As the warmer weather kicks in we’ll see some cracker fishing this month. With windy August gone we’ll hopefully have favourable sea breezes that will make fishing very comfortable no matter what approach you take.
Estuary fishing has been decent, with good bream being caught along the breakwalls. Night bait fishos have been thumping some solid fish to 2kg, especially around the tide gauge on the north shore.
Flathead numbers have been down on recent years, with the Winter fish not really coming on as well as in previous years. I’m sure this month they will start to cruise the shallows.
September on the Hastings is renowned for big lizards and with a quiet Winter I’m sure they’ll be around in numbers. There should also be lots of small males around, so if you’re looking to tangle with some big lizards, try using big baits to weed out the smaller fish. Best places will be around the mouth of Limeburners Creek on the run-out tide, the mouth of the Maria River and its multitude of weed beds.
Try using 4” or 5” soft plastics or live poddy mullet. Best place to get poddy mullet this time of year is in the back channel behind Pelican Island.
Luderick lovers have been having a great time and this month should continue so although those with access to boats should fare a little better than land-based anglers. The fish should be moving out onto the weed beds this month so the weed further up-river should produce good bags. Limeburners Creek will hold some nice luderick around the edges of the racks and further up the creek around Tom Dicks Hole.
Those wetting a line on one of our beaches will have some good fun, with bream still enjoying the deep gutters. School mulloway will also be lurking and best dates this month will be around the 11th and 27th, in line with the new and full moons.
This month there should be plenty of salmon roaming the beaches. They are great sport and not bad as slab bait or made into Thai fishcakes so don’t be surprised if you get dusted a few times when fishing for tailor.
Those heading offshore this month will be picking up some nice squire, pearl perch and morwong. The flathead grounds should also produce nice fish.
Those heading further afield should start to tangle with some nice yellowfin tuna and kingfish and if some early warm currents swing by, these fish should move in closer to shore looking.
I recently had an unsavoury experience on the water and I think is warranted to pass it on, to ensure we all do the right thing and promote our sport in a responsible manner. I was fishing with a mate when we came across a bloke on his own having a fish. As we moved closer I gave the usual wave and called hello, only to be yelled at and hurled abuse verbally and a large hook and sinker that flew across the deck.
We showed remarkable restraint and left this wally to his miserable fishing as we wanted to enjoy ours. To top it off, this goose was just leaving the boat ramp as we returned. He kept up his good form by leaving a bucket on the back of his boat that fell off as he drove up the road, leaving bait and plastic bags on the road.
Now this really got me fired up so I took his trailer and car rego and reported him to the authorities. They couldn’t do much but informed me that they’d keep an eye out for him, especially since his boat wasn’t registered.
It’s important to note that this guy is definitely in the minority and I hope if you come across someone like this that you remind them that fishing is about having fun, being in the outdoors and respecting the environment we all love to enjoy.
I’d like to finish this month by mentioning the Hastings Bream and Bass Club, which has been running around three years and has a strong band of dedicated anglers who meet monthly and have regular outings chasing bass or bream.
It’s a catch-and-release club with a good following of younger anglers in their early and late teens. It’s great for the future of fishing that responsible and sensible angling can be enjoyed by all. Check out www.hastingsbreamandbass.org.au .Reads: 427