Bream coming out on top
  |  First Published: October 2012

At long last we’re out of the bad times and into the good. I’m quite sure we are in for better fishing than the previous few months.

However, late Winter wasn’t quite as bad this year as some years. A run of bream and blackfish around Tuggerah Lakes kept a few keen locals entertained in what’s normally a pretty difficult time of year.

As I’ve mentioned previously, it’s certainly possible to catch bream in our area on surface lures during the colder months but for the most part they can be challenging enough on plastics or even bait, so I never really recommend casting surface lures from June to the end of September.

Now, though, estuary water temps are on the rise, as is prawn activity. So if you’re a surface lure addict you’re sure to have more fun from this point on.

Which lures do I use or recommend? Well, despite the popularity of some types that I think are overrated, I’ve been sticking to the same models over the past few years and at this point haven’t come across any that perform better, at least in our local waters anyway.

The main three are the Jackson T-Pivot, Lucky Craft NW Pencil and Ecogear PX45. I rate all three at the top of the list and one may work better on any given day or in different places.

Just behind those, my second most reliable lures include the Maria Pencil, Lucky Craft 60mm Bevy Pencil, Ecogear PX55 and simple poppers like the River2sea Bubble Pop 45.

Exactly how well the bream respond to surface lures this month largely depends on the weather.

Remember how last December was the coldest for many years? Well it was also pretty lousy for surface bream as well.

That’s basically the way it works. The colder it is the slower the action and the warmer it is the better the action.


October is definitely one of our best months for flathead. As I mentioned last month, the lower sections of our creeks are reliable starting points for flathead.

If one of those places, Patonga, Narara, Erina, Ourimbah, Wyong, Wallarah, Wyee or Dora, isn’t producing results, I’m sure another one is.

Sometimes the fish will be more out around the mouth or sometimes back up in the river a bit. So like any other types of fishing, it’s a good idea to cover some ground until you find a few flathead.

Of course, The Entrance and the lower end of Brisbane Water are other good flattie areas.


Blackfish will still be willing to take baits this month although they could be a bit patchier than they were through Winter.

Whiting should pick up as the water temperature increases, although at this stage I think it’s probably going to be a better idea to chase them with good bait like bloodworms or pink nippers than with lures. But again that may depend on the prevailing weather.

Apart from those, some others that you’re likely to encounter this month are tailor, the odd salmon and possibly a few jewies in Brisbane Water.


Beach fishing has been patchy over recent weeks but that’s to be expected at this time of year. Huge seas one week, followed by dead flat conditions the next don’t make things easy.

On top of that we normally have the coldest sea about now and sometimes that will shut down just about everything apart from the odd salmon and gummy shark.

If all goes well, salmon will again dominate beach catches this month, but jewfish should also start to be more of a chance from now on.

A few bream, flathead and tailor are also possible this month, but overall it’s probably going to be salmon and more salmon.

On the rocks big seas can wipe everything out one week, but then those westerly winds flatten the ocean, leaving mainly clear, lifeless water.

The species that can still be caught when it’s like that are groper through the day and salmon early in the morning or towards sunset.

If you can strike some sort of reasonable conditions then black drummer, bream and luderick are all on the cards, but realistically this isn’t normally a good month for the rocks.


Pretty much the same thing applies to offshore fishing in this part of the world in October. Overall, snapper, morwong, trevally and leatherjacket are probably going to be around in enough numbers to scrape up a feed, but don’t expect any miracles.

There could be some surface action in the form of mack tuna, striped tuna or salmon, so keep an eye out for diving or hovering birds in the distance.

Out wider, a few kings and bonito are still a chance if you’re lucky enough to time a day off work with good weather.

October is certainly a better month along the Central Coast than the previous two, but it can still be a bit up and down.

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