Bream on Bread - Tingalpa Creek, Qld. 2022-01-11

Bream Fishing – Size, Bait, Rigs

Bream fishing can either be a simple or challenging affair. Smaller Bream are fairly easy to find and catch, but trying to get a larger size Bream can be a tough ask. With the right Bait and a good Bream rig, you are at least in with a chance. Let’s be honest, the by-catch of smaller Bream is a welcome sight for the weary fisherman looking to get out of a dry spell. Below we cover Bream sizes and types, bait they love to eat and a couple of rigs you can use to get started.

Legal Size

Bream size limits range from 20 cm to 30 cm and bag limits from 6 to 30, depending upon state and species.

Here in Queensland (QLD) the current limits for Pikey, Tarwhine and Yellowfin Bream is;

  • 25 cm minimum size
  • Combined posession limit of 30 in total of these species

Source: Size and possession limits – tidal waters | Recreation, sport and arts | Queensland Government (

5 Bream species from iDfish
Some of the Bream Species (Screenshot from iDfish for iOS/Andriod)

Location – Where to find Bream

Bream species are found all around Australia, different species can be caught in estuaries, coastlines, around reefs, in bay’s and rivers, salt and fresh. When targeting them around Jetty’s, Reefs, Mangroves, Rocky and Sandy areas, look for some structure as a good bet.

My best Bream have come just out the front of a small group of mangroves, similar to the image below, in as little as 50 cm of water. Getting in as close as you can without spooking the fish on a Kayak is always a good option, or casting from the shore is possible too. Just be careful of the snags.

Fishing with kids, a great place to start is at the local Jetty/Pier, just dropping down next to the pylons will surely get a bite or two.

Bait – Types of Bait

Bream will take just about any bait types, even going for hard body and soft plastic lures. Just make sure the hook is exposed.

Some baits to try are.

  • Prawns: Fresh or Frozen – easy to source from local tackle shop/service station
  • Salt Water Yabbies: Fresh Pumped – potential by-catch of species like Whiting and Flathead
  • Squid: Fresh or Frozen – Fresh is best, bait will last longer as tougher
  • Mullet Gut: Fresh or Frozen – Cutting the onion in half or threading the gut on
  • Bread: Moulding some bread around a hook can get you some nice Bream in the right location

Bream Rigs – Basic fishing rigs

Fishing setups for Bream do not come much simpler than when Bream fishing with bait. I have listed two Fishing setups I use for BReam you can try below.

Running sinker rig for Bream (with Swivel)

This rig is useful for casting your bait where you want it and down in the water column, still allowing your bait to be presented well. This Bream rig only needs you to know how to use a Uni-Knot and can get you fishing very quickly.

What you need
  • Ball sinker (Size to suit conditions, keep as light as the current will allow)
  • Swivel (Size to suit line strength)
  • Hook (I like size 1 to 6 size hooks, remember small hooks can catch big fish)
  • Optional: Bead (I like using this to stop line abrasion from sinkers)
Running Ball Sinker Rig for Bream
Running Ball Sinker Rig for Bream
Rigging for Bream (Full)
  1. Slide Ball Sinker onto Main Line
  2. (Optional) Feed Bead onto Main Line
  3. Tie Swivel to Main Line using Uni-Knot
  4. Tie Leader to the Swivel using Uni-Knot
  5. Measure out approximately 60 cm of Leader and cut here (I like to get a little extra in case my Uni-Knot needs to be re-tied)
  6. Tie Hook onto Leader using a Uni-Knot
  7. Trim all tag ends for Uni-Knot’s
  8. Attach your Bait and start Fishing

Because you are using a sinker, this Bream rig can be used to float with the current or stay in a specific position, all depends on the weight of your sinker.

Unweighted Rig for Bream – Just a hook

If you want easy to rig, then this is the one for you. I would recommend using a Fluorocarbon line leader, but Monofilament is ok as well. Braid is not advisable because it is more easily visible by the fish.

What you need
  • Hook (I like size 1 to 6 size hooks, remember small hooks can catch big fish)
Rigging (Full)
  1. Tie Hook onto Main Line using a Uni-Knot
  2. Trim tag end from the Uni-Knot
  3. Attach your Bait and start Fishing

The Unweighted Rig you throw towards where the current is coming from and allow it to float down with the weight of the bait and float with the current.

I hope this post helps you with getting out there and getting a bite or two. In my experience, Bream is one of the best fish to take kids and new fishers to catch as they are readily available and not very picky eaters.

If you are now B-Reaming with excitement and anticipation, time to get out there and have some fun!