Gippsland BREAM
  |  First Published: March 2005

History was created during last year’s Gippsland Lakes BREAM round when Kaj Busch smashed all existing bag limit records with his bag of 10 black bream weighing 10.44kg. It was an eye opener for many and showed the potential of an area fisheries believes is becoming more an more barren in bream terms every month.

What Bushy showed everyone during that event was that the Gippsland Lakes holds plenty of big lipped, peg-toothed bream that are keen on eating lures. That event also contributed the largest bream landed in an event to that stage with Nigel Webster temporarily writing himself into the record books with a 1.8kg monster.

2005 will see the National BREAM Circuit return to Gippsland Lakes and there is plenty of enthusiasm for this year’s event to possibly break more records and there have been quiet whispers of a true, officially-weighed 2kg bream being recorded. The locals have been refining techniques, while visiting anglers have been scouring the lakes system for the best holding places for bream.

With hundreds of kilometres of fishable water, this event could be won anywhere from the three major river (Nicholson, Mitchell and Tambo) through to the townships of Lakes Entrance and Paynesville. Being the second round of the Victorian leg, it will be the last chance for many to qualify for the National BREAM Grand Final. Held over the weekend of April 2-3, the start and weigh-in venue will be the boat ramp at Nicholson Reserve just off the main highway. It will be then up to the anglers to firstly find their fish, catch them over the Lakes-specific size limit of 28cm to the fork, and bring them in alive to the weigh master.

Sessions run from 7am through to 2pm and spectators are more than welcome to come down to the weigh in to talk to the anglers, check out their boats and get involved in the whole atmosphere of the tournament.

If you are interested in competing as a boater or non-boater, get onto to Simon Goldsmith as soon as possible. Last year this event rewrote the history books and this year, with a bigger field and more competitors tuned into the where-to and why of the Gippsland Lakes bream, organisers are expecting some seriously good results.

For more information contact ABT during office hours on (07) 3268 3992 or after hours on 04 BREAMING (27326464). – ABT

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