Bring on the bream brawlers
Mick Morris

Darryl Sailor with a monster 41cm Jumpinpin bream that went nearly 1kg.

July is a wonderful time of year to head out to the ‘Pin with cool, clear days and light westerly winds. This makes for top fishing conditions. The water temperature is down, which means bream should be on the bite with great catches to be expected all winter long.

Bream are one of the most prolific species throughout the ‘Pin system and are relatively easy to catch, which should put them high on most fishos’ lists. The best baits to score yourself a feed are live yabbies, worms, mullet fillets and gut, prawns, squid and white bait. Even bread balled up on your hook works well too.

When chasing bream you can’t go past the old favourite spots like Kalinga Bank, the dead trees off the bottom of North Straddie, the eastern tip of Crusoe Island, Short Island, Stieglitz, Flat Rock, the Stockyards, the Powerlines, the north wall of the Seaway and the mouth of the Pimpama River.

These spots always produce good quality fish. There is even a pretty good chance that you could land a juvenile snapper there, as they tend to hang around similar areas to bream. Flathead are being caught on soft plastics from the Pandannus weed banks, Whalleys Gutter mouth, the bottom of Kangaroo Island, the sand flats at the top of South Straddle and Kalinga Bank.

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