Once again the entrance has closed after a relatively short period of being open. The fishing remains steady, although on some days anglers have had to work pretty hard for their fish.
Some excellent catches of big luderick up to 2kg have been reported, which confirms that another school managed to get in before the entrance closed. For a week or so they have been holed up down in the channel, but they should now spread throughout the system as they have in previous years. Sandworm fished on the bottom or under a float is the best bait for targeting these big blackfish. Renowned as quite finicky weed eaters it would also surprise a few anglers to know that a few good specimens have also been caught on large deep diving lures whilst trolling for tailor.
The bream have been a bit inconsistent with some days fishing better than others. It can be rather frustrating to have a cracker of a day and then go out soon after to the same spots with the same bait and catch bugger all. I guess that’s fishing.
I’ve had a couple of outings on the lake and managed a few nice fish. The area around the mouth of Swan Lake produced a couple of fish, but I still had a few moves where I couldn’t lose a bait. The drop off at Pelican Point was also productive, particularly just on dark.
The coming months usually see the bream head up the river to spawn. Only time will tell, but if the entrance remains closed they will probably find the right salinity in the lake or channel and give the river a miss.
Trolling and casting for tailor down the channel has been a good option particularly if the bream and luderick are a bit quite. They seem to be sitting fairly deep in the water, which is why diving lures have been so effective. Anglers have also found that after a couple of passes over an area the fish spook a bit. It’s better to drift and cast for a while before resuming trolling.
The surf continues to fire and for anyone coming down to the Bemm I’d recommend throwing the surf rod in the car.
The Bemm River Angling Club recently conducted their annual surf competition and despite some pretty ordinary weather, some quality fish were weighed in.
The heaviest salmon for the event was 2.5kg. It was caught on a pilchard.
A few of the better fish were also caught on lures.
Fish were caught off most of the beaches with the entrance providing plenty of action on the last day.Reads: 1132