We have blogged before regarding estuary fishing but we have spent the bulk of our time in estuaries this month. There is a saying when you are catching fish don't change your lure and stay where you are. We have been changing our lures this month but have stayed in the estuary. It has been a really good September for catching bass with some beautiful sunrises and sunsets and the fishing for bass has been steady. We have a few tips and recommendations to share with you to help you fish in the estuary. The bass have varied in size and they have been mainly over 42cm but 90% of them have been returned. We do keep the odd one or two for eating but we never keep anything under 50cm.
The main thing we want to inform you about is how we catch them. You will discover very quickly what sort of tide works best for you. We recommend fishing all depths of the tide over the month day and night until you find the fish. Use white at night as this is the best colour. Never stay in the same spot for longer than 20 mins and cover as much ground as you can. Once you catch a fish move because you will spook anything that's close. When you are approaching the water be as quiet as you can because the bass are probably just feet away from you. Try your first cast out of the water and drag a soft lure through the weeds to see if anything is shallow before entering the water. If you have a set of waders then great but be "very" quiet entering the water and try not to spook any fish.
We have mainly been using soft plastics in the estuary as the surface lures have not performed as well as in other months.