Big Bemm Bream to 1.5kg
  |  First Published: August 2005

It’s been an interesting time over the past few months with water conditions fluctuating drastically in a relatively short period. First, the entrance opened in late May but then closed in only four weeks. The lake rose very slowly throughout June and then, in July, we received some welcome heavy rain. With the Bemm in flood, the lake filled completely and the entrance opened again, this time without the use of explosives.

The fishing has been a bit like the water level, up and down, however there have been some quality beam and luderick caught by those anglers who’ve hung in there and persevered.

Bob’s Bay and Siberia have really fired, with the drop-off between the mouth of the channel and Mahoganies also productive. It seems that the fish will bite in spurts of forty minutes or so with really quiet periods in between. Bags of 5 to 8 quality bream have looked very impressive with a few fish over the kilo mixed in. There’s even been the odd one over 1.5kg. Sandworm continues to be the pick of the baits.

The open entrance creates the potential for some top action over the coming months. The bream should head up the river to spawn and there’s still a chance that the salmon will poke their noses into the channel. The luderick, whilst not as prominent as previous years, seem be in good numbers and quality when the schools are located.

Previous years also indicate that a few trevally and tailor should be on offer. The estuary perch will have a crack at spawning and I urge all anglers to think carefully about taking these fish at this time of year.

If you’re looking for some great sport and a bit of winter exercise then try walking the beaches and casting lures. A pair of thigh waders are perfect for walking around in the wash and allow you to get that bit of extra distance while staying dry. Your tackle doesn’t need to be specialised. A 7-8ft bream rod will do.

When fishing relatively light line (8-10lb) it’s really important to have a full spool to maximise casting distance and reduce the risk of being spooled by a bigger fish. In good conditions, a 30g lure is all you need. Any of the metal slices seem to work well with a fast retrieve. Salmon are the main species targeted from the beach, although tailor and trevally can be caught as well.

Construction of the new jetty is incomplete at time of writing, however we are hopeful that completion is not too far away. Extensive dredging around the boat ramp and jetty will provide easier and safer access to this new facility.

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