Winter is the time for big fish
  |  First Published: August 2012

Winter is sometimes the best time with cold nights with crisp clear days.

It has to be a big cold front to reach up the Murray and when you see that coming, the inside fire is the only way to go.

I took some mates out fishing and craying and we had a ball. The cod and yellas weren’t too accommodating but the crays again put on a good show. The best thing about this season is you don’t have to fish at night with catches between night and day very close. Makes for a good night, warm and full from a feed.

Finally the river has come up, with Hume is sitting at 89.5% and Dartmouth at 88%. Dartmouth was meant to be the lake that will never get above 50% again according to a million dollar climate change study. Well done guys! (This was only 3 ½ years ago) With the big rain months still to come we need a bit of room in there to fit all water.

Big cod have again featured in the past month with Ian Rogers pulling a 109cm monster from a snag, which he tells me is definitely on most maps that show the water between Boiling Downs and Albury. At least we know it's still out there somewhere.

My preference for targeting these fish this time of the year would be big hardbodied lures, using one that is at least 1-2m deeper than the water you are fishing will smack and bounce its way through the timber and hopefully induce a strike.

Spinnerbaits are also a good option, just use the heavier one with lots of bling and noise. Double bladed lures with a combination of willow and Colorado blades work best in the flowing water. I know I harp on it, but get in amongst the snags then closer and closer this will produce more fish.

Now is a good time to service those favourite lures. The amount of people that I see that have the boat and gear that they have spent mega bucks on, then have rusty and blunt hooks. Change the traces on your hardbodied lures and give the hooks a bit of a file. Remember the hook is what attaches you to the fish, not the boat.

Entries are starting to fill for the Bridge to Bridge tournament, so get in soon to register. Just go to Bindareeonthemurray.com and contact us for details and registration.

Some good crays have been caught of late.

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