Kieren likes to fish in various Gold Coast waterways targeting a variety of species including bream, flathead, tarpon, mangrove jack, and various sub-species of trevally among others. He recently upgarded to a pedal yak and has never looked back! While at home on the water, Kieren has no problem wading through chest deep water at night to get to where the fish are at. I reckon he is half crazy but the man lands some epic fish so the effort obviously pays off.
Here is what Kieren has to say!
The warmer months of the year see our estuaries and river systems blossom into a rich nursery for all forms of life. Small jelly prawns line the banks whilst glass eye perch (or glassies) congregate around bridges, rock bars, and other forms of structure. With this influx of small bait species comes the perfect opportunity to target one of Australia’s most accessible sport fish, the Yellow Fin Bream.
If you ask just about any person what the first fish they ever caught was, there’s a strong chance they will tell you it was a bream. Whilst targeting them on bait is somewhat of an easy task, they can be very tricky to entice with an artificial lure or fly. Bream are one of the more cunning species of our estuaries and there is a great deal of skill involved in capturing them consistently on lure.
Summer is definitely my favourite time of year to target bream as the strong influx of bait drives the bream into the shallows for some excellent sight fishing. Whether it be wading the flats casting small surface lures, or skipping soft plastics under pontoons, there is always a way to entice those big blue nose thumpers out for an easy meal. I think the visual aspect is the most exciting aspect of these styles of fishing. The blood really gets pumping when you can watch a large bream swim over and engulf your presentation, then hightail it back to the snag from which he came.
Some lures that have proven very effective this summer for me have included the Daiwa Silver Wolf Slippery Dog 65f and the Zman Slim Swimz in the blood worm colour pattern. I’ve spent a lot of time fishing the canals from my kayak and found the Slippery Dog to be most effective early in the mornings on the top of the tide. During this period the bream have been moving off the pontoons to forage along the flats and the Slippery Dog is the perfect prawn imitation. Once the tide recedes and the sun gets higher in the sky, the bream will start to move back under their pontoons and into the shade. This is when I turn to the Slim Swim, rigged on a 1/24th of an ounce jig head. Pitch these plastics hard up against the jetty or wharf, sometimes even banging them into the sides to make a bit of noise. Then commence a very slow roll with a few shakes and hang on! Keep in mind there are a hundred and one ways to target bream and their moods change on a day-to-day basis. Once you feel you’ve mastered one way of targeting them, move onto the next. Use your time on the water to learn the habits of fish local to your area.