Spring looking good at Bemm
  |  First Published: September 2007

Plenty of rain over the past couple of months has seen the entrance remain open, with the system as tidal as it has been for some time. As predicted, the fishing has really fired up and the next few months are looking good.

Some good catches of luderick have been reported again, but I’m not sure whether these are a new run of fish that have come in or if they are a sample of what has been in the system for a couple of years. They have been spread pretty well throughout the lake with a couple of the better areas being Bobs Bay and the western edge of Pelican Point.

The bream have been the highlight with some excellent specimens weighed in. Sandworm has been the most popular bait and is available locally, but some of the bigger fish have been taking peeled local prawn. It’s probably a good idea to always take a pack just for that bit of variety. Better areas for the bream have been around the mouth of the river, and down the channel on the turn of the tide.

The surf has been a bit patchy, and with some pretty ordinary weather thrown in as well not too many fish have been landed. A few of the locals have had success walking the beaches casting lures, but generally there have been a lot of casts between fish.

We are now coming into a couple of our busier months and from what we have seen so far it looks like being a bumper period. There have already been a few good bream caught at Dollys Garden up the river, and with the entrance remaining open it looks like we are in for a reasonable spawning season. Because these fish are spawning I think there really has to be some consideration as to how many fish we take at this time of year. It would be a shame to see a repeat of the eighties when massive numbers of big fish were taken from the system.

With the entrance open and deep there is still the potential for salmon, tailor and trevally to come in and these species have provided some fantastic sport over the last three or four years.

Works on the car park and boat ramp are all but completed, with the surface to be sealed in early summer. The facility is open and once a few more adjustments are made to the jetty it should be a serviceable launching facility that we can use all year round.

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