2008 Cod Classic
  |  First Published: October 2008

The 2008 Yamaha Cod Classic and the 2008 StumpJumper Lures Junior Cod Classic is Australia’s richest freshwater fishing tournament. This eagerly anticipated social fishing event is to be held December 6/7 on Lake Mulwala and the Murray River, with an estimated 1350 boats and 2800+ competitors taking part.

Heading into its ninth year, the Cod Classic has over $100,000 of prizes to giveaway, including six amazing boat-motor-trailer-sounder packages. You would be crazy to miss this great weekend in Yarrawonga/Mulwala and the chance to ‘catch a legend’.

The Cod Classic is a total catch and release event for all native species. Designed to cater for all levels of fishing skill using both bait and lures, everybody has the same chance of winning one of the many great prizes on offer. The majority of prizes are drawn from a barrel regardless of the length of your fish, giving everyone who catches a legal fish an equal chance.

Six amazing boat packages will be given away throughout the tournament, and the winning categories will be: Major Lucky Door prize (adults only), Raffle prize, Murray Cod Mystery draw, European Carp Mystery draw, Early-bird Entrant (entry paid before 21st Nov), and Major Lucky Door Prize (all competitors included). The lucky door prizes will be presented on the Saturday night, leaving only the fishing sections and raffle prizes to be presented on the Sunday.

All the popular features of the event will still be here this year, including Flathead Fred for the juniors; David ‘the Barefoot Fisherman’ Hodges casting clinics; the ‘Cod Gods’, Rod McKenzie and Gus Storer doing their catch and release and big fish handling demos; trade displays; and the Mulwala Water Ski Club Pro and Amateur Casting Championships.

All the festivities will take place under the massive 100m long marquee set up on the Mulwala Football Ground. The club will also be opening their new function centre for the event.

With many great sponsors and more coming on board daily, there will be over 1500 prizes for the adults, including boat-motor-trailer packages, sounders, interstate fishing trips, holidays, fishing gear, camping equipment and clothing just to name a few. The juniors won’t go away empty-handed: they will all receive several prizes just for entering.

To abate all fears, yes, there will be enough water to fish in! The lake will always have enough water in it during December to run the Cod Classic. The lake is used as a water storage facility to supply irrigation water downstream through the Murray River, Mulwala Canal and Yarrawonga channels. The lake needs to maintain a minimum head pressure supply to do this, which means the water is very fishable. It has been forecast that Lake Mulwala is expected to run at a consistently higher level than it did in 2007, only 300mm below totally full.

Entry for the competition will be adults $75, and juniors $25. This includes four meals, souvenir stubby holder, a free ticket in the Major Boat Raffle, StumpJumper lure and Bassman spinnerbait (kids only), entry into lucky door prize draws and the promise of a great weekend.

The Mulwala Football Netball Club, along with event director Tony Bennett, are putting together a fair stable of fishing events, with more to be added. These include the Yarrawonga Mulwala X-Mass Fisharama on December 30, the Golden Do$$ars on January 10, and the HIS & HERS Partners Classic on March 21.

For more information on these events, Cod Classic entry forms or frequently asked questions, plus details on the Da$h4Ca$h, check out www.codclassic.com.au or call Tony or Vanessa on 03 5744 1667. – Tony Bennett

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