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▲TopBream FishingBy Craig McGill
I don't want to bore you with the variety of common or scientific names of the different strains of bream that exist around the country. The physical differences between them in some cases are obvious and in others not so defined. They are all bream, looking and tasting much the same, and in most situations their behavior remains very similar. For most Australians, they are a cherished species with the exception of top enders who have their pikey bream listed under nuisance species along with Queenies and catfish.
In the last few years my thoughts have changed as to whether live baits are actually always the best way to go. In water with low visibility Iâve had dead baits like steak and prawns out fish live prawns and worms on many occasions. In clear water under normal conditions live baits are definitely the way to go.
The best dead baits are mullet and chicken gut, prawns, skirt steak, chicken and pilchard fillets. The best live baits are prawns yabbies and worms.
There's a wide range of lures suitable for bream on the market today but the one thing they all have in common is size. I have seen bream caught on lures as big as 15cm but that is exceptional and the best lures seem to fall somewhere between the 4 and 8 cm mark. Tiny soft plastic lures are currently taking the bream luring scene by storm.
There's two methods of lure fishing used for bream - and we will talk about them now
▲TopTrolling and Casting
Trolling is done at very low speeds preferably on an electric motor. Because of the shallowness of the water that we troll in it is advisable to drop the lures back a good forty or fifty meters.
Casting is more effective if you know the river well as it allows you to cover the more productive areas thoroughly. It has the advantage of allowing you to place your lures closer to fish holding cover like mangroves and oyster racks.
Bream are an intertidal zone feeder which means they do most of their active feeding at high tide up in the shallow areas that are dry at low tide. They are feeding on things like worms, yabbies, oysters, pippies and crabs.
The same applies to lure fishing. The bream is up along the intertidal zone scrounging, when a little morsel (your lure) goes wobbling by at low speed and being an opportunist the bream automatically has a slash.
At low tide the bream moves into the deeper holes and takes a break until the next high. Of course being an opportunist he will still feed at that time providing he is presented with an easy, fresh feed. They won't actively chase anything at this time so you've got to put it right on his nose. A depth sounder and a little bit of burly can be a great help at low tide.
For fishing up over the flats I would recommend an early morning or late afternoon high and the best thing about the deepwater fishing at low tide is that it presents your best chance in the middle of the day, so the two tie in well together.
The great thing about bream is that they are just so accessible to everyone.
They are great to eat and, on light spin gear, are sensational sport around the snags. But best of all they are no push-over, requiring skill and patience to catch and this makes them a worthy opponent.