Bemm goes bananas
  |  First Published: August 2007

Everything has gone pretty well as expected over the past month or so with the entrance finally opening and the fish going bananas in the ensuing weeks. It didn’t take long for the water level to drop, even with the continuous rain that flooded the Bemm and most of the rivers in East Gippsland. All this water has seen the entrance open up deep and wide and the estuary is probably as tidal as it has been for some time.

It’s fair to say that the fishing had been a bit ordinary for a couple of months when the water was high, but the fish have wasted no time in getting back on the chew and while there hasn’t been many anglers around there have been some good catches of quality fish reported.

I have managed a couple of outings myself and on both occasions haven’t even bothered to put the boat in the water. With all the muddy water coming out of the river and discolouring the whole lake, it is a perfect chance to target the big bream and luderick that have moved in around the edges under the cover of the murky water. Both my recent outings produced mainly bream, with the biggest around 1kg and plenty of 30cm models thrown back too. One luderick around 1kg was also landed and put up quite a performance in the shallow water. I don’t think I have ever missed out in these areas when these conditions prevail and it’s probably a good one to put in the memory bank.

The Mahoganies and Pelican Point have been productive areas too, and the channel is also producing mixed bags of quality fish particularly on the change of tide. The southern yellowfin bream have been prevalent and on light gear they have really turned it on. A few trevally around 1kg have also been caught along with some big yellow-eye mullet. Sandworm has been the most popular bait although there have been some quality fish caught on local prawn.

Conditions in the surf have made fishing pretty tough, particularly with all the dirty water coming out of the Gippsland Lakes in combination with some pretty wet and windy weather. A few diehards have braved these conditions and caught salmon and tailor up to 2kg.

Everything points towards a pretty exciting couple of months and with July and August not traditionally busy months in terms of visitors, I would consider it an optimum time to plan a trip to the Bemm.

(Congratulations to Mark who is marrying long-time partner Jane Cameron in August – Ed.).

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