Fishing locations Patterson River is a very popular bream fishing destination located 1 hours drive from Melbourne in the South suburbs near Carrum. This man made river spans about 35 kilometres in length. Patterson River is a very popular boat launching area and the gateway into Port Phillip Bay for those fishing around Frankston and Carrum. There are many launching areas and jetties which provide good access and structure when fishing. The ABT and Hobie fishing tournaments here regularly due to its great bream fishing. We see many bream fishing videos and reports generated from this location but there are also the allusive mulloway, flathead and mullet in good numbers.
FISH SPECIES TO TARGET
Bream, Flathead, Flounder, Salmon, Mullet, Mulloway, Trevally
BEST BAITS AND LURES
Catching near the heavy bot traffic is tough so id suggest finding quieter areas and fish the structure and jetties that’s were your likely to find the Bream hiding. If you plan to fish with bait then Shrimp, yabbies, scrub worms, prawns, sand worms, Maggots, Scrub worms, Pilchards, Mussels, Yabbies, & Chicken. Click here to see our full guide for bait fishing for Bream. The choice of bream lures is almost endless. Some of the best options include imitation Crabs ( such as Cranka Crab ), grub style soft plastics ( such as Z-man grubZ, squidgee wrigglers and Savage Gear pro grubs ), minnow style soft plastics ( such as Z-man slim swimZ, Savage Gear slim minnows), shallow diving hard body lures ( such as EcoGear SX Range, Daiwa Double clutch, Nories laydown minnow, Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, OSP Bent Minnows, Savage fathead cranks, range of shads ), Blades and Vibes ( such as Strike Pro Hummer, Ecogear ZX, Berkley Big Eye blades & 3B crank, Hurricane Vibe, Savage gear blades ).
You will most likely be using a rod suited for bream fishing. We would suggest a light 7 foot rod 1-3 or 2-4 kilo capacity coupled with a 2000 size reel. Spool the reel with 6 or 4 pound braid finished with a rod length of 4 pound or 6 pound Fluro carbon leader. There a plenty of ultra light and affordable bream rods and reels on the market. Some good rod choices include Daiwa Gen black series, Savage Gear LRF series, Shimano Jewel or Raider. Some good reels include the Shimano Stradic, Daiwa Sol3, Savage Gear stealth/ The choices here are endless and constantly expanding so do some research on something that fits within your budget.
MOST PRODUCTIVE TIMES
Any time of day, though some fish will be more active at Dawn and Dusk. The Bream are generally more active in the warmer months
This is an nice spot to take the kids with plenty of fishing spots with surrounding parks and BBQ facilities. There are also great amenities such as fish cleaning stations, toilets, jetties and multiple launching areas.
Large amount of boat traffic to be cautious of. All rural areas are inhabited by wildlife such as Snakes and Lizards, so be weary of venomous snakes such as Brown, Tiger and Red bellied Black.