Channel your thoughts at Bemm
  |  First Published: June 2008

The entrance at Bemm River remains closed with the water rising 10-12cm over the past month. The fishing has been a bit patchy, with the quieter times usually corresponding with the full moon period.

It is interesting to note that during this period there were some good bags of bream caught after dark by those anglers keen enough to brave the cooler conditions. Three or four days after the moon the fish have bitten pretty well, and the quality has been excellent. The shallow areas of the lake are still the most productive although there have been a couple of good reports from the deeper water around the Mahoganies.

Bags have consisted predominantly of bream, with the odd good luderick mixed in as well. Sandworm and peeled local prawn are the best bait and it really does pay to take both because there are days when they will take one and not the other. Sandworm is still available locally but is getting harder to get with the water rising.

The channel has also fished well at times, with one notable bream over 4lb caught on sandworm. There is plenty of interesting water to fish with the shallower sand flats and deep gutters in between both producing fish. There are still a few big tailor in the channel and they can be caught trolling lures or using live bait or mullet fillets. There are still a few bait prawns in the system but the nights and water are getting pretty cold.

There are schools of yellow-eye mullet hanging around the jetties and they can be caught on worm fished under a float. There are plenty of small ones but if you persist it’s not too hard to catch a feed of better ones over 30cm. Whilst launching my boat I noticed a local landing a couple of nice mullet and was surprised when he showed me all he was using for bait was a small piece of Berkley Sandworm in camo colour. The mullet were at it the moment it hit the water, so I don’t know what they put in the plastic but it sure works.

The surf has fished pretty well with some nice salmon and plenty of trevally landed. The beach at the entrance has been the most productive with a few fish also caught at Pearl Point. Bluebait and pilchards have worked well with surf poppers also producing plenty of fish.

Col and Jill Witcombe caught these bream in the channel at Bemm River. Col’s fish was a shade over the magical 4lb.

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