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Bream Fishing in Australia:How and What do I Need?

Updated on June 4, 2013

What You Need to Know About Bream!

Bream are found in many parts of the world, but for this exercise I will concentrate on the Australian variety.Bream are an amazing fish, pound for pound they punch above the weight, and they always fight all the way to the net.

Give them an inch and they will take a mile, looking for anything to rub your line on to make their escape, and many succeed in doing so.These days they are thought of as sport fish more so than just a table fish, there has been a healthy tournament scene develop over a number of years with Bream being the main target species.

Gone are the days when tournaments were contested using small open aluminium boats with 20 or 30hp engines,these days American bass boats and Aussie built big fibreglass boats have taken over.Its not uncommon for these boats to be running motors from 150 to 300hp and capable of speeds of over 70MPH.

Seem's crazy all that horse power to chase bream that are a relatively small fish, but tournament fisho's take their sport very serious.So let me see if I can break down the mystery around these little silver bullets, and see why they can be so addictive to chase.

Bream Rods: Which One?

Bream are easily one of the smartest and frustrating fish I have ever encounted,somedays you can see schools of them in the water, but not one will bite,thats where having specialist bream tackle comes into it's own.

To get the most out of your bream fishing specialist rods need to be used, by that I mean light graphite rods. Now because bream fishing is done using very light braided lines and small lures, these rods are needed.

To get all scientific graphite rods have a fast recovery rate, meaning once the lure is cast out the and the rod bends foward toward the target,it straightens out quickly or recovers back to it's straight position.

This trait helps flick small light lures a long way and aids in accuracy,as pinpoint accuracy is sometimes need when fishing in tight area's.

Rods in the 6'6" through to 7'6" are required,the shorter rods are used in tight area's and the longer rods are for fishing flats and wide open area's.

If you intend to get into tournament fishing, you will need at least four rod/reel combo's, the reason being in tournaments your not only fishing against other fisho's but against the clock as well. So time saved not having to change rigs to suit different conditions is key, just pick up another pre rigged rod and keep fishing.

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Daiwa Lexa
Daiwa Lexa

Bream Reels:What do I need?

Ok so we know we need a light graphite rod but what reel should we use?Spinning reels are what we use anywhere from 1000 to 2500 size,I prefer a 2000 size it just a perfect size for the rods I use.

Now you can get all carried away and buy top line reels, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that,I use Daiwa certates and have done for years.Now the reason I have used these for years is at the time they were arguably the best Daiwa reel available thus meaning very high quality.

If looked after and regularly maintained they will last for many years,but not everyone can afford such high end reels,luckily technology in fishing reels has come ahead in leaps and bounds,so reels have got cheaper but these days display the same quality and features as their more expensive counterparts.

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Now Lets Talk Lines

This type of fishing is known as light tackle sport fishing, I mean these fish are not huge fish, but they have an enormous heart, they are reel scrappers and love to fight.

The sporting side of things comes into it with the gear that you use, so only relatively light lines are needed, braided fishing lines are used for the no stretch quality giving the angler much more direct feel through the line, making detecting small bites easier.

There are many braids on the market some better than others but if you stay with well known tackle brands and not cheap online auction brand you will be good to go.

Two to four pound breaking strain will do most of you fishing, but in around oyster racks and tree lined snags, you may want to go up to as much as twelve pound. Twelve pound is very heavy for bream and is mainly used to literally rip bream from their hideout in quick time.

As I've said before if you give a bream an inch of slack line, when fishing in heavy cover he will snap you off in a heart beat, so the heavy line is to get them out quick.This style of fishing is heart in the mouth stuff, but very exciting.

OK now we also need fluorocarbon line to use as a leader, a leader is about a rod length of line that is joined to the braided line at the end,then the lure is tied to the end of the fluorocarbon.So you have braided mainline joined to 6 to 7 foot of fluorocarbon and then your lure.

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Bream Reels

There are a large variety of reels that will do the job, here's just a few!

Bream Lures

Both Hard and Soft

Bream lures, where do I start there's so many to choose from,and everybody has their favourites.But on any given day when the planets align they will take almost anything, and other days you will try every lure you own and not catch a thing.

Rule of thumb is small lures in the 1.5" to 2.5" range for soft plastics and hardbody's ( crank baits ). Using lead headed jig heads in a hook size to match the plastic, and you want to use just enough weight to have the plastic slowly sink like a wounded bait fish.

You don't want that much weight that it plummets to the bottom head first. It has to look as natural as you can make it, then do a series of slow lift and drops, lift up wind the rod down to pick up slack line and let the lure settle on or near the bottom,then repeat all they way back in.

The trick is to do it slowly, very slow smooth lift and drops,if you think your going to slow slow down some more, pause the plastic on the bottom for a few seconds, bream a foragers they will pick it up off the bottom.

Hardbodys are relatively easy to use, as you can employ a technique call slow rolling, meaning cast the lure out near a snag or weeded and slowly but evenly wind the lure back in going just fast enough to feel the lure wobbling away.

This technique sound easy but there will be days where you will have to vary the retrieve a bit, like twitching the rod tip as you wind,and stopping to pause the lure in the fishes face.The only way you will get good at it is to get out there and practice.

Once you master these silver speedsters you will have the time of you fishing life, they really are fun to catch on light gear.

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Tournament Bream Fishing

Now To Bring it All Together!

Gear you will need!

1. A rod around 7'

2. A 2000 size spin reel

3. Braided line say 4lb

4. A selection of Flourocarbon Leader maybe some 4 and 6lb should get you started.

5. a selection of lead jig heads From 1/16th up to 1/4 of an ounce

6. Some Hardbody and some soft plastic lures.

Learn to tie a slim beauty or a double uni knot for joining your lines, and then go and get into some of these great fighting fish.

This is a Stunning Boat.

SKeeter ZX200
SKeeter ZX200

Check out the big flat decks for walking around and casting lures!

Rods and Reels

These are the perfect rods for light tackle sport fishing!

Okuma Tarvos Rods
Okuma Tarvos Rods

Another Great Okuma Rod


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    • Cynthia Haltom profile image

      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      We fish all year mostly for perch, salmon, and pike in the summer in Canada, then red fish and flounder back home on the Coast.

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      Cynthia Haltom 

      5 years ago from Diamondhead

      We fish all year mostly for perch, salmon, and pike in the summer in Canada, then red fish and flounder back home on the Coast.

    • Emma-Weisz profile image


      5 years ago

      That was a very interesting read! Got to know a lot about Bream and fishing.. Thanks :)

    • yarfodg profile image


      5 years ago

      Great informative lens - I love fishing... Maybe I ought to buy one of the accessories :-)

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      5 years ago

      Looks great! I love to fish from boats when I can.

    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      I don't fish much but my uncles enjoys it much. I would share this lens with him. Thanks :)

    • govomg profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago

      @electrolion: Yeah these days I generally only fish from boats, unless I am chasing a species call black fish, I fish from a rock wall for them. Cheers Mark

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      5 years ago

      Nice work. Very informative. That's a beauty of a boat; do you catch all your bream from it?

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      5 years ago

      Whah, this is so very interesting, more so to me because I like to eat bream, its my favourite fish. Have fun!


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