Freshly caught bream from the surf have a clean silver appearance and taste exceptionally good when cooked simply.
A shallow bank washed by waves washes small fish worms and molluscs into the waiting mouths of hungry bream.
A cast into the shallow water of the bank and allowed to drift and wash into the deeper gutter will get results
Deep holes near structure can hold bream as they wait in ambush for smaller baitfish and crabs that may be washed out of their protective shelter.
Bream Fishing Tips
Bream are most commonly encountered in bays, estuaries and in the surf. They love natural snaggy area's such as rocky outcrops and closeup to fallen trees and are also abundant around man made structure such as jetties, piers, rock walls and harbours.
Preferred breamfishing tackle varies as wildly as the breams diet, with 1 to 2 kg braid being used to delicately place lightly weighted soft plastics in front of the fishes nose to 10 kg mono used to skull drag animal breambos out of oyster encrusted snags before they get the chance to cut you off. Rods and reels need to be matched accordingly.
Baits for bream come in all shapes and sizes and often depend on the size fish you are targeting, with what techniques and where you are fishing. Everyone appears to have their favourite whether it be a cheese and bread pudding to be floated under a jetty, yabbies, worms or pilchard strips flicked into the surf, hardiheads around rock walls, live herring in deeper water and around drop offs, to mini slabs of mullet tossed into the tackle eating jaws of a fallen trees' roots. All can be effective with some of the most consistent baits being yabbies, fresh and live prawns, and fresh cut baits.
Bream are predatory and in their usual territories encounter and eat small crabs, prawns and other crustaceans, assorted bait fish and shellfish such as oysters. Having said that they also fit easily into the scavenger role, rarely passing up on any easy tasty feed that might present itself. Burley trails set up for larger species regularly attract good sized bream coming in for a free feed, snapping up morsels of fish flesh, bread and chicken pellets. On these occasions an anglers patience can be tested as hungry bream smash larger than usual baits meant for other fish. Close to boat ramps under the noses of fishermen dumping old bait after returning from the days fishing can also be an attraction for the cunning bream.
The bream bite can range from a soft tap tap tap to a slow drag away
or weight coming on to the rod, to a blinding smash and grab when they
are feeling in the mood. Once they are hooked they give a great account
of themselves on light line and many a fish has been lost to the
fisherman that didn't apply the brakes soon enough to stop them reaching
safety or locked up too hard only to have the line part.