A month to go to get the big green fish
  |  First Published: August 2012

With only a month or so before the end to Murray cod and cray fishing season, it’s time for the hardened anglers to don the thermals and head out for one more crack.

This is the time of year the BIG green horses lay waiting to gobble up your well placed offering. Trolling 100mm plus deep diving hardbodied lures comes into its own as a technique during winter. These lures should be your first choice when offering big, hungry cod a fair size meal since smaller fish and crustaceans have been scarce in the cooler waters.

Over the past month or two it has astounded me at how consistently Lake Mulwala produces cod. Many other waterways, especially the Murray River downstream from Echuca through to Mildura has suffered due to black water events from 2011.

It saddens me that cod are scarce in other regions but while Lake Mulwala has water in it, cod will be available for those who make an effort and do a bit of work in search of this iconic fish.

In early June I was invited to participate in the annual Tolland Hotel Angling Club (Wagga) Vs the Breakaway Angling Club (Bendigo) fishing competition based out at Skiland Motel. Fishing was tough but ultimately the Bendigo boys came out on top by a fair margin.

Ken Bradley claimed the chocolates for largest fish with a 68cm model while I was lucky enough to land three legal cod and one under size to be awarded the Ian Coutts Memorial trophy. Gary Bolger got the goodies for his 46cm golden perch but the biggest plaudits go to Gail Coutts for the way she presented the motel and looked after everybody.

Kristy Lake and Trent Freer have been the outstanding performers over the past few weeks with constant returns of healthy cod on a regular basis. To see a female with a passion for cod like Kristy is great. Every weekend she pays us a visit with an in depth report of how the fishing has been. To top if off she has just achieved her ‘PB’ with a very respectable 80cm cod caught on a cast Jackall Doozer.

Another great report from a female angler came via Angela Bransdon of Griffith. Angela and friend, new to cod fishing but with boat in tow ventured in asking for local advice. After a few tips and help with lure selection they set off on a journey that provided some great fun. The following morning Angela produced a magic photo of her first cod measuring a healthy 65cm.

With the crops in, Kevin Brooks continued his relentless search for big cod. Putting in plenty of hours fishing both the lake and river, Kev was rewarded with numerous big cod. The pick of the stand came when he was accompanied by genuine first timer Tony Williams from NZ.

Never having seen a cod before, Tony got a fair shock when Kev managed to pull in a 97cm beast that took a liking to his trolled 120mm Koolabung lure.

Cray season is in full swing with mid-winter seeing a massive influx of fishos trying their hand. Results varied but most managed a feed for their efforts. Again, with the black water events further down stream having an impact on cray numbers, anglers were concentrated more in the waters of North East Victoria.

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