Fishing Land Based For Bream : Walk-In Fishing At Its Best

Fishing land based for bream on light gear is definitely a heap of fun; they are great to catch for anglers of all abilities as they can be caught on lures, flies or bait and put up a pretty good fight once hooked!

This bream was caught fishing one of the many lakes the Fraser Coast has on offer.

This bream was caught fishing one of the many lakes the Fraser Coast has on offer.

Bream can be caught land based in many places such as in the lakes, in and around the marina, off the pier and most rocky structures. In this article I will go through some tips and techniques to hopefully help you to catch more bream in your local area.  

Where to catch them?

Tidal and mostly land locked lakes which hold good numbers of quality bream. These lakes get a topping up of salty water on the big tides via grates and pipes which lead into the lakes. When the wind is up, or you simply have a couple of hours up your sleeve these are perfect to go and catch a few bream in. In and around the Marina is another spot which holds good bream although these bream are sometimes tricky to catch as they scavenge off the scraps people throw off their boats and are in a high traffic area.
Fishing the shallow reefs on a low tide from the rocks can also produce some quality bream.

Fishing the shallow reefs on a low tide from the rocks can also produce some quality bream.

 

Water Clarity Counts

Another thing that makes these fish challenging to catch is the crystal clear water. The pier and jetty’s also fish well for bream at different times in the year particularly in winter. During this time you will see many of people down there catching them in numbers to 50cm, when they are thick like this through the winter months they are mainly caught on herring although it doesn’t hurt to throw down a couple of your favourite soft plastics to see if they will give them a crack! Bream love to inhabit areas such as rock bars and mangrove lined creeks. Land based fishing along the edges of small creeks can be challenging to get a cast in but very rewarding when you get a hook up to stonker.

Trusted Techniques

The main thing to remember when fishing, and for bream in particular, is the old saying that goes ‘fish light to get the bite’. Light fluorocarbon leader is essential and definitely will increase your catch rate. When fishing the lakes and even off the beach for bream it always pays to go down to at least 6lb leader and maybe even 4lb at some stages. The occasional fish in the lakes might try and get you down into the rocks but the number of bites you will get is definitely more than if you were to fish a 12lb leader. I guess with every species we all have a technique that we like to use and for bream I like to fish a lighter weight jig head so I can the lure takes longer to work its way through the water column.
Kingfisher Jetty on Fraser Island is a great place to catch bream right on the top of the tide, this bream was caught by dropping a plastic down next to the pylons.

Kingfisher Jetty on Fraser Island is a great place to catch bream right on the top of the tide, this bream was caught by dropping a plastic down next to the pylons.

The All-Important Pause

    I have found that the bream tend to eat on the pause or when the lure is fluttering back to the bottom so when you use a lighter jig head you tend to pick up a couple more fish than if you were to fish a heavy jig head. Again this is down to the depth of water you are fishing and the area, for instance there is particular places you might fish such as around a rock wall where there is a relatively strong current pushing past and you might have to use a ¼ oz jig head to keep your lure in the zone and this perfectly fine.
Aidan Robertson with a bream caught fishing a small creek drain as the tide starts to push back in.

Aidan Robertson with a bream caught fishing a small creek drain as the tide starts to push back in.

 

Fishing Strong Current

In these areas with stronger current I like to fish a ¼ oz jig head rigged to a 4” Z-Man Curly TailZ Plastic. I have found these 4” Curly TailZ to be deadly on the bream over the last couple of years especially in the colour Motor Oil. Selection of lure colour I strongly base on the clarity of the water if the water is clear for bream I like to fish natural coloured plastics and if the water is dirty I like to fish something a little bit out of the ordinary. In the lakes I like to fish the 2” Z-Man GrubZ rigged to a TT HeadlockZ 1/8th oz – 1/12th oz jig heads in a 1/0. My favourite colour for fishing these lakes for bream would have to be either Pumpkin Seed or Copper Penny.
A beautiful bream caught during an afternoon Land Based session.

A beautiful bream caught during an afternoon Land Based session.

 

Gear to Take

As well as a light leader a nice light spin combo and light braid pairs this off perfectly. When fishing for bream land based I like to fish with a 7 foot 1-3 kg Spin rod (Gary Howard Aussie Natives Tidal Terror), matched up to a 10 or 15 size spin reel for me I like to use a Quantum smoke 10 or Quantum exo 15 with some 6lb Rovex KOR Braid. When fishing land based its really handy to have a good quality fishing trekking pack with room for a truth mat, water bottle, a few lure trays, lip grips, packets of plastics, a bit of food, camera and maybe even a first aid kit depending on how far you plan to venture for the day. It always pays to be prepared in every situation.
‘I hope with this information and techniques you can get together a pack for land based bream fishing in your area, until next time have fun fishing!’ Aidan Robertson
 
Some times fishing isn't just about what you catch at the end of the day, its about everything that you get to see along the way and just small things like the sunset make it very rewarding.

Some times fishing isn’t just about what you catch at the end of the day, its about everything that you get to see along the way and just small things like the sunset make it very rewarding.

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