Superb fun on all rivers
  |  First Published: February 2008

Plenty of new fishing goodies were under the Christmas tree, courtesy of the fat man in the red suit, bless his whiskery chin. The kids had a ripper, with my daughter receiving her first tackle box, was a hit. The young bloke was very happy with several new lures and other fishing paraphernalia, and now all we need is a chance to get out on the water and put some of this new gear to use.

The fishing so far this season has been superb. All the rivers are fishing well with lures and bait. Spinnerbaits, Mumblers and bibless crankbaits are doing the damage on Murray cod and golden perch, while those fishing baits have found yabbies, grubs and worms most productive.

The Murrumbidgee, Wakool and Edward rivers are all producing fish, as are most sections of the Murray from Swan Hill right through to Wentworth and beyond.

No one spot seems to be fishing better with reports of large cod and good bags coming from all around.

The biggest problem with catching a fish is finding the time to go fishing. Be aware that most sections of pool water host the majority of water skiers over the summer so keep this in mind when you choose a destination.

If there were one complaint with our rivers at present besides the obvious lack of water, it would have to be the inconsistency in size limits pertaining to Murray cod.

It seems bloody stupid not to have a uniform size and bag limit on these fish. In Victoria, the minimum size limit for Murray cod is 50cm; in NSW it’s 55cm and South Australia has just changed to a 60cm minimum.

This is not only confusing but it allows those with an underhanded nature the opportunity to flaunt the regulations close to these borders.

It’s already happening in places like Swan Hill where a minority of shifty critters are taking Murray cod of 50cm out of the Murray River and claiming they were caught close by in the Little Murray, classified as Victorian waters.

If there were a uniform size limit on these fish, it would put this type of underhanded behaviour to rest. Why is it that simple things are made so complicated by morons? Who hands these jobs out and may I please have one?


Gus Storer with a typical Murray river Golden – and there are plenty for everyone at the moment.

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