Melbourne: Bream Fishing Reports – Autumn 2021

Black Bream. One of Melbourne and Victoria's great Estuary fish species.

You can fish all year for Bream in Victoria.  Though they are a lot less active during Winter in my experience.  Starting to fire off late August.


Scientific Name: Acanthopagrus butcheri

Bream Fishing Fishing Reports from around Melbourne and regional Victoria.

While very timid bream can be a fantastic fighting fish.

As a panfish, the flesh is very tasty.

Bream are caught on a wide variety of baits, hardbody lures and soft plastics.

Bream are sensitive to environmental conditions.  They also seem to be sensitive to what fishos have on their hands.

Some claim bream, for example, can detect odour on your fingers ranging from petro-chemicals to nicotine from cigarettes.  Allegedly smokers find it harder to catch bream.

To my knowledge, this has never been scientifically verified.

Victorian Bream Fishing Season: Bream Fishing Season: All Year Round. Best during warmer months.

Total Bream Fishing Catches Reported From Victoria

Bream fishing reports largely come from regional Melbourne and Gippsland. 

Often the Yarra River, Maribyrnong River and the Gippsland Lakes.

However catches are common in the Werribee River in Werribee South. As well as spots like the Barwon River and Mordialloc Creek.

Bream Fishing Catches
October Bream Fishing Catches*: 4.05%
Reported Bait/Lures:  Fuze Triple Tail soft plastic lures
*Catches: Percentage of all fish species Reported to Getfished.

Recent Bream Fishing Hotspots Map

Port Phillip Bay Hotspots: Balcombe Creek,
Western Port Bay Hotspots:
Estuary Hotspots: Maribyrnong River, Patterson Lakes, Patterson Lakes, Yarra River Estuary, , Bemm River, Maribyrnong River,
Misc Saltwater Hotspots:

Black Bream

Maribyrnong River

Black Bream

Patterson Lakes

Black Bream

Patterson Lakes

Black Bream

Yarra River Estuary

Black Bream

Black Bream

Bemm River

Black Bream

Balcombe Creek

Black Bream

Maribyrnong River

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Black Bream. Gotta admit. I’ve never been great at actually catching them At least until very recent years.

What changed? The only thing that changed is I quite smoking.

Bream are notoriously picky. For years I read various experts telling us they are sensitive to contaminants. Even on our fingers.

True? False? Correlation? Duno.

However. Now I can catch them I end to use either Zman Slim Swimz or bait for fish for them. Using my secret chicken recipe.

Sometimes I do both. Using two rods. Soak some chicken on a paternoster (a whiting style rig works fine) and cast around a soft plastic.

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I'm Dave, I live and fish in and around Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
When it comes to fishing I love going out to land-based fishing spots, heading out in the tinny (aka an Aluminum Boat) and kayak fishing.

I've been fishing since I was a teen. Beginning way back in the 1970s. It was a hobby I picked up myself as my family certainly had no interest. Making me the black sheep! My favourite fish is Flathead and Snapper. Though I'm partial to Flake (Gummy Shark) and Calamari too! While I enjoy fishing for freshwater species like Redfin and Murray Cod I prefer eating saltwater species. They're just so mouth-wateringly tasty!

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