How To Catch Bream


Bream are a favorite game fish for old and young, experienced and beginner anglers, and with good reason. Not only are they some of the most beautiful fish, but they are also challenging fish to go after.

You will need the best fishing lines when going after bream.

And once caught on the other end of the line they will put up a great fight proving the angler with quite the challenge. This is what makes it so rewarding to finally pull out bream from the water. What’s more, these fish are plentiful and can be fished throughout the year.

This is how to catch bream, but first…

Where can you find bream?

You can find bream in estuaries and ocean foreshores. This means that anglers can catch them either from a boat as well as on land. Whichever location you choose ensure you are wearing good fishing shoes.

The fish like to stay where there is little to no current and will often hide out under structures such as rock walls, boat ramps, oyster racks, jetties, and pontoons.

Note that you can also be quite successful when fishing for bream at estuaries especially during high tide. This is usually a great time to cast the bait.

Species of bream

There are many different types of bream that you can go after. The most common is the yellow fin bream and the black bream. You can also go for the pikey bream as well as the northwest bream depending on your preference and your location.

The yellowfin bream are often found in estuaries and beaches along the coast while the black bream likes to hang out in the estuaries. Sometimes you may find it helpful to use a fish finder.

Best baits and lures for bream

One thing about bream is that they will take any opportunity that they find. Their normal food will be prawn, shellfish, octopus, sprat, and anchovy. Because of this characteristic, you can use sandworms, bass yabbies, crab, and prawns as bait.

You can even use bait such as cheese and chicken gut. Many anglers will prefer to use lures as they have experienced a lot of pf success with these. While many factors will determine the type of lure that you will go for, often you can be successful with both soft plastics and hard plastics.

Keep in mind that a monofilament line is still a great choice when fishing for bream.

For the hard-plastic lures, you can go for bibbed lures, lipless lures, and surface lures. It’s important to understand your lure to employ a different type of method for reeling in your fish. This will make you more successful at catching your bream.

With the lifeless lures, go for slow retrieve or straight retrieve. With the bibbed lure you can also use a slow retrieve while also employing a twitch.

Surprisingly, many anglers will not use crab, especially when fishing for bream in the estuaries. Bream simply love them. However, if you are to use crab then keep in mind that it is the big bream that will eat them. Often if there are no big bream the bait will be left alone by the smaller bream.

On the other hand, if you have a hunch that there could be big bream in the area, then you can use crab as bait closer to the shore. Let it sink to the depth that the bream are situated. It is always a great idea to ensure that the crab is alive. You can do this by hooking through the carapace and out through the under a shell.

Ensure you use the right sized hook by reading through the fishing hook size guide.

Bream are not the type of fish to hang around the same area for long. Instead, they are going to move around a lot. This makes it difficult for the angler to get consistent results. But there is something that you can do to draw fish to your location and it involves using barley.

Bream simply love the scent and will quickly make a beeline straight for the bait. You can try using tuna oil soaked in wheat and soon you will quickly discover how effective this method really is.

Be careful with this strategy when there is a slight current as the scent will be flowing in the direction of the current. You might just find that your barley concoction is benefiting other anglers more than you. Know where the fish are and try and use the bait such that the barley scent is flowing in their direction.

The fishing knots for the braided line will ensure you don’t lose your fish after it takes the bait.

Sometimes the bream will be hiding under structures and getting them to come out can be a challenge. Barley is an excellent way to entice them out. Simply cast your bait over the area and you will soon notice the bream start to come out of their hiding spots.

Catching bream requires you to use your brain.  They are not the simplest fish to catch but are very exciting for the angler and often different methods will need to be employed depending on the situation.

Fishing rod

As for the fishing rod that you are going to use, the great thing is that bream will not require you to get a rod that is too complicated or expensive. You can simply opt for a spinning rod that is between 2-4 kilos and is around 7 feet long.

Also, use a 5-pound braid and a leader that is 4 pounds and you are all set to go after bream.

Understanding the different types of bream

Once you know the behavior and characteristic of the type and species of bream that you want to go after, you are going to be in a much better position to catch it. For example, the yellowfin bream migrates around the system up to two times a year.

The bream will spawn during the cooler months in the lower depths of the estuaries and adjacent beaches. Once they are done with their spawning, they will go back to warmer waters nearer to the surface. Understanding this cycle will help you in targeting bream.

To make sure you choose the right rod for catching bream, check out the ultimate fishing rod buying guide.

It’s thus helpful to take time and study the channels in your area and to figure out where the bream are at any time of the year in their cycle. Once you do this, you will find that catching bream is not that difficult.

Best time for fishing


Another thing to always keep in mind when fishing for bream is the best time of day to catch them. As with most fish, they will prefer to feed during dawn and dusk which makes this the best time to cast your bait. When there is low light you can use a fishing headlamp.

Don’t be surprised to spend the whole day searching for bream only to have the bait taken when you are thinking of giving up and heading back home. Bream will generally avoid hot summer days. However, if you prefer to fish any time of day for the bream, look for overcast days. You can cast your bait all day long and still catch quite a several fishes.

When casting your bait, it’s important to ensure that it sinks slowly as this is the best way to attract bream. They are after all very finicky fish. When using your lure provide a time period of between 3 to 5 seconds then twitch the lure.

If your bait is fleshy, it’s always a good idea to try using fishing pliers to bend the point of the hook outwards. This provides it with a much better strike rate allowing it to set itself nicely in the mouth of the bream. Ensure that you are using a minimum weight with plastic bait. This allows it to remain at the right depth for longer.

While many anglers will use a braided line, a monofilament line can also be effective at catching bream. Always ensure that use as little weight as possible with this type of line. When going after black bream which can be bigger and fight harder than other types of bream, it’s a good idea to use a leader.

Catching bream on a feeder

Using a ground bait feeder is an excellent way to catch bream. Compared to a pellet feeder, a ground bait feeder can easily be adjusted allowing you to stay in touch with the type of fish that you are after.

One that has a quick-change swivel is best and allows you to easily change the type of feed. When fishing for bream, start with a big feeder. This will allow you to set down some bait. Then you will use a smaller feeder which will enable you to top it off as you continue to fish.

You can allow the feeder to remain under for around 15 minutes. Then remove it and chuck it.

It’s important to use the right type of feed mix in your feeder. Use the wrong type and you will not be attracting any bream. It’s a good idea to use cocktail mixes that will include casters, red maggots, worms, and pinkies.

You can use whichever combinations of these that you like. Sometimes it’s going to be about trial and error until you find the mix that works the best for you. A fishing knife will help you quickly prepare the fish for the pan.

Sometimes you could be having success with the bream only to find that your bait isn’t being taken. It’s easy to think that the bream have left at this point. Often, they have just backed off and are not very far away.

Simply change your fishing location and head out a distance away. You want to create an area that the bream can come to feed so don’t be tempted to maintain the feed at too tight an area.

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If you like to head out fishing any time of the year, then fishing for bream is a fantastic choice. It will allow you to use your wits and when a good-sized beam takes the bait, get ready for a good fight to reel them in.

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