Bemm set for a great summer
  |  First Published: December 2007

Despite a couple of weeks of easterly winds, the Entrance fishing remains excellent.

The Melbourne cup weekend was a bit of a blow out, with some pretty ordinary weather making fishing a tough assignment. The conditions since then have been pretty good and anglers have been making the most of it.

The channel continues to produce mixed bags of quality luderick, trevally and tailor. Some of the trevally have been around the 2kg mark and are really hard to stop on light gear.

For the bait fishers, anglers have had success using sandworm and peeled prawn. For lure casters, like myself, drifting and casting soft plastics as paid off as well. The tailor can be caught pretty much anywhere in the channel using lures or bait.

The lake has also been fishing well for luderick and the bream have really fired up over the last month or so. Float fishing at the moment is a great way of targeting these fish. Even though this style of fishing isn’t used a lot, it is a great way to cover a lot of water and the luderick respond really well. Sandworm is still the most popular bait although some of the better quality bream have been taking peeled local prawns.

In November, the weather and water temperature were really starting to warm up. It is this time of year that the dusky flathead come on the bite at the Bemm. I haven’t heard of any being caught, but I have seen a few lying in the shallows while pumping bait. I have tried plastics a couple of times but as yet haven’t had any luck with the flatties.

The surf was pretty quiet in early November, but towards the end of the month there were good catches of salmon and tailor off the beaches. Pilchards, bluebait and surf poppers have all worked well. The full moon phases from December to March should be the peak times to target gummies from the beach.

Gummy sharks have really made a comeback over the last couple of years and we have gone from seeing just the odd one, to multiple catches in the one night. The amount of small undersized gummies last year was also good to see, and could be an indication that the species is doing okay.

There is no sign of prawns as yet, but it is still only early and last year we didn’t see a prawn until January.

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