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Bream still running hot!
  |  First Published: September 2006



Last month’s excellent bream run has continued with plenty of anglers reporting good catches. Bream over 30cm have been the main catch with some bigger fish up to 47cm still around.

TAMBO, NICHOLSON and MITCHELL RIVERS

The rivers have certainly coloured up over the last two months and, if anything, this has turned the fish on! Bait anglers are now starting to find some bigger bream, with shrimp, prawn and crab the best baits. Sandworm seems to find only the smaller bream but is deadly on mullet.

The standout catch has been the astounding run of stud bream on lures. It has been some of the best sport that we’ve ever experienced, with some sessions resulting in astonishing tallies. Some of my own trips have left me shaking my head in disbelief. I was putting in 5-6 hours each time and would release between 20-30 bream, with most fish between 36-46cm. That puts most of the fish over 2lb each, right up to 4lb!

Then came the monster session from hell. Anthony Havers and I put in a big day from first light looking for more big bream. Havo had his favourite Berkley 4” Turtleback Gulp on and I had my usual sinking hardbody at work. In what became a mind-blowing day, we landed 81 bream and two estuary perch. The run of big bream was the highlight, with most fish around 40cm.

We mainly caught fish for fish and it seemed my hardbody was a good match for the ever-popular Turtleback worm. In the final wash up, Havo returned 33 bream to 43cm, and I weighed a few of his bigger fish on my digital scales at just over 3.5lb. He also released a 37cm perch. I returned 48 bream with my biggest fish, two thumping 4lb brutes at 45 and 46cm. I also returned one perch of 40cm. We will definitely be talking of that outing for many years.

Lee Raynor and Paul Worstelling also experienced this great run of bream recently and recorded the events for an episode of I FISH. Keep an eye out for the upcoming show; Lee said the fish were built like trucks!

The boys met up with Bushy, a local bream guru, to get some extra tips. Bushy had released 50+ bream the day before including some that reached the magic 4lb mark. Bushy was using the 100mm bloodworm Squidgy Wrigglers, which are deadly lures.

The Gippsland Lakes have proven that some of the biggest bream in the country are found here and I’m certainly blessed to live on its doorstep. It’s definitely a fishery worth looking after.

THE McLENNAN STRAIT

The Strait is just starting to get the run of dirty water that has finally made its way through Lake Wellington. Unfortunately we can expect carp to turn up with the fresh, and with snow melt not far behind, I expect the fishing down at Hollands Landing to grind to a halt. We usually have to wait until after Christmas before the water clears again.

Releasing Bream

I’m really happy that most bream anglers are returning the big breeders. I have seen hundreds of big bream returned over the last few months. Special mentions must to Chris Burbidge, Jack and Dave Morris, Ritchie Eagan, Mick Selzer, Bruce Robinson, Con Marcopoulus, Peter and Paul Spehr, Anthony Havers and Phil Smallman who have all safely released countless numbers of bream caught in the Gippy Lakes recently.

All of these fellas are into total catch and release and wouldn’t dream of killing even one of the precious large breeding stock. Being in such safe hands, I hope they continue to find the current run of really big bream.

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