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Waiting for the rain
  |  First Published: September 2015



September signals the start of trout season. Even though local anglers have been able to target certain designated sea run areas all winter, there is a degree of excitement amongst trout fishers once they can spread their focus to any part of the local river systems.

Last month winter had been super cold, but not wet enough for any high or dirty water trout fishing to occur. I have the feeling though that this month we will have had enough rain to dirty up the rivers and get the big browns feeding up on the shallow runs.

Some of the local smaller lakes like Aringa, Gillear and Elligamite also fish well at this time of the year with higher water levels allowing for better access.

Plenty of tuna were still available throughout July in the few windows of opportunities presented by the winter weather. Once again, casting stickbaits to busting up fish was not only perhaps the most enjoyable way to fish, but a most productive one, as getting a trolling spread near these fast moving fish was often a problem. Surely by September this protracted bluefin season, which has been going on since early February, will have come to a close. But who knows, there may be a few still around.

With the tuna being cleaned at the Point Fairy ramp, there has also been a number of smaller species providing plenty of fun off the boat ramp jetties. Mullet, salmon, trevally and bream all respond well to a tiny bit of tuna, fished on a small hook on light tackle and can provide some exciting family fishing. Pick a time when the tide isn’t running too hard and hope that the local seals leave you alone. They are well fed though, so usually aren’t too much of a problem.

The Hopkins River mouth has opened and closed again quickly a number of times in the past month or so. This has resulted in water levels remaining high, cold and tide free, which doesn’t help with getting the fish to bite consistently. Despite this, there have been some quality bream over 1kg still being captured by those willing to brave the conditions.

September is often a good time to fish for salmon along the local surf beaches like Levies Beach. Squid also begin moving along the inshore reefs and can provide a tasty treat or a stockpile of bait for the coming season ahead.

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