Big Bream in the Bemm
  |  First Published: July 2005

The winter months are now upon us and traditionally it’s a quieter time here at the Bemm with not too many anglers venturing far from home. With the entrance now open and the weather fairly benign, it’s a prime time to take the plunge and get to the Bemm for a fish.

Quality bream are starting to bite in the lake with a few good luderick mixed in as well. The deeper areas of the estuary are fishing better throughout the day with the shallows around the edges firing early morning and late evening. Whilst sandworm has been the most popular bait, quite a few of the better quality bream have been taken on peeled local prawn. Freshwater yabbies have also proved popular with frequent visitors Keith Higgs and Rob Bremner, who bagged several bream over the kilo mark.

The yellowfin bream have taken advantage of the open entrance and ventured into the channel from outside. Some great specimens have been caught with the odd one tipping the scales at over 3lb. These fish have predominately been caught down the channel.

Over the last three years we have seen some enormous schools of salmon enter the system too. With the entrance now open we’re all hoping that this happens again.

The river can be a bit inconsistent this time of year, however with the lower water and the snags now more exposed, I’m sure some quality bream and perch will be on offer to those casting soft plastics or hard-bodied lures.

The surf has started to fire up with some good catches of salmon, mullet and tailor. The best results have been achieved with bluebait and pilchards, with the ever-reliable surf poppers accounting for plenty of fish.

Road works are planned in late June and early July on the Pearl Point Road. It will be closed for approximately 2 weeks, during which car access to the beaches will not be allowed. The exact dates are not finalised as yet, so if you are planning to fish any of the beaches down that way, it would pay to ring first.

Work has started on the new jetty. Stage one dredging commenced in early June. If all goes to plan it should be completed by the time this issue hits the shelves.

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