Big luderick and bream at Bemm
  |  First Published: November 2008

Despite some pretty windy spring weather there has been some excellent fishing at the Bemm over the past month. In October the entrance remains open, which means we are every chance of having another good prawn season. It’s a bit early for them to be showing up, but hopefully the tiny ones are there and growing, ready to be caught in January-April.

The luderick, which were pretty quiet throughout winter, have really started to fire up, with plenty of specimens tipping the scales at 1.4kg. I’m not sure if they are a fresh run of fish through the entrance or just the remnants of previous years. They can be targeted pretty much throughout the whole system using sandworm, either fished under a float or on a running sinker rig. A few have even been caught up the river.

Not to be outdone, the bream have also been biting well in both the lake and river. In November the shore-based angler can walk the banks of the river and are a good chance of catching a feed.

In the lake, quality bream have been landed in several areas. Bobs Bay, The Mahoganies and Pelican Point have all produced nice beam on sandworm and peeled local prawn.

The surf has been a bit patchy but on the good days there have been excellent bags of salmon and mullet caught. Bluebait, pilchards and surf poppers have all worked well, with Pearl Point and the entrance the pick of the beaches.

There have been no reports of any gummy sharks as yet but with the warmer weather now settling in we should see more people on the beach after dark. If the last couple of years are anything to go by we should see a few sharks landed.

There have been some extra large tailor cruising around in the lake and they have been caught mainly by anglers casting lures for bream or estuary perch. A fair number of these fish are between 1.5-2kg, with one monster weighing in at 3.24kg. Over the past year or so we have seen several bream that have had clean bites taken out of them, or in some cases their tail ends completely severed, and I’m pretty sure that these big choppers are responsible. They are great sport on light tackle but some sort of trace or wire is essential.

Cody and Nick caught these two bream at Bemm River. There will be some quality bream on offer in the lake during November.

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