Bountiful Bemm
  |  First Published: October 2005

It always amazes me, and plenty of others for that matter, how the Bemm continues to produce the fish on such a consistent basis. The fishing has been awesome over the last couple of months and there’s no sign of it letting up.

We’ve seen some fantastic mixed bags with quality, bream, luderick, mullet and trevally caught in both the lake and river. The surf has fired as well with a good mix of salmon, tailor and trevally.

Rainfall in late winter and early spring has helped the entrance remain open and the system has received the good flush that it probably needed. It’s that time of year when the bream head up the river to breed and with conditions being favorable, everyone is hoping for a bumper spawning season to replenish our local stocks.

After two and a half years of ripping anglers arms out of their sockets, the luderick went quiet for a month or so, but they’ve really fired back up and are being caught in good numbers again. Sandworm fished on a running sinker rig with a reasonably small hook (size 2 to 6) has been the best method. The better areas are anywhere there’s patches of ribbon weed. Float fishing is also very effective with the same bait and in similar locations. The drop off from the mouth of Swan Lake to the mouth of the channel is a prime area to target luderick on your next visit.

The salmon run into the channel has been a bit of a fizzer this year although there has been the odd day when they have come in and gone bananas. There is still the chance that they’ll poke their noses in, so if things are a bit quiet in the lake, it’s always worth a couple of trolling runs down the channel just in case.

The surf fishing can be a bit of a lottery. The conditions play so much of a part in your success. October can be a bit of a windy month but anything can happen and on current form it looks like we could be in for a good spring and summer on the beaches. The warmer weather should be more conducive to night fishing, which will hopefully see a few gummies caught. The full moon phase is a popular time to fish for these sharks with the better baits being squid, pilchards and fish fillets.

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