Fun in the autumn sun
  |  First Published: May 2014

We are having fun times down here at Bemm River at the moment. Sibiera and around the entrance to Mud Lake have been fishing extremely well for quality bream.

Bob Webster, of the Pakenham Angling Club, has been visiting Bemm River for many years and reports this last trip was the ‘best ever’. Bob and his sons, Grant and Scott, and good friend Graeme Brenchley had a great time with the Pakenham Angling Club’s annual fishing trip. The day before they left both Graeme and Bob bagged out on quality bream just near the entrance to Mud Lake using prawns.

Geoff Taylor, also from the Pakenham Angling Club, decided to have a late afternoon fish from the fishing platform and was nicely rewarded with a 43cm black bream weighing in at 3.9lb.

Some days it pays to move around a bit. “If you have not had a quality fish within 15 minutes then pull up anchor and move locations,” is Des Wilson advice. He has been fishing The Bemm for 40+ years.

Some of our younger anglers from Melbourne visited recently and had a great time as well. Similar to the earlier story, Danny, Alex, Bobby and the boys went to the fishing platform late one afternoon and to their surprise Danny hooked and released a huge flathead measuring approximately 80cm. There was a mad scramble to the car to go back to the unit to get a net big enough to land this monster. There are plenty of fish cruising around the shallows, especially with the waste from the fish cleaning table going directly back into the system.

The river has been quiet lately. As winter approaches the bream will tend to move into the upper reaches and are always a good target on the cold frosty mornings in the deep holes along the river.

The surf has been fishing well for salmon and the odd tailor. When weather permits there has been good catches of gummies on the full moon.


(Left to right) Graeme Brenchley, Bob, Scott and Grant Webster said their recent trip to the Bemm was the ‘best ever’.


Geoff Taylor of the Pakenham Angling Club with his 43cm bream caught off the fishing platform.


The Melbourne boys with the monster flatty they caught off the fishing platform.

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