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Plenty to look forward to
  |  First Published: October 2008



The entrance was opened at the end of August and after taking a couple of weeks to settle down the fishing has been pretty steady.

As expected the bream have made their way up the river to spawn, and a few small salmon and larger tailor have entered the system on the incoming tide. Trolling or casting lures down in the green water has worked a treat on the salmon and, though they have only been around 500g, there is the potential for schools of bigger fish to come in through the entrance.

The lake has also produced some nice bream and there has been a few good luderick caught up in Siberia. Sandworm has been the bait of choice for the luderick and can be fished either on the bottom with a running sinker rig or underneath a float with a reasonably shallow drop.

For the lure fisher, vibe type lures have been working well in the lake. These lures should also work well in the channel for trevally and flathead.

Once the water warms up in the coming months we should start to see a few big flathead come on the bite. The sandbanks and drop-offs down in the channel are the best places to target the big lizards with soft plastics, hardbodied lures or live bait. They are not just restricted to the channel and can be caught out in the lake as well. The sandbank in front of Swan Lake, right around to the mouth of the channel, is a good area to try as you often see lays where big flathead have been at rest. Best time of day is usually early morning or late in the afternoon.

There have been some excellent gutters on the surf beaches and a few salmon have been caught on bluebait, pilchards and surf poppers.

With the weather warming up, the full moon phases in the coming months will be the time to target gummy sharks. The gummies have showed up in good numbers over the past few years and if we are lucky enough to get some good weather at the right times we should be in for some top action on the beach.

The best rig for gummy action is a single dropper paternoster rig with a 6/0 circle hook. A strip of cured eel about 120mm long and 20-30mm wide is a great shark bait, and will even stand up to crabs and sea lice to a certain extent.

Once again Bemm should provide some top action over the coming months for a wide range of fishing activity.

The lake at Bemm River has produced some good luderick. This one took a Gulp sandworm rigged on a light jighead, but using real sandworms as bait is a more productive option.

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