The Black Bream is found in more southerly estuarine and inshore coastal waters of South Australia. This fish is predominantly an estuarine species but occasionally can be found in oceanic waters. Black bream are attracted to structures like wharf plyons, snags, eroded banks and rock walls which offer protection and shelter.
Work your lures around structure. The big bream are around pylons and bridges as they are feeding on the sea life that is attracted to these areas. Work your soft plastics along the bottom, allow it to settle for a moment between jerks and lifts of your rod tip.
Scavenger fish that is timid and can be spooked easily. They are sensitive to noise, flashing lights and shadows. Good sport on light lines and when hooked behave erratically usually dashing and darting about in short bursts.Size to 4kg
The beauty of bream is they will happily reside in the most built-up of metro areas, or live in a remote and pinched-in little backwater in the middle of woop-woop, and most people have access to a reliable bream fishery.
There's many benefits to fishing from the bank or shore for these fish, as you'll be able to find populations of bream that haven't received a lot of attention from boaties, which is particularly the case in smaller waterways. There's also the convenience of being able to grab some bait or a few lures and have a quick low-fuss session, which can be some of the most relaxing fishing you can do. So where to start your search for a quality bank bream?
When it comes to working lures the shore angler is looking to make as many presentations as possible at bream holding structure, or even known foraging areas for these fish which can be in the extreme shallows in some areas. In more natural systems casts could be aimed at lay-down snags, overhanging trees and rock bars. Older structures that are clearly covered with considerable growth and have been in the system for an extended period of time tend to produce the better fishing. There's nothing like a deep, dark corner of a barnacle encrusted snag to get your casting arm a bit twitchy, as often a fish will be holding up in such areas and willing to swipe at an intruding object.
When the system opens up it can be a bit trickier to find fish, however there's still enough areas to focus the bream to make them viable for lure flickers. Nipper beds, holes, weed beds, and even open flats will hold fish. Man-made structures such as bridges, pontoons, rock walls and wharfs etc. will have the food and shelter requirements box ticked as well.
The bait angler is generally looking for features as well, although is concerned with finding areas the bream will hold or swim through. This could include fishing near structure, in holes, channels and other promising hot spots. As you could be spending a while in the one spot, taking the time initially to pick an area that inspires confidence is crucial to a successful session. In the lower sections of tidal estuary waters, the flats are prominent feeding sites for bream. Crustaceans, shellfish, worms and baitfish can be found over these fertile grounds. Channel edges and weed beds are also hot spots in tidal areas, as food will be flushed out, or at least semi exposed and easy pickings for a foraging bream.
Both lure and bait anglers should concentrate efforts around low light periods. Many people prefer the morning bite for lure flicking as the fish have had considerable time without being disturbed which is great in highly 'metro' areas, though being the hunters they are, during the last hint of light in the afternoon they'll be on the prowl looking to wreak havoc on local bait stocks.
Luring exploits can be done during the sunny part of the day, although you'll have to work for your results and fishing shaded sections of banks becomes important, as does working the deeper holes where fish are likely to still be feeding and not just sheltering from predators.
Bait anglers are equally guided by the time of the day and will notice results dwindle with the sun directly overhead in some shallower locations. This said, fish will concentrate in deep holes during these times, and it comes down to knowing your area and finding options to try at the various times of the day.
Tides dictate the action for both lure and bait fishos. Bream like a bit of run in the water to uncover food, and will bite best on the stronger tides. Which stage of the tide they bite can be a local detail. Some rivers fish best around low water as the fish are condensed into a smaller area, while high water will fish better in other areas as the bream will use it to venture further upstream or up onto the flats.
Observation is required for bank bream. Bream will offer subtle clues that they're in the area. Look for any ripples or surface activity from these fish, also pay attention to edges of bank that are covered with vegetation as often the bream will be crashing bugs and other critters as they fall into the water. There's many examples of possible bream activity in an area which are worth learning and tuning into.