hang around structures such as rock walls that drop off into deeper water, sandbanks, fallen trees, logs and jetty pylons, especially when they’re covered with crustaceans.

If you don’t have access to a boat, fishing from the rock walls and jetties works just as well.

bait bream love!

Bream will take an assortment of baits and lures. You can go to your local tackle store and get your days worth of prawns or pilchards. Of if you can use a yabby pump, you may like to go along the shoreline and hopefully pull out a few yabbies for bait. Yabby pumps are very easy to use and the bait is free!

Just as it’s low tide, either along the shore or around a few mangroves, get the yabby pump, push it into sand, then pull the pump handle up. Next pull the pump out of the ground and then push the handle down. Hopefully, you’ll find a good lot of yabbies this way.

If you want to try lures, either soft plastics or hardbodies, go for it, because lure fishing for bream is becoming a huge trend these days.

Remember that bream will respond differently to baits or lures in different places and at different times of the year. Bream are quite a shy fish; they can get spooked easily. So the right weight of hook, line and sinker will work great.

If the tide is running fast, (doesn’t matter if it is the incoming or outgoing tide) remember to put a slightly heavier sinker on as this will keep your bait from drifting. If the tide is still, use a light sinker because bream can feel the sinker when they bite.

An easy breamin’ method

There are many different methods to fish for bream, but for now, try casting your bait or lure past a structure, then reel it back in slowly. You’ll need to do this a few times before you’ll be really good at it. This method will help to not scare the bream as your lure or bait hits the water.

The way a bream takes the bait or lure will vary; sometimes they’ll just nibble at it, other times without any warning, a bream will grab the bait and run hard, sometimes even snapping your line! This means you can’t let your guard down at any time, so keep a good eye on the rod tip and learn as much as you can.

You just never know when that big bream will hit!

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