250g - 4kg
Yellowfin Bream frequent the beaches, rocks and estuarine waters of the eastern coast of Australia from central Qld. to eastern Vic. They inhabit bays, lakes, tidal rivers and creeks, estuaries, surf beaches and rocky headlands often forming into large schools. Individuals found in the coastal waters along beaches and open waters take on a silver appearance whereas the estuarine dwellers are more darker in form
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. If cover is close by such as a reef or pier pylons then bream will dive amongst this cover when hooked.
Australian record Yellowfin Bream 4.445kg.
bait: Abalone gut, Bass Yabbies (nippers), Beach worm, Blood worm, Crab, Dough, Fish flesh, Mussel, Octopus, Pilchard, Pippi, Poddy mullet, Prawn, Sand worm, Shrimp, Tuna
Link: 2 - 6kg main line with a 40cm trace.
Hook: No.4 - 1/0 Mustad 540 Viking, No.4,6 or 8 Longshank for nippers, prawn and worm baits.
Rig: Light rig with lightest ball running sinker as possible.
At beaches bream can be found in small gutters and areas of deeper water where they will feed on worms, small crab and shellfish delivered by the wave action and surge. Most cases bream can be found where there is a rocky bottom. Beach bream prefer pippi, pilchard fillets and beachworms and bite best at early morning or late afternoon and evening combined with a rising tide bringing the fish out of the deeper gutters and channels and up on to sandbars in search for food. Bream often follow schools of tailor and feed on the pickings left behind. During winter months bream congregate in deep fast running water near surf bars where rivers and estuaries enter the open sea. Best times here are at night and dawn especially big tide nights which correspond with periods a few nights before and up to the full moon and new moon. Use minimum terminal tackle at beaches so the bait is presented naturally with the wave action and a light beach rod of 3 - 4m is ideal for bream fishing at the beach and from rocks. From the rocks bream will be found in small gutters and washes that have white water spilling over broken reef, the fish scavenge the bottom and rock ledges for small crabs and crustaceans. Try a small cut crab allowed to wash around freely here. A technique for berleying bream from the rocks is to hang a fish frame over the edge and allow the wash to break up the frame to make a natural trail. Unweighted baits are best used with berley trails from rocks and only use a sinker if the water is turbulent or your bait is hanging on the surface. During July/August spawning occurs leading to large congregations toward river mouths and sand bars. Biting is avid at these times. Small lures cast accurately and repeatedly into cover will encourage a strike.