Persistence pays off at Mulwala
  |  First Published: May 2012

Fishing in Lake Mulwala should continue to improve as the water clears after the floods of early Autumn.

Persistence will be the key with reward going to those who put in the time. Best bet for lure anglers looking to increasing chances of an encounter with an angry green fish would be turn to larger presentations such as spinnerbaits with bigger Colorado blades, either single, double or twin configurations, Chatterbaits/Mumblers or 100mm-plus hardbodies.

Colour choice is questionable but personal favourites in dirty water are fluoro orange and fluoro pink mixed with a contrasting colour.

Recent reports from the lake have been scant except for the brave crew who took to the water over the flood weekend to participate in the His & Hers Partners Classic. In atrocious conditions, 30 dedicated couples arrived by any route possible to battle the elements and pit their skills against the wily Murray cod.

Surprisingly, some great fish were landed and none better than that caught by Karen Hillam of Griffith, who boated a beautiful 85cm model, landing her the cash for longest cod caught by a female.

Nez Smith from Wodonga was close behind with a great 83cm cod while Kelly Barker also of Wodonga finished a creditable third with a 76cm beauty. Special mention to Carol Sieger and Leonie Walton who landed their personal best cod of 70cm and 66cm.

Rob Menadue and Steve Longley tied with 62cm cod to share the men’s pool.

Several teams chose to fish the river and were rewarded 35 yellowbelly among four boats. Longest yella for the weekend was 51cm and helped Jamie Zass to a win. Overall, Dave and Nez Smith took out champion team with their two legal cod.

Ray and Karen Hillam finished second while Shaun and Kelly Barker landed the cash for third. The presentation night at the Lake Mulwala Sports Club was a hoot, with all being entertained by ferret races, magic carpet races and a marshmallow-catching competition.

With high water flows below the weir, the yellas have sprung into action with most catching good numbers.

Bait anglers have cleaned up with some getting more than 30 per session while the lure casters still had a fair bit of fun, but not to the same extent.

As a practitioner of catch and release I urge anglers to limit their take when the fish are firing like they were.

Jackie Crossley with a golden perch caught during the His & Hers Partners Classic in atrocious conditions.

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