Somerset dam is located 30km north east of Esk
What fish are in somerset?
Somerset dam has been stocked with bass, yellowbelly, cod, boney bream, talapia
How do I catch fish at Somerset?
The first thing is finding the fish. Catching fish at somerset is also made a lot easier if you have a fish finder. So keeping in mind that you have a map, knowledge of prime spots on the dam and a fish finder we’ll get into the other important details.
Other factors that need to be considered:
time of year your fishing
Next we will discuss the 4 different types of fishing at Somerset Dam .
Deep edge fishing means steep banks like rock walls, steep rock walls that have produced great fish for us. The best way to fish this is using my number one lure is suspending Jackall Chubby. If you have floating ones you can also add tungsten weight to make it suspend.
For this type of fishing you will need a soft fast reaction rod like the Samurai 101. Fast reacting allows you to cast those light lures and soft because when fishing treble lures its so easy to strike to hard and pull the hooks.
This fishing is possibly imitating a moving bait fish? Casting your lure tight up to the edge is crucial and trying to run your lure past any laying down or standing up timber will produce fish. A normal slow roll technique will work but sometimes cranking it down 5-6 winds then pausing your lure and if you have a suspender on it will stay there in about 6 feet. Hopefully your lure is infront of a log when paused, then small shaking of your rod tip just enough to wiggle the lure not move it will send off a great little vibration to entice the fish. After a 20 second pause/ wiggle continue your slow roll back if you don’t get hit on the pause it’s usually the first couple of winds after that the fish will strike.
This seems to be a year round bite. The fish we are catching in these areas are resident fish living of structure so these spots combined with this technique is always worth a try.
1. Deep edge fishing
This means targeting banks and bays that have a slow contour. The best way to fish this and my number one lure is spinnerbait using a heavier rod like samuri 302 will suit this fishing because of the weight of the lure. This fishing is possibly imitating a small school of bait fish swimming in the shallows. Fishing your spinnerbait with a slow roll retrieve so that it follows close to the bottom bumping over any structure, like big rocks, or big lay downs that are hidden under the water. (These structures hold resident fish).
Using big long casts up to the edge and letting the lure sink to the bottom. Start by giving the lure a rip to free it of any weed also this kicks the blades over to start the retrieve. Continue your retrieve slowly just so you can still feel the vibration of the blades. Once your lure is half way back to the boat stop your retrieving and let the lure sink back to the bottom, once again click the reel into gear and continue your retrieve all the way back to the boat again. On the pause or just after the pause is a common time for the fish to strike. This technique and areas marked 2 are best fished in winter, when the fish are moving up to the shallows for the warmer water but can catch the resident fish year round.
2. Shallow edge fishing
Somerset has some great flats of 20 – 50 ft that again we have caught good fish off. The best way to fish this and my number one lure is Jackal Soft Mask Vibe 19 gm. This will require a heavier rod because of the weight of the lure and a stiffer action to hop the lure better. Rod of choice is a Quantum Response 3-6kg possible imitating boney bream or red claw depending on how it’s worked and what colour.
One way of fishing these areas is to do big long casts letting the lure sink to the bottom ( sink rates ) using a normal slow wind retrieve half way back then stoppoing and letting it sink back to the bottom wait 10 seconds and continue slow roll retrieve back.
This technique will imitate a boney bream and favourite colour for that is Tennessee Shad. The other way to retrieve is hopping in which we do two short sharp lifts with the rod getting the mask to vibrate both times then the important part is the pause at the top of the hop because it is in that small pause the fish will usually bite then dropping the rod tip and winding the slack up letting the lure drop back to the bottom. For this technique we like to use Ghost Black Red Belly Mask to imitate a red claw but other colours will work and will imitate other things. This technique is more so a summer bite due to the fish in the deep water becoming more active in with heat but always worth a look the one tricky thing we have found recently is that the fish in these flats are hard to find with the fish finder they seem to be sitting hard on the bottom and its not until you get one to follow or hit that the archers on your sounder will start rising up so instead of just sounding over these spots stop and have a fish just in case.
3. Fishing deep flats
This is the most popular style of fishing at somerset it continuously produces fish and these spots are always holding fish its whether they will bite…