Take the time to find bigger cod
  |  First Published: July 2012

If you were reading the racing form guide it would say ‘great chance, do not dismiss’. With plenty of water and some cool, crisp days on offer, the thought of targeting a mighty green fish at Mulwala should be at the top of your mind.

This is when your chance of tangling with a genuine beast is fair. Larger hardbodied lures trolled deeper than 5m or bigger spinnerbaits/chatterbaits cast in the slightly shallower areas will be your best options.

Once the dust had settled on a successful Cod Nationals I had the chance to do a bit of exploring in search of some green fish. The best return came from an entertaining trip with Cod Nationals runner-up team Steve Hogan and Wally Jarvis.

Accompanying them was US-based bass angler Frank Reed. One of Frank’s goals while in Oz was to tangle with one of our iconic specimens and I was privileged to be part of it and share his enthusiasm.

A slow start to the day had us scratching our heads on what to do next but a slight change in location more towards the middle section of the lake had us hit the jackpot. In two hours, we landed five cod, four over 60cm. Frank was rewarded with a healthy 63cm prize and memories I’m sure he will share with many when he returns home.

Kristy Lake, a super-keen female angler was another happy camper, proudly showing me a great photo of her new personal best cod of 74cm, taken trolling around the main traffic bridge.

Marc Ainsworth, along with family and friends, fished Lake Mulwala and upstream in the Murray and Ovens rivers for eight days. Marc said the fishing was tough with only three or four encounters most days. The most productive day was with a high barometer when 11 encounters (hits or landed fish) were experienced in a morning session.

The best Murray cod landed was 77cm and was taken on a cast hardbodied lure. The next-best was 74cm.

They also caught golden perch to 50cm with the 'magic hour' before dusk the best time to chase these temperamental natives.

Stephen Beecham emailed me: “I put all your advice to great use, catching 17 cod and three yellas below the weir. The cod ranged from 45cm-80cm. The biggest cod measured 80cm and weighed 20lb. It was good to release the fish to fight another day”.

 Kev Brooks fitted in a few trips between sowing and was rewarded. The new holographic Koolabung lures in the 120mm two metre range were his weapons of choice, producing cod up to 95cm. A couple of bigger fish liked his lure so much they decided to keep them.

Cray season is now open with reports slow at present. I keep harping on about making sure you are well aware of all rules, regulations and bag limits. Ignorance is no excuse when Fisheries come calling. Call in to my store and I’ll kit you out with a measuring device and all the info needed to make sure you are totally compliant.

US visitor Frank Reed and Steve Hogan proudly display Frank’s 63cm Murray cod.

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