Open entrance opens options
  |  First Published: March 2015

As usual, the fishing is firing on all cylinders in The Bemm River. With the entrance still open last month, anglers have been catching plenty of quality bream, trevally and flathead. Luderick have also been on the bite in the channel not far from the Refuge Hut.

The bait anglers have had success with frozen banana prawn. The lure anglers have also enjoyed success with their soft plastics and hardbodied lures.

Due to the entrance being open for some time, we were deprived of a prawn season again this year. I must make you aware that there have been a couple of seals in the waterways, which does disrupt the fishing at times.

I also want to make readers aware that when the entrance is open, anything from the ocean has access to enter the channel and inlet. A couple of years ago, a whale carcass floated up the channel and was there for sometime. As the food chain goes, this decomposing carcass provided food for a lot of fish species, birds and animals. Recently, an 8ft bronze whaler shark entered the channel and was caught by one of our local anglers. It does pay to be mindful that species from the ocean can enter this area whilst open, so take care.

The surf had been quiet over the past months, but now as the warm waters are prevalent, the salmon, tailor and gummy shark are definitely there. This should produce great surf fishing during the next few months while the weather is still warm.

Fishing in the river has picked up but with the water level low, it restricts the bigger boats from getting there.

Riverbank fishing has been great, fishing from the first platform right up along the river bank up to the bridge.

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