Cod season over, high river means great new season
  |  First Published: September 2012

Well that’s it, old green back season is over.

It wasn’t a bad year for the exchange rate with plenty of cod taken. Plenty of 60-80 cm fish caught and quite a few over the magical metre-mark.

The fishing really slowed down toward the end with waves of cold fronts pushing the barometer down and shutting the fish off in the process.

I went out for a last gasp session with mark from McGrath Lures just before the season shut. We fished hard with nearly the full range of his lures and even that couldn’t change the fact that they just weren’t interested.

We have been hearing a great deal lately that we are back into el Niño weather patterns for the coming summer, which with the dam levels where they are probably won’t be a bad thing.

What it will do is keep the river at a very constant level through summer with the irrigators getting full allocation of water.

With the river running at good and consistent high levels it will make for a good season.

The fish will get settled into a snag and stay there making them easier to target .

As the backwaters and billabongs dry, they will push lots of bait into the main channels. Hopefully the predicted carp population explosion won’t happen – fingers crossed.

I have heard some research that suggests that there could be a 4000% rise in carp numbers this year

In a month or so the yellowbelly will start firing, so it wont be much of a break until it all starts up again

Welcome on board those people who registered for the Bindaree bridge to bridge tournament last month . We still have a few spots available so jump on the web site for our contact detail’s to register at www.bindareeonthemurray.com .

This was the sort of cod that the season closed out with – and now we dream of December 1.

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