Bemm River –East Gippsland
  |  First Published: September 2014

Bemm River is situated in East Gippsland along the shores of Sydenham Inlet, which is only a short 5 hour drive from Melbourne.

It is famous for its exceptional fishing in both the Lake and the River, where anglers target big bream and estuary perch along with tailor, salmon trevally, luderick and some very big and healthy flathead, just to name a few.


The warmer months from November through to March offers very good lake and river fishing for most species that you are likely to encounter. The bream push up into the shallows and can be caught on a variety of methods. As the weather cools and the icy cold mornings approach us in winter, this is when the fishing really heats up. Large numbers of bream school up in the lake which can make for some exceptional fishing up there with the best in the country. Also the large number of salmon patrolling the surf beaches and the mouth of the inlet push weights in excess of 4kg, which sure gets anglers forgetting about the cold and the heart rate going.


With the large variety of species on offer a standard bream/estuary type outfit will be more than capable of getting the job done. A 7" graphite spin stick married with a 2000 sized Reel, and 4-10lb braid is perfect.


Depending on what species you are willing to target then the rig can change ever so slightly. A rod length of 4-8lb fluorocarbon leader tied to your braid with a double uni knot is a very good start to ensure best results. All you have to do now is tie your go-to lure on, and cast away.


All methods of fishing work well at Bemm River. While sandworm and live prawns are gun baits which can be all collected there, the lure fishing is what has really taken off in the past decade. Casting lures such as Daiwa Double Clutches, Nories Laydown Minnows and blading the deep water with vibes are lures that are designed for Systems like Bemm and other ones in East Gippsland.


Drift the lake and channel and cast vibe style lures into 2-4m of water and work them back to the boat with a slow lift and drop retrieve. Fishing the flats, work the edge's and cast soft plastics and hard bodies and work them back to the boat with lots of pauses.


Remember that some of the bream and perch in the system may be 40 years or older. So put the big breeders back and take a few smaller fish for the table to preserve future stocks for years to come.


Mark and Jane Cunningham run the tackle shop and general store there. They are both great people and are more than willing to help you out with all your needs and fishing tackle and advise. Drop in and find out what's biting before heading out. Mark will put you onto the fish.

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