Bay bream are the saviours
  |  First Published: April 2012

Another month shoots by and any anglers still hopeful that a run of kingfish will hit Botany Bay better not hold their breath.

After all the rain we have had across Sydney for the past few months, you’d better give the kingies a miss unless a miracle happens.

Bream are the best chance you will have for a decent feed, unless we have a late run on other species.

Bream are right across the Bay in the shallows. These fish move into the area each year and school in big numbers to spawn before exiting the area and travelling along the coast to new estuaries.

Your best chance of catching a few bream is rather simple. The time of day is not important; I can catch them at any time of day, on a run-in or run-out tide.

Especially in the rain-discoloured water, smelly baits like chicken gut, nippers prawns, chicken and garlic, tuna cubes, bloodworms and many other baits will work.

Tackle is also simple because we are talking only about bream and are fishing over a sandy bottom. I find 4kg to 6kg Schneider mono line works for me on a light Shimano spinning outfit.

The rig I use is simple – take a ball sinker about size 5, a small swivel and a long trace to a No 1 hook and you are set.

Anchor your boat in good tidal flow and cast out and place the rod in a rod holder and sit back and wait. The bream will almost always hook themselves.

Bream hang around until about the end of April or into May so we have a month or so of great bream fishing ahead of us. So bait up and get out there and give the Bay bream a shot.

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