Member of the Bream family, very popular with both weekend anglers as well as serious sport fisherman
How To Identify:
A deep bodied fish with quite a large head and eyes. Dark on the back to silvery / grey on the flanks. Stomach is an off white. Strong quite sharp dorsal fins. Common around sizes up to a kilo however have been caught up to 3 kgs.
How To Catch:
Black Bream can be taken in a variety of ways. Entire magazines are now dedicated to Bream fishing it has such a cult following. May weekend anglers target with bait such as prawns, yabbies, beach worms, and pipis. The fresher the bait the better (as with most fishing!). Although the can hold in large schools certain times of the year they can be quite timid and light line and little of no lead is best. In recent years many have started targeting with lures, in particular small soft plastics and small hard bodies (such as the small size rebel crawdad), and for the most fun - small surface poppers. Small poppers in a clear colour seem to work best.
Found in Southern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and in Western Australia to Shark Bay. It mainly lives in saltwater estuaries, lakes and rivers although know to also travel into fresh water on occasion. Also at home on ocean beaches