As I write, I’ve just come off the water from a great day’s fishing and I’m excited about the potential Lake Mulwala holds for the next few months.
Traditionally April is a prime time to be out on our majestic waterway trying your hand at a bit of cod fishing. For the novice, bait will produce numbers of fish. As a rule, those using lures won’t encounter as many but they will be of better quality. I’d be grabbing hold of a handful of heavier spinnerbaits or Chatterbaits from 5/8oz upwards and targeting submerged timber in 3m to 5m of water.
In recent months it has been pleasing to hear of regular encounters increasingly large cod and even more pleasing to hear the majority are releasing legal-size natives, cod especially.
My favourite report came from ex Mulwala football champ Mark House. Housey recently purchased his children, Jyda, 8, and Kealy, 6, some new fishing gear and was eager to spend time on the water with them. An excitable early evening phone call revealed Jyda had just landed his first ever cod, a healthy 63cm. A great photo came through of Jyda, Kealy, mum Erin and Mark enjoying the happy moment.
Sun Country Holiday Park regulars Glen Bartels and Peter Lund got some quality fish casting black and red spinnerbaits around the Drain Lane area. They landed half a dozen legal cod, two in the 80cm bracket.
I spent a perfect morning on the lake with friend Kevin Brooks using techniques that produced cod for those that fished the Da$h 4 Ca$h.
Casting heavier bladed lures, we boated five healthy cod within a couple of hours, the best 79cm and two others in the 60s.
We ran into Torrumbarry gentleman Ron Crossman, who was struggling to pull a scale and a couple of friendly suggestions about location and lure choice soon had Ron attached to a 75cm specimen.
A total of 85 teams competed in the Da$h 4 Ca$h for more than $11,000 in cash and prizes in late February. Fifty-six legal cod were returned for measuring, two of 86cm the standouts.
Below the weir fishing has been consistent for healthy cod and cracking yellas.
The ninth annual Challenge fishing competition took place at One Tree beach with a fast and low river making conditions tough for this lure-only event. The champion was Bryden Whitfield, of Moulamein with a 63cm cod while Karl Fedke of Lara landed the most fish, including a 55cm yella.
Late this month we see the second Cod Nationals, five days of serious tournament fishing for the dedicated green-fish angler.Reads: 1231