Estuary bream galore
  |  First Published: January 2010

The next month or so is one of the best times for bream and there already have been plenty in recent months to keep anglers busy.

We are fortunate to have two species of bream to target, yellowfin bream and black bream.

The yellowfin are more migratory fish, moving up and down the coast and entering estuaries open to the ocean, while the blacks seem happy to reside in the one estuary, usually in the upper reaches.

Yellowfin bream can be captured from the beach, rocks and estuaries on a wide range of baits and lures. Best baits are striped tuna with the use of berley, or worms, nippers and cut baits.

In the estuaries you will often sight yellowfin bream in the channels or over the flats. In this case you would be best using lots of berley to get them on the chew.

Black bream are a better prospect with lures and the Bega River is a hot spot.

Rock bars, sunken timber or gravel bottoms are particularly good for hard-bodied or soft lure casting.

These fish are also particularly partial to a pink nipper, worm or live prawn.

Whichever species you target around Tathra, you won’t get better bream fishing than at present.

However, all our other estuary favourites are hot to trot.

There are plenty of flathead in the Bega River along with some nice estuary perch, bass in the upper reaches and the odd jewfish in the deeper water towards the bridge.

In the surrounding estuaries open to the ocean, anglers can expect all manner of species.

The beaches have a good run of whiting, with the north end of Tathra Beach one of the better areas. Mullet, bream, tailor, salmon are also being encountered and at night, the occasional mulloway and sharks.

Tathra Wharf and adjacent rocks host quite a few small pelagics and some larger ones.

Kingfish are taking lures and live baits. They are following schools of slimy mackerel and yellowtail, which are also providing plenty of action on the wharf.

Bonito and frigate mackerel are willing to take lures and can be sent back out live for a hammerhead shark or even a small black marlin.

Sea garfish are around in good numbers and can be berleyed in close.


On the reefs, snapper have lingered through the warmer months and are still a regular catch, while prolific morwong, a few ocean perch and some nice nannygai are out there.

On the nearby gravel the tiger flathead have been terrific from 40m out; the deeper you go, the bigger the fish.

Sand flatties are off most beaches and shallow or deep, there is a good chance of a gummy shark.

Out wide there are marlin, mostly stripes and blacks, hammerhead sharks, small tuna and the occasional yellowfin.

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