What is on the fishing agenda for September will be governed by what the weather conditions throw at us.
September isn’t usually well known for low winds and calm seas but some of the previous months that are supposed to throw some consecutive days of good sea conditions have let us down... so who knows?
The ever-reliable gummy shark fishery should still produce if conditions allow and snapper will be making more of an appearance towards the end of the month.
Whilst nothing like what will be happening in Port Phillip at this time of year, the local snapper fishery is a developing one, with more fish in the 2-5kg bracket being taken in deeper waters from 20-40m each season. Salmon have been prevalent along the coast over winter, with East Beach at Port Fairy being the hotspot recently.
These fish should still be a viable inshore alternative during September and can be either attacked from the land or by boat depending on conditions. Squid can also be a worthwhile target off both the piers and inshore reefs at this time of year. If other species are still quiet, putting some time into the cephalopods is a great way of getting a feed or stocking up on bait for later in the season
Experienced lure anglers have continued to take some good bream from the Hopkins despite the cold conditions recently. The odd small mulloway has continued to show up as well.
Estuary perch should begin to fire heading into September, and it will depend on water conditions and temperature as to whether they’ve begun to eat things off edges, off the surface, or are still down in the depths.
Even though trout fishing is popular over winter due to the many sea run classification streams in the area, keen trout anglers will be still looking forward to opening day. It will allow anglers to pursue their spotted target in many other areas that have been out of bounds for the past few months.
Places like the upper Merri and Hopkins and Mt Emu Creek should all produce good trout during September. Lake Gillear, Lake Pertobe and Aringa Reservoir are also popular destinations at this time of year if anglers are looking for some freshwater fishing if the rivers become too heavily flooded.