Yellowfin Bream are a popular food species particularly for family fishers as they are common and take a variety of baits.

  • Overview


    Crystal Bowl GBR is aiming to examine 3 core measures across a wide range of species in the region:

    • Fishing experience (how many fish per trip)
    • Quality of the fish (size of fish)
    • Community attitudes (number of legal size fish kept or released)


    Fishing Experience

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported a catch rate of 0.2 fish/fisher/day
    • Cairns ranked 7th in the state for Yellowfin Bream Catch Rates
    • Insufficient commercial data available


    Quality of the Fish

    • Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys reported the average size of Bream caught was 286mm in 2017
    • Cairns ranked 2nd in the State for size of Bream (based on Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys - based on min 100 fish reported)


    Community Attitudes

    • 92% of Bream reported in 2017 were released 
    • Cairns ranked 2nd in the state in 2017 for the number of fish released


  • Assessment

    Moderate Take For Consumption Advised

    Heavy harvesting of Bream is not recommended, but a moderate take for immediate consumption is unlikely to adversely affect stocks based on available data. Evidence from the Qld Fisheries boat ramp surveys suggests that almost all fish are released.  This indicates fishers are targetting other species and Bream is a bycatch.


  • Forecast


    • Catch rates will likely be up slightly 10%-30%
    • Most legal fish will be in the range 270-300mm
    • Recruitment is likely to be moderate (but may be up on previous years)
  • Qld FIsheries Boat Ramp Surveys - General Fishers

    Monitoring of Recreational Catch by Qld Fisheries

    Queensland Fisheries monitors boat ramps up and down the coast as a part of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy. Fishers in Cairns regularly report catching Bream with most being returned to the water. Monitoring began in 2017 and continues in 2018.

    • Yellowfin Bream was the 9th most commonly reported species in Cairns in 2017
    • The average length of bream in 2017 was 286mm
    • Fishers reported an overall catch rate of 0.13 fish/fisher/day in 2017
    • 92% of Bream reported in 2017 were released
    • 78% of the Bream reported in 2017 were caught by locals
    • Peak period for bream catch rates in 2017 was during January and June


    Qld Fisheries Boat Ramp Surveys monitoring dashboard


  • Sportfishers

    Bream as a Sports Species

    Yellowfin Bream are a sports species in South East Queensland where the opportunity to compete in the ABT Bream Tournaments is a motivator for fishers to develop their Bream fishing skills. In Cairns, Bream are not considered a sports species with limted catches of Bream by Sportsfishers being reported each year. None the less, catches are tracked and if members of the community wish to participated in data collection we would encourage contacting Infofish Australia.

    • data pending

    A detailed snapshot of catches reported by local Sportfishers and Suntaggers is available:

    Cairns Sportfishers

  • Commercial Fishing

    Commercial Fishing Catch

    Yellowfin Bream are not targeted by commercial fishers with most Bream caught as by-catch. As such, there is insufficient data for this assessment.

  • Recruitment

    Monitoring of Bream Recruitment

    Bream recruitment is not monitored in Cairns


  • Monitoring

    Monitoring of Bream

    Data for this assessment has been sourced from:

    • Bureau of Meteorology
    • Local Sportfishers
    • Queensland Fisheries


    Here are links to all the monitoring pages for Bream:

  • Fishing Area

    Area Assessed

    Yellowfin Bream are caught throughout the region, though in smaller numbers than Pikeys.  Most fish are caught in the Rivers particularly around man made strucure or parked vessels.