Cod season closes – focus on yellas
  |  First Published: September 2012

The cod and cray season is over.

Over recent weeks conditions have toughened with increased flows and dirty water, especially below the weir, but this does not mean a well-placed offering will not be snapped up by a greedy yellowbelly.

Late Winter was hit-and-miss but the hits were big.

Kristy Lake and Trent Freer, of Corowa, have been consistent performers over the past few months. They had had a successful day before the season closed, casting Jackal Doozers for cod of 78cm and 83cm.

Their trip only got better when Trent cast his lure into the lair of an angry big cod and his prize was a magnificent 107cm beast that was promptly photographed and released to fight another day.

Prior to the season closing Yarrawonga local Rob Hall decided to soak a few worms in the rising river below the weir for a yella or two. Rob was surprised when his rod buckled over and continued to bend, nothing like what a pan size yella would do!

A bit of fun ensued but the result was a great story about a 115cm cod took a liking to his drowned scrubby. This monster was released with the respect it deserved after a couple of happy snaps.

The only other regular action has been below the weir with bait anglers landing a few yellas while the river has been up. Those who come home with an empty bag should take a leaf out of Carl Capelja’s book and work their baits.

Carl’s results are consistent and he only ever takes enough for a feed, something that a lot of others could also learn from.

With the end to cod and cray season comes preparation for the new season and the exciting fishing events that come with it in and around Lake Mulwala. Entry forms are now available for both the Cod Classic and Golden Dollars.

Entries are available at Lake Mulwala Fish Camp & Ski or by calling 0357 441667.

Trent Freer with a magnificent 107cm cod caught and released prior to the season closing.

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