Something Fishy: befriend a baker

USE YOUR LOAF: Dean Bird at the marina with his 42cm bread-eating bream.

USE YOUR LOAF: Dean Bird at the marina with his 42cm bread-eating bream.

Fishing in the calm water inside the Nelson Bay Marina, Shoal Bay champion Dean Bird has been having outstanding success catching cracker bream. Dean has devised a sure-fire method that is producing a bag of thumping bream on each of his outings. Using super-fine 2kg line and bread for bait, Dean floats his unweighted bait slowly down until, Whacko! The big bream hit and head into deep water. I did hear that Dean also landed a 44cm luderick using the same technique.

If you intend to use bread for bait, it must be fresh. Stale bread will fall from your hook when it hits the water. Do not mould the bread into a solid ball and do not be tempted to make your own dough. Fresh bread pinched onto a No2 hook will do the trick, particularly if tossed into a gentle bread berley trail. For some reason, fish love bread. When fishing for snapper out of ‘Stinkpot’ I always take at least four loaves with me for berley. I’ve also used doughnuts, scones and lamingtons. Avoid cream buns.

Council memo: Forget the Fingal Bypass and fix the Little Beach boat ramp.