Welcome to the Bream Fishing Guide Victoria. Bream are found in many estuary systems around Victoria and 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 as there 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 yellowfin bream which are more silver in colour. Most bream caught in Victoria range between 25cm & 40cm in length
Bream have a 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.
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For bait, we highly recommend Sandworms, prawns, maggots, scrub worms, pilchards, mussels, yabbies, raw chicken strips. Click here to see our detailed guide on catching bream with bait in Melbourne. Check out this video on our favourite bream lures and how to use them
The choice of bream lures is simply endless. Click here to see our detailed guide on the best lures to catch bream. Good options include crab imitations such as Cranka Crabs. Grub style soft plastics such as Z-man grubz, Savage Gear pro grub. Minnow imitations such as the Z-man slim SwimZ and Savage slim minnow. Crank hard body lures such as Jackall Chubby, Atomic Hardz, Savage Gear Fathead, Berkeley 3B crank puppy dog. Shallow diving minnow hard body lures such as Daiwa Double Clutch, OSP Bent Minnows. Then you have Blades and Vibes such as EcoGear ZX, VX, Range, Strike Pro Hummer vibe, Berkley Big Eye blades, Hurricane Vibe,
General tips for catching bream
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.
Fish as light as possible with a 7-foot rod with 1–3 or 2-4 kilo capacity, with a 1000 or 2000 or 2500 size reel spooled with fine monofilament or braid. Ideally, you need a rod sensitive to see the bites & inquiries. There are many rods combos on the market designed for Bream Fishing. If bait fishing a very simple running rig. A small bean sinker to swivel, then roughly 45cm of 4-pound leader to a small hook.
Checkout 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
Maribyrnong River, Tambo River, Lake Tyers, Hopkins River, Werribee River, Yarra River, Patterson River, Mallacoota, Mitchell River, Gippsland Lakes, Nicholson River
Recreational fishing guide
You can obtain a free Victorian recreational fishing guide from the Victorian Fisheries Authorities
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