River rises as mouth closes over
  |  First Published: December 2015

It appears the entrance will close within the next week, which will increase the water levels just in time for the holiday period.

Bream, flathead, whiting, trevally, luderick, salmon and the odd perch are all having a crack at a variety of baits thrown towards them.

Southern Boat Angling Club reported that this year’s visit was some of the best quality bream fishing (which they target for their comp) that they have witnessed for many years, with nearly all competitors catching bream over the 1kg mark.

Also during their visit, they caught a few yellowfin bream, flathead and trevally as a bonus by-catch, with their preferred bait being Bass yabbies and peeled prawn.

These catches were reported to be in the location between the river mouth entrance, the channel, The Mahoganies and Siberia.

Salmon have been plentiful on the surf beaches with lots of annoying sand crabs, but these crabs are a size worth keeping and can be a lot of fun to catch if you wrap your pilchard in knitting wool. So anglers, if you are going to do some surf fishing, knock off a ball of wool before you leave home for a great table tempter.

Fishing the river can be rather frustrating with lots of snags there to annoy you. The patient angler will definitely benefit with quality estuary perch and bream. Be prepared to lose plenty of hooks and lures.

A tip to our anglers: it is advised not to have a mesh bag tied to the side of your boat, as our resident sea, Sam, will steal your catch! A perfect way to keep your catch fresh and moist is to place them in a slurry of ice and salt water in an old esky. This will keep anglers tempers at a low.

As we head towards the festive season, David and myself wish all our readers, anglers, friends and customers a healthy and happy Christmas and prosperous and safe New Year. Watch this space – for an exciting new Winter Promotion for Bemm River.

• Book your fishing trips now to avoid disappointment. For on the spot and up to date fishing reports check out Robyn’s website at www.bemmaccommodation.com.au or ‘like’ us on Facebook – Bemm River Holiday Accommodation & Boat Hire. You can also phone (03) 5158 4233 or 0427 584233, or shoot us an email at --e-mail address hidden--

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