It’s a cod oasis
  |  First Published: March 2011

Local big fish hunter George Jovanovic has always said to me, ‘Tony, January best month for big fishing’ and I’ve been a bit sceptical. Tradition says March to May produces the best fish but if this January is anything to go by, George is spot on.

With the blackwater debacle going on further downstream coupled with the floods, Mulwala has been the only productive area for anybody looking to chase a green fish. The number of anglers who have passed through store has been huge and their fish just as big.

The undisputed king for the month was Mick Maxwell of Finley, who tied up to a tree on the edge of the river, cast his black and green Outlaw spinnerbait around the timber and was smashed by a 125cm leviathan. A couple of quick snaps and this old fella was released.

Sam Cunsolo was drowning a few yabbies around Bundalong when a 110cm bruiser gobbled one up. After a few quick pics his catch was released.

Tony Lawrence and crew were happy with our tip about ‘spinnerbaits anywhere around the weed’ and a 106cm fish was a great reward for the morning.

Kev Brooks and Matthew Trafford, to name a few, landed other superb cod around the magical metre.

On the Australia Day weekend 40 of the keenest cod anglers from as far as Townsville, Lismore and Manangatang gathered for the ninth Challenge Challenge, a fishing industry invitational event.

Some quality fish were landed, none better than an 83cm beauty by Karl Fedke of Geelong on one of his own hand-crafted lures. Brett Suckling of Wodonga had a great day, landing 70cm and 74cm cod that earned him equal second and third places.

Bryan Barber of Albury, guided by local expert Rob McKeowan, hauled in a 74cm cod for equal second while Rod Mackenzie managed a 70cm for equal third.

Fishing below the weir has been consistent with many undersized cod, trout cod, carp and silver bream reported.

I’m sure the lake will continue to fish well at it clears, with quality cod on offer.

The secret to success at Mulwala is time on the water and putting your lure or bait in the right places.

The weed beds are on the march again and this is great for the fishing. Locate the weeds on the shallower margins and spinnerbaits or crankbaits should attract a fish.

The His and Hers Partners Classic will be held on March 5 and the new Cod Nationals will be from April 25 to 30. For information or reports call 03 5744 3133.

Sam Cunsolo with 100cm of Bundalong cod that took a yabby and was released.

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