Perseverance the key to Bemm bream
  |  First Published: May 2007

The entrance remains closed and without significant rainfall in the catchments it will most probably remain that way for some time.

When you ask the question “How’s the fishing at Bemm?” to anyone who has recently visited, the most common answer is “pretty tough”. This is probably a fair response as the fishing has been quite patchy and anglers have had to work hard for their fish.

Despite this, anglers who are hanging in there and persevering have more often than not been rewarded with some quality bream.

Peeled local prawn has been the pick of the baits with a few fish also taking freshwater yabbies. As the lake is closed and the water reasonably high, there are plenty of different places where the fish are hanging out. On some days the deeper water off Pelican Point has been productive, while on others the shallow sandbanks around the mouth of the river have been successful.

It really pays to keep moving to find fish. Time of day has been pretty important too; more often than not the last hour or so before dark has produced the goods.

With not much sandworm around the luderick have been pretty quiet but there have been a number of other species caught to make up for this loss.

A few big tailor are still trapped in the system and can be targeted down the channel. Trolling metal or diving lures has been successful with a few others caught on pilchards or live mullet. Some of the bigger ones have weighed over 2kg and have been great sport on light tackle.

King George whiting have also been caught in and around the channel mouth on peeled prawn and pipi. Some of the kids on school holidays also had a ball catching mullet off the jetty on peeled prawn.

Reports from the surf have been rather patchy as well, although the gummies were pretty good once again over the full moon. The best results were achieved with baits of eel and squid.

Casting metal lures into the surf has produced some good salmon and tailor. A few fish have also been caught on bluebait and surf poppers.

Works on the car park and boat ramp are progressing well, with the concrete for the new ramp poured just before Easter. This project will be completed very soon with the sealing of the car park. I’m sure many anglers are looking forward to making the most of these great new facilities.

Glenn Alexander with a top Bemm River bream of just over 1kg.

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