September has certainly come around fast and after such a great tuna season in Portland we can now concentrate on what other fish are in our area. The weather should start to turn again and we will see some warmer conditions. This will be a nice change after a pretty cold winter and some big storms that created 50 knot winds and 10m swells.
We generally see good deep bottom fish out in the 140m range and beyond; trumpeter, sharks, snapper, knife jaw and other top eating fish.
Bridge Water Bay is usually on fire with good numbers of flathead, gummies and school shark. The bay should still see whiting, flathead, salmon, squid, sharks and the odd snapper. Some of these are in better numbers at certain areas of the bay.
Breakwater will start to fire and the odd big red will get caught this time of year, along with salmon and sharks. I hope the squid start to show too!
There always seems to be good fishing off the beaches in September, whether it's the North Shore area up to Fitzroy River mouth or over to Bridgewater and Discovery Bay. These beaches are great for sharks, salmon, snapper and mulloway.
The river systems should also start fishing better as the water levels drop and start to clear from the winter floodings.
Our new four-way boat ramp is in full operation and seems to be working well. A reminder that there is a $10 parking fee now or you can get annual fees through the Council. Come down to Portland and check it out on your next fishing trip.
On a sad note I would just like to say a little bit about young Jack Hose whose life was taken to short.
I have only known Jack for around 3 years since I have been with Compleat Angler. He was a very friendly and happy go lucky young fella a smile that you couldn't wipe off. His passion for fishing was just incredible and at a young age the fish he caught were amazing.
He did a lot of part time work for Chris Hall at Bait and Tackle and did a lot of fishing with him and Bob McPherson, so he was lucky to learn a lot from these guys that took him under their wing. He also he did a lot of decking for quite a few charters throughout the tuna seasons gone by. When he wasn't doing that it, he was with his mates, which are far too many to mention.
Jack was only 17 years of age and due to a unfortunate accident while fishing lead to his life taken short. We all send our prayers and condolences to family and friends and I know that the anglers of Portland and beyond will not let his name fade away in the fishing community – RIP Jack.
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