Cod aplenty
  |  First Published: April 2008

The mayhem of Christmas boat traffic on Lake Mulwala settled down in February, allowing anglers a better crack at the fish. The fish have co-operated too, with the majority of lure fishers encountering good cod of 48-54cm.

It seems funny that this time last year, you would struggle to get a cod over 50cm. This year, every cod seems to be 50-55cm. With the increased minimum size limit, and another size increase being implemented later this year, it will certainly benefit all anglers in years to come. It’s great to see the appropriate authorities starting to care for our precious resource.

Out on the water recently I had a yarn to local big cod hunter, George Jovonavic. He told me had landed two monster cod of around 1.2m in the preceding weeks. His tip was to troll big lures in deep water (9m plus). It’s not rocket science, but it shows if you stick to a plan you will be rewarded with great results.

Over the same weekend, Winton Brown from Echuca put in an effort trolling the deeper water around the Bundalong area, to be rewarded with some good cod to 87cm. Paul and Tom Hetherington put in an early morning session on a Sunday, casting into the weed pockets around the Kiffins area to produce five cod of 50-60cm.

Mid February saw the running of the increasingly popular Lowrance Da$h 4 Ca$h Super Series. Seventy-eight boats and 156 anglers took part. The fishing was extremely good, with competitors landing 48 legal fish to 1.07m. Most teams reported landing 6-15 cod for the weekend.

In the days before the Da$h 4 Ca$h, Graeme Clark and Jim Taylor from Wagga put in a couple of days pre-fishing in readiness for the event. They reported a total of 24 under-sized cod for their two days effort. All types of lures produced fish.

The month finished off in the same vein, with those putting in the effort being rewarded. I received a report from Damian who had a great day out, picking up five good cod by trolling AC Invaders and casting spinnerbaits. He picked up a 68cm model within moments trolling away from the ramp. Shortly after he was approached by a couple of curious fishos who had seen him land this fish. On reeling his line in to show them what he was using, he was crunched by another fish of similar size, leaving the interested onlookers’ mouths wide open in amazement.

Looking forward to the next couple of months, there doesn’t seem much chance of water conditions changing dramatically. There will be plenty of smaller cod willing to take lures cast in and around the weed beds and willow trees. With the water being so clear in these areas, it’s great to watch these fish take your lure. Persistence is the key, as you will pick up bigger fish sooner or later. If chasing a bigger fish, searching out the edge of the lagoons and casting into 4m of water will see you in with the best chance.

Trolling becomes a bit of a nightmare in places because of the floating weed, so the best bet here is to head up the lake to above Majors Creek.

Fishing below the weir continues to be very hard, with only a few small fish being landed. Water levels here are low, so extreme caution is needed when navigating by boat.

If you do come across a good fish around Yarrawonga/Mulwala, I’m keen to hear about it and will try and report it in future editions. Send all reports to --e-mail address hidden-- email address above.[/url]

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