, Port Arthur, Texas

April 24, 2013

OUTDOORS COLUMN: Bream fishing picking up

Chester Moore, Jr.
The Port Arthur News

— The bobber kept going under.

    Every time it hit the water, the tiny red and white bobber went under and the angler pulled in a bream.

    I watched this from afar at the Louisiana Tourist Bureau just across border from Orange off of Interstate 10 last week.

    I was doing some photography in the beautiful swamp setting and saw several anglers catching solid numbers of bream.

    The bream are usually spawning pretty heavy by now in the ponds I fish in Orange but the cold weather seems to have pushed them back a bit. However, with each warming trend I am seeing beds form and more big, beautiful (and tasty) bream moving to the shallows.

    Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) officials report the bream action has been very good on Sam Rayburn and its about time for it to kick off in a big way on Toledo Bend as well. The bite has been off and on there but once the last front moves through we should see solid bream action for a while.

    The spawn usually peaks around the first full moon in May but there are numerous spawns that occur and they can go well into summer in some areas.

    Local anglers should rejoice that we have excellent bream fishing options in our local rivers and bayous. The Sabine River and its tributaries Little Cypress, Cow and Adams Bayous have better bream fishing than I have seen in a number of years and reports indicate the fishery is coming back in the Taylor Bayou system.

    TPWD officials restocked them into those areas after Hurricane Ike to help bring them back after the massive fish kills.

    Bream fishing is a great way to spend time with family and introduce kids to the sport of fishing. All it requires is a cane pole (or spincast combo) with a bobber, hook and an earthworm or cricket.

    I have been using the Gulp crickets over the last few years and have found them to super effective. They are easier to keep up with than the real thing and work just as good if not better. They also last through several bites.

    Bream is a catch-all term for a variety of perch and there are no size or bag limits. Anything the size of one’s hand or bigger is eating size and some get big enough to get small fillets off of.

    I watched Erin Beard catch one that weighed nearly a pound on one of my F.L.E.X. Fishing trips for kids two weeks.

    This lively young lady has incredible fishing skills for a fourth grader and as the massive perch doubled over her light action rod and turned, flipped and run in the water I remember what fishing was all about.

    We as adults can make fishing complex and it certainly can be but I defy anyone to find anything more enjoyable than fishing over a bream bed with an enthusiastic child. You will both have the kind of fun that usually comes only in childhood.

    If you catch a mess of bream or an especially big one send photos to for inclusion in the next edition of Real Outdoors of Southeast Texas.

    We want share your catch with the region and highlight our wonderful fisheries.

 (To contact Chester Moore, e-mail him a You can hear him on “Moore Outdoors” Fridays from 6-7 p.m. on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI. You can follow him on Twitter @flexfishing and watch his WebTV Series at www.