Bruisin’ Bream
  |  First Published: June 2005

Bream fishers have been having a ball with fish to 3.5lb not uncommon. It’s difficult to advise anglers of a ‘hotspot’ at the moment but the upper reaches of the system are as good as any. At the time of press, we have had a dry start to the winter, so there is no reason the bream would have been pushed back down the river.

There are fantastic boating facilities all along the river. The launching ramps have been built and maintained by the Parks Victoria. It’s a credit to them! The ramp at Pritchard’s Landing is wide and you can launch into deep water. I’ve seen big boats launch there safely. Pritchard’s is 45km up the river although you still have a good 12km further upstream to fish, plus the downstream section.

I might be bias, but it’s God’s country anywhere on this river and the top section in no exception; just a little different. The banks are closer and the natural scrub billows into the water’s edge. There are plenty of snaggy places to cast your bait, big reed beds and some very deep holes to 20m. You will probably have trouble deciding where to fish – they all look like hotspots. As always my advice is to try the lot. Move around and change your baits if you’re not having success. Crab is great bait anywhere on the Glenelg River. Pilchards are another option – chop them into 20mm chunks and fish along the bank if the water is clear. If it’s dirty, cast out into the middle of the river. You’ll catch plenty of small bream but you’ll also get some good ones amongst them. Scrubworms are great bait if the water is dirty. And if you’re getting into soft plastics for bream, or you’re a hard bodied lure caster, this is as good a spot as any to hone your skills.

Mulloway have caught recently on spew worms at night in the middle sections, some 10km to 20km upstream. Fish to 12lb have been caught around the Sandy waterhole landing. Mullet trolled or fished beneath a float is the way to target them and fresh bait is worth the extra effort for the marvellous giants.

We’re still weighing in mulloway to 60lb caught off Green Point. This hotspot is some 10km along the coast from Nelson.

Local knowledge is essential to find your way there but we can help you here at the pub with a free map of the region and some up to date fishing reports.

Deep diving hard bodied lures shouldn’t be dismissed in the pursuit of big bream.

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