Winter is past us now and spring means the weather will be heating up and the caravan parks will be quietening down, along with the boat ramps as the whale sharks retreat.

That’s good news for the anglers who visit us 12 months of the year and are relieved when the ramps are quiet.

The fishing is good every month, and it pays to do a bit of research as to what’s biting and when.

In September we can expect an increase in activity in the Exmouth Gulf as the bait schools come in and bring with them many predatory species.

You can find acres of bait flickering on the surface in the gulf in almost all areas, but in particular The Grounds, where the depths are over 12m.

The tides will push the bait to the bottom or top and it’s a great idea to get yourself rigged up with a live bait tank and bait jig rod to get into some of the hot action.

If you prefer to run lures, make sure you are wary of the shallower grounds and be aware of the mackerel that love to roam the open waters.

There are times when you can see fish top to bottom on your sounder and we recommend keeping a close eye on the sounder for this action as you troll in search of some big fish.

Look out for the birds in the gulf, as they will be among the action and ready to pick up any leftover pieces of bait as the bigger fish chop through the schools.

You can expect anything from cobia, mackerel, tuna, trevally, queenfish, sailfish and even the odd black marlin to show up in the gulf through spring.

If you are not sure what to target where, drop in and ask the staff at Tackle World, who are happy to point you in the right direction.

Remember that the Australian Junior Billfish Tournament is on in early October.

This three-day event is set to be a ripper again as anglers come from all corners to fish this easy event for youngsters.

I believe Exmouth would have the record for juniors catching billfish in Australia, and this event certainly adds to the statistics.

There are also great memories to be made, with many youngsters catching their first billfish.

Further details can be found via egfc.com.au.

Carl Jeffree came in late to the shop and wanted to buy a new outfit and get some advice on trolling.

The crew set him up with a Penn rod and reel along with some Bluewater Pop lures and rigged them for him to easily attach to a snap clip and wind-on leader.

His son caught a mackerel on it in no time, and the crew were stoked.

If shore-based fishing is your cup of tea, the whiting are reported to be thick again along the beaches towards Learmonth.

Good-sized fish and good-sized schools can be found cruising along these shallow waters and if you prefer bait, use prawns, or for a more fun challenge try one of the small poppers on really light spin outfits.