Prior to the entrance opening in late summer the waterways were abundant with flathead and bream.
One customer, Arthur Davey who is a regular to the area, reported catching tarwhine which he had not seen here for about 10 years. The night before the entrance opened two local anglers ventured down the channel on dusk and had a ball catching salmon, tailor, bream, perch, flatties and garfish. They even dipped for a few prawns and were successful – mainly bait prawns but there were a few ‘eaters’ amongst them.
The opening of the channel was huge and the fishing has continued with amazing runs of salmon coming through the channel on the run-in tide. Flathead are still prominent in the lake in addition to quality bream. The opening will be gauged by the rainfall in the pending months, but either way the health of this system is perfect!
Most anglers have been able to bag out within a short time of hitting the water. I was stunned when one customer told me he was ‘sick of catching fish’ – there were so many out there that the challenge was gone - amazing!
Junior angler, from Briagolong, Brendan Gray, and his family came to Bemm River recently representing the Stratford Angling Club, to challenge the Bemm River Angling Club in their recent competition. Brendan’s preferred bait was frozen prawn and he caught his winning bream in the channel weighing 1.26kg.
Dave Redman recently had a successful trip, his best bream weighing 1.098kg.
We have had lots of reports of anglers placing their catch into their net creel tied to the sides of their boats, on retrieval of net; they find that most of the fish are gone. Maybe these anglers should keep a closer eye on our resident seal that specialises on sneaking around the boats and stealing the catches.
The surf is producing Australian salmon and tailor. Mark Jones, Doc and crew fished Pyoot Bay recently with great success on salmon, tailor, flathead, sea bream and the odd golden eye mullet. In between their salmon and tailor, they caught numerous Port Jackson and shovel nose shark. The best baits were squid, pilchards and blue bait.
So sharpen your hooks, pack your rods and make plans for your next holiday in Bemm River.
Autumn and winter should be an absolute boomer fishing period.
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