Black Bream

Scientific Name: Acanthopagrus butcheri

Size: Black Bream usually weigh between 0.4 to 1.5 kgs however specimens above this are not uncommon. The growth potential is said to be up to 4 kgs.

Identification: Colouration of the bream varies considerably depending on habitat and water clarity. Bream found in the upper reaches of rivers are often very dark with a black, or dark brown on the back fading to a silver or silvery gold colour on the flanks and belly. However Fish found in very clear clean water at the head of estuaries can take on a very silver appearance.

Distribution: The Distribution of Black bream is from southern NSW through to Shark Bay in WA. The species can also be found throughout Tasmania and on Flinders and Kangaroo Island. In Victoria the species Can be found right along the coast from Mallacoota Inlet in the east to the Glenelg River in the West.ia.

Habitat: The habitat of black bream is quite diverse. The species can be found from fresh water to the mouth of estuarine systems. They will almost never leave an estuarine system unless flushed out by flood waters. Black bream are often found around or amongst stucture such as snags, jetties, rock bars, weed beds & drop offs. Black Bream will also forage amongst shallow flats looking for food.

Feeding: Bream feed extensively on a variety of esturine forage such as muscles,oysters, prawns, shrimp, small crabs marine worms and in some situations bait fish. Bream will also forage on terrestrially insects such as cicadas and termites.

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Posted: June 15th 2008 10:00pm

2008 Vic Bream Classics


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Yellow Fin Bream

Scientific Name: Acanthopagrus australis

Size: Yellow Fin Bream usually weigh between 0.2 to 1.2 kgs. Fish over that weight are considered a prize catch. The growth potential is said to be up to 4 kgs.

Identification: Yellowfin bream have a silver to olive-green body with yellowish pectoral, ventral and anal fins. They can be distingusished from the black bream by a small black spot at the base of each pectoral fin and a dark banding along the edge of the tail fin.

Distribution: The Distribution of the Yellow fin bream is from the Gippsland lakes in Victoria up to around Townsville in Northern Queensland.

Habitat: The habitat of Yellow Fin Bream is quite varied, even more so than that of the Black Bream. The species can be found from fresh water, right throughout the estuaries and out into the sea. They Yellowfin Bream  is often found around or amongst structure such as snags, jetties, rock bars, weed beds, drop offs & shallow flats in an estuary system and beaches, rocky fore shores, headlands, near shore reefs and gravel patches in  the ocean.

Feeding: Bream feed extensively on a variety of estuarine forage such as muscles,oysters, prawns, shrimp, small crabs marine worms, bait fish. Bream will also forage on algal growth at times.