Champion cod fishing
  |  First Published: March 2012

As autumn dawns upon us, the next few months will see Lake Mulwala and the river directly below become the most productive and only constant cod producing region in southern Australia.

Unfortunately reports of solid native captures, especially those in search of anything green have been lacking from waters further downstream. Those who chose to either cast or troll will pick up quality size cod with patience while the bait boys will be rewarded with larger returns but of smaller size.

Fishing in and around Lake Mulwala, especially downstream below the weir improved greatly over the past month. At present Derek Blow of Bendigo remains ‘The King’ as his mighty capture of a magnificent 122cm cod will take a lot to beat. Derek was casting Bassman spinnerbaits in the timbered areas when his well-placed offering was monstered by this beast. After a couple of quick happy snaps this fish was released to fight another day.

Dave Radman was another to have a bit of fun whilst visiting town. Dave, the perennial ‘tour guide’ as his mates are always into him to take them fishing had some luck of his own landing a nice 88cm model on an early morning jaunt.

True to form, Dave had another newbie tagging along, this time in the form of retired 1970s North Melbourne premiership hero Arnold Briedis. Arnold had never caught a cod before and had enlisted Dave’s help. After one session on the water Arnold could boast landing an 85, 70 and 68cm cod with the 85cm being his first ever after three casts! How easy is this game he would be thinking?

On the calmer evening surface fishing has been very popular with those who are prepared to spend some time in the dark getting the rewards. Mick Miller and friend landed 10 in one night session with a cracking 97cm cod being the pick. Ben Lawless was another to have some fun off the surface landed a neat 82cm cod that was sure to have given him some fun. Best and easiest bet for those who wish to try this exciting form of fishing is to use either Halco or Koolabung surface paddlers working them with a slow constant retrieve and let them stop every couple of metres.

Fishing below the weir there have been reports of ‘fish a’plenty’. The most common report though has been that the cod have been undersized, mixed in amongst many small trout cod, carp and silver perch. The most exciting reports from the river have come from those who have caught some of the monster yellas that are about.

Never before have I heard of so many quality-size golden’s being taken in the river with average size being around 50cm. Several measuring over the magical 60cm mark have been landed with Jamie Lords 64cm being an absolute horse!

With the competition season upon us, there are two more events coming up in the next two months. The next is the “His & Hers Partners Classic” on March 3; a great day for understanding couples to share time together in the boat. To round out the comp season is the Cod Nationals on April 23-28, five days of serious tournament fishing for the dedicated green fish angler. It’s guaranteed that once you have fished a Cod Nationals you will never miss it again.

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