Cod season now closed – 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 down stream below the weir but this does not mean a well placed offering will not be snapped up by a greedy yellowbelly if tempted. If genuinely looking for a big cod, trolling either 120mm Koolabung or AC’s would be my personal preferences.

Late winter was much hit and miss but the hits were big!

Kristy Lake and Trent Freer from Corowa have been consistent performers over the past few months and their run of great form continued. Casting Jackal Doozer’s, the pair had had a successful day picking up cod measuring 78cm and 83cms respectively before the season closed.

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

The reports only got better when local Yarrawonga larrikin Rob Hall decided to soak a few worms in the river below the weir prior to the season closing. Chasing a yella or two in the rising river Rob was taken by surprise 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 end result was a great story to tell about the day a monster 115cm cod took a liking to his drowned scrubby. Credit to Hally as this icon was released with the respect it deserved after a couple of happy snaps. I’m this story will be recounted in time to come over a beer or two between Rob and mates.

The only other semi-constant action has been below the weir with bait anglers landing a few yellas whilst the river has been up. Those that come home with an empty bag should take a leaf out of Carl Capelja’s book and work your bait.

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 craying 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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