Big cod season is in full swing
  |  First Published: July 2012

Where to start? May has been a cracker with yellas running hot, cod to a metre and Murray cray fishing like most people have only heard stories about.

Young Brad got us all going with his 104cm cod. This is his first cod on a lure and as you can see he’s pretty happy. He stood at the lure shelf trying to decide, dark spinner bait or light colours. He won’t have any problems now, this kid will only buy dark.

This quality fish was caught walking the banks casting in amongst the fallen timber that has been exposed due to the very low water levels. When the Murray is this low walking the banks can be more productive than by boat. You can set up your angles of retrieve to maximize the time your lure spends in the strike zone and you have access to the deeper pools hard up along the edge.

Don’t be afraid to get the lure into the log jams and bounce it over and through them. Buying a few lures is a small price for your trophy fish.

Yellas have been firing on hardbodied lures, with the Strike Pro range doing a bit better at the moment. Because of the low water levels the Strike Pros have a slower sink rate so are a bit easier to fish. A slow lift and drop in deeper pools and back eddies is one good method, if you are confident that there aren’t too many snags in the hole you can let the lure rest on the bottom occasionally and start again with a sharp lift.

This does two things, lifts the lure up out of potential snags and wakes up anything that might have been wondering what that fish was doing sleeping on the bottom.

Murray Cray

Cray’s are going nuts. As I am writing this on of the guys in the park came up with four crays, the best one was 12.5cm. They got 13 legal-size, but put the rest back for next time: well done guys!

Most of June should be pretty much the same with the river staying low. Until we get some substantial rain the Murray will stay clear and fish very well

Bindaree Bridge2Bridge Cod Challenge

Entries are now open for the Bindaree Bridge2Bridge Cod Challenge. An amazing amount of sponsorship has come on board with a $5,000 cash first prize, a 4.1 Prowler Elite fishing kayak with sounder and BLA industries with Humminbird sounders and Minn Kota electric motors coming on board as major sponsors.

This looks like it will be a great tournament. It will be run on December 1-2 this year. Entry is restricted to 50 boats and is it is a lure-only catch and release tournament. To register phone Bindaree Caravan Park on 02 6033 2500

Young Brad with is 104cm Murray cod caught casting lures from the bank.

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