Welcome to the Bream Fishing Guide Victoria. Bream have become one of the most targeted fish in all of Australia. With the explosion of ultra-light spin rods, soft plastics, lures, kayaks and runabout boats. National competitions such as the ABT, Vic bream classic, Hobie classic are thriving and growing. What makes Bream such an intriguing fish is their renowned smarts, their fighting attributes and their ability to play with baits without taking the hook. Learning to master Bream fishing takes time and patience that makes you an overall better fisherman for all other species. They’re a brilliant species to target on ultralight spinning gear. There are two types of bream around Victoria the black bream is the most common and the yellowfin bream which are more silver in colour. Most bream caught in Victoria range between 25cm & 40cm in length



Bream has the scientific name of Acanthopagrus butcheri. The minimum legal size is 28 cm and a daily bag limit of 10 over legal size. At FishingMad we highly recommend catch and release.

How to catch bream with lures

The choice of lures is almost endless to make things easier we created a detailed video on the best lures and how to use them. Or Click here to see our detailed guide on the best lures to catch bream.

How to catch bream with bait

When targeting bream with bait we recommend sandworms, prawns, maggots, scrub worms, pilchards, mussels, yabbies, raw chicken strips. We encourage you to read our detailed guide on catching bream with bait in Melbourne. A simple yet effective fishing rig is to thread a small running sinker through the mainline shown below in blue around 6 pounds. Then tie a small swivel to the end allowing the sinker to run up the mainline freely. On the other end of the swivel tie 50cm of 6-pound fluorocarbon leader which is shown in grey. Finished with a hook size 6 bait keeper hook.

Running sinker fishing rig


recommended baits to catch bream

  • yabbies
  • Scrub worms
  • sandworms
  • maggots
  • mussels
  • pilchards
  • prawns

Recommended lures and soft plastics to catch bream

General tips for catching bream

  • Bream fishing is all about fitness so fish as light as possible. This will generally consist of a rod around 7-foot in length with a 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity. Paired with a 1000, 2000 or 2500 size reel spooled with 2-8 pound line. There are many rods combos on the market designed specifically for Bream Fishing however the budget on these do vary greatly depending on your experience and requirements. Starting as little as $100 and going up to $1,000
  • Use around 1-rod length of a quality fluorocarbon leader when lure fishing.
  • Bream love structure. If you’re fishing with soft plastics or lures its a good idea to stay active and keep moving around. Try to find structure such as weed beds, pontoons, oyster racks and cast as close to the structure as possible. Some lures and imitations require finesse and patience.
  • Don’t retrieve lures to quickly. Bream is an all year round prospect and can be caught at any time of the day. They’re often most active on the peak of high tides especially if that occurs during sunrise or sundown. In summer they reside in the edges within the shallows and seek deeper water in the colder months. Bream spawn between August and December.

Check out this video of us kayak fishing in Victoria catching plenty of good size bream using hard body crank lures.

The best locations to catch Bream in Victoria

  • Marlo
  • Maribyrnong River
  • Tambo River
  • Lake Tyers
  • Hopkins River
  • Werribee River
  • Bemm River
  • Yarra River
  • Patterson River
  • Docklands
  • Mallacoota
  • Mitchell River
  • Gippsland Lakes
  • Nicholson River
  • Mordialloc Creek
  • Tambo River
  • Moonee Ponds Creek

You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities

Check out this video on our favourite bream lures and how to use them.


Images of fish supplied VFA and DEPI. All other images and videos shown on the Bream Fishing Guide Victoria are Fishing Mad originals.

Additions or Corrections for this fish species

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