Many Victorian fishermen cut their teeth at sleepy little coastal towns in East Gippsland. Places like Mallacoota, Bemm River and Marlo can hold their heads high in fishing folklore. The area is distinguished by tannin-stained water running down from the Great Dividing Range, finding its way to the Tasman Sea through the Snowy, Bemm, Cann and Wallagaraugh Rivers, to name a few.

East Gippsland can lay claim to some of the best bream and flathead fishing in the state, and the author loves nothing more than piling up the tinnie, grabbing a handful of bass yabbies, German beers and heading to a quiet East Gippsland channel for a flathead drift or black bream session at sunrise.




• Drift the drop-offs with small live baits on dropper rigs

• Cast DOA prawns or live prawns towards large, fallen trees on the river bank

• Flick lightly-weighted bass yabbies onto sandbanks at dawn and dusk

• Small metal vibes are deadly in this region at all depths

• Go dip netting on moonless nights for all your bait needs – and your entrée

East Gippsland