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Fishing Report for Bemm River and Sydenham Inlet


3 October 2017


The entrance was blown open on Thursday 21 September after an attempt to open it by digging with shovels failed.  The a large open entrance was created and the water went down.  Unfortunately the new ramp is not at the correct level and at low tide most boat trailers go off the end.  The Council has dumped rocks at the end of the ramp to help with the launching of bigger boats.  The main jetty is complete with some modifications still to be completed.    


Grand final weekend saw a large number of boats using the new jetty.  The Friday was extremely busy with boats parked nearly up to the Hotel.  On Saturday it blew really hard and not many boats ventured out.  The fishing has been good.  Simon Webster (from Websters Wood St Warehouse, Bairnsdale) and his son stayed with his parents and went out twice over the weekend.  They caught two good bags of bream on local sandworm.  Another family had their son and grandson stay and they caught some good bream on sandworm and plastics in the Lake fishing close to the weed near the drop offs.  The grandson caught one trophy fish on plastics.  A few members of the angling club have also caught some good fish.  Most people seem to be getting a reasonable catch although I have had to release many undersized bream.  Mark at the Bemm River Bait and Tackle is currently pumping local sandworm and has frozen local prawn. 


With the entrance open we can expect to see some salmon in the channel on the incoming tide.  The flathead which were being caught in the Channel have gone due to the colder water temperatures.  It appears they go up the river to hibernate.  We hope they have managed to spawn this year as the past few years have not resulted in any numbers of small flathead in the inlet. See below for size restrictions and bag limits on dusky flathead.  

In the channel, the trevally are quiet.  The trevally can be fun to catch in the channel on plastics.   See the You Tube videos of of an 8 year old having fun catching a trevally  Click Here and then two Trevally   Click Here.  There are also some taylor being caught trolling in the channel.  However one regular managed to catch a number of good trevally in the surf over near  where the channel entrance has been in recent years.


One fourth generation Bemm River angler was staying at Bemm with his grandparents.   See a Dusky Flathead being caught by him by  Clicking Here.  Also see a bream being caught on plastics by Clicking Here.


Give the shop a call to check on fresh bait availability. (phone 03 5158 4251). You can buy all the bait, lures, vibes and plastics you will need on your trip at Bemm River as well as getting up-to-date advice on where the fish are biting..





Fishing from the bank near the Fingerling Jetty




Surf Fishing Report


The back beaches have been quieter for salmon.   At the 1st turn off there is a sand cliff caused by the rough weather and it is steep to get back up.   There are good channels at all the beaches to try.  Some good trevally have been near the Channel entrance as discussed above.


The gummy shark should be quieter at the minute but I have had no reports.  Usually it is best to fish on the full moon at night for gummy shark in the warmer weather.  If you are fishing for sharks off the beach, make sure you know what it is before you grab it by the tail.  One  Friday evening on dusk, a group from Gippsland were fishing in the surf and hooked into a 7 ft. 7 gilled shark.  They thought they had a gummy and so one of them went in the surf, grabbed it by the tail and was dragging it up the beach when it snapped onto his lower leg.  The person required over 25 stitches at Orbost Hospital arriving back in Bemm about midnight.  He spent the remainder of the week-end sitting at the flat while his mates went fishing.  


The tides for Bemm River beaches are 3 hours and 21 minutes before Port Phillip heads. The link on the weather page gives the closest approximation using Eden in NSW. You will need to add 10 minutes to these tide times. The link gives a 7 day tide starting from the date you select as the commencing date. If you do not select a date it will start from today.




The following diagrams were taken from the Victorian Recreational Fishing Guide 2013

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