Most anglers think estuary perch can only be targeted in the warmer months, but the winter can produce the same size fish, if not bigger.
If you're looking at having a go at these awesome-looking fish, hopefully this puts you in the right areas.
We'll start with the most popular estuary perch fishery in the south-west in the Glenelg River.
Start down the bottom around Nelson and the many options down that way.
The area around the poles is well known for holding massive schools this time of year.
Looking for them with heavily weighted plastics and metal vibe lures hopped down the drop-offs will get you some fish and it can turn into a red-hot session.
Moving up the system, the bridge provides a great ambush spot for the perch to attack the bait balls, which also move down with the dirty water.
Donovan's area is also a productive area this time of year especially the opposite bank of the huts due to a bit of a shelf that they seem to sit on during the day.
Further up is the Princess Margaret Rose Caves, where I've done pretty well this time of year using black Ecogear vx35s and 40s hopped down the slopes.
Sapling Creek is also a great area to target perch - hitting the reeds and lay-down timber along the edges is certainly a great option for anglers targeting them.
Up the top above Pritchard's is a bit quieter this time of year with the fish moving down the system.
The Hopkins River produces a lot of perch this time of year when, like the Glenelg, fish move down the system away from their haunts in the freshwater.
The main areas to hit would be Toorum stones casting deep diving, hard bodies such as Osp dunks and Daiwa Spikes and bang them into the stones and the mud just down from the stones itself.
The islands across from the Jubilee Park boat ramp are also worth a crack, just fish off the edge about 20m off the bank and work that area.
The Hen and Chickens Reef holds big numbers at times around July also.
If they're not at the Chickens, look at Rowans Lane. Sit in the middle of the river and cast vibes with small sharp hops along the bottom.
My next area to hit is the middle section of river in front of the Deakin University campus down to the bottom of the ski run.
The most productive spot in the colder months is the Hopkins Bridge, due to its structure and bait-holding ability once the schools of bait fish begin to move down towards the estuary section.
The Garmin South West Game tournament is this weekend. If you want to find out more, head to www.wolgfc.com.au
Round four of the Vic Bream Classics will be held on the Hopkins this weekend - 39 of the top bream anglers will battle it out.
Weigh-ins will be at 2pm at BCF, with cricket legend Merv Hughes running a fishing clinic for kids.
Until next week, tight lines and best of luck.