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. I can be dark grey to almost bronze when taking from some estuaries however ocean fish or those taken over sand or gravel can be almost metallic silver. Common up to a kilo in weight but can sometimes exceed 2 kilos.
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. Many bream fisherman swear by the full moon in May / June / July / August (and the 5 days leading up to) and fishing in coming tides are night around river mouths and oyster rocks. In fact if I wanted a feed of Bream that's exactly what I would do. 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 from central Queensland, down through New South Wales and Victoria where it overlaps with the Southern Black Bream