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Sun shines on cod
  |  First Published: April 2012



The sun has definitely brought out the best in Murray Cod fishing around Mildura of late with anglers reporting some very nice catches as a result of long days trolling big lures.

The warmer months aren’t really known as big fish catching time; but with current flows misplacing the natural rhythm of the river over the past months, the big fish are starting to make a come-back with great success.

The Murray River has been fishing extremely well for cod over the past month with some absolute monsters being caught on big lures; the biggest of these being around 1.3m. Many others around the 75-80cm mark have also been landed. The best spots have been around Merbein and Apex Park.

Despite the stinking hot days we have had lately, it has been the perfect time to troll the depths of the Murray in search of the monster fish. The ultimate trolling weapon of late has been the 120mm Koolabung Codzilla; this lure has accounted for many cod over a metre this season already.

The amount of smaller cod in the pool water around Mildura is also very impressive, as is the condition they are in. Most of them have fed up well and weigh in way above their usual length-to-weight ratio. Early mornings have been the best time to catch them of late with the barometric pressures being at its peak. However, this can, and often does, change from day to day with some nice fish also being caught in the afternoon/twilight session. We have found lately that any reasonable spike of the barometric pressure in one direction usually brings about a few strikes and hook ups.

Yellowbelly are still on the chew with some nice sizes being caught on both bait and lures. They have been biting on both small and large lures with the best of the smaller lures being the impressive range of Sebile Cranksters on the cast. Merbein and Red Cliffs has produced some nice fish of late both on the troll and cast.

Yellowbelly have had no problem taking 120mm plus lures either with plenty being caught on Codzillas intended for cod.

Of course, there are still plenty of carp being caught on worms or just about anything you throw at them. Some nice catfish are falling to a well-presented shrimp on a typical running sinker river rig in most spots over the past couple of months.

Murray cod fishing should fire up even more as the weather cools down over the next few months. If this year’s summer cod fishing is an indication of what is to come, the wintertime should be outstanding.

Yellas should still be on the bite for another month or so before they begin to slow down in preparation for another breeding season.

Fishing has never been as good around Mildura as it has been of late. A trolled or cast lure in the right spot will see you get a bend in the rod in no time.

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