Lets go fishing card - Bream

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Top tips

Bream can be caught throughout the year with winter and spring being particularly good times. They feed most actively around high tide and the first few hours of the run-out tide, especially if this occurs in the morning or evening.

Baits should be alive or as fresh as possible. Soft plastics and small bibbed lures are proven bream catchers.

Fish by the rules

fishing_family Illustration

It's important to know the rules that apply to fishing. These include bag limits and minimum size limits for different types of fish. A bag limit is how many fish you are allowed to keep in one day. A minimum size limit is how big a fish needs to be in order for you to keep it. There are also closed seasons for some types of fish.

What are they?


Bream are found in estuaries throughout Victoria. There are two species. Black bream are found throughout the state and are darker in colour. Yellow-fin bream are found east of Wilsons Promontory and are more silvery. Bream are known to travel long distances, and can leave one estuary, swim along the coastline and enter another system.

Getting geared up

light spinning rod bibbed lures
light spinning rod bibbed lures
3 kg line sinkers
3 kg line sinkers
baitholder hooks swives
baitholder hooks swivels
soft plastics landing net
soft plastics landing net

Great baits

sandworm mussle
sandworms mussels
crab prawn
crabs prawns

Select a spot

Bream can be found in most estuaries throughout Victoria. Even really small creeks that are tidal will contain bream.

Hot spots

Black beam hot spots

Hopkins River

Werribee River

Yarra River

Patterson River

Tambo River

Mitchell River

Nicholson River

Gippsland Lakes