How to Catch Black Bream
Rigs and Techniques
Using a light spinning rod with a 3-5kg mono line and a 4-8kg mono leader to avoid bust-offs on structures. Depending on whether you want to fish with bait or lures you may want to adjust your outfit, but this one will be effective as a good all-rounder.
For fishing for black bream the most common bait is river prawns, although others such as blood worms, yabbies and bait fish can be effective. Use a small hook and fish it either without a sinker or with a free-running sinker as small as you can get it. Drop the bait to the bottom and let it run in the current. Black bream can be timid biters so make sure you give them plenty of slack and let them take the bait before setting the hook.
For fishing black bream with lures, a technique which is gaining in popularity, minnow lures and even soft plastics are effective when cast towards structures with a slow-to-mid retrieval, flicking the rod tip occasionally to mimic bait movements.
Don’t forget to check if you need a WA fishing licence before heading out.