Cod season here at last
  |  First Published: December 2011

The moment that all cod anglers look forward to is finally here. The last 3 months seem to go so slow but now with the cod season opening it will hopefully be worth the wait.

In the month leading into the opening the fish were on the chew in all local rivers and channel systems.

The most successful fishing option seemed to be bait in the rivers, with the water still very dirty. Scrub worms and yabbies seemed to be on the menu for the hungry local fish.

Almost every tackle shop sold out of worms at one point during November with almost 100 punnets of scrub worms going in a couple of days over the cup weekend.

I didn’t get amongst the hot fishing action at the start of November as I tied the knot with my partner of 6 years. This was a very special occasion but hope to match that feeling with some big cod over cod opening.

The wind was a tad annoying during November but I guess that’s spring weather but I hope we have more settled conditions for December.

There was one negative to come out of the good fishing around Shepparton and that was the carp are back and I have never seen so many caught. Some reports of 50 or 60 carp in under an hour in the Broken River, which is just terrible.

There was even a report of a carp smashing a Jitterbug surface lure which is something you don’t hear about every day.

Let’s hope we can all get together and fight the pest because the river systems were heading into the right direction. So if you’re landing carp after carp don’t see it as a negative see it as a helping hand to our native fish.

Kialla Lakes

The lakes have been very quiet recently; this maybe due to the very dirty water conditions.

I hope the fishing had picked up for the River Rats comp held there in late November, I will have a full report on the comp in the December issue.

I wish you all a safe and merry Christmas and hope all your presents under the tree are shiny with extra sharp hooks.

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