It’s been a pretty eventful last couple of months at the Bemm with the threat of bushfires cutting short a lot of holidays. Strong winds from the northeast in late December and early January made things tough for anglers and it was a big effort just to load and retrieve your boat.
Fortunately at the time of writing the bushfire threat has been downgraded and the fish have been on the chew. The surf has been a real highlight, particularly over the full moon when a good number of gummies were landed. The most popular bait was eel with a few also taken on salmon fillet and pilchard. On most occasions anglers had to sort through a mixture of skate and Port Jackson sharks but persistence usually paid off when a gummy was finally brought to the beach. The salmon have also been about with good catches reported on pilchards, blue bait and surf poppers.
The warmer weather has spiked the water temperature to a point where the flathead have gone ballistic. Specimens between 4-5kg have been common with a couple over 6kg weighed in as well. Soft plastics have accounted for most of these fish but a few have also been caught while drifting with live mullet and live prawn. The channel is the place to be to chase these big frogs and there has also been some unexpected by-catch in the form of large trevally. ‘Trevors’ over 50cm in length and around the 2kg mark have been plentiful and have provided some of the best action in the past month. There are also a couple of stories about some pretty good anglers getting “smoked “ by even bigger specimens.
Quality bream and luderick are still being caught in the lake and river with sandworm and fresh prawn being the pick of the baits. The river has been a really good option for targeting bream on soft plastics and hard-bodied lures. There seems to be a large concentration of big bream that have remained in the river. They can be caught around the snags, or sometimes they are swimming in open water with the large schools of ‘poddy’ mullet.
There is excellent news on the prawning front with a few good-sized prawns now being caught in the lake and channel. Better results will be achieved around the new moon. If conditions remain favourable we should be still catching them for the next month or two.Reads: 489