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Tips On Bream Fishing in Australia

Posted on 06 October 2017

With a vast stretches of coastline that house thousands of species of fish, numerous knowledge-exchanging platforms and clubs, Australian fishing scene has seen an ever-increasing interests of recreational anglers. With the ongoing monetization of recreational fishing as well as progressive innovation in gears and tackles development, Australian anglers now have access to a growing range of fishing products and extensive knowledge base.

Accompanying these progressive changes is the ever-increasing interests in bream fishing, as evidenced by the establishment of Hobie bream fishing competitions and BreamMaster forum. Known for their feisty nature, breams are one of the most heavily targeted species for recreational purpose.

a bream caught on lure

Since the vast array of information available to the public can overwhelm beginners who want to try their luck with recreational fishing, this ultimate guide to bream fishing will get you started at the right pace and place.  

 

Differences between yellowfin breams and black breams

2 of the most popular and heavily targeted bream species are yellowfin breams and black breams. These 2 species can be distinguished by the colour of fins. The ventral and anal fins of yellowfin breams are yellow whereas those of black breams are great or black.

Yellow breams is the most common species of bream, encountered by anglers along the east coast from around Cairns in North QLD to eastern Victoria. They can grow to around 65cm long and weigh up to 5kg. Black breams can grow to around 60cm and 5kg and live up to 29 years.

yellowfin bream in australia  black bream in australia
Yellowfin bream Black bream

 

What do breams eat?

Breams feed on a wide variety of foods including small crabs, prawns, bait fish, oysters or any easy feed that most scavengers would go for. Burley set up for larger species can also attract some good-sized breams snapping up fish flesh, bread and chicken pellets.  

 

Tips on fishing for breams with lures

  • Use light leaders and braids to ensure that your lures appear as natural as possible
  • Choose lures that match breams’ usual food sources
  • Opt for multiple types of lures since breams can feed on more than one food source
  • Use rods with sensitive tips to pick up the most timid bites and a firmer middle that can turn a running fish away from snags
  • Fish the last two hours of incoming tide and up to an hour after it turns
  • Run out tides near creek mouths can also yield good results
  • Don’t hesitate to go near snags as that’s where they live and feed

 

Tips on fishing for breams with bait

  • Use fresh baits, preferably yabbies, prawns, hardiheads or cut baits
  • Opt for more than one type of baits as breams can be picky at times
  • Baits that emit strong scents can be productive in discoloured waters where breams mostly use smell to feed
  • Consider using live baits for better chance of success
  • A float can be helpful in ensuring you won’t miss out on potential strikes
  • Go easy on the burley to prevent them from filling up on it

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