Christmas bonus at Bemm
  |  First Published: December 2008

Very little rain in the catchment has resulted in the entrance closing after being open for only six weeks. It hasn’t bothered the fish too much, with excellent catches reported from the river, lake and channel.

While luderick haven’t been caught in large numbers, the quality has been fantastic with quite a few topping 1.4kg. One monster weighed well over 2.3kg, with plenty of hard luck stories about the one that got away right at the boat. For the anglers that want to target luderick, it really pays to try and locate some reasonable clumps of ribbon weed and fish around them with sandworm under a float. You will pick them up bottom fishing as well, but a float keeps the bait off the bottom a bit and also will cover more area.

The bream have really fired and it is encouraging to see the number of fish that were 28-29cm that have grown over the past couple of years to up over 30cm. All parts of the lake have fished well including the really shallow areas.

With the water slowly rising and warming up the shallow sand flats are great areas to target bream with either lures or bait. The channel has also been productive and has produced mixed bags of bream, tailor, trevally and luderick. Flathead should start to make their presence felt as the weather warms in December.

Soft plastics have worked really well with worm and wriggler patterns being the most successful. Vibes have also accounted for quite a few fish. The tailor have been of great quality and really good sport on light tackle. Trolling metal lures has worked well and they have also been shredding plenty of plastics.

The surf has been a bit patchy, however on certain days it fishes really well. Number One Beach has produced mixed bags of salmon, tailor and trevally on pilchards, bluebait and surf poppers. I managed one night on the beach over the last full moon and caught a nice little gummy on a strip of cured eel. Catching gummies is all about putting in the time. In the coming months over that full moon period, any angler who is keen enough to spend a few nights on the beach should be rewarded with a gummy or two.

With the entrance only staying open for six weeks it will be a bit of a coin toss as to whether we will get any prawns this year. It was open at the right time so it’s just a matter of whether that small window was enough to allow any spat to enter the estuary. By January we should know one way or another.

Flathead should make their presence felt in the estuary and channel as the weather warms towards Christmas.

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