Webb Bags Big Bemm Perch
  |  First Published: September 2005

It’s been a pretty exciting last couple of months at the Bemm with the fish really turning it on for all angling methods.

The soft plastic junkies have had a ball down the channel, picking up most species on offer. Hard-bodied lures have also fished well when trolled or cast and the bait fishermen have had plenty to cheer about too. For the flyfishers, the action has been hot and the best results have been achieved with fast sinking lines and leaders.

Heavy rains in mid July started the ball rolling with the resulting flood waters filling and opening the lake in a couple of days. I managed a couple of sessions out on the lake while the water was very dirty and had some of the best fishing I’ve had in years. The shallow water of Bob’s Bay was very productive with several bream over 1kg and one over 1.5kg. Sandworm has produced most of the fish, although shrimp has also accounted for some of the better specimens.

The surf has fished pretty well with mixed bags reported. Salmon, tailor and mullet have been taken off most beaches on bluebait, pilchards and surf poppers. Casting metal lures is still producing fish as well.

The road works on the Pearl Point Road have been completed and it’s now open. Construction of the new jetty has started and should be completed by the time this edition of VFM hits the stands.

The coming months have the potential to produce some of the best action for the year. Early signs indicate that a few bream may have already headed up the river to spawn, and if the entrance remains open, this should continue for a couple of months. The channel should continue to be productive, particularly if the salmon, tailor and trevally keep coming in the entrance. Soft plastics are very effective, and when combined with a good sounder to locate the schools, and an electric motor for staying on the school, they are lethal.

Good results can still be achieved without the aforementioned equipment by repeatedly drifting over areas that are known to be productive. It can be a bit of a lucky dip and, at the moment, it is not uncommon to catch three or four species out of one small area. The luderick seem to be in good numbers and are sure to be on offer in the coming months too.

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