Bream kill the chill
  |  First Published: July 2006

I flicked the jig a few metres ahead of the boat and counted it down as it sank to the bottom. I got to 15 and flicked the bail arm over.

The soft plastic touched bottom and I hopped it twice before letting it flutter enticingly back down. I felt a bump and the jighead stopped its descent prematurely so I raised the rod and came up tight on a solid fish. It gave a few headshakes and pulled a fair bit of drag before I could turn its head and work it slowly to the boat. It used the strong current to its advantage but all the terminal tackle held and I slipped the net under a 40cm silver-sided bream.

Moments like these make fishing the Tweed through winter enjoyable and we can expect plenty more action like this through July.

The cold early starts are the only drawbacks to fishing the Tweed in July. We can expect the bream to be fairly spread throughout the system and the next bite you get could be a from a kilo fish. The area around the Jack Evans Harbour is one of the more well-known spots for these quality fish but it is very snaggy and has a strong tidal flow.

Fishing softies close to the bottom and drifting live or dead herring are good techniques to use to target the larger specimens. At the time of writing there were still some good size GTs in this area playing havoc with the light bream gear. But as the month progresses the bream should be spread throughout the system and all the bridges and many of the rock bars and rock walls up the Tweed and Terranora arms will produce good fish.


The bigger flathead should also start to show themselves and some class fish will definitely be among the many younger specimens that have been around.

Try to target the deeper water if you are chasing bigger fish. Jigging heavy soft plastics or drifting livies through these deeper spots could result in any number of species while targeting the flatties. If you are just after a feed of the younger fellas then stick to the flats. The weed beds up the Terranora arm and the Chinderah area are good places to start.

Tailor will be good targets in the rivers and along the beaches this month. A gang-hooked pillie drifted out behind the boat or cast into a gutter should see you in with a chance of getting a few. The start of the run in tide around the mouth of the Tweed or up around the Blue Hole are great spots and consistently produce good fish.

The upper reaches will start producing good numbers of bass as they go into spawning mode. We caught them right from the weir to the bridge at Tumbulgum last year so don’t be surprised if your bream lure is slammed by one of these fighting fish. Spinnerbaits, poppers and small crankbaits are probably the pick of the bass lures. Casting them around snags and undercut banks usually produces.


Pearlies, snapper, trag, kings and amberjack should be fairly plentiful out on the 36- and 50-fathom grounds. Snapper season should be in full swing with floatlining the pick of the techniques to target the larger knobbies. Fidos ,the Nine Mile and the Mud Hole will be the consistent spots to try.

July is also a good month for deep jigging and there should be a few kings, ambers or samson to stretch the arms from The 36s to The 50s. Chaos, Knife and Sacrifice jigs around 300g are the most popular fish producers.

These fish also respond well to livies but remember when live-baiting close to the bottom you can’t afford to give these tough predators much line because they will bury you in the rough terrain.

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