Bream

Bream are a popular species caught by many anglers across Western Australia. This amazing fish is fun to catch as it really packs a punch when hooked and they’re pretty good eating too.

Bream are the perfect fish for kids to catch!

There are four types of Bream in Western Australia. These are:

  • Silver Bream (also known as Tarwhine)
  • Black Bream
  • Yellowfin Bream
  • Northwest Bream

Where can you catch Bream in Western Australia?

Different species of Bream can be found all along the coast of WA and also throughout the different estuaries, rivers and inlets. If you’re targeting Bream keep in mind that they really like structure, hence always keep and eye out for rocky structures (e.g. Oyster racks) fallen trees, pontoons, jetties and weed beds.

bird on trees within moore river
A great bream fishing spot!

The above photo from Moore River is a great example of where Bream are likely to be hiding. This spot in particular is deep and has both trees and rocks providing great structure for Bream to inhabit.

If you’re located in Western Australia then below are some known spots to produce some decent Bream:

Perth and surrounds

South west of WA

  • Australind (Inner harbours, inlets, collie river)
  • Port Geographe Marina (Inner rock walls and pontoons)
  • Busselton Jetty (Silver Bream)
  • Augusta (Blackwood River, Hardy Inlet)
  • Denmark (Inlets and Rivers)
  • Albany (Inlets and Rivers)
  • Esperance (Inlets and Rivers)

What baits to use for Bream?

There are a number of baits that work with Bream, however the baits that I’ve had the most success with include:

  • Meal worms or maggots
  • Sand worms
  • Prawns (River)
  • Whitebait or small sardines
  • Small strips of soft squid tentacles
  • Nippers
Fishing with meal worms as bait
Meal worms are a great bait for Bream

One thing that definitely helps with Bream is burley. Hence, if you’ve got a line out and your not having much luck try throwing out some burley. This could be as simple as bread, chopped up pilchard, chicken, corn or chook pellets. Remember though, only throw out small amounts of burley at regular intervals as the key is to attract them rather than over feed them.

Check out the below video showing some silver bream being caught on bait.

Catching Bream on bait

How to prepare and cook Bream

As Bream are considered a pan size fish, rather than filleting, most fisherman opt to scale, gut, cook and serve Bream as a whole.

Depending on the species of Bream you catch the taste is likely to vary. For example, Bream that have been caught in rivers and estuaries are likely to have a darker coloured flesh and a sharper flavour compared to the more coastal species such as the silver bream.

Rules and Regulations

Before you go out fishing for Bream be sure to check the latest fishing rules and regulations for Bream to understand the size limits, bag and possession limits.

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